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May 19th, 2015 | EarthBound, Videos | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Monday, which meant another edition of EarthBound Central Live on Twitch!

As always, we shared a lot of recent EarthBound news, looked at a lot of submissions that didn’t make here onto the front page of the site, did Q&A fun with the chat, then played more of a classic EarthBound ROM hack!

If you missed it live, you can watch the archive on YouTube here:

We covered LOTS of interesting topics and questions, so for your convenience here’s a list of just the key points:

Recent News

Q&A / Discussion

EarthBound Hack Fun!

Whoa, so much happened during last night’s stream 😯 If you’d like to join in on future EarthBound Central Live streams, here are some ways to follow and find more info!


May 18th, 2015 | EarthBound | 12 Comments

A reader named Aoi sent in this e-mail about a recent French fan translation of EarthBound!

Bonjour Tomate !

A translation team has finally translated Earthbound in French and its looks very good ! They made some changes like some Town’s name (Winters became Sacaille which it’s a word play meaning “It’s cold” in a familiar way in French) but I think they did a good job at keeping the vibes of the game within the translated texts.

The patch is out and can be found here:

Also since this is the first time I send something to you, I would like to take time to thank you for all your efforts you put in the english translation of MOTHER 3 and in this site ! I normally don’t like tomatoes but you’re the exception ! ;3

– A MOTHER fan lost in Switzerland

I checked the patch out briefly and took a bunch of screenshots for reference:

We might play a little bit of this patch on EarthBound Central Live sometime, so I look forward to that.

Congratulations to the Mambo team and everyone involved in putting this translation together! EarthBound’s a tough game to hack and translate, so good job!


May 17th, 2015 | Auctions, EarthBound | 7 Comments

Every month, I used to check the average price of EarthBound and other items and post the latest info on, but the last time I checked was back in March 2014. It’s been well over a year since then, and I’m way out of the loop now. So let’s take a look and see how things have changed since then

As always, I tallied these by hand using only the successful, legitimate eBay auctions over the last month. You might be able to get a better deal at a flea market or an independent game store.

Average Prices:

  • EarthBound cart: $183 (up from $149, lowest: $127.60 / highest: $259.99)
  • EarthBound guide: $106 (up from $86, lowest: $49.99) / highest: $164.99)
  • EarthBound complete set: $573 (up from $462, lowest: $485.00 / highest: $699.00)

It looks like all prices have jumped up quite a bit in the past 14 or so months, despite the recent flood of reproduction cartridges and potential for bootleg copies. I’m also surprised the price has risen so much even after EarthBound was released in the Wii U’s Virtual Console!

Some interesting listings this time included:

Anyway, if you’re an EarthBound fan and are hoping to buy a physical copy for your collection someday, it looks like it’ll still cost quite a bit of money no matter what you do. As you can see, there was a $132 price difference between the cheapest loose copy and the most expensive loose copy this past month, so if you’re hoping for a good deal, check out for more tips and info.


May 16th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, JWitzz posted a video showcasing similarities between EarthBound/MOTHER games and Pokemon:

There’s info in there about “NINTEN” being a hidden default name in a Pokemon game – if true, that’s news to me, especially with “SONY” being the antagonist’s hidden default name too. I’m sure the NINTEN name is just a coincidence (similar to this) but it’s neat to see another instance of it like this!


May 15th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 7 Comments

I’ve pointed out a number of typos and such in the official release of EarthBound, such as the infamous unverse. But there was a much harder-to-find typo in the game all this time that I never knew about until recently.

If you visit Milky Well with a party member who’s diamondized (and/or possibly just dead), the following message will pop up:


The power of Milkey Well flowed into ____.
____ was revived.

I don’t think I ever noticed this before, even though I’m sure I’ve gotten diamondized a few times by Trillionage Sprout just before reaching this sanctuary spot. In fact, a lot of people have probably never seen this, so the next time you play, check it out! Do an Any% Typo Run!

Actually, while I was prepping to get the above screenshot, I ran into another weird little text oddity – when I tried to use the Bad Key Machine in battle it wouldn’t print the text on a new line. I’m not sure if it’s just the key machine or if it does that for every unusable item, but that was new to me too!


