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16th Sep '17 11:46:02 AM nombretomado
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* The Prima strategy guide for the Gamecube remake of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' updated the information for the bonus missions and unlockables, but the information for the connectivity feature of the GameBoyAdvance was incorrect. Instead of having information on the Tiny Chao Garden, the guide instead discusses an "Adventure Walk," which did not appear in the released versions of the handheld games.

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* The Prima strategy guide for the Gamecube remake of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' updated the information for the bonus missions and unlockables, but the information for the connectivity feature of the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance was incorrect. Instead of having information on the Tiny Chao Garden, the guide instead discusses an "Adventure Walk," which did not appear in the released versions of the handheld games.
17th Aug '17 7:53:36 AM KamonTheSkunk
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A few of the more notable strategy guide publishers are Prima Games, Bradygames and Nintendo Power, with only the former being the only one of the three that's still around, as Bradygames merged with Prima Games in 2015 and ever since then, all strategy guides have been made and published by Prima. As for Nintendo Power, their guides ceased production in 2007 and no guides from then have since been released. Considering that Nintendo Power itself ended in 2012, it's unlikely that we'll see any more from them.
28th Jul '17 5:45:00 AM PF
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' had a Bradygames strategy guide that became notorious for two reasons: It started becoming out-of-date due to the constantly changing structure on an {{MMORPG}}, and some of the job advice presented was laughably bad. Yes, a Monk/Red Mage could use a sort of [[FlamingSword Flaming Fist]] with Enspells, but in an experience points party against monsters several levels higher than you, a half-level Enhancing Skill will cause hits to land for 0 extra damage instead of actual additional damage. Brady probably realized the futility of the whole deal with this guide, and hasn't released an updated version since, although the release of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' may be more responsible for it.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' had a Bradygames [=BradyGames=] strategy guide that became notorious for two reasons: It started becoming out-of-date due to the constantly changing structure on an {{MMORPG}}, and some of the job advice presented was laughably bad. Yes, a Monk/Red Mage could use a sort of [[FlamingSword Flaming Fist]] with Enspells, but in an experience points party against monsters several levels higher than you, a half-level Enhancing Skill will cause hits to land for 0 extra damage instead of actual additional damage. Brady probably realized the futility of the whole deal with this guide, and hasn't released an updated version since, although the release of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' may be more responsible for it.
28th Jul '17 4:30:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-Website/GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.

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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-Website/GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' had a Bradygames strategy guide that became notorious for two reasons: It started becoming out-of-date due to the constantly changing structure on an {{MMORPG}}, and some of the job advice presented was laughably bad. Yes, a Monk/Red Mage could use a sort of [[FlamingSword Flaming Fist]] with Enspells, but in an experience points party against monsters several levels higher than you, a half-level Enhancing Skill will cause hits to land for 0 extra damage instead of actual additional damage. Brady probably realized the futility of the whole deal with this guide, and hasn't released an updated version since, although the release of ''WorldOfWarcraft'' may be more responsible for it.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' had a Bradygames strategy guide that became notorious for two reasons: It started becoming out-of-date due to the constantly changing structure on an {{MMORPG}}, and some of the job advice presented was laughably bad. Yes, a Monk/Red Mage could use a sort of [[FlamingSword Flaming Fist]] with Enspells, but in an experience points party against monsters several levels higher than you, a half-level Enhancing Skill will cause hits to land for 0 extra damage instead of actual additional damage. Brady probably realized the futility of the whole deal with this guide, and hasn't released an updated version since, although the release of ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' may be more responsible for it.
5th May '17 6:59:13 AM PF
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Because they are generally released alongside the game and can not be updated, they almost never contain any gameplay tips, tricks, or glitches that are discovered by players post-release. However, in recent years, many strategy guide publishers have provided free updates and corrections on their websites.

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Because they are generally released alongside the game and can not be updated, they almost never contain any gameplay tips, tricks, or glitches that are discovered by players post-release. However, in recent over the years, many strategy guide publishers have provided free updates and corrections on their websites.
4th May '17 5:57:48 PM Jacob175
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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
* A particularly good strategy guide company was Versus Books. Their guides were basically totally complete walkthroughs. Admittedly, they left very little to the imagination and basically told you how to do everything, but they did it very effectively (and usually with a good sense of humor). They had a tendency to list everything you could get at parts of the game and tell you how to get them, like extra powerups and such. Their MetroidPrime guide was even completely streamlined, having you collect the Chozo Artifacts before you even needed to (or even scan their locations). They usually had a checklist in the back of the guide as well. Their Ocarina of Time guide even had custom illustrated maps. Sadly, they appear to have gone out of business.

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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
* A particularly good strategy guide company was Versus Books. Their guides were basically totally complete walkthroughs. Admittedly, they left very little to the imagination and basically told you how to do everything, but they did it very effectively (and usually with a good sense of humor). They had a tendency to list everything you could get at parts of the game and tell you how to get them, like extra powerups and such. Their MetroidPrime VideoGame/MetroidPrime guide was even completely streamlined, having you collect the Chozo Artifacts before you even needed to (or even scan their locations). They usually had a checklist in the back of the guide as well. Their Ocarina of Time guide even had custom illustrated maps. Sadly, they appear to have gone out of business.




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* The creator of ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}'' was nice enough to include a strategy guide for his own game when you download it. But you'll have to figure out the Extended Cut version's bonus quests and bosses on your own.
* ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' has a guide available for download from its wiki, written by the same guy who did ''Lunarosse'', as well as a walkthrough on the wiki itself.
13th Feb '17 7:35:38 AM Gosicrystal
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* Enix's ''Main/IllusionOfGaia'' included a full walkthrough of the game as the majority of the game manual. This is only fair, given that many of the Red Jewels were GuideDangIt, LostForever, or both.

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* Enix's ''Main/IllusionOfGaia'' ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' included a full walkthrough of the game as the majority of the game manual. This is only fair, given that many of the Red Jewels were GuideDangIt, LostForever, {{Permanently Missable|Content}}, or both.
3rd Feb '17 6:40:28 PM Ganondorfdude11
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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].).

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* While they've gotten ''slightly'' better about this, Prima guides tended to be full of errata, particularly their ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' (UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube) guide, which had ''tons'' of misplaced screenshots and incorrect dates and times. Their ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' and ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' guides weren't even ''finished,'' ending before they could tell you how to fight the final boss (and in the case of ''Crystal Shards'', claiming that the TrueFinalBoss is a "[[LightIsNotGood friendly]] [[BloodyMurder inhabitant]] [[EldritchAbomination of Shiver Star]]", among [[BlatantLies other insanity]].). Their guide to ''VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' lacked a walkthrough for both the Gerudo Training Grounds and Ganon's Tower.
24th Oct '16 3:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.
* The official ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' guide was amazingly sparse. It was very general and less than 100 pages. Why was it so empty? Well, it had several codes that would reveal "secret information" if you joined Squaresoft's website and entered them. Yes, they made an awkward competitor to GameFAQs. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20051207135601/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/readers/ GameSpy readers listed it among the dumbest moments of the gaming industry]], noting this only made Square avoid this for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.

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* The strategy guide for the old-school TBS ''MasterOfMagic'' was a massive tome with information about every unit, spell, and item in the game, along with page after page of data and charts detailing the math involved in combat. This was pre-Internet (or at least pre-GameFAQs) pre-Website/GameFAQs) so that information was largely unavailable otherwise.
* The official ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' guide was amazingly sparse. It was very general and less than 100 pages. Why was it so empty? Well, it had several codes that would reveal "secret information" if you joined Squaresoft's website and entered them. Yes, they made an awkward competitor to GameFAQs.[=GameFAQs=]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20051207135601/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/june03/dumbestmoments/readers/ GameSpy readers listed it among the dumbest moments of the gaming industry]], noting this only made Square avoid this for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
22nd Sep '16 12:27:16 AM Korodzik
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* There's been a lot of these published for ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' -- both official and unofficial ones.
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