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Don’t you miss instruction manuals? Or even just paper? I know I do. And these photos make me miss them even more.

Over on 2ch, Japan’s biggest online forum, a series of Famicom-era instruction manuals were recently posted.

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Like the Famicom instruction manual, for example. This dates from 1983.

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A look inside.

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This is a manga-style instruction manual Nintendo included, called “It’s a Family Computer!!”

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See? Wonderful stuff.

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Xevious, a classic from Namco.

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And inside.

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Taito’s run-and-gun shooter Front Line. Love the colors.

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The drawings are cute, too.

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This is The Portopia Serial Murder Case from Enix. Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii designed this game.

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Very 1980s-style art, no? Yes.

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The highly influential Thexder.

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The manual points everything out. Literally.

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The Famicom Disk System.

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The Disk Writer.

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A flier regarding the network connection. People forget all the cutting edge things Nintendo has done. Shame on those people.

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The Disk System’s illustrated manga-style instruction manual.

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So great.

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The Dead Zone manual.

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Here’s the story explanation. Love this 80s art style.

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This is known as Crackout in the West.

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Fun little instruction manual.

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D’aw.

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D’aw.

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Dragonball, of course. (Of course!)

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How to play.

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SonSon, which Yoshiki Okamoto designed.

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This is terrific.

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In case you can read music. I cannot.

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Here’s Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei.

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Cool anime-style illustrations.

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Strategy game Sangokushi: Chuugen no Hasha.

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Inside.

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The instruction manual for this Little Lord Fauntleroy game looked like a newspaper.

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This is the other side.

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Sweet Home.

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The graphics might not look exactly like the drawings, but who cares?

There are even more manuals in the 2ch thread. Have a look at when times were simpler and required lots of tree cutting.

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