It’s that time again!
After releasing The NES Encyclopedia in 2019, The SNES Encyclopedia in 2020 and The Mega Drive & Genesis Encyclopedia in 2021, it’s time to return to Nintendo for the fourth book in my series.
Friends, I give to you The N64 Encyclopedia, which is due for release in late September / early October.
As the name suggests, this covers every game ever released for the Nintendo 64.
And, for the first time in my encyclopedia series, I even cover every game released in Japan too (including the handful of 64DD games that were released).
Because the N64 had a much smaller library than the systems I’ve covered in my other encyclopedias to date, you’d be forgiven for thinking this would be a much thinner book as a result.
On the contrary, the book is still a hefty 260 pages, and all the smaller library means is that far more games are given a full page, meaning you can read even more about them.
For comparison, the SNES Encyclopedia had around 30 full-page entries, while the Mega Drive Encyclopedia (which featured nearly 1000 games) had exactly zero.
This time, the N64 Encyclopedia will have 128 full-page games, meaning more than a third of the console’s entire western library will get special treatment.
How does that look in practice? Here’s a couple of spreads I haven’t shown yet: one from the western section, and one from the shiny new Japanese section (which I’ve never done before in an encyclopedia):
Sold? Lovely. As with all my previous books, The N64 Encyclopedia is available at all good book shops (and some rubbish ones too, probably) around the world.
Be it Amazon (all countries), Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, Indigo / Chapters or even Walmart, just search for ‘Chris Scullion’ on your site of choice and with any luck, you’ll find it available to pre-order.
If you live in the UK though, and want to support yer man directly, then until the end of August you can buy a signed copy directly from me. Here’s how to do it.
Signed copy pre-orders
I frankly don’t care where you choose to buy the book from: I’m just delighted and hugely grateful that you’re taking an interest in my work at all.
That said, if you’re the type who likes something a bit more personal in return, I’m selling a strictly limited number of N64 Encyclopedia books directly here.
The book had previously been an open pre-order until the end of August, but then I was took by surprise when it actually turned up at the publisher’s warehouse earlier than expected.
Because of this, I had to order without knowing the final numbers. The benefit of this is that I ordered more than I expected I would reach by the end of August, meaning now it’s September you still have the chance to get one.
The signed books are strictly limited to 150 copies and we’re into the 100s now, so if you’d still like one they’re still around but may start thinking about getting a wriggle on.
Here are the brutally honest pros and cons of buying directly from me.
• It’ll be personally signed and numbered by yer man Scullion.
• It’s in my possession now, so you’ll get it relatively quickly. Other retailers are a bit of a dice-roll: Amazon was weeks late at delivering my SNES book, but surprisingly quick with the Mega Drive one.
• It’ll be sent through recorded delivery by the Royal Mail and will come with PayPal buyer protection in case anything goes wrong.
• You’ll be supporting me in the best way because I get a far greater royalty for each book sold: £15 for signed books sold through Tired Old Hack, £3 for books sold everywhere else, roughly £1.50 for books sold on Amazon.
• Although I’m only charging the cover price £30 plus postage and packaging (£36 in total), this is still probably the most expensive way to get the book, since I can’t offer a discount on either the cover price or shipping, so almost every other book shop will be cheaper (Amazon in particular).
• If you order directly from the publisher Pen & Sword Books you may get it earlier than anyone else, because they have their stock in too.
Still keen to buy from me? Lovely.
Before I give you the PayPal link to put down your pre-order, please make sure you read the instructions below. It’s all fairly straightforward but if any of the steps are missing it could hold up the process:
SERIOUSLY, PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS. THIS IS NOT A PS5, IT WILL NOT SELL OUT WHILE YOU’RE READING. WHEN THERE ARE ONLY A COUPLE LEFT I’LL CLOSE THIS ARTICLE AND ONLY TAKE ORDERS VIA TWITTER, SO TAKE YOUR TIME.
• Before you even click anything, please bear in mind I can only deliver to people in the UK for now. I’m going to be dealing with a large number of orders and I’m handling them all myself, so I need to keep things simple with a single price and a single delivery type. Again, sorry for the bold text, but UK ORDERS ONLY PLEASE. I promise you every single time I get a couple of international orders who ignore this and I have to get in touch to refund them.
• Click the link below. You’ll be automatically taken to a PayPal site already set up to pay me the full price. It’ll cost £36 – this covers the full price of the book, packing material and recorded delivery postage through Royal Mail (so I can chase it in the very unlikely event that you don’t get your book).
• Look carefully for a bit that asks you to specify what the payment is for (apparently the PayPal app has changed its UI a bit so you may have to look for this). Click that and leave me a note telling me what name you’d like me to sign the book to. While I’ll be using your real name to post the book, if you’d rather I signed it to your username or nickname, this is where you can let me know. If you don’t want me to sign it to any name, please write “no name” in the notes so I know. If you don’t write anything at all I’ll have to chase you up to find out what you want, and if I can’t get hold of you or you don’t reply I’ll just sign my name and nothing else.
• Make sure the payment is marked as “paying for goods or a service” instead of just sending money to a friend. Not only does this help protect your payment if the delivery goes missing, it actually lets you give me your address. Otherwise, you know, I can’t send you the thing. A few people always miss this part out and it’s a huge hassle for us both so let me make it clearer in bold: This bit is VERY IMPORTANT. If you don’t choose to pay for goods or a service, it won’t let you give me your address. I need your address to send you the book, and if I can’t get hold of you I’ll have to refund your order.
• You should see the option to choose your address. PLEASE make sure you have the correct address there, because that’s where I’m going to be sending the book. There’ll be an option to add a new address if you don’t have one stored on PayPal, or if the one you still have on your PayPal account is out of date. Last year one person accidentally had their old address listed and only managed to get their copy because luckily a family member still lived there. I can’t chase this up for you if it goes to the wrong house, so PLEASE make sure it’s right.
• Job done! Once I get the order in I’ll personally send you an email (to the email your PayPal account is registered to) and confirm that I got the order. I’ll be sending these manually, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t get a confirmation email right away (other than a PayPal one). As soon as I’m back on my PC I’ll send out any outstanding emails. Well, all my emails are outstanding but you know what I mean.
• Once the books turn up at my house and I send them all out, you should automatically get an email telling you when it’s been shipped out.
Right, with all that said, if you’re up for it, here’s the link:
N64 ENCYCLOPEDIA SIGNED PRE-ORDER
If you do decide to buy the book, whether you order a signed copy or order from somewhere else, thank you so much for doing so.
I’m so happy that the Encyclopedias are building up a nice wee following now, and I’m particularly happy with The N64 Encyclopedia because there’s a bit more room for each game to breathe in this one, plus the addition of Japanese games is something people always ask about.
I’ll see you next year for The Dreamcast Encyclopedia, but until then I hope you enjoy this trip back to the 64-bit era.
I very much appreciate all of your time and research to put this together. I have gone ahead with the pre-order.