This 52-Page 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' Manual Is a Tribute to a Lost Art

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Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate today and it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. To remedy this, one Redditor has designed their own manual for the fighting game. The document, which people can download and print as a full color book, runs 52 pages long and covers both the basics and the esoteric systems of the deceptively simple fighting game.

It’s a beautiful and functional tribute to the lost art of the video game instruction manual—something Nintendo mastered during the days of the NES and Super Nintendo. Its manuals were bright, colorful, clear, and often fully illustrated. The original Legend of Zelda manual, for example, contained a bestiary with with full color illustrations art of the game’s monsters inserted


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