Nintendo Switch Online players tackling Earthbound won’t need to go through it with an unofficial walkthrough. Nintendo released a piece of gaming history alongside the game. People can now view Earthbound Player’s Guide online. This pamphlet originally came with copies of the SNES game to help people through the JRPG. [Thanks, Nintendo Enthusiast!]
The Earthbound Player’s Guide is a 135 page booklet. As expected of a strategy guide, it offers a step-by-step tour of the game. Characters, enemies, items, and secrets are all detailed. There are also fake newspaper articles going over events in different areas of the game. The Dusty Dunes Sesame Seeds side quest is also covered.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo’s offered the Earthbound walkthrough alongside a rerelease. When the game appeared on the Wii U, it was also possible to look through the strategy guide again.
Earthbound is now a part of the Nintendo Switch Online SNES library. It was a February 2022 Nintendo Direct shadowdrop alongside Earthbound Beginnings. People can also find it on systems like the SNES, Nintendo Wii U, and New Nintendo 3DS. (It appeared on the Game Boy Advance in Japan too.) The Earthbound Player’s Guide walkthrough can be viewed or downloaded directly from Nintendo.