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Topic: Videogame booklets..... A thing of the past??

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HawkeyeWii

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I just picked up my pre-ordered copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD this afternoon and as I gleefully ripped through the factory sealed rapping I was thinking I can't wait to look through the game booklet to at least see some of the new features added to the Wii U version, not to mention Nintendo has always had nice quality game booklets and to my surprise.... there was a piece of paper that said "Push the home button on your gamepad for the electronic manual". It is great and all in this day and age to be conserving on paper and all that, but am I the only one that really misses the nice video game booklets that would come with every game we bought?

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Ryno

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No, you are not the only one. Sadly this is the direction physical copies of games are going. I miss the manuals, posters and maps included with games of the past.

I miss Japanese games, the good stuff... Games that are imaginative, have good and unique gameplay, a great soundtrack, and replay value.
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CanisWolfred

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I didn't even read instruction manuals back when they meant something. Seriously, what purpose would they serve in an age of cutscenes and forced tutorials? Good riddance, I say.

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@CanisWolfred Tutorials have been around for quite some time even when instruction booklets were going strong. I don't know about you, but when I buy something I expect to have ever thing that comes with it and that includes a nice manual with the controls, info on the plot, etc.. Also I like collecting games as well, so that may have a bigger impact on me. I like having everything that comes with a game and keep it together in nice shape.

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@CanisWolfred Tutorials have been around for quite some time even when instruction booklets were going strong. I don't know about you, but when I buy something I expect to have ever thing that comes with it and that includes a nice manual with the controls, info on the plot, etc.. Also I like collecting games as well, so that may have a bigger impact on me. I like having everything that comes with a game and keep it together in nice shape.

Personally, I'd rather a company didn't waste money on frivilous things that no one has any use for. And you're right, Tutorials were a thing while there were still manuals. That's why I never had to read a manual. When I get stuck in a game, I'd sooner look online than flip through an instruction booklet. I just don't see them as practical anymore, and I'm guessing companies aren't seeing it as practical either.

Having things is nice, but sometimes it's better to not have things if those things aren't really useful.

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I, too, like having a good instruction manual. It's a nice complement to the game, and it can have nice tidbits on the story or character's back story. Sometimes, it's just nice to read them for the illustrations. I think we pay enough for games that developers can throw in a manual. :(

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No I'm also really sad to see that Nintendo have stopped making proper instructions, I really enjoyed reading them because they always had a lot of effort put into them with all the lovely artwork and detailed descriptions. It would seem that Nintendo stopped making them at the same time they began releasing the eShop versions of retail games. The lack of good old instruction booklets is gonna really hurt towards the end of the year with all the great games coming.

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DestinyMan

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I miss the instruction manuals that were more entertaining than they were instructional. The Donkey Kong Country and WarioWare manuals are excellent examples of this.

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During a Donkey Kong Country manual, Cranky Kong would make funny remarks throughout the manual criticizing the game instructions and the game itself. During the copyright warning, Cranky would say, "Copy?! Who'd want to copy this game?!" The whole manual would be littered with amusing little comments like that. I don't look forward to the day when I open my copy of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and find no manual with Cranky in it. I imagine the digital manual will have Cranky say "In my day, we used to read these instructions in stupid little books in paper in our own hands!"

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Wario games were also fun to read too, such as the ones for Wario World and the WarioWare series. Wario himself would explain the game, and in the WarioWare games, the other characters would join along and there would even be stickers and puzzles.

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Tasuki

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Yep I miss them too. Especially the ones from back in the NES days.

I went on this rant about a year ago when I picked up NSMB2 on the 3DS

In fact here's the thread on it

http://www.nintendolife.com/forums/retro/insturction_manuals_...

But yeah I feel the same way as I do now. Unfortunately I hate to say it but manuals are just a thing of the past now which is a real shame.

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they were kinda cool when they had art and graphics and story when the game...didn't, but now I fail to see the point.

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Link-Hero

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I pretty much agree with CanisWolfred here. Almost every single game I owned back then, I didn't even look inside the manual. Back in the day before I discovered the internet (which was the early 2000's and before), I just try to either figure it on my own, or follow the in-game tutorials. The only time I remember looking inside the manuals was for the pictures when I was extremely bored. Even then, I don't remember much about them.

Manuals are a waste of paper and I'm glad more and more companies are finally getting rid of them.

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Ryno

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@DestinyMan: The Donkey Kong Country manual is great! In fact a lot of the old NES and SNES manuals are still fun to read through!

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8BitSamurai wrote:

I, too, like having a good instruction manual. It's a nice complement to the game, and it can have nice tidbits on the story or character's back story. Sometimes, it's just nice to read them for the illustrations. I think we pay enough for games that developers can throw in a manual. :(

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It's not about conserving paper...heh, that's just an excuse. It's more about profit on the $50/$60 game. Inflation cuts into profits at the same price point wheras removing manuals has the opposite effect while keeping the prices the same. Also they want to encourage digital.

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WildMan

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I don't really mind the lack of a manual. I never read them, and they're just a waste of paper and money.

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I miss the manuals, Nintendo always made good uns.

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I never really cared much about the manuals. I don't even care about the disc or case either. I just want the game.

Even the Hyrule History that comes in the WWHD bundle is digital. Saves on shipping :P I honestly don't mind. I just wish they would have digital pre-order bonus on stuff you can usually get at GS. I don't like having stuff laying around.

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WhereEaglesDare

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Banker-Style wrote:

I miss the manuals, Nintendo always made good uns.

They still do, they're just digital now.

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GuSolarFlare

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I liked the manuals also because of the smell.... they smelled like a new Card Booster Pack! I love it!!! :D

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SCAR392 wrote:

I never really cared much about the manuals. I don't even care about the disc or case either. I just want the game.

Even the Hyrule History that comes in the WWHD bundle is digital. Saves on shipping :P I honestly don't mind. I just wish they would have digital pre-order bonus on stuff you can usually get at GS. I don't like having stuff laying around.

Same here. To me, Digital Artbooks/Soundtracks would be wonderful. I just wind up burning the CDs to my harddrive anyways, then putting them in storage.

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