Super Mario by Jeff Ryan audiobook

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

By Jeff Ryan
Read by Ray Porter

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781591844051
8.35 Hours Unabridged
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The story of Nintendo’s rise and the beloved icon who made it possible Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape. The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die-hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama. Find out about –Mario’s eccentric yet brilliant creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was tapped for the job because he was considered expendable; –Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendo’s imperious president, who bumbled his way to success; and –The unexpected approach that allowed Nintendo to reinvent itself as the gaming system for the nongamer, especially now with the Wii. Even those who can’t tell a Koopa from a Goomba will find this a fascinating story of striving, comeuppance, and redemption.

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The story of Nintendo’s rise and the beloved icon who made it possible

Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die-hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama. Find out about

–Mario’s eccentric yet brilliant creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was tapped for the job because he was considered expendable;

–Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendo’s imperious president, who bumbled his way to success; and

–The unexpected approach that allowed Nintendo to reinvent itself as the gaming system for the nongamer, especially now with the Wii.

Even those who can’t tell a Koopa from a Goomba will find this a fascinating story of striving, comeuppance, and redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating…Jeff Ryan’s Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America delivers illuminating details…It’s almost surprising that the chronology of a Japanese video game company could be this entertaining, but Ryan makes it so.” Fortune
“One of America’s favorite pastimes is covered in exhaustive, enthusiastic detail.” Publishers Weekly
“Ryan explores the history of Nintendo and the evolution of video games through the iconic Super Mario. Ray Porter has a great voice for this production since he sounds largely like the primary demographic: a twenty- or thirty-something male with a passion for video games. Ryan argues that the success of Nintendo is not the power of its graphics but the fun factor, made explicit through the icon of Super Mario and his appearance in many great games. Porter’s delivery is lively and enthusiastic; he maintains a good energy throughout the reading. His strong projection helps navigate the sometimes ridiculous game descriptions as well as punctuates Ryan’s insights. Porter’s joviality makes one wonder if he himself has also been a fan of Nintendo.” AudioFile
“Nintendo’s thirty-year history in the gaming business is long and convoluted, and Ryan does a game job of narrowing it down while cramming everything into a single, readable tome.” Wired.com
“A fascinating read. While much of the information may be known to those who have read other gaming history books, in Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America, it is all brought together and more detail added to give you a full timeline of events…If you have any interest in Nintendo, then this is certainly a book to add to your collection…And following reading it I’ll guarantee your first desire will be to pick up a Mario game and start playing.” Geek.com

Reviews

Reviews

by Benjamin 9/13/2017
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Awesome

As a kid that grew up in the late 80's/90's, I absolutely loved this book. It is my story.

The author starts off at the very beginning of Nintendo's story, and works his way to the present. The book is packed with historical facts and insight, but is told in a great story-telling way that makes it a great listen. After listening I found myself wanting to break out the old NES for some classic gaming.

The narrator does a great job as well. Highly recommended.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Rich and Deep Look Into the Empire of Nintendo

When I picked up this audio book I wasn't expecting the deep history of Nintendo. From their early beginnings of making hand held gambling games to the powerhouse they are now, is a crazy ride. Not everything was a success or smooth sailing for Nintendo and this book takes you into their struggles and success.
Ray Porter does another excellent job in his narration allowing the listener to fully grasp the history of Nintendo and to remember it as well. I recommend this book for a good, quick listen, and for entertainment.

Author

Author Bio: Jeff Ryan

Author Bio: Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan, a lifelong gamer, has been featured in Salon and on NPR’s All Things Considered. He reviewed over five hundred video games and covered four console launches as the games editor for Katrillion, a popular dot-com-era news and entertainment website. He lives in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 8.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English