Before I get to the meat of this installment of "Manual Stimulation," I have to say that few things in the gaming world can compete with the out-and-out cuteness of Hoshi no Kirby's (aka Kirby's Adventure's) box art.
This Famicom game's instruction manual gives it the old college try, though, and that alone makes it worth checking out.
Said instruction manual's cover certainly is adorable--and pink--enough, don't you think?
I'm skipping the manual's first two pages, by the way, because they're pretty boring. (They basically show players which buttons do what. Yawn.) The next few pages, though, are anything but boring thanks to a number of nice illustrations that seemingly help tell the story behind this pastel-splashed platformer.
After a few more yawn-inducing pages that feature lots of text and a smidge of screenshots, the manual gets interesting again.
Which of the images above is your favorite? Mine is the one showing Kirby spitting air (or is it water?) out of his mouth while swimming.
More Kirby illustrations on the next two pages. I'll bet the folks at Nintendo of America really love the "angry Kirby" that appears on the left-hand page.
I don't know about you, but I think the drawing above--of Kirby dressed up as a cowboy--should appear in dictionaries alongside the word "saccharine." (Don't worry, I mean that in a good way.)
The page above isn't all that interesting, really, but I decided to include it here because of the illustration of Kirby holding onto one of his precious "Maxim Tomatoes."
A few more rather uneventful pages full of screenshots (sorry, this manual's just too long to post every single page) leads to those seen above. I'm guessing the page on the left shares a few pointers with players while the one on the left, well, I can't even guess what it's promoting. A guide book, maybe? (Feel free to chime in if you know Japanese and are willing to assist a dumb gaijin.)
See also: Previous 'Manual Stimulation' posts