Upcoming Projects and Updates for the New Year

Happy 2020 Everyone! We have a ton of things in store for everyone this year and hope you will join us on this wild journey.

Friday the 13th Hardcover NES Book!

First up we just launched The Easy Way: Friday the 13th which is the first in a series of comprehensive guides by 8-Bit Steve on videos games that can be beaten by players of any skill. It’s been live on Kickstarter for a short while and is fully funded already!


Project Updates

The Complete Virtual Boy book has been released and I am still waiting on the wooden book covers to be sent over. They are done however once I receive them I will have to ink, stain and gloss each one which will take some time. I will mail them out in order of backing as I finish each one!

The Complete Virtual Boy


Walter Day’s Gaming Superstars is completely finished and Walter Should be getting the book shipment any day now. From here on out he will be handling everything with that release.


The Switch Collector: Volume One is completely written and in the finalization process. Backer contributor reviews have been trickling in and I am in the process of compiling everything together. The goal is to be done with everything by the end of the month to start the editing process, then it will be on to publishing which takes 6-8 weeks. That means things are pointing to a spring release to have the book in everyone’s hands!

The Switch Collector: Volume One (Preorder)


The Way Ahead for 2020

The Complete Genesis is nearing completion and will be the next big collector’s book I release. I have been working on it on and off for a couple years now and things are going to be a bit different with modernized layouts that have been incorporated into my newer releases, but will still keep the collector’s aspect that the series is known for.


The Switch Collector “Year Two” will begin production as soon as Volume One is finished and sent off to the publisher. Year Two will likely consist of Two Book Volumes and will take some time to complete as we will be working on these in tandem. Just because each year has more games, does not mean we will be skimping on content as we want to do things the right way!


The Complete NES Re-Release has been requested by lots of people and, in true Hagen’s Alley fashion, I will be reformating the entire book, reworking the written reviews to match my other releases. This will essentially be a brand new book by that point and a must own for anyone obsessed with the Nintendo Entertainment System like I am!


Other Guides and Books are also in the works as I have a few authors signed to Hagen’s Alley Books (like 8-Bit Steve). There are other projects, like game releases, that we will be working on in tandem with book releases.

Let’s see how much we can get done in 2020 as this seems to be the most packed year yet!

Thanks for your continued support!

Jeffrey Wittenhagen – Hagen’s Alley

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Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe & the Nintendo Direct Mini | Switchmania Playcast Episode 42

Streets of Red: Devil’s Dare Deluxe is a beat’em up with classic gaming roots, but with permadeath! How did everyone fare? Also, Nintendo dropped a Direct Mini this past week, which we talk about. Time to get Barry fired up!
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Kemono Heroes | Switchmania Playcast Episode 41

This week we go over Kemono Heroes by Mad Gear Games. How does this cooperative platforming game hold up with all the similar games on the Switch? How many times will we mistakenly call it Kemono Warriors? Will Jeffrey mess up the recording this week? Let’s dig into this one!
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Rune Factory 4 Special | Switchmania Playcast Episode 40

It’s time to play Rune Factory 4 Special which Barry has been going on about for weeks. What did we all think about it and did JP actually play it? SPOILER: JP isn’t on this episode… haha All this and Corona talk on this episode of the Playcast!
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The Switch’s Third Birthday & The Town of Light | Switchmania Playcast Episode 39

The Switch just had its Third Birthday and we are celebrating! There is a huge poll with tons of fan comments and we will go over our favorite moments from the Third Year of our favorite console. With JP back we are also going to cover The Town of Light along with feedback from all of the listeners who played along with us.
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Rune Factory 4, Furwind, Darksiders Genesis & More! | Switchmania Playcast Episode 38

This week while JP is away at PAX East, Barry and Jeff go over some of the games they have been playing. From Rune Factory 4 and Furwind to Darksiders Genesis and of course Dragon Quest XI progress, there is a ton to chat about and we are on a time crunch!
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore | Switchmania Playcast Episode 37

Is there an impending gloom and doom coming for limited companies? This week we go over a lot of collecting nuances for the Switch, what is available, and Barry tries to sell us on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore that was released last month. This should be a fun one!
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Arms | Switchmania Playcast Episode 36

It’s time to revisit the first-party Nintendo Switch year one title Arms! This weird and wacky fighting game is something we haven’t played in awhile and we wanted to check it out. How does it stand the test of time and does JP join us for the ride?
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