Nintendo has released manuals for all games included on the Nintendo Classic Mini.
The retro-remake console, which is now available to purchase, comes with 30 in-built classic titles from the original NES console. A manual for each and every game can now be downloaded from Nintendo.
The manuals are available in two versions: PDF and Printed. The latter are recreations of the original manuals, and are, rather confusingly, also in PDF format.
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Here’s an excerpt from the “PDF” version of the Super Mario Bros. 3 manual.
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And here’s a page from the Printed version.
You can imagine which one we prefer. With the help of a high-quality printer and some binding equipment, these could make the perfect accompaniment to a NES Classic Edition.
Many, many years ago, games were sold in oversized boxes with luxuriant manuals that extended for dozens, and in rare cases, hundreds of pages. The advent of DVD cases shrank these wonderful tomes down, and eventually they were superseded by in-game tutorials and online guidance.
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There was something uniquely riveting about opening a game box and leafing through an enormous text which laid its systems bare. It gave each game an impression of vastness and broad possibility. Games change on such a regular basis these days, and it’s quite a challenge to patch / update the text on a piece of paper (don’t do it, we’ve tried) so we’ll never see their inky, cumbersome like again.