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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 Captain Rainbow (Game), Vs. Mach Rider (Game), Mach Rider (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 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 panal 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
Baseball
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In the generic NES Baseball game, there is a glitch where fielders temporarily disappear. This is addressed in the game's manual as simply "Not a malfunction" without further context.
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person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 14, 2023
Zoop
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Attachment Print adverts for Zoop give the pieces in the game their own names:

• The olive-shaped green piece is called "Ganggreenus"
• The martini-glass-shaped purple piece is called "Martinicocki"
• The boomerang-shaped blue piece is called "Infectococci"
• The baby's-dummy-shaped orange piece is called "Lockjawbacilli"
• The yellow splat-shaped piece, used as a power-up in the game, is called "Fungusamungus"
• A spiral-shaped piece, not present in the game but resembling the spring power-ups, is called "Mosquitick"

It should be noted that the splat and spring pieces are given different names in the game's manual: "Color Bomb" and "Bonus Spring" respectively.

The patterned square pieces from the Game Boy version of the game do not have names.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month November 5, 2023
Tetris
subdirectory_arrow_right Jeopardy (Franchise), Jeopardy (Collection)
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Attachment In 2019, a meme image was posted by Twitter user Vecchitto showing a fake page from the Tetris manual giving the Tetrominos their own names:

• J is "Orange Ricky"
• L is "Blue Ricky"
• Z is "Cleveland Z"
• S is "Rhode Island Z"
• I is "Hero"
• T is "Teewee"
• O is "Smashboy"

Later in the same year, these fake names would appear on an episode of Jeopardy!, mistaken for official Tetris names - despite being incorrect, the player given the question still answered correctly.
Star Fox 64
subdirectory_arrow_right Star Fox: Assault (Game), Star Fox Zero (Game), Star Fox Command (Game), Star Fox (Franchise)
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Attachment According to the official Japanese Star Fox 64 guidebook, the main driving point for Wolf O'Donnell's rivalry with Fox McCloud is the fact that Wolf was previously rivals with his father, James. This is alluded to in-game with various voice clips from Wolf across Star Fox 64, Star Fox Assault and Star Fox Zero, and it's also reiterated in the timeline of events provided in Star Fox Command's official Japanese guidebook.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month November 3, 2023
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/

SF64 English quotes:
https://youtu.be/uVlGrXk9ybE?t=9

SF64 Japanese quotes for good measure:
https://youtu.be/dZ3TnqHmEaU?t=2

SF Assault quotes:
https://youtu.be/mZF-dopYnPg?t=86

SFZ quotes:
https://youtu.be/Ua5m27jTsBk?t=19
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
subdirectory_arrow_right Star Fox: Assault (Game), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Game), Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Game), Star Fox Adventures (Game), Star Fox Command (Game), Star Fox (Franchise)
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Attachment The English manual and prologue for Star Fox Adventures implies a bigger backstory for Krystal, in that she's the sole remaining survivor of her doomed home planet, "Cerinia", and that she's been roaming the galaxy in search of answers for the truth of her family's death, until she receives a distress call from Dinosaur Planet. With how the manual states that Krystal "may finally be drawing closer to the truth" behind her parents' and planet's destruction, it seems Rare was loosely implying that Andross, who turns out to be the real villain of Star Fox Adventures and thus the culprit behind Dinosaur Planet's woes, was responsible for Cerinia's destruction. Krystal even says "It's you!" right before Andross imprisons her in the crystal at the top of Krazoa Palace.

However, it would seem the Japanese localization for Star Fox Adventures would completely eschew this backstory, removing all mention of Cerinia and as well as Krystal's dead parents. The Japanese prologue was even heavily simplified to this:

"Her name is Krystal. Guided by an SOS that she sensed telepathically, she came to this "Dinosaur Planet"..."

The Japanese website even states that "it is not known what her purpose is", which flies directly in the face of Rare's original story for her, that explicitly states that she was searching for the truth of Cerinia's destruction. To add more insult to injury, there isn't even any Japanese subtitle presented when Krystal gets knocked into the crystal by Andross in Krazoa Palace.

Curiously, the Japanese localization of Star Fox Adventures also heavily emphasizes Krystal having telepathic abilities, much more so than in the English version. This is noteworthy because neither Star Fox Assault or Star Fox Command, the next two story follows up to Star Fox Adventures that were developed and written in Japan, made any sort of mention of Cerinia. Star Fox Assault however would hugely emphasize her telepathic abilities, and its manual even describe Krystal the same way the Japanese version of Star Fox Adventures does, just as "a mysterious telepathic woman". This also applies to her trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U that once again make no reference to Cerinia. It's very clear that the developers and writers behind Assault, Command and Smash Bros. in Japan were using the Japanese version of Star Fox Adventures as a reference, as opposed to the English version.

All in all, it would seem Nintendo of Japan had their own differing vision of what Krystal's character was from Rare, that being mostly just as a telepathic woman with a mysterious background, as opposed to Rare's original backstory of her being the lone survivor of her kind.
person Dinoman96 calendar_month November 3, 2023
Super Mario Bros. 2
subdirectory_arrow_right Yume Koujou: Doki-doki Panic (Game)
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World 7 of Super Mario Bros. 2 (and in turn the original Doki-Doki Panic) only has 2 stages instead of the standard 3 used for stages in the rest of the game. This is due to the plotline in the manual of the original Doki-Doki Panic, where the final page of the book the twins were teleported into was torn out. This detail was not given an equivalent in Super Mario Bros. 2's plotline, and even in the original Japanese release was not mentioned in-game, and as such could come off as an oddity to players of the original version too should they not read the manual.
Star Fox
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Attachment The English manual for Star Fox infamously states that the Lylat System is located "near the center of the Milky Way galaxy". However, this appears to be a localization quirk on Nintendo of America's part, as the original Japanese manual states that Lylat is located simply "near the center of a vast galaxy".
person Dinoman96 calendar_month November 2, 2023
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