Nintendo has signed off on Playing with Power,an official hardcover book offering retrospectives on classic games such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. 3 (via IGN).
Published by Prima Games, Playing with Power will be published this November and is already up for pre-order. The book comes in an NES Game Pak-style slipcover and includes developer interviews, game retrospectives, "vintage advertising," and excerpts from the company's defunct Nintendo Power magazine.
Other insertions span hand-drawn maps—the way players used to chart their way through dungeons before minimaps became a thing—and artwork depicting game levels.
The book appears to be Nintendo's attempt to staunch the tide of unofficial books looking back on old-school games. Bitmap Books' NES/Famicom book vanished from Kickstarter, resurfaced for a day, and then wilted after Nintendo issued a DMCA notice due to inserting official Nintendo artwork.
Perhaps Nintendo has realized it was leaving money on the table and finally decided to capitalize on nostalgia for its products.