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SNES Classic's game manuals are now online, and they're wonderful

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Includes the full EarthBound player’s guide, too

Earthbound player’s guide cover Nintendo

As it did with the NES Classic, Nintendo has posted the manuals for all its SNES Classic games online. With the exception of the Star Fox 2 manual, which has some interactive elements and interesting behind-the-scenes pieces, all the instruction booklets are presented as PDFs. Better still, EarthBound’s manual (direct PDF link) is actually the 135-page strategy guide.

If you ever wanted to know the full story behind Donkey Kong Country, which begins, “It was a dark and stormy nite,” now’s your chance.

“Any original instruction manuals included with this software are digital reproductions of the original printed manuals,” each booklet says on the last page. “They are as faithful as possible to those documents and feature a bare minimum of edits. Reference may be made to features that can’t be used in this version of the game, or the contact information may no longer be valid. Some copyright information may be out-of-date. Please also note that printed manuals were not always released in multiple languages.”

Page from Super Mario World’s game manual
Somehow, I feel more confused after looking at this page.
Nintendo

You can view all the SNES Classic game manuals here or use the QR code — which is found in the console’s menu system — below.

QR code for SNES Classic game manuals