One of the really nice things about Nintendo games through the years has been the manuals. Typically they’re of a very high quality, and even now, as EA and Activision give us terrible black and white, 4 page slips of paper, Nintendo games have come with glorious, full-colour manuals that are as much fun to read as get information out of.
Not any more. The Japanese version of Super Mario 3D Land comes with a bit of paper directing people to a digital manual built into the cartridge itself that can be accessed on the 3DS.
Well, crap. This is the exact opposite of what publishers should be doing to convince people that retail still has a place. The game manuals could so easily be a collectable bonus for people.
Source: Nintendo World Report