Let Zelda Remakes Show You How Instruction Booklets Are Vanishing

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These days, many companies—Nintendo, included—have been moving away from game booklets. That's making some nostalgic for the days of printed instructions.

Newly released The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D does not come with a printed instruction booklet in Japan, something Twitter user Cocoa was quick to point out was a buzzkill.

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There's simply a notice telling folks that the manual is now digital and gives instructions on how to access it.

This lack of physical instructions shouldn't be a surprise! Lately, Nintendo has been releasing digital ones.

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But Cocoa provided a reminder that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D did include printed instructions—even if that was a fold out instead of an actual booklet.

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But that was 2011, you say! You're right. It was.

I can see why Nintendo wouldn't include a printed instruction booklet and instead offer a digital one. It saves on printing costs and reflects the world we live in. But people who are purchasing a physical copy of the game probably want a nice little booklet.

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DISCUSSION

I always really liked getting the printed manual. I wish companies would continue to provide them with their games in physical form!

Honestly, I feel a little ripped off when I open a game for the first time and all that's in there (besides the game itself) is a 1-page insert, which is often an ad for another game.