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Chris Scullion


The platformer is one of the most well-loved video game genres ever, having entertained players for over 40 years. Jumping For Joy is a celebration of everything platform games have to offer, spanning their entire history.

The first part of the book is a complete guide to every platform game starring Mario, Nintendo’s mascot and the most popular video game character of all time. With nearly 80 games featured in this section, it’s the definitive history of a true gaming hero. There are always two sides to every story, though, so the second part of the book focuses on every one of the 50+ platformers starring Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario’s former rival.

After this it’s the book’s main course: a huge 100-page section detailing 50 other iconic and notable platform games covering the entire history of gaming, from the days of the Atari 2600 and ZX Spectrum all the way up to the Nintendo Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Whether you’re a long-time veteran of platform gaming or a newcomer who wants to learn more about one of the most entertaining genres in video games, this is the perfect book for you. And there are some bad jokes in there too, if that’s your thing.





















Publishers: #PenAndSword (Pen & Sword Books) #WhiteOwl (White Owl)

Languages: #English

Accessibility: N/A

Year: #Year2022



Public Figures:



#Abzu (Abzu)

#AdventureIsland (Adventure Island, Adventure Island II, Super Adventure Island, Super Adventure Island II)

#Aladdin (Aladdin)

#AlexKidd (Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Alex Kidd in Shinobi World) #AlienHominid (Alien Hominid)

#ApeEscape (Ape Escape, Ape Escape 2, Ape Escape: On The Loose, Ape Escape 3)

#Astal (Astal)

#Astro (Astro's Playroom, The Playroom, The Playroom VR, Astro Bot Rescue Mission)

#BanjoKazooie (Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts)

#BitTrip (Bit.Trip Runner)

#Blinx (Blinx: The Time Sweeper)

#Bloodstained (Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night)

#Bonk (Bonk's Adventure, Bonk's Revenge, Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure, Super Bonk)

#Braid (Braid)

#Broforce (The Expendabros)

#BruceLee (Bruce Lee)

#BubbleBobble (Bubble Bobble, Parasol Stars, Bubble Symphony)

#Bubsy (Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, Bubsy II, Bubsy 3D, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back)

#Bug (Bug!)

#Castlevania (Castlevania, Castlevania III: Dracula's Quest, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)

#CaveStory (Cave Story)

#Celeste (Celeste)

#ClockworkKnight (Clockwork Knight)

#CloudberryKingdom (Cloudberry Kingdom)

#CrashBandicoot (Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex)

#Croc (Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Croc 2, Croc GBC, Croc 2 GBC)

#Cuphead (Cuphead)

#DecapAttack (Decap Attack)

#Dizzy (Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy World Dizzy, Fantastic Dizzy)

#DonkeyKong (Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 94, Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong Land III, Donkey Kong 64, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, DK: King of Swing, DK Jungle Climber)

#DoodleJump (Doodle Jump, Doodle Jump Kinect, Doodle Jump Journey, Doodle Jump Adventures, Doodle Jump Arcade)

#DuckTales (DuckTales, DuckTales: The Quest for Gold, DuckTales 2, DuckTales: Remastered)

#EarthwormJim (Earthworm Jim, Earthworm Jim 2, Earthworm Jim 3D, Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy)

#FlimbosQuest (Flimbo's Quest)


#Gris (Gris)

#HarmoKnight (HarmoKnight)

#Headlander (Headlander)

#HostMaster (Host Master Deux: Quest For Identity)

#Illusion (Castle of Illusion, Land of Illusion, Legend of Illusion World of Illusion)

#ImpossibleMission (Impossible Mission)

#Inside (Playdead's Inside)

#ItTakesTwo (It Takes Two)

#Jak (Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II, Jak 3, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier)

#JamesPond (James Pond 2: Robocod)

#JetCarStunts (Jet Car Stunts)

#Journey (Journey)

#JumpBug (Jump Bug)

#JumpingFlash (Jumping Flash!)

