Before the internet and well into the 2010’s I was an avid collector of video game strategy guides. I’ve collected some of the most amazing games and their companion guide books. There’s nothing like being able to dive into a well thought guide full of hints, stunning artwork, and beautiful screen captures to gawk over while playing a new video game.
Seeing this stunning guide for Super Mario 64 uploaded by Comfort Food Video Games to Archive.org is a walk down memory lane. Alongside my next door neighbour, together we spent a lot of time playing with the Nintendo 64 and a lot of the accompanying games the system had at launch. Nothing like the launch title Super Mario 64 however, has come close to the joy I felt playing video games.
NEW SCAN: Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book
Here it is! The infamous Mario 64 guide with the incredible 3d sculpture landscape scenes!! Finally I can bring this to the internet to enjoy with my 600 DPI scans!https://t.co/5pB56FFvIb pic.twitter.com/cauW2jevZI
— Comfort Food Video Games (@ComfortFoodVG) March 14, 2022
So, seeing the rare Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book make its way online is nothing short of incredible. The guide is more than just a walkthrough as it features tons of commentary, it had some impressive looking diorama of the stages and familiar backdrops found in-game.
There hasn’t been anything like it since that I am aware of but it certainly is a highly sought-after bit of memorabilia. Seeing many of the familiar stages recreated for this guide is such a delightful way to revisit one of the most iconic games on the Nintendo 64.