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Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
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Attachment The Kentrosaurus notably has a unique quirk in that it will panic if placed in the same enclosure with other large herbivores, barring some exceptions like the Stegosaurus. This is in contrast with the Prima guidebook that makes no mention of this behavior and even recommends to house the Kentrosaurus with all other herbivores in the game, which suggests that this was either a glitch or an oversight on the development team's part.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month July 7, 2024
Kentrosaurus article on JPOG Archive fan site:
https://lucca2951.wixsite.com/jp-genesis-archives/kentrosaurus

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Prima Official Guide (Pages 56-57 in the guidebook):
https://archive.org/details/Jurassic_Park_Operation_Genesis_Prima_Official_eGuide/page/n55/mode/2up
Hotel Mario
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Attachment In the prototype of Hotel Mario, walking Toads are used as Super Mushrooms and 1-Up collectables. The final game changes these Toad sprites to bouncing mushrooms, but the manual still refers to them as Toads.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month June 19, 2024
Star Fox Adventures
subdirectory_arrow_right Dinosaur Planet (Game)
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Attachment In the original Dinosaur Planet, Krystal would come across a pachycephalosaurid dinosaur at CloudRunner Fortress, who is revealed to be one of the SpellStone guardians, who also gives Krystal the Illusion spellpage to bypass the SharpClaw guards within the dungeon. In-game hints and task summaries reveal him to be of the "BoneHead" tribe.

This individual would appear in the final Star Fox Adventures, with his role slightly rewritten as the chief engineer at CloudRunner Fortress (The Queen CloudRunner took over his original role as the SpellStone Gatekeeper for this area). Talking to him in a cutscene will reveal his name to be "Gradabug". While not mentioned anywhere in-game, the Star Fox Adventures Nintendo Power guidebook reaffirms him belonging to the BoneHead tribe.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month June 1, 2024
BoneHead SpellStone guardian in Dinosaur Planet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEWGNBGf6CI?t=398

Gameplay Tasks and Clues - Dinosaur Planet wiki:
https://dinosaurpla.net/Main/Tech/Documentation/Gameplay-Tasks-and-Clues/

"Gradabug" in Star Fox Adventures:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxRhHtMw7E4?t=766

SFA Nintendo Power guidebook revealing his species name as "BoneHead":
https://archive.org/details/star-fox-adventures-nintendo-players-guide/page/98/mode/2up
Star Fox
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Attachment The hand-operated puppets utilized in Japanese promotional material for the first Star Fox game, as well as the cover of one of its guidebooks, were created by Takashi Yamazaki, a Japanese filmmaker and visual effects supervisor best known internationally for his 2023 film "Godzilla Minus One".
person Dinoman96 calendar_month May 15, 2024
Star Fox - Japanese promo store video featuring puppets:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hR4G8BK59c?t=130

Time Extenstion article:
https://www.timeextension.com/news/2024/05/seems-like-godzilla-minus-ones-director-worked-on-star-foxs-puppets

Takashi Yamazaki interview featuring attached image (text in Japanese):
https://cgworld.jp/interview/1502-entry010-admiration.html

Star Fox - Japanese guidebook cover with puppets:
https://twitter.com/ayano_harumaki/status/1790292102796153093
Yars' Revenge
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After killing the Swirl in mid-flight, a black vertical line appears across the spot where the Swirl was shot. This line is referred to under the Helpful Hints section in the game's manual as the "Ghost of Yars" and warns the player to stay off its "mean streak". If the Yar is in the lower third of the screen and the black spot on its back is aligned across the vertical line at the moment the explosion vanishes, the game ends and goes into the "Game Select" screen with "HSWWSH" in place of the player's score. These are the mirrored initials of the game's creator Howard Scott Warshaw.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month April 18, 2024
Yars' Revenge HSWWSH Easter egg:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x_EXUfqQcs

Yars' Revenge manual (Page 6):
https://atariage.com/manual_page.php?SystemID=2600&;SoftwareLabelID=603&ItemTypeID=¤tPage=8&maxPages=12
Star Fox 64
subdirectory_arrow_right Star Fox Command (Game)
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Attachment In Star Fox 64's ancillary material, Planet Aquas is said to be an entirely water planet with its surface 100% covered by oceans. Star Fox Command however, would contradict this by showing there to be islands on Aquas in the Slippy's Resolve ending; Command's official Japanese guidebook even claims that Aquas' surface is now only 80% comprised of oceans.

In a Q&A with Takaya Imamura in 2023 on this subject, he theorized that perhaps, somewhere in-between the events of Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Command, the islands were created by underwater volcanic belts within Aquas' oceans, likening it to the emergence of Nishinoshima, a volcanic island in the Ogasawara Archipelago.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month March 17, 2024
Q&A with Imamura on Aquas' islands in Command:
https://mond.how/ja/topics/cslbgsnp40hhhvr/nc932nhb30zo1js

English Translation of the above:

Q: According to the guidebook for "Star Fox 64," Aquas is said to be made entirely of water. However, in the guidebook for "Star Fox Command," Aquas is described as being 80% water, and one of the endings with Slippy and Amanda depicts the presence of islands. Is it permissible to speculate unofficially about what happened between '64' and 'Command'?

