Brett Weiss's Classic Home Video Games 1985-1988 aims to provide detailed descriptions and reviews for every U.S. released game for the NES, Atari 7800, and the Sega Master System, with publisher/developer data and an average 125-185 words dedicated to each title.

Note that the book doesn't seek to include all that information for just the games released during the years in its title, but for all of the stateside games that shipped for those three consoles during their lifetimes.

It might sound too ambitious, but this isn't the first time Weiss has taken on a project like this, as this is actually a follow-up to Weiss' last book, Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984, which served as a guide for every U.S.-released game for ColecoVision, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, and a dozen other platforms.

The book's publisher McFarland has posted several pages from the 287-page book, which you can download as PDFs here. The author believes it's unlikely that you'll find copies of the book at your local shop, so your best bet is to buy direct from the publisher or from Amazon.

Classic Home Video Games 1985-1988 also includes a glossary for video game genres and terms used throughout the book, anecdotes from Weiss, and a preface from Bill “The Game Doctor” Kunkel, former executive editor of Electronic Games.

If you're waiting for a similar book that covers the generation of consoles that came after the NES, you're in luck! Weiss is currently working on a third Classic Home Video Games volume.

[Via Digital Press]