Photo credit: Comfort Food VG
Nintendo has been known for requesting take down for many fan projects over the years, and the latest is the Super Mario 64 Complete Clear Guide Book from 1996. Why is this so special? The book was never released in North America, with used copies going for over $300 online currently. It features 3D dioramas of entire stages that give players tips on how to best complete them as well as developer commentary. Read more for additional pictures and information.
A Twitter user who goes by “Comfort Food Video Games” posted full HD scans of the guide book on the Internet Archives, but was promptly served a cease and desist take down order by Nintendo of America. So, the entire guide book, except for a few pages that were posted on social media earlier, was taken down. For those interested, these books regularly sell for over $300 USD on eBay, like this example here.
- 7-inch OLED screen - Enjoy vivid colors and crisp contrast with a screen that makes colors pop
- Wired LAN port - Use the dock’s LAN port when playing in TV mode for a wired internet connection
- 64 GB internal storage - Save games to your system with 64 GB of internal storage
Sadly archive.org sent me their usual takedown notice email telling me Nintendo of America challenged the copyright of the scan and it was removed. Frankly I’d love to challenge the legitimacy of that and how Nintendo of America would have anything to do with a Nintendo of Japan licensed Gem Books guide from 1995 but I can’t really fight the Nintendo legal team here. It’s incredibly disappointing,” said the uploader.