Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

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Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia (full title: Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years), also known as [Nintendo Official Guide Book] Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia 30th Anniversary 1985-2015[1] and as Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia: Nintendo Official Guide Book (Japanese: スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku) in Japan, is an encyclopedia that was released exclusively in Japan on October 19, 2015, as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.. The book covers characters, enemies, power-ups, items, stages, techniques and graphics from all 17 titles in the main Super Mario series up to Super Mario 3D World,[2] as well as developer interviews, concept art, well-known glitches, and level design explanations.[3] It contains 256 pages.

This book was supposed to be translated in English and released in North America and Europe by Dark Horse Comics on June 15, 2017,[4] although preorders for the English translation were cancelled in May 2017,[5] and the release date has been moved to October 23, 2018.[6] However, the date was later modified again, this time on October 16[7]. Its German translation was released on October 12, 2017 by Tokyopop,[8] its Spanish translation was released on the October 17 by Planeta Cómic,[9] its French translation was published on the July 4, 2018 by Soleil Productions in the Soleil Manga collection,[10][11] and the Italian translation was published on November 15th, 2018 by Magazzini Salani.[12][13]


Following the release of the encyclopedia in English, it was found that one of the translators, Zack Davisson, had taken conjectural and foreign names for characters from websites such as the Super Mario Wiki and Mario Wikia.[14] This especially concerns enemies and characters from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, as well as others such as Winged Strollin' Stu (dubbed by the book by its former conjectural name used on the Super Mario Wiki, "Soarin' Stu"), and Lumacomète, which is actually the character's French name, used by the Super Mario Wiki due to a lack of an English name.[15]


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオブラザーズ百科: 任天堂公式ガイドブック
Sūpā Mario Burazāzu Hyakka: Nintendō Kōshiki Gaido Bukku
Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia: Nintendo Official Guidebook
Spanish (NOE) Enciclopedia Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia
French (NOE) Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années Super Mario Encyclopedia: The first 30 years
German Super Mario Bros.-Enzyklopädie (working title)[17]
Super Mario Encyclopedia - Die ersten 30 Jahre
Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia
Super Mario Encyclopedia: The first 30 years
Italian Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia


  1. ^ Last page of the German translation of the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia.Media:ESMB German page 256.png.
  2. ^ (September 9, 2015). Nintendo releasing Super Mario encyclopedia in Japan. GoNintendo. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Vogel, M. (October 21, 2015). Nintendo of Japan Has Just Published a 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Complete Encyclopedia. Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  4. ^ Brian (February 18, 2017). Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia coming to North America and Europe in June. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Brian (May 6, 2017). Amazon UK cancelling Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia pre-orders. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  6. ^ ECCC 2018: Dark Horse Powers Up Publishing Line with "Super Mario Encyclopedia". Dark Horse. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Page of the Super Mario Encyclopedia – Die ersten 30 Jahre on Tokyopop's online shop.
  9. ^ Page of the Enciclopedia Super Mario Bros 30ª Aniversario on PlanetadeLibros' site.
  10. ^ Official announcement of the release on Soleil Manga website.
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  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Twitter post about the release of the Italian translation of the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia from the official account of Salani.
  14. ^ [2]. October 25, 2018.
  15. ^ [3]. Nintendo Life. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, page 25
  17. ^ Tokyopop April-June 2017 programme. Tokyopop. Retrieved July 3, 2018.

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