I made plenty of typos in my own MOTHER 3 translation, so I’m no one to point fingers at anyone on EarthBound’s quality control team. I’ve found that usually it’s the difficult-to-find, is-this-line-even-in-the-game lines that harbor pesky typos 😛


It’s common to see typos in Japanese-to-English localizations, but sometimes Japanese games have typos of their own. even I posted a few examples on Legends of Localization a while back!


May 14th, 2015 | EarthBound, Smash Bros. | 10 Comments

Troy sent this in way back in November. I’m just now seeing it, so this is old news, but it’s new news to me, so here goes!

My freind Boomhauer send me this picture the other day. The internet barely knows of it yet so I decided to tell the people here about it. I hope you decide to put it in an article… Anyways I really like this site and I would love to help with things like this in the future.

And here’s the pic:


The text says:

Porky was just a chubby, selfish little boy in EarthBound. When he next appeared, in Mother 3, look what he’d become! We might need another two games just to explain how this occurred. Oh, Porky, what in Eagleland (or beyond?) happened to change you so?

I don’t own any version of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, so I’ve never seen this before and don’t know what this trophy says in Japanese. It’s neat to see them sticking with the “Porky” spelling and “EarthBound” with a capital “B”. I wouldn’t read too much into the part about another two games, though. I think the Lucas trophy had something equally as silly and/or trolly 😛


May 13th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events | 1 Comment


The RPG Limit Break 2015 charity stream is taking place right now as I type this. They’ve speedrunning lots of RPGs for a while now – here’s some more info:

RPG Limit Break is a charity speedrunning marathon being held in Salt Lake City, UT. Speedrunners from across the US, Canada, and Australia have gathered to crush role-playing games and support charity. RPG Limit Break is partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a US-based charity which advocates for the mentally ill and provides support services for individuals and families living with mental illness.

During the event, we’re encouraging you to donate directly to NAMI. By donating, you can vote with your wallet to name characters or to get speedrunners to complete difficult challenges. You can also become eligible to win prizes donated by community members. Your donations will go to both the national organization and the UT-based chapter of NAMI, supporting programs focused on teens and young adults.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was founded in 1979 as a grassroots organization focused on making better lives for those with mental illness. Through the use of education, advocacy, and research, NAMI aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and bring hope to those in need.

Later today at around 2:00 PM Pacific Time, AndyPerfect is going to be doing a glitchless EarthBound speedrun. He’s currently the world record holder for EarthBound – he’s completed it in 3 hours and 57 minutes (video here) in the past, so this should be a real sight to behold today! Check it out if you can!


May 12th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3, Videos | 8 Comments

Yesterday was Monday, which meant another weekly installment of EarthBound Central Live! We held a live stream on Twitch and discussed all sorts of EarthBound news, shared submissions that people have sent in, chatted about all sorts of interesting topics, and then played two EarthBound hacks! EarthBound’s localization director also made a spooky appearance and surprised us all!

If you missed it, you can see it on YouTube here:

Or, if you’re a podcast sort of person, here’s an MP3 version of the video, although no cuts or edits have been made and since it’s a very visual thing you might miss out on a lot.
For your convenience, here’s a list of the highlights, but I’d recommend watching/listening to it all sometime if you can:

News & Discussion

EarthBound Hack fun!

Whew! A lot sure happened last night! If you’d like to join in on future EarthBound Central Live streams, here are some ways to follow and find more info!



May 11th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 8 Comments

By now, most EarthBound fans know of the many instances of references, samples, and inspirations that EarthBound’s musicians used to create the game’s music. I still receive a lot of new findings from fans, and here’s a recent one from Andy D.:

Hi Tomato,

Recently I came across an old Our Gang short on TV and found what I’m pretty confident is the origin of the EB store theme. The short is called “Love My Dog”. I’ve uploaded the relevant portion to Youtube- here is the link:

I noticed another cool little sound thing from the Onett arcade theme, where one of the sound effects is taken from the Nintendo arcade game sheriff. I’ve got links up in this reddit post I made a few days ago.

That’s all – just thought you’d be interested in this! Love your site, especially the sound/music portion. Keep up the good work!

When it comes to these music references/inