1996 Japan Exclusive Super Mario 64 Guide Taken Offline by Nintendo

An internet archive of a really neat Super Mario 64 strategy guide from 1996 has been taken offline following a takedown notice from Nintendo.

Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book is not a regular strategy guide. It’s filled with full-page images of real-world 3D dioramas depicting iconic levels from Super Mario 64, which are used to show players where to go and what to do. There’s other cool stuff like developer commentary to give readers a behind-the-scenes look.

As Kotaku reports, the scans were available on the Internet Archive courtesy of Comfort Food Video Games, but the website was contacted by Nintendo and asked to remove the footage. “Unfortunately, archive.org sent me their usual takedown notification email informing me that Nintendo of America had challenged the copyright of the analysis and that it had been removed,” reads a press release from the CFVG.

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It’s unclear why Nintendo of America would care about an old strategy guide that was never sold in the West, but there could be all sorts of legal reasons that we don’t know about. Also, Nintendo is notoriously strict about protecting its copyrights.

Either way, the only way to see the complete Super Mario 64 complete guide now is to buy a used copy online. The good news is that they’re not hard to find if you just check eBay, but the bad news is that they cost around $300. It’s a tough pill to swallow knowing everything was available online in HD scans, but if you’re a dedicated enough collector, at least there’s that option.

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