Japanese buyers of the game have opened their boxes to find no instruction manuals, instead Nintendo has included a small piece of paper showing where they can download a digital version...
I'm really not happy about this, I've always loved my Super Mario manuals (particularly when they're yellow and feature cute art and mad-cap warning messages).
I fear the same could happen in the West, which would be terrible as far as I'm concerned. As a collector, a large part of the appeal of owning physical copies, are instruction manuals and the attention to detail that goes into some.
Fucking tree people!