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 Mario64 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
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.