Streamer collects comprehensive reviews of all Super Nintendo game manuals in English, including some great classic fighting games
People might not think much of game manuals these days, but back when many of us were growing up, those little instruction booklets that came with every game were crucial to our experience. Today, those same textbooks are no longer of any use on the information front thanks to the vastness of the internet, but their value comes in the form of historical significance and the incredible amount of nostalgia that they provide.
A streamer by the name of peebs recently accomplished the absolutely daunting feat of collecting scans for every English game manual released for the Super Nintendo. The Scan Vault is now available online in its entirety, and inside there are some truly amazing fighting game booklets to peruse.
This mission was born during Peebs’ eight-year quest to dive in and complete every SNES game for his Twitch viewers. Peebs wanted to collect comprehensive reviews of every English manual the console has to offer and make them available in one place – which has officially been accomplished.
“Hi, I’m Peebs. Over the past 8 years on Twitch, I’ve beaten every SNES game and found that there really isn’t a good source of SNES manuals available on the internet,” he said. writes Peebs on the SNES manual. Project archive site. “After rummaging through the time machine for a few years, buying a scanner, making many good friends and sending almost 100 people on the internet to submit scans, I can now present to you all: a complete collection of SNES manuals in English.”
Each game seems to be accounted for and listed, offering a link to the scans and an easy way to click on them. There were plenty of great fighting games on the Super Nintendo, so naturally my first inclination was to do a quick search for some of my favorites.
From Art of Fighting to Street Fighter Alpha 2, there are a plethora of excellent, nostalgia-filled booklets to check out here. The best part of them, however, is all of the awesome retro artwork there.
The more detailed pieces are meant to grab your attention and showcase many of the colorful characters found on these games’ rosters. Robert Garcia punching Micky in the face in the Art of Fighting manual is definitely something that would make you want to jump straight into the game.
There are also the less detailed, but equally impressive, special moves that show you how the animations of these maneuvers work.
We’ve included some quick looks at a handful of different Super Nintendo fighting game manuals below, but be sure to head to the archives to see plenty more and those for non-fighting titles as well.
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