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The unOFFICIAL Art Book Pre-Order Thread


#1441 Romeo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4669 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 02 May 2020 - 03:04 PM

Yeah, I got sucked in to the DS Animal Crossing game, and after that one, I had to swear off the series, as I can't afford to get sucked down the rabbit hole again. LOL

 

Game looks great, as I've watched my son play it a few times, as well as watching YT clips, since my son is always drawn to those. A guide like this is key, and while I'm not planning to start playing the game, I'll be happy to ready the guide and see what I'm missing out on.

 

That's how I felt too. I own the AC 3DS from toys r us years ago. Played countless hours, and nowadays I don't have time to devote to a game like that. I absolutely loved it on gamecube and 3ds...



#1442 TheOpusFuller   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   774 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 06:17 PM

That's how I felt too. I own the AC 3DS from toys r us years ago. Played countless hours, and nowadays I don't have time to devote to a game like that. I absolutely loved it on gamecube and 3ds...


I'm in the same boat. I have 2 kids. A 4 year old and a 2 month old. My time to play is at night when they go to bed so...... its tough but doable. It is super fun though and my 4 year old got into it and created a character and is playing now.

#1443 TheOpusFuller   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   774 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 06:10 AM

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium is up for preorder on bitmap books. Limited to only 1000 for the collectors edition. Wondering if its even worth preordering....

#1444 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 11:31 AM

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium is up for preorder on bitmap books. Limited to only 1000 for the collectors edition. Wondering if its even worth preordering....

I actually posted this when it was first offered, and it was brought up by someone else here at the time, that the CE isn't really unique in any way, as the extra items, are sold on there own. Normally these Bitmap books are offered through KS, and the side items are only offered there, but that's not the case here. There is no unique # or exclusive item(slip cover, unique print, etc), that is a part of the CE, so there's no reason to buy the CE here, unless you want the extra items(which I personally did).

 

My copy arrived last night, I just haven't had the time to open it, but I have several others in this series of books, and they are always great and very high quality. Sam, the main man over at Bitmap Books is super cool and always willing to help if your order has any issues, as my posters almost always arrive damaged, and I get replacements within a few days from the EU each and every time(DHL is always used).



#1445 DanteWarrior   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1387 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 May 2020 - 08:52 PM

Not sure if this is posted. Loved the game & art

 

https://www.amazon.c...w/dp/1646090845



#1446 Backlog Hog  

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 02:40 AM

Yeah, I got sucked in to the DS Animal Crossing game, and after that one, I had to swear off the series, as I can't afford to get sucked down the rabbit hole again. LOL

Game looks great, as I've watched my son play it a few times, as well as watching YT clips, since my son is always drawn to those. A guide like this is key, and while I'm not planning to start playing the game, I'll be happy to ready the guide and see what I'm missing out on.


Do you think the UK exclusive recent books for the Metal Slug series & also the Oddworld book will eventually come to the US. Or should I import? They’re both rather pricey, but I love the art of those particular games so I’m considering importing both.

#1447 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 04:11 AM

Do you think the UK exclusive recent books for the Metal Slug series & also the Oddworld book will eventually come to the US. Or should I import? They’re both rather pricey, but I love the art of those particular games so I’m considering importing both.

I actually passed on that Oddworld book at the time it was offered, as my funds were tight at the time, and I never went back to see if I could get it after the fact. As for the Metal Slug book, yeah, it's killer, and if you can find the CE, spend the extra and get that version(it's super cool!). In the past, a few Bitmap books have been on Amazon, but I don't believe it was by official channels, but so long as it was discounted, who cares about that right?

 

In recent times, I haven't seen newer books offered, but I wasn't really looking either, as I always support these books when first offered, by pre-order, or through Kickstarter, etc. I would think the Oddworld book may be sight specific as well, since that was a higher end art book, and most of those don't get Amazon releases(or at least that I ever noticed).



#1448 Backlog Hog  

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 06:28 AM

Damn. Might have to bite the bullet & just import em then....

#1449 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 10:25 AM

Damn. Might have to bite the bullet & just import em then....

Well, the good news is that the really popular books from most of these places have gotten reprints, especially when they sell out over a smaller period of time(3-6 months). The more expensive and rare books that take ages to sell out, are normally that ones that are gone for good after being sold out, so plan accordingly.



