Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby VideoGameCritic » January 10th, 2015, 10:50 am

I noticed the latest Nintendo games (Hyrule, Smash Bros) came with colorful manuals.  They are modest (just a few pages) but better than nothing.  Is Nintendo trying to buck the trend?  I think it could be a small way for them to differentiate themselves from their competitors.  If people take pride in owning their games, they might just buy more.

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby Sut1 » January 10th, 2015, 5:01 pm

Although they are welcome and I much prefer to have a manual I don't think it would influence purchase decisions.

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby HardcoreSadism1 » January 10th, 2015, 7:32 pm

At least have an introductory/tutorial level in-game, acceptable alternative..

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby Greisha1 » January 10th, 2015, 10:18 pm

Naw. I bought NES Remix on the 3DS, and they put the manual on the game cart.

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby Pimphand_Gamester1 » January 11th, 2015, 10:35 am

I have never once in my life since the original SMB/Duckhunt ever looked at an instruction manual for a video game. It's pretty easy to figure out but I could see certain games like maybe Starcraft 2 or other complex strategy games having a manual being useful.

I'm very surprised any game publisher even produced manuals beyond the 90's. But of course there is always online manuals if anyone needs them.

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Nintendo bucking anti-instruction-manual trend?

Postby michaeld1 » January 11th, 2015, 11:10 am

They're not bucking the trend at all.  Mario Kart 8 only had a cheap pamphlet only explained the controls and nothing else (and even the game didn't explain much within it), Pokemon Y came with a redeem code for Torchic that was literally longer than the skimpy manual it came with and Kirby Triple Deluxe didn't even have one.  I know you clearly favor Nintendo this console cycle, but they're no different than the Sony or Microsoft you frequently criticize over this and shouldn't be let off the hook.


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