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Wii U game disc with digital manuals

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.

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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