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Super Mario 3D Land Comes with No Manual in Japan

by Pedro Hernandez - November 1, 2011, 2:45 pm EDT
Total comments: 12 Source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=3231825...

Is this the end of paper manual in games?

The Japanese release of Super Mario 3D Land doesn't feature a traditional paper manual.

Instead, it comes with a note explaining to the player how to access the digital manual on the 3DS itself. While this so far only applies to the Japanese release of the game, there is a chance that the North American and European releases might feature the same initiative. EA and Ubisoft ditched some of their paper manuals in the past year, citing environmental concerns.

Super Mario 3D Land comes out in Japan on November 3. North American players will see the game on November 13.


CericNovember 01, 2011

I think this was a matter of time with the 3DS since its built in to have the manual.

KITT 10KNovember 01, 2011

Call me "old fashion", but I want a "paper" manual with my games. I have the X-Box 360 and 2 of my games, (Mortal Kombat and Batman: Markham City), only just came with the cases cover folded over with the fine print you always see on the back of a manual. I'm guessing this is mainly because of strategy guides but still, I like have a manual with game. But I'm sure some other people may feel differently, but this is just how I feel about it.

Mop it upNovember 01, 2011

I'm a little surprised it's taken this long for this movement to really get started. The interfaces of recent systems not only make it possible to have a digital manual, but it would also be more convenient for the player since they can just pause the game and load up the manual instead of having to fish it out of their case. They could also do things like implement a search feature so you don't have to page through it to find what you want.

broodwarsNovember 01, 2011

Well, this is a sad new development.  Nintendo made the best manuals in the industry, both detailed and rich in color.  Even with the rest of the industry sadly dropping the paper manual, I was hoping that Nintendo would hold on for at least a few more years.  I enjoyed reading those manuals, usually when I got home from getting the game or when waiting at the Blood Center.

While I loved the old manuals, the more recent manuals have been uninteresting (rote instructions with no handcrafted love, humor, or character) and unnecessary. Besides, modern games are so full of tutorials and other instructions, manuals are redundant. Worse, recent ones were a huge waste of paper with all of those languages included. Aside from easy access, the other benefit of having the manuals on 3DS is that screenshots are also in 3D, which isn't possible with paper.

CericNovember 01, 2011

I have to agree with Megabyte. 
In the past manuals were great.  Like the Warcraft or Wing Commander tomes of a Manual.  They really fleshed out the universe.  Now the last manual that I used was Monster Hunter for the attacks. Though that manual had some big holes as well.

YmeegodNovember 01, 2011

Yeah, I too loved the old ones that came with books instead of manuals, still have Baulder's Gate one laying around (couple hundred of pages). 

Still it does makes sense to ditch the manual, saves on material costs and on handhelds it's easier on the player since they can access it on the go.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorNovember 02, 2011

No manual?  No loss.

Giant holes in the case where there should be plastic protecting my $50 disc?  Grr. :(

At least the Japanese cases have neat inner box art displayed through those holes. Not so in the US.

CericNovember 02, 2011

Quote from: MegaByte

At least the Japanese cases have neat inner box art displayed through those holes. Not so in the US.

Darn NoA.

KDR_11kNovember 02, 2011

At least they're putting the manual on the cart, your average AAA game only comes with a slip telling you where to download the manual. And three different slips for the free DLC that comes with every damn copy anyway.

DanielMDaniel Mousseau, Staff AlumnusNovember 02, 2011

I think its good because if your like me, I don't take the game cases with me or the manuals. Perfect!

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