A: It's a recent memory, but the emergence of Nishinoshima, a volcanic island in the Ogasawara Archipelago, happened in the blink of an eye. Perhaps such a natural phenomenon occurred. Their environment is much more volatile than ours. It wouldn't be surprising if there were underwater volcanic belts on Aquas.

User's English translation of official Japanese Star Fox 64 guidebook:
https://www.reddit.com/r/starfox/comments/y8cwc9/finally_got_around_to_doing_translations/

User's English translation of official Japanese Star Fox Command guidebook:
https://www.reddit.com/r/starfox/comments/ysr1ip/behold_translations_of_characters_stages_bosses/
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
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Attachment In Capsule Corp, a yellow hovercar can be found to the left directly after entering the building. A scientist working on the hovercar reveals that it's a prototype model that he predicts will be a "huge hit" when it's finished and released. According to the game's official strategy guide, this hovercar is the same one used by Goku and his driving instructor in the "Dragon Ball Z" filler episode "Goku's Ordeal", where Goku and Piccolo are forced by Chi-Chi to take driving lessons.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month March 6, 2024
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land
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Attachment The instruction booklet for the game pays homage to the video game box art style used for games released on the Sega Master System. This also ties in with the original series where the lead characters Mordecai and Rigby can sometimes be seen playing games on a Sega Master System. Series creator J.G. Quintel revealed in a 2016 interview that it was his favorite video game console during his childhood.
person Tuli0hWut calendar_month February 15, 2024
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit!
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Attachment The manual for Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! is a bait and switch, as it is only 6 pages long and has a giant sticker obscuring the detailed text on pages 4 and 5 reading "REAL MEN DON'T NEED INSTRUCTIONS", intended as a joke in theme with the original TV series. This manual has been posted around on the internet frequently over the years, but often without the context that the game did come with a poster, stylized as a blueprint, containing game hints. The last two sentences in the bottom-right corner of the manual do reference this poster:

"Although it's frowned upon by the most macho of the breed, some real men actually refer to blue prints for help. If you find yourself in need of - dare we say it? - instructions, you can refer to the enclosed poster blue prints for hints."
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person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 28, 2024
Manual:
https://archive.org/details/home-improvement-usa/page/n1/mode/2up

Blue print poster (photos of front and back of poster included in the file contents of the above Internet Archive link):
https://ia903200.us.archive.org/5/items/home-improvement-usa/Home%20Improvement%20Poster%20Back.jpg
Mr. Gimmick
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According to the Scandinavian manual for Mr. Gimmick, the girl Yumetaro must rescue is named Mary. In all other releases of the game, she is unnamed. During development, she was planned to be named either "Kasumi" or "Ayaka".
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 25, 2024
Scandinavian manual - mentioned multiple times, including Page 3 (Page 5 in the filename listing):
https://www.nintandbox.net/index.php/en/nintendo-boxes-project/NES-Famicom/Mr-Gimmick/MrGimmick_NES-Manual_EUR(NES-G8-SCN).zip/file-1687/

Russian magazine on Gimmick - Page 10:
https://issuu.com/dfmag/docs/df_mag__5
Super Smash Bros. Melee
subdirectory_arrow_right Vs. Mach Rider (Game), Mach Rider (Game), Captain Rainbow (Game), Mach Rider (Collection)
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Attachment Both Mach Rider's identity and gender are ambiguous. They are portrayed with a muscular build, and the NES and Famicom versions' manuals never use any gendered pronouns to refer to them. The arcade port Vs. Mach Rider's stage clear screens slowly introduce piece-by-piece an image of a skimpily-dressed woman (bearing similarities to Jane Fonda's appearance in the 1968 film Barbarella) holding a dagger, but it is never specified if this character is Mach Rider, or one of the other wasteland survivors. However, Mach Rider's trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Melee years later lists them as a male character with he/him pronouns. Even later on, Captain Rainbow, a game centered around obscure and neglected Nintendo heroes, has an unused model for Mach Rider that, while not having visible breasts due to wearing armor, portrays them with a feminine skinny waist.
Star Fox Adventures
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Attachment Star Fox Adventures' Japanese localization marks the first and only instance of the Star Fox team's robotic operator, ROB 64, actually being referred to as such in-game (at least through the Japanese subtitles) by his teammates (ロブ), as opposed to by his usual Japanese name, NUS (ナウス). This also occurs in Farewell Beloved Falco, the Japan-only manga prologue to Star Fox Adventures.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 16, 2024
Star Fox Adventures Japanese playthrough:
https://youtu.be/rF0oUIu56kY?list=PLNQca9Z15B3Cwq7rwz2GeE0Bkvcu546e8&;t=1111

Scan of SFA Japanese guidebook:
https://i.imgur.com/zHGTWkf.jpg

Last panel of Japanese Farewell Beloved Falco, notice how Fox refers to ROB as ロブ (Rob) instead of ナウス (NUS):
https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ngc/gsaj/history/page/p64.jpg
Donkey Kong 64
subdirectory_arrow_right DK: King of Swing (Game)
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Attachment Donkey Kong 64 features a unnamed bat enemy found within certain stages such as Fungi Forest, Creepy Castle and Crystal Caves. This enemy would reappear in future games such as DK: King of Swing but under a seemingly new name: Flipflap.

