Seeing A Video Game Instruction Manual In 2019 Makes Me So Happy

Seeing A Video Game Instruction Manual In 2019 Makes Me So Happy
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No matter how good or bad sexy pinball game Senran Kagura Peach Ball turns out, I will always remember it for the kindness of providing me a tiny manual in these days of physical video game instruction scarcity.

My love of video game manuals is well-documented. Years ago, during the launch of the Wii U, I wrote an article titled “I Miss Game Manuals So Much I’d Pay Extra For One.” I stand by that post.

There is nothing like popping the plastic on a new game, cracking the shell, and inhaling the heady scent of ink and glossy paper. There was a time when all games came with these tiny information-packed booklets. Part of my game-purchasing ritual was stopping at a restaurant after the game store to thumb through manuals while fuelling up.

Even the silliest games came with colourful reading material. Now it seems like it’s only the silliest games that do.

I’d say Marvellous’ Senran Kagura series is a guilty pleasure, but I don’t feel guilty. The series is completely absurd, in case the latest instalment’s furry ninja pinball theme didn’t make that clear. I embrace this racy weirdness, and now the series has paid me back in the form of a tiny booklet.

And the booklet is super tiny, maybe three inches tall, and that’s fine. A big deal was made during the turn of the decade about doing away with game manuals in order to save trees. Surely no one would miss the sad little trees needed to make such a minuscule manual.

Maybe I don’t know how things like forestry and papermaking work. What I do know is that tiny colourful booklets reek of new-game joy and make cases feel just a little bit weightier on store shelves.

Wait, what’s this?

Oh wow, stickers! These are going on the kids’ backpacks.


  • Alright, I was thinking, “All this for a little booklet?” but then I’m reading about stickers?
    Way to bury the lede, guy. ALL GAMES SHOULD COME WITH STICKERS. For adorning our laptops, desktops, consoles and gamepads.

      • Well. Boobs is a poor example, but can you imagine if Breath of the Wild 2 comes with stickers? Would you not festoon your gaming equipment with chibi Link, Zelda, and Moblin stickers? What about Spiderman? God of War? Hells yes.

  • My friend just got a switch with Zelda, he’s also a bit conservative when it comes to lewd stuff. This will be a hilarious gift one day

  • You know wahat would also be cool with that manual?

    An actual physical game since EU/AU only gets a digital release…

    • I think Nintendo do this on purpose. The Switch is region free so Nintendo only bothers to make physical releases in select regions.

      If people honestly want the physical copy, they’ll import any way thus Nintendo are just avoiding “potential losses” by only manufacturing in select areas.

      • Except the decision for physical/digital is usually a publisher decision and not Nintendo’s call…

        In this case its XSeed deciding it was worth the extra step to print a physical release with Manual and all for the NA region and Marvelous EU basically deciding it’s not worth it to make a production run in EU. Which is kinda annoying since they own the license themselves which means they don’t loose any money at all in “licensing” fees vs Xseed who is copping production and license fees…

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