GameSpite's third quarterly issue takes the form of a huge encyclopedia of 8-bit videogame characters spanning three decades and systems as varied as the arcade, the NES, and the ZX Spectrum. A complete listing of contents is available at http://www.gamespite.net/toastywiki/index.php/Site/GSQ3TableOfContents
The Standard edition is 280 pages of content and is available only in paperback. It's all the tongue-in-cheek biographies of forgotten fictional characters a growing nerd could ever need.
The site currently hosted at GameSpite.net has been online in various incarnations since 1996, although it's only in the past few years that it's become a home to smart, incisive critiques by a loosely-associated team of writers.
Game Boy World: 1989 Published April 11, 2015
Game Boy World: 1989 Hardcover Edition Published April 10, 2015
The Anatomy of Mega Man, Vol. I Paperback Published September 01, 2014
The Anatomy of Mega Man, Vol. I Hardcover Published September 01, 2014
The Anatomy of Metroid, Vol. I (Pocket) Published April 06, 2014
The Anatomy of Super Mario, Vol. I (Pocket Ed.) Published April 05, 2014
The Anatomy of Metroid, Vol. II (Pocket) Published April 04, 2014
The Anatomy of Metroid, Vol. II (Hardcover) Published April 03, 2014