Nintendo has been delving into remakes lately, tapping into beloved classics to tug at the heartstrings of gamers. The revamped edition of Mario’s inaugural RPG escapade is at the forefront of this trend, sparking anticipation among fans.
While some players are yearning for a sequel to Super Mario RPG, they’ll have to make do with reliving the original adventure, albeit with updated graphics and gameplay. It’s a golden opportunity for younger Nintendo fans to dive into a timeless classic and for seasoned players to bask in the nostalgia of days gone by. As an added bonus, Nintendo is throwing in a sprinkle of nostalgia for fortunate gamers purchasing the game.
As highlighted by Nintendo Life, Nintendo has revealed that copies of Super Mario RPG in Japan will come with a physical game manual, harkening back to the classic Super Nintendo manuals. Staying true to its roots, this manual will not only provide insights into the characters but also offer gameplay tips and intriguing nuggets of lore. Early glimpses of the manual suggest that it sports an art style reminiscent of 90s manuals, complete with delightful illustrations of the game’s character ensemble.
While physical manuals might not hold the same weight for younger gamers, they evoke fond memories for many from Generation X and Millennials. Flipping through the booklet that accompanied a new game was an integral part of the gaming experience, offering gameplay basics and story information that hinted at the unfolding plot. The affection for these classic manuals has even inspired remarkable fan creations, such as the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet manuals paying homage to the past.
The official Super Mario RPG manual from Nintendo is poised to become a sought-after collector’s item. It won’t be surprising if fans outside Japan try to get their hands on copies online. Unfortunately, there’s no indication yet of an English version, and it remains uncertain if the Japanese version will be available at retailers beyond Japan. Nonetheless, American audiences have Super Mario RPG pre-order bonus content through GameStop, ensuring they aren’t entirely left out.
Nintendo is evidently riding the nostalgia wave with its classic remakes, and the release of an old-school manual is another step in that direction. Fans pining for the good old days have much to anticipate in the months ahead.