#1450 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3957 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 21 May 2020 - 01:42 PM

The Oddworld book was published by Indie by Design. It’s available on their website. I doubt it’ll show up on Amazon (their previous title never did afaik).

https://indie-by-des...collections/all

Go read reviews of it before you buy. A lot of backers were not happy with the end product (the artwork is great but the presentation is mediocre)



#1451 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 02:15 PM

Go read reviews of it before you buy. A lot of backers were not happy with the end product (the artwork is great but the presentation is mediocre)

As always, good to know, as not all of these types of books are created equal, and it mostly falls to fans of each genre to give the best views on the finished product. I only ever get these higher end art/guide books when I'm a super fan, and while I'm a fan of Oddworld games and it's art style, I'm just not a buyer at the current asking price. 



#1452 RKasa   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4380 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 22 May 2020 - 08:06 PM

News: Yen Press will be localizing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks. It's currently due to come out in October.



#1453 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3957 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 22 May 2020 - 08:08 PM

Awesome. Though I assumed Udon would end up publishing it. Either way, just glad to see it translated.

#1454 RKasa   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4380 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 May 2020 - 09:35 PM

Read Only Memory is having a special: 15% off all their books and prints with the code ROMSPRING - good until May 31.

 

Their books are very high quality, and so is their shipping. Can't recommend them enough.



#1455 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:07 PM

Read Only Memory is having a special: 15% off all their books and prints with the code ROMSPRING - good until May 31.

 

Their books are very high quality, and so is their shipping. Can't recommend them enough.

Yeah, I've had a few of their books, and just recently got the Sega Pop-Up one, which I actually need to open and check out, just been so busy with life, just haven't had the time. I'm sorry to say I seemed to have missed out on their "Arcade Game Typography" book, as it looks really cool, but is now sold out. I normally get emails from them for new products, but I guess this one fell through the cracks, so I'll check the secondary market I guess?

 

EDIT: As luck would have it, there was a paperback version, and it's up on Amazon for $27.99, so just added to my wish list and should hopefully order it soon. Great reviews to boot, so I'll for sure be grabbing a copy ASAP!



#1456 IronChariot   In My Country There Is Problem CAGiversary!   3303 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:05 AM

Disappointed that the Breath of Fire price never dropped. Wonder if I should cancel and see if it gets a discount later.

#1457 Xenogears   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   531 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 June 2020 - 06:11 PM

Target has a buy 2 get 1 free on video games, movies and books.  They have more game guides and art books then I would expect.  It works on preorders for most of the biggest releases coming up too.  Last of us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, cyberpunk art books.  Mostly all matching Amazon price, then you can add the buy 2 get 1 on top of that.  7 Hayao Miyazaki artbooks for an average of $14 each with deal.  Some others before discount: cyberpunk 2077 hardcover guide, $35.  Art of death stranding, $25.  Breath of the wild creating a champion hero’s edition, $57.  Eyes of Bayonetta 2, $32.  Art of mana, $26.  Art of Mario odyssey, $32.  Dark stalkers complete works, $32.  A few evangelion art books, lots more.  I didn’t double check prices but all around that before B2G1 discount.



#1458 Xenogears   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   531 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 June 2020 - 06:12 PM

Disappointed that the Breath of Fire price never dropped. Wonder if I should cancel and see if it gets a discount later.

You can get breath of fire complete works hard cover for a decent price with the target deal B2G1.  $45 before the discount if you find 2 more.



#1459 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3957 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 14 June 2020 - 07:26 PM

Target has a buy 2 get 1 free on video games, movies and books. They have more game guides and art books then I would expect. It works on preorders for most of the biggest releases coming up too. Last of us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, cyberpunk art books. Mostly all matching Amazon price, then you can add the buy 2 get 1 on top of that. 7 Hayao Miyazaki artbooks for an average of $14 each with deal. Some others before discount: cyberpunk 2077 hardcover guide, $35. Art of death stranding, $25. Breath of the wild creating a champion hero’s edition, $57. Eyes of Bayonetta 2, $32. Art of mana, $26. Art of Mario odyssey, $32. Dark stalkers complete works, $32. A few evangelion art books, lots more. I didn’t double check prices but all around that before B2G1 discount.

Just an FYI. Target is horrible with packing books. I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten a hardcover book from them without a damaged corner. It’s a great deal if you aren’t super picky about your books, but just be aware

#1460 Xenogears   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   531 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

Posted 14 June 2020 - 09:29 PM

Good to know.  Can’t be any worse than Amazon, or any place that’s not a specialty retailer anymore.  A box too big or too small with one bubble square lazily thrown in on top to slide all around is pretty much all that I expect anymore.  Thanks Amazon, I think they set the trend on that and lowered everyone’s standards.



