You can now read every Super Nintendo manual ever released.

SNES Library

Back in October 2020, I made a feature in the project who tried to find all existing Super Nintendo manuals, scan them and upload them to the Internet. I’m happy to report that as of July 2022, the project has reached an important – and for many of you reading this, first – milestone.

When I posted this functionteam (including Arachness, BuffaloJoe, Timber, SNES Central and Grant Kirkhart) are working on a project—led by streamer and archivist Peebs— uploaded about 600 scans and only had about 100 manuals left until they scanned the manuals for every game ever released in the West in the lifetime of the console.

It was good progress, but the deeper they delved into the SNES library, the harder it was to find booklets for the weirdest and rarest games in the collection. Then, last week:

This means that the project archives now have an English manual for every Super Nintendo game ever officially released in that language. Sometimes it’s the North American version, sometimes the PAL (European/Australasian) version, sometimes both if there are differences other than the cover art, spelling and postal addresses at the end (e.g. Contra 3 called Super Probotector in PAL regions).

This is far from every game ever released in Westas some games may be released differently depending on the language market, but since this is an English language website, I figured this is an important milestone that our readers should be aware of!

And it’s still very Close. The team is only one game short of achieving “all western manuals” in a single release: the original scan of the unique German version Stunning before Christmas (although they do have a translated version of the rare English edition of the Mega Drive in case anyone needs info).

After that, however, their work never seems to end. Even after all the manuals have been scanned and downloaded, some games, including many RPGs, have important information written elsewhere, such as on separate cards/posters, so they are also considering downloading and scanning them everywhere where possible.

If you want to browse the entire library or just bookmark it for the future, it’s available herealthough you can just search for a specific game in the Internet Archive and it will pop up there too. And for something a little more action-packed, besides collecting their manuals Peebs also works with the SNES library and tries to beat every game on Twitch. (At last count, he had only 47 left!)

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