It turns out that this particular name was already used for this enemy back in the Japanese localization of Donkey Kong 64. In the bestiary within the official Japanese DK64 guidebook, they are named フリップフラップ (Furippufurappu), which of course translates to Flipflap in English.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month January 15, 2024
The Legend of Zelda
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The backstory of the Triforce was inspired by the battles of medieval Europe according to the writer of the game's manual Kejii Terui.
person Twilight Sparkle calendar_month December 18, 2023
Archived official website of Keiji Terui:
https://web.archive.org/web/20040925210737/http://oni.skr.jp/terui.html

"ちなみにゲームの仕事は、任天堂より初代「ゼルダの伝説」のストーリーを頼まれたのがきっかけです。(当時「デス・マウンテン」と呼んでいた)中世ヨーロッパの覇権争いに似た話を書き、トライフォースの伝説を作りました。バラバラになったアイテムを拾い集めるという今ではどうって事のないシステムですが、当時は結構斬新だったのです。(それが自慢!)"
Sonic Underground
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The story section of Sonic Underground's manual has numerous inconsistencies with the plot of the show it's based on, though are still featured in early production documents. These include:

• Robotnik at one point being referred to as "Sheriff Robotnik", likely a reference to the Sheriff of Nottingham from the legend of Robin Hood. He does not bare this title in the show itself; early leaks to the show's plot prior to release also reference his role as a sheriff, suggesting it was a scrapped concept from early on in development.
• The Oracle of Delphius being banished to the Frozen Wastes by Robotnik and passing away from unknown causes sometime after, telling Sonic how to reunite with his siblings in his dying breath. While the Oracle does take up residence in Ice Cap in the final show, he was not banished there, nor does he ever die.
• The Medallions being stated to be golden, but in the final show they bare a more silver coloration. Another detail stated in the manual but not in the final show is that they each possess three notes engraved into them.
• Robotnik's given motive for finding Queen Aleena is so that he can marry her and make her his consort, as he believes that by doing so he can become the rightful ruler of Mobius. While not his overall motive in the final show, the episode "Wedding Bell Blues" did use a similar premise for its plot.
• While not in early production documents, the game's manual states that it ends with Sonic, Manic and Sonia reuniting with their mother, which never actually happened in the original show, making it the only piece of Sonic Underground-related media where this goal is actually accomplished.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month December 15, 2023
Snowboard Kids 2
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Attachment The main antagonist Damien attempts to cause trouble for the Snowboard Kids throughout the game after his entrance and declaration to conquer Snow Town are completely ignored. Following along with this, a sprite animation of Damien yelling can be found hiding in the sidelines of seven of the game's courses. Damien's irrelevancy is joked at further in the game's manual, where the first six pages after the Table of Contents appear to show him "crash-landing" into the manual and observing some of the instructions and story events from the top-left corner before entering the story himself, as well as the background image of these pages (and also the very last two pages of the manual) being a close-up shot of Damien hopelessly yelling for attention.
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month December 10, 2023
Damien sprite cameos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emrjfTi_Gng

Snowboard Kids 2 manual (Pages 4-9, 38-39):
https://manuall.co.uk/nintendo-n64-snowboard-kids-2/
Action 52
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Attachment Action 52 came with a leaflet explaining that the games Alfred and the Fetucini's[sic] and Jigsaw could only be unlocked by completing Ooze. In reality, the prior two games are not playable on NES hardware and the latter game is unwinnable.
Spot: The Video Game
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Attachment Spot: The Video Game has a hidden credits scene that can occur after watching an all-CPU game, taking place on the game's victory screen. Virgin developers were not allowed to put credits inside games, only in manuals, so this was a way of hiding the credits in the game. The Japanese version adds credits to the game.
Star Fox Command
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Attachment One of the Anglar Army's commanders in Star Fox Command is a hammerhead shark looking character named "Zako", who's also a subordinate of Octoman.

His Japanese name, however, is シャーマン (Shāman), which can either translate to just "Shaman" or even "Sherman". Looking at the English text provided in the official Japanese Star Fox Command guidebook, it seems the intended name is "Sharman". It's fairly obvious that his name is combination of "Shark" and "Man", and that it's also meant to complement and mirror Octoman's name.
Bad News Baseball
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In the page of the manual for Bad News Baseball that introduces the girls' team mode, it explains that the girls' mode still shows boys in the cutscenes and follows up with "sorry for letting you down".
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 15, 2023
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