#1461 IronChariot   In My Country There Is Problem CAGiversary!   3303 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 12:26 AM

You can get breath of fire complete works hard cover for a decent price with the target deal B2G1.  $45 before the discount if you find 2 more.

Thank you, I ended up pre-ordering when it was $35, just hoped it would go into the 20s before shipping, but that's alright. Probably the last art book I should order for awhile

#1462 RKasa   The Artist Formerly Known as ブルー神羅 CAGiversary!   4380 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 26 June 2020 - 01:46 PM

The hardcover edition of Arcade Game Typography is getting a reprint! This is a beautiful book, and there's fewer than a thousand copies available, so if you have any interest at all, jump on it!



#1463 addicted2games   游戏玩家为生活 !! CAGiversary!   4303 Posts   Joined 16.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 June 2020 - 02:04 PM

Good to know.  Can’t be any worse than Amazon, or any place that’s not a specialty retailer anymore.  A box too big or too small with one bubble square lazily thrown in on top to slide all around is pretty much all that I expect anymore.  Thanks Amazon, I think they set the trend on that and lowered everyone’s standards.

Remember when Amazon always shrink wrapped the book or game to an inner cardboard piece the size of the outer box so it never touched the box or moved during shipping? Items always arrived mint. I miss the old Amazon, not to mention prime items always arrived in two days from order date.



#1464 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3957 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 07 August 2020 - 04:45 PM

The Art of Shantae

December 1, 2020

MSRP $49.99 (currently $34.41)

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,178&sr=8-2

 

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#1465 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   23564 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 07 August 2020 - 08:34 PM

The Art of Shantae

December 1, 2020

MSRP $49.99 (currently $34.41)

 

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,178&sr=8-2

 

517JUj1vbbL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Wow, happy I randomly checked this thread... would not have known about this otherwise. I really hope it covers art more from the earlier games (especially the first, where the assets seem to be fairly rare) and not focus more on Half-Genie Hero and Seven Sirens. The style got too generic-cutesy after Pirate's Curse. 

 

I'm glad it's hard cover but also worried because that means Amazon will ship it in a bubble mailer. But I sure am happy that Amazon always makes sure to ship my cheap, easily replaceable items in a box.:-/ 



#1466 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5131 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:43 AM

The Art of Shantae
December 1, 2020
MSRP $49.99 (currently $34.41)

https://www.amazon.c...,aps,178&sr=8-2


After the HGH kickstarter, WayForward does not deserve my money.

#1467 WingsDJY   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3957 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:15 PM

What happened? Did they not send out all the backer rewards?

#1468 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   5131 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:21 PM

What happened? Did they not send out all the backer rewards?


They lied several times to backers, made a total mess of distributing keys for about two months post-release, and the people they had speaking to backers weren't even informed about what platforms were still being supported after they started to cut them. I even tried contacting the devs themselves across several channels when it became apparent the person they had handling backers was incompetent, and never received a reply. I was a fan before that KS, but it definitely opened my eyes about how little they actually care about their consumer base.

#1469 trunks982   Wii are the Champions! CAGiversary!   6434 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:26 PM

thats why i dont do KS. most of them ended up being bad. KS just want ppl's money. i rather wait for reviews and retail release.



#1470 chrislaustin   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7622 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 05:56 PM

My main issue with Wayforward was how they just seemed to use KS to not really put their own funds at risk, and the level of service IMO went hand in hand with that broken mentality. I got what I paid for, and I didn't have the issues that others appear to have had, but the lack of care or any level of priority seemed lost on these guys for no other reason than they could(very low risk to them personally).

 

So while I didn't swear them off after KS, I did decide I wouldn't support their new games until they are at a great discount(50% at least). I'm happy to support this book, as this is mostly UDON who I have been happy with for years, and while WF will get some proceeds, I'm happy to support UDON as well(I want them to do well). If me not buying WF new at retail means they no longer make new games down the road, I'm cool with that, as after that KS, and how they took funds they really didn't need, to only deliver service like they had better things to do, spoke volumes to me.

 

As for KS in general, I've only had 1 really bad experience, and that was from a company who I had dealt with before through KS, so I had no reason to believe things would go tits up! And while I didn't get specifically what I paid for, I was able to get an outcome that was mutually acceptable to both sides, so all was not lost even in that bad situation(or so it seemed). LOL