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How to Win at Nintendo Sports Games


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After three successful books covering Nintendo games of all genres, Rovin turned his roving eye to a sports-centric edition of his best-selling series, and thus, How to Win at Nintendo Sports Games was born. While some games, like Ice Hockey, were covered in previous volumes, even these titles get an expanded treatment, often re-measured against other games about the same sport. There's also a short section on some Game Boy sports titles, and a very short "Sports Shorts" section with a half dozen tips for sports-themed carts.

As with all of Rovin's other material in this series, this is all-text, all the time. Of course, the upside to this was they were inexpensive as well: four or five dollars as opposed to the ten or twelve other, more graphically complex guides could command.

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I knew that there was a Sports book in Jeff Rovin's library (that I have yet to obtain), but I have to wonder how many variants this one has...  

 

Looking forward to reading this!  Thanks again!

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27 minutes ago, Kombatologist said:

Very nice! Would you happen to have Jeff Rovin's How to Win at Super Mario Bros. Games?

I do, though I can't recall if it is the version that also has a Dr Mario bit in it (I recall there was a release that had that included...for some reason...).¬† That book was my first exposure to Jeff Rovin's guides, and one of my personal faves (right alongside the Secrets of the Games Zelda ALTTP).¬† ūüôā

I love how that version's SMB3 guide around World 5 gives highlight tips instead of step-by-step how-tos.  (Image from Amazon's website)

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1 hour ago, Kombatologist said:

Very nice! Would you happen to have Jeff Rovin's How to Win at Super Mario Bros. Games?

I do, @Kombatologist, but it's the same version that @E-Day scanned last year, so I'll just point you at his version here:

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33 minutes ago, MSR1701 said:

I do, though I can't recall if it is the version that also has a Dr Mario bit in it (I recall there was a release that had that included...for some reason...).¬† That book was my first exposure to Jeff Rovin's guides, and one of my personal faves (right alongside the Secrets of the Games Zelda ALTTP).¬† ūüôā

I love how that version's SMB3 guide around World 5 gives highlight tips instead of step-by-step how-tos.  (Image from Amazon's website)

51B2VJRB64L._SX284_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The one pictured here is the second edition of the book which, as far as I know, was the final edition. The reason for doing a reprint which included Dr. Mario? Money. St. Martin's Press made a mint off Rovin's work and Rovin, being a professional, could turn around a manuscript in only a few weeks. :)

Back in 2015, Sam Rovin, one of Jeff's sons, published a 50-page ebook (which is now no longer available, sadly) entitled How We Won At Nintendo: The True Story Behind the "How to Win at Nintendo" Series. It's a remembrance of how Sam and his brother Michael would play the games while Jeff watched what they did and took furious notes. The blog "Press the Buttons" wrote about it back in 2016:

https://www.pressthebuttons.com/2016/09/the-true-story-of-jeff-rovin-how-to-win-at-nintendo-book-series.html

Amusingly, Rovin is not the only author who press-ganged his kids into playing video games so he could write books on strategies. Corey Sandler (of the Ultimate Unauthorized series) used his own son WIlliam, and a bunch of the neighborhood kids, to play the games he was writing about. According to Sam, the reason Jeff stopped writing books in the series wasn't that they stopped selling, but rather he and his brother grew up into teenagers who were less interested in video games and more interested in girls, and his dad had a harder time finding people to play the games for him. :)

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Areala :angel:

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2 hours ago, MSR1701 said:

I knew that there was a Sports book in Jeff Rovin's library (that I have yet to obtain), but I have to wonder how many variants this one has...  

As far as I know, this book was only printed once. My gut instinct is that it probably sold OK, but not well enough to justify a second print run or an expanded/revised version. :)

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Areala :angel:

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38 minutes ago, Areala said:

The one pictured here is the second edition of the book which, as far as I know, was the final edition. The reason for doing a reprint which included Dr. Mario? Money. St. Martin's Press made a mint off Rovin's work and Rovin, being a professional, could turn around a manuscript in only a few weeks. :)

Back in 2015, Sam Rovin, one of Jeff's sons, published a 50-page ebook (which is now no longer available, sadly) entitled How We Won At Nintendo: The True Story Behind the "How to Win at Nintendo" Series. It's a remembrance of how Sam and his brother Michael would play the games while Jeff watched what they did and took furious notes. The blog "Press the Buttons" wrote about it back in 2016:

https://www.pressthebuttons.com/2016/09/the-true-story-of-jeff-rovin-how-to-win-at-nintendo-book-series.html

Amusingly, Rovin is not the only author who press-ganged his kids into playing video games so he could write books on strategies. Corey Sandler (of the Ultimate Unauthorized series) used his own son WIlliam, and a bunch of the neighborhood kids, to play the games he was writing about. According to Sam, the reason Jeff stopped writing books in the series wasn't that they stopped selling, but rather he and his brother grew up into teenagers who were less interested in video games and more interested in girls, and his dad had a harder time finding people to play the games for him. :)

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Now THAT explains a lot!  Thanks for the info!

Also, Jeff Rovin was very prolific with his books, though I'm not sure how many books of his were published after around 1995 (the last ones I recall were the SNES/Genesis Conquering tips books and the 1995 large trade with assorted tips/tricks for the Genesis/SNES/GG/GB.

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