Nintendo Adventure Books Key


Hello and welcome to my guides for the Nintendo Adventure Books. Here is some history. They consist of twelve books published from 1991 to 1992 by Archway Books in US and Mammoth Books in the UK with two writers under pseudonyms for the books. A little later promotional 'Pringles' editions were re-released. For some more personal background, I first discovered collected some of these back in 2007 when they were only pocket change on Amazon. Now, while not 'rare', they certainly aren't for pennies anymore depending on the book. (Zelda ones are made of gold apparently.) I owned three initially (Monster Mix-up, Leaping Lizards, and Brain Drain) but have since collected or gotten a chance to read a few more. There aren't tons of coverage of these books online and certainly no guides, maps, or walk-throughs which brings us to this page. Follow the key below:

Other things I will go over if I can is the optimal path, what I feel is the best path of from start to end, or more rarely a high score path where the reader can follow the pages listed to max out the book's score. Some more note on that: What is the 'best' path depends on the book. Typically it will be the path that will take the reader to the end as soon as possible with the item(s) needed without getting stuck or looped around too much. Obviously we will avoid penalties and game overs as well. Sometimes however, a slightly longer path is better and more of what the book expects, giving you exposition rather than dropping you right at the bad guy's layer. High score paths in my guides will be rare, though I am continually updating them. These books often have a flaw where the high score is infinite or guaranteed or impossible due to design. This will be mentioned in guides if the case.

Pressing the F3 or equivalent for your browser will be a must to navigate. For clarity's sake when speaking of a page within a paragraph I will spell out numbers to not clutter up search results. I will also attempt some color coding to make it easier to visually map paths.Please enjoy, I'm not an expert book mapper so this was at times an effort to map out by hand but worth it for something no one else has bothered with to my knowledge. Contact me using one of the accounts listed on the homepage if there are any errors I've made. Thank you, and read on!

The guides: Plain text format

  1. Monster Mix-up
  2. Dinosaur Dilemma
  3. Leaping Lizards
  4. Brain Drain
  5. Double Trouble
  6. Pipe Down!
  7. Flown the Koopa
  8. Koopa Kapers
  9. Doors to Doom

Types of puzzles in Nintendo Adventure Books

Other terms used:

US vs UK versions with images

Double Trouble vs Leaping Lizards Front Covers

Book spines

Inside covers

First page

Double Trouble second page

Leaping Lizards second page

The back covers.Notice the full color images in the Mammoth published version and the advertising of unrelated books.