We have all sorts of online game references and walkthroughs today, but for the kiddos back then, these books were an invaluable tool. And let's face it, the first Rockman game is pretty tough. Without the help of the net, disgruntled 80's players had but one quick-fix option: The Rockman Total Winning Handbook.
Released in January of 1988, it is one of, if not the first Rockman strategy guide ever released. Decorated in a dazzling manga-inspired jacket art, this handy guide saved the lives of a great many children back in the day (not really). Today, however, it's a collectors item.
If you've got some cash to burn, you'll be pleased to know the book is currently up for grabs at Yahoo! Japan Auctions for 6,600 Yen (about $84.47 USD). Expensive, but hey, it's an ancient piece of Rockman history. To purchase, you'll have to use a proxy service such as Rinkya. Of course, there's additional fees for service and shipping.
If you'd like to learn more about the book and see some scans, check out #20's article here.
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