Game Guides Are Pretty, But What Are They Worth?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I love game guides. Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t, but I do love to collect them.

I have a drawer underneath my bed that’s filled to the brim with various game guides. It’s gotten so full that I need to look into getting another draw or just buying a bookshelf.


With the Nintendo Switch right around the corner and so much hype about the new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, it never occurred to me that there would be a game guide. I mean, of course, there would be because it’s a game and it’s Zelda.

I was scrolling through Nintendo’s blog the other day and noticed that the deluxe version of Breath of the Wild’s game guide was 40% off on Amazon.

While I collect game guides, I usually go for the standard paperback or sometimes splurge on the hardcover collector’s edition. This is mainly because I’m cheap, but unfortunately, bills have to come first.

Needless to say, when I found out there was a third edition, a deluxe version at that, I got excited. And it was 40% so maybe I’d have to buy it right away depending on the price.

The deluxe version was sold out the moment I got onto Amazon. That seems to be my luck lately, but it’s okay. Because I don’t think I would have bought it anyway.

I see why people jumped at the chance to get it 40% off because the original price is… $80.



I have no idea what Nintendo is thinking lately with these prices.

According to Amazon, this is what the deluxe version includes that the collector’s edition doesn’t:

zelda-botw-deluxe-guideDELUXE EDITION BONUS: Deluxe format of 11 ” x 15”, premium vintage hardcover, exclusive dedicated 16-page retrospective celebrating thirty years of Zelda games, a 16-page dedicated art section, and two ribbon bookmarks.

Of course, according to the description for the collector’s edition, the hardcover also has the 16-page dedicated art section. Other than that, what’s listed above are the only add-ons.

I’m not saying the items included in and with the deluxe version aren’t worth $80, but… it still seems like so much money for a game guide.

It sure is pretty, though.

While I would love to have that added to my collection, I’m just going to settle for the hardcover collector’s edition which is only about $24 on Amazon.

And, may I add, just as pretty.


Do you typically buy the game guides? If so, which version will you get for Breath of the Wild? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Game Guides Are Pretty, But What Are They Worth?

  1. In the age of the Wikia, I think the game guide is probably not as useful as it once was. However, I still absolutely adore them – when I was little I would buy cheap second-hand guides for games I didn’t even own! As the massive price tag you highlight above suggests, game guides have now become collector’s items rather than useful tools.

    • I agree. I have so many guides, but my first instinct is to grab my phone to look something up rather than get off the couch and go get the book. They still look pretty, though. And even at that price, I want it really bad. Though I’m not going to spend that kind of money.

  2. I still buy game guides, not necessarily because I always need them, but because they are great collector’s items, at least in my eyes. I don’t get the ridiculously priced $80 guides, but I do try to get at least the basic $40 (which is usually cheaper when I get it on day one) collector’s guide. They are typically well-made and have bonus content like artwork or posters. Are they worth it to buy? Probably not, thanks to the Internet. But they are worth the price when they’re as well made as they are.

    • I agree with everything you just said. You explained it so much better than me, lol. But yeah, I like getting the basic collector editions. The deluxe version looks so nice though! But not for $80…

  3. I didn’t know that there was a deluxe guide of the botw. Its even way cooler than the collector’s edition that I have. But I could say that not even the guides of the switch’s games are expensive but also the its accessories like the pro-con which cost so high. It shouldn’t be that higher than the PS4’s controllers and the Wii U’s. I will probably wait for next year when its accessories supplies gets stable and the demand are not that high so it may probably be cheaper by 10-20% of its original price now. But if things like having overly cost items, units & etc, nintendo will probably its sales will stagnate or sizzle down or even bad. Hope that nintendo can do something about it.

    • I agree. The prices for everything that has to do with the Switch is crazy. I’ve been saving up for this moment, but I didn’t think I would have to spend the majority of the money in my jar for it.
      Like you said, it’s probably a good idea to wait for certain items to get cheaper as the demand decreases. In a way, I’m kind of glad we haven’t been able to find a Switch yet.

  4. I really love game guides. Maybe because I love to see in paper things related with my favorite hobby, and since I can remember, I adore them. My first guide was the Super Mario 3 from Nintendo Power! I still have it on good condition! I like the fact that I can appreciate art, maps and sometimes interviews with the creators , etc.

    • Yes, I totally agree! Looking at the art and maps are great. Plus, I’m a visual person. I do like looking at the maps as a whole sometimes when I play a game.

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