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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:54 am 
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Is there an official width and height for NES manuals? When I measured it, it didn't align perfectly to a full millimeter, and even with inches there was something off when it came to the height.
So, I'd like to know if the official dimensions of an NES manual have been written down somewhere, so that I can set my document to exactly these values.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:36 am 
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No idea, just go with measurements I guess?

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It's not so much that Nintendo insisted on a certain size, but more that printing paper came in standard sizes. An 11" sheet, folded in half, then trimmed (to have a smooth edge, with a tool called a guillotine), just happens to be about the width of an NES manual. It fit in the box.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:32 am 
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I'd say this photo is pretty damn definitive. 8.5" x11" paper, folded in half, minus edge trimming derives 2 pages of an NES manual. (For those who can't see, there is a white paper folded in half under the manuals).


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Last time I measured a set of NES manuals, I had an average of 265mm by 102mm (10.433 in x 4.016 in). I choose millimeter because most of the manuals I had on hand landed more exactly on the millimeter ruler lines.


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Which again looks like a trimmed half US Letter page: 279 x 108 mm, or 11.0 in x 4.25 in. Thank you for the trimming measurements. But were Famicom or PAL NES game manuals shaped differently?


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Thanks for the information. I never realized that the manual is based on the standard Letter format and the edges are simply cut away, but it makes sense.

PAL manuals have the same size, as far as I remember them. (Despite being German, I only own an American NES.)

Famicom manuals are completely different, though. They are those really tiny books, smaller than a Famicom cartridge:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1bBNRC0papE/T ... _cover.jpg

Although, there are variations:
http://thumbs3.picclick.com/d/w1600/pic ... amicom.jpg

But most of them should use the above format.

Super Nintendo is similar: NTSC and PAL have the same kind of manual. But Super Famicom uses a different, smaller format:
http://thumbs2.picclick.com/d/l400/pict ... -Super.jpg

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