Hot on the heels of the Metroid II: Return of Samus announcement for Japan this week Nintendo of Europe has announced that Europe will be getting Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Thats two great games hitting the eShop this week in two different territories. I wonder what Nintendo of America will provide?
1.) Eh, I think the gameplay can stand toe-to-toe with the console games. The enemies, variety of bosses, locales, mini-games and secrets are top-notch and some of those features were never even touched upon in the console entries. The game is shorter than most the console titles, sure, but handheld games were shorter back then (as a standard).
The fact that you didn't play it until (somewhat) recently probably had an effect on your impressions, I would guess. Back in - what was it, 1992? '93? - the game was amazing!
2.) Yeah, most everything you need to know is actually "IN" the game now. True. But when I think about it, it wasn't the explanation of the controls or even the story that I read in the manuals. There was... like, other stuff. As Gui mentioned, there was art work. There were descriptions of enemies and funny comments from characters and even notes and messages from the developers themselves. And in Donky Kong Country's manual, Cranky would sometimes appear on certain pages and heckle DK and Diddy (and even the game itself). It was strangely charming to me as a kid. *shrugs*
Oh great, now I feel like going through my games and reading all the manuals, lol!
@GameDadGrant I totally agree manuals used to be so awesome. Sometimes they even contained critical information (StarTropics), or were required to help solve a puzzle (Layton Diabolical Box). Nintendo is probably one of the only companies who produces quality manuals these days, and in full colour to boot!
Actually there are a few downloadable games that remain obscure...like Kyotokei! I checked out the online manual for that game and it helped me out.
As for SML2, it is quirky enough that I'll give it another go. I wish I had played it back in the day. Nostalgia is the best.
I love older game manuals. Nintendo still does good ones (full color) but they've dropped in quality ever since they did the 3-language thing. Doesn't that use more paper in the long run anyway, when 100% of your audience won't use 2/3rds of the manual? Not to mention the manuals themselves get a lot shorter in that way.
I mean, look how great this is! It shows the worlds, introduces the Koopalings, and (my favorite part of any manual) goes through the cast/bestiary! The art is excellent and it's just a fun read all-around.
Pardon the link being a pirate-y site, it was the best one I could find with the SMB3 manual.
Game manuals definitely aren't nearly as good as they used to be. Look at most of EA's manuals...black and white, straight to the point, and short. Nintendo still does them well, but most other companies don't.