#Kameo (Kameo: Elements of Power)

#KidKool (Kid Kool)

#Kirby (Kirby's Adventure, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land)

#Klonoa (Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil, Klonoe: Empire of Dreams, Klonoa)

#Limbo (Limbo)

#LittleBigPlanet (LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet 3, Sackboy: A Big Adventure)

#Maestro (Maestro! Jump In Music)

#MagicalHat (Magical Hat's Turbo Flight! Adventure)

#Mario (Mario Bros., Mario Bros. Special, Punch Ball Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros., Vs. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros Special, Super Mario Bros. 2, All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros, Kaettekita Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. USA, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Land, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Mario Clash, BS Super Mario USA, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Super Mario 64, Super Mario 64 DS, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Super Mario Advance, Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Yoshi's Story, Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Universal Gravitation, Yoshi Touch & Go, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's Woolly Woorld, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario 3D All-Stars, Super Mario Bros 35, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario U, Super Mario 3D World, Super Princess Peach, #WarioLand [Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Wario Land II, Wario Land 3, Wario Land 4, Wario Land: Shake It!], Wario World, Wario: Master of Disguise, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, #PaperMario (Super Paper Mario), Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker 2, Super Mario Run, Yoshi's Crafted World)

#MegaMan (Mega Man 2, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Mega Man Legacy Collection, Mega Man Legacy Collection 2)

#Metroid (Metroid, Metroid Prime, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid Dread)

#MightyNo9 (Mighty No 9)

#MinerWilly (Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, The Perils of Willy, Jet Set Willy II)

#MirrorsEdge (Mirror's Edge)

#N (N)

#NeverAlone (Never Alone)

#Ori (Ori and the Blind Forest)

#PacMan (Pac-Land, Pac-In-Time, Pac-Man World, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures)

#Pandemonium (Pandemonium!)

#Pinocchio (Pinocchio)

#Pitfall (Pitfall!, Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure, Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle, Pitfall: The Lost Expedition)

#Portal (Portal)

#PrinceOfPersia (Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within)

#PsychoFox (Psycho Fox)

#Psychonauts (Psychonauts)

#RainbowIslands (Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2)

#RatchetAndClank (Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart)

#Rayman (Rayman Legends, Rayman, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Rayman Origins)

#Rime (Rime)

#ShadowComplex (Shadow Complex)

#ShovelKnight (Shovel Knight, Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Shovel Knight: King of Cards)

#SlyCooper (Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time)

#Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic CD, Sonic Chaos, Sonic Triple Trouble, Knuckles' Chaotix, Tails Adventure, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Blast, Sonic Jam, Sonic Adventure, Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Advance, Sonic Advance 2, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic Mega Collection, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Advance 3, Sonic Gems Collection, Sonic Rush, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Rivals, Sonic Rivals 2, Sonic 2006, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic Rush Adventure, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, Sonic Colors, Sonic Colors Ultimate, Sonic Generations, Sonic Jump, Sonic Dash, Sonic Lost World, Sonic Jump Fever, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, Sonic Runners, Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, Sonic Mania, Sonic Runners Adventure, Sonic Mania Plus, Sonic Forces, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, Sonic Origins)

#SoundShapes (Sound Shapes)

#Spelunky (Spelunky, Spelunky Classic, Spelunky 2)

#SplosionMan ('Splosion Man)

#Spyro (Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Season of Flame, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, #Skylanders [Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure])

#Superfrog (Superfrog)

#SuperMeatBoy (Super Meat Boy)

#Tempo (Super Tempo)

#TheCave (The Cave)

#TheJungleBook (The Jungle Book)

#TheLionKing (The Lion King)

#TombRaider (Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider 2013)

#Trackmania (Trackmania)

#Trials (Trials HD)

#Trolls (Trolls)

#TwoPointHospital (Twho Point Hospital)

#Unravel (Unravel Two)

#VibRibbon (Vib Ribbon)


#Wild9 (Wild 9)

#YookaLaylee (Yooka-Laylee, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair)

#Zool (Zool)




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