These days, figuring out how to get past a difficult portion of a game is an easy matter thanks to the internet. Numerous game FAQs and walkthrough videos can help gamers get out of just about any kind. Things weren’t as easy back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but gamers weren’t completely left to fend for themselves. Magazines like Nintendo Power and others contained strategy guides for many of the most popular games. There was even a Nintendo hotline that kids could call in order to get more in-depth help from an actual person.The people on the other end of these calls were known as Nintendo Game Counselors. These folks were armed not only with first-hand knowledge of games, but also an over-sized guide filled with hundreds of pages worth of notes from a variety of titles. This book isn’t something that was released to the public, but a copy of one of the guides, along with an employee manual, were recently discovered in Seattle. The books were lent to YouTuber, Metal Jesus Rocks, who showed off some of what’s inside.Even though this was a professional guide used by Nintendo Counselors, it was mostly handcrafted by Nintendo employees themselves. Some pages contain images from official strategy guides, but most of the counselor guide consists of hand-drawn images of maps and game characters. There are several notes written by hand and signed by certain employees. Though the guide was meant to help the counselor, the book itself constantly emphasizes that it is best for employees to play through the games themselves and to master them. They also encourage the counselor to have fun while playing.The video also shows an employee manual from 1989, but this book is decidedly not as interesting as the counselor guide since it contains a lot of what can be found in the employee manuals of most big corporate tech companies. However, it does have a section that outlines the corporate hierarchy of Nintendo of America in great detail. It lists every person that worked at NOA at the time and in what section or division they were in.This is certainly a great find that gives us an insight into what being a Nintendo Game Counselor was all about back in the day. Make sure to check out the entire video in this post to see some of the cool things found inside the counselor guide.