Wii U game disc with digital manuals

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If you are planning on picking up the Wii U on November 18 and are interested in seeing what the retail box looks like, we have the answers you’re looking for here. The first shot of a Wii U game in the wild has been revealed, including what the game discs and manual layout will look like as well.

Anticipation for Nintendo’s new console is starting to reach fever pitch as you can imagine, as there seems to be a great deal of belief this time around that Nintendo has got it right with the Wii U, after the first console failed to win over the more ‘hardcore’ gaming community.

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With support for 1080p and two massive titles already on the way for the system in Black Ops 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3, Nintendo are surely going to come close to breaking some of the launch records held for the original Wii. Back in August, we first revealed to you what the Wii U retail box is going to look like – with Nintendo opting for a turquoise blue theme with yellow border underneath the centralized Wii U logo.

Now we can give you an actual look inside one of the game boxes, in this case Rabbids Land from Ubisoft, which will be available as a launch title on November 18. We can also tell you that it looks like game developers won’t be offering full color game manuals with their titles either.

The manual inside this box revealed by Game Informer confirms that there is a 4 page black and white booklet inside, with instructions to redirect the reader to a full digital version of the manual when playing the title itself. Personally, we would have liked to see a proper manual in tact like the old days, but as the old argument says – perhaps we really are moving towards a fully fledged digital gaming industry.

Is this going to be a disappointing factor for you that we may not see any game manuals in Wii U retail boxes any more? Given that this is already a current trend for most new PS3 and Xbox 360 titles, we are not really surprised by this decision from Ubisoft and Nintendo if they had a say too.

Maybe it is just me, but I always used to read through a game manual fully during the PS1 days before putting the disc in to play – were you guilty of this past time pleasure too?

  • Lightf33t

    I am guilty of NEVER reading instructions. I’m a guy – I don’t need to.

  • Justme

    I love to collect complete games, so i would hate if they completely remove manuals, even though I never read them

  • Korgoth

    I love reading the manual when I’m on the can the first time after getting a game. It makes me a little sad to hear there won’t be real manuals anymore. At least with the Wii U I may be able to continue my tradition of can reading on the gamepad.