For the child that just can't get enough of their favorite Nintendo characters even after the system has been shut off, there will soon be a continuing series of children's books featuring Mario, Link, and many more Nintendo favorites.
Nintendo announced today that they are partnering with Random House Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House Children's Books) and Penguin Random House U.K. to publish a new variety of activity books for Nintendo-loving children, as well as Nintendo-loving adults who are still children at heart. The books will feature Nintendo mainstay franchises Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon, and Animal Crossing.
The program officially launched this past January when Random House published two sticker books — one based on Super Mario, and the other based on The Legend of Zelda. This summer will see even more action with the release of Link's Book of Adventure, as well as Mario Time — both are new books packed with "mazes, puzzles, trivia, and more." They will be available on July 3, with a Splatoon-based sticker book coming on July 24.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Nintendo to bring the whimsy and adventure of these worlds to the imaginations of our young readers,” said Dennis Shealy, Editorial Director, Random House Books for Young Readers Licensed Publishing.“These activity books will let both new and established fans experience Nintendo characters in a whole new way.”
Tom Prata, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, echoed that statement, saying, “This publishing partnership is an exciting way to bring the colorful worlds of Nintendo to young readers while encouraging creativity. We are always looking for ways to share our fun-loving characters with kids and families in unique ways.”
Unique is the perfect word for it, though Nintendo is no stranger to that. With all of the the cardboard-folding, Michel Gondry-fever dream-mania of the Nintendo Labo accessory, it'll be nice for children to be able to take a digi-break with some paper and stickers that they aren't trying to fold into a fishing pole or a piano. May the stories of Mario and Link continue to inspire long after the TV sets have cooled down.