Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews

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Release Date: November 21, 2017

Available on Amazon: Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews



Do you enjoy classic video games?

Writer and artist Daniel Thomas MacInnes has written about video games for over 20 years, living through the medium’s defining eras. Now with Zen Arcade: Classic Video Game Reviews, he brings readers on a journey of history and discovery through the golden age of arcade thrills and console wars.

Zen Arcade collects 140 essays of games from the 1980s and 1990s, originally released on six systems and now available on today’s digital platforms. MacInnes weaves through this rich history with joy and keen insight, never afraid to sing praises or heap scorn where necessary. Many lost gems are discovered, many sacred cows skewered, and many surprises made along the way.

Illuminating, sharply satirical and wickedly funny, Zen Arcade is a treasure trove for diehard and casual players of all ages, and a celebration of the medium’s vitality and magic. It is a defining text for the genre, a new standard in video game criticism and journalism.


Chapters and topics in Zen Arcade include the following:

NES: Adventure Island; Bubble Bobble; Donkey Kong; Galaga; Ice Hockey; The Legend of Zelda; Mega Man; Metroid; NES Play Action Football; Ninja Gaiden; Super Mario Brothers; Tennis; Xevious; and more.

Super NES: ActRaiser; Castlevania 4; Donkey Kong Country; F-Zero; Final Fight; Gradius 3; The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past; Pilotwings; SimCity; Street Fighter 2 Turbo; Super Mario World; Super Metroid; and more.

Nintendo 64: Cruis’n USA; Mario Kart 64; Super Mario 64; Wave Race 64; and more.

Sega Genesis: Altered Beast; Columns; Ecco the Dolphin; Ghouls ‘N Ghosts; Golden Axe; Space Harrier 2; Sonic the Hedgehog; Streets of Rage 3; Toejam and Earl; and more.

NEC Turbografx-16: Alien Crush; Bonk’s Adventure; Bomberman ’93; Devil’s Crush; Dragon Spirit; Dungeon Explorer; Military Madness; Neutopia; R-Type; Super Star Soldier; World Class Baseball; and more.

SNK Neo-Geo: Art of Fighting; Baseball Stars 2; Fatal Fury; The King of Fighters ’94; Magician Lord; Neo Turf Masters; Samurai Shodown; World Heroes; and more.

We are very excited to bring you this groundbreaking soon-to-be-classic. Available now.



Sample Chapters

Altered Beast (1989, Sega Genesis)

Baseball Stars 2 (1992, Neo-Geo)

Bonk’s Adventure (1990, Turbografx-16)

The Legend of Zelda (1986, NES)

Sonic 3 & Knuckles (1994, Sega Genesis)

Street Fighter 2 Turbo (1993, Super NES)

Super Mario 64 (1996, Nintendo 64)

Super Metroid (1994, Super NES)

Super Mario Brothers (1985, NES)

World Class Baseball (1989, Turbografx-16)


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