The Super Mario Encyclopedia is preceded by New York Times bestseller The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, The Art of Splatoon, and The Art of Fire Emblem Awakening.
The original book came out in Japan in 2015, and an English translation was reportedly set to be released on June 15th previous year, according to Amazon preorders, but those listings were taken down without an explanation.
While it's disappointing that Mario's most varied adventure and his many, many spin-offs won't make it into book form (not yet, anyway), Dark Horse do such a loving job with their publishing and Western localization that it's going to be a must-have for anyone out there not named Bowser. The encyclopedia covers virtually all Super Mario titles up to Super Mario 3D World.
The 256-page book actually sounds like it might double as something of a strategy guide for the series. This tome also contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom-even explanations of glitches! "Track the evolution of the Goomba, witness the introduction of Yoshi, and relive your favorite levels", the book's listing reads on Amazon. Amazon listings also suggest that there will be releases in the United Kingdom and Europe, but that is not official just yet. There's no word on whether or not Dark Horse also plans to release a special edition of the Super Mario Encylopedia. Encyclopedia is set to release on October 23rd for $39.99.