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* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/{{Deltarune}}'', where the unused assets for the manual Ralsei gives you lists the controls for the overworld, menus, text... and (not-actually-in-the-game) cooking, with three of the four buttons corresponding to "butter" and the final one being used for "pulsar cannons."

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** Played straight with the star map packaged with the game. It highlighted many points of interest (although it didn't say what was at those points), including alien homeworlds, locations of artifacts, and all the Rainbow Worlds, plus it had the spheres of influence of all the aliens and a map of quasi-space with all the exits back to normal space. With this, the player didn't have to spend a lot of time exploring or paying close attention to the dialog, just head to all the highlights on the map.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/PuyoPuyo Puyo Puyo 7]]'', a dark version of Arle unsurprisingly named Dark Arle plays a major role. The manual plainly states she's actually the normal Arle but possessed.


* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker'''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!

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* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker'''s ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!

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* ''VideoGame/Metroid1'': The instruction manual details almost everything in the game. Emphasis on "almost", for when they get to the Escape Sequence, all they said was, "If you manage to destroy the last enemy, Mother Brain, wait for a message to flash across the screen a second later. Something big is in store for you! We can't disclose it here, but we can tell you that the game is not over yet!"

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* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'''s manual states that Velvet hates her father Odin, which ends up spoiling the plot point that she is the half-sister to fellow playable character Gwendolyn.


* In the instructions for ''[[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis'', there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.

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* In the instructions for ''[[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis'', Tennis]]'', there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.


* In the instructions for ''VideoGame/MarioGolf: Toadstool Tour'', there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.

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* In the instructions for ''VideoGame/MarioGolf: Toadstool Tour'', ''[[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis'', there is a pic of the character selection screen. With every secret character unlocked.


* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!

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* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker''s ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker'''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!

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* ''Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaTheWindWaker''s manual shows an illustration of the final battle between Link, Ganondorf and Princess Zelda, a double spoiler in just one illustration!


** ''Brawl'''s manual shows [[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, although [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil their presence is not much of a secret]]. Heck, you don't even need the manual for this one. Just look at the back of the box and see the two non-Nintendo characters taking up roughly a third of the illustrations.

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** ''Brawl'''s manual shows [[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, VideoGame/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, although [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil their presence is not much of a secret]]. Heck, you don't even need the manual for this one. Just look at the back of the box and see the two non-Nintendo characters taking up roughly a third of the illustrations.



** The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' manual would spoil the name and traps of every act, as well as the existence and purpose of the Final Zone.

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** The ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' manual would spoil the name and traps of every act, as well as the existence and purpose of the Final Zone.


** ''Brawl'''s manual shows [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, although [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil their presence is not much of a secret]]. Heck, you don't even need the manual for this one. Just look at the back of the box and see the two non-Nintendo characters taking up roughly a third of the illustrations.

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** ''Brawl'''s manual shows [[Franchise/MetalGear [[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]] and Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}, although [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil their presence is not much of a secret]]. Heck, you don't even need the manual for this one. Just look at the back of the box and see the two non-Nintendo characters taking up roughly a third of the illustrations.

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* ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'', since the manual doubles as strategy guide.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' lists the playable characters and openly reveals that Bowser will join Mario's party, making it a big deal since it would be the first time Bowser ever teamed up with his arch nemesis. While the manual has no issue with revealing Bowser, it doesn't make any mention of Toadstool being a party member.


* The instructions booklet for ''VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsBattleForBikiniBottom'' spoils all of the levels by deliberately listing them on the last few pages, as well as providing screenshots and summaries of the main objectives in each level. Somewhat subverted for the Chum Bucket Lab though, as the image shown is just a question mark to hide the FinalBoss' identity.

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* The instructions booklet for ''VideoGame/SpongebobSquarepantsBattleForBikiniBottom'' spoils all of the levels by deliberately listing them on the last few pages, as well as providing screenshots and summaries of the main objectives in for each level. Somewhat subverted for the Chum Bucket Lab though, as the image shown is just a question mark to hide the FinalBoss' identity.

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