Nintendo Gamebooks

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Book #1: Double Trouble

There have been numerous gamebooks published by Nintendo.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

The Nintendo Adventure Book series of 12 books published from 1991 to 1992 by Archway books in England, and Mammoth books in the United Kingdom. They are formatted like the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books, where the reader makes decisions that change the outcome of the story. Ten of the books are about the Mario Bros.' adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom and are based primarily on the Valiant comics published for the Nintendo Comics System imprint. Books nine and ten are about Link from The Legend of Zelda series.

Each book is exactly 121 pages long. Each book contains various puzzles such as mazes and word searches.[1] There is an inventory system where the player collects items used to solve the puzzles, and a scoring system where the player can judge how well they did on a scale at the end of the book. In books 1–5, 7 and 8, this is judged by multiplying the number of coins the player collected in the course of the adventure by ten, but in books 6, 9–12, the player is simply awarded a certain number of points for overcoming challenges (the coin scoring system was joined with the point system in book eleven). There are several endings in each book. There is one victorious ending, and unsuccessful (often lethal to the characters involved) endings which end saying Game Over.


Each of the authors brought a distinct style to the series. Notably, Bill McCay's characters seemed to break the fourth wall, aware that they were in a video game.

List of books[edit]

  1. Double Trouble by Clyde Bosco[2]
  2. Leaping Lizards by Clyde Bosco
  3. Monster Mix-Up by Bill McCay
  4. Koopa Capers by Bill McCay
  5. Pipe Down! by Clyde Bosco
  6. Doors to Doom by Bill McCay
  7. Dinosaur Dilemma by Clyde Bosco
  8. Flown the Koopa by Matt Wayne
  9. The Crystal Trap by Matt Wayne
  10. The Shadow Prince by Matt Wayne
  11. Unjust Desserts by Matt Wayne
  12. Brain Drain by Matt Wayne

You Decide on the Adventure[edit]

The You Decide on the Adventure series, also referred to as the Choose Your Own Adventure books, are a series of four gamebooks published by Scholastic from 2001 to 2002. All four were written by Craig Wessel and were based on the Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games at the time.

List of books[edit]

  1. Super Mario Advance, ISBN 0-439-36708-5, based on Super Mario Advance.
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, ISBN 0-439-36709-3, based on The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, ISBN 0-439-36710-7, based on The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  4. Wario Land 4, ISBN 0-439-36711-5, based on Wario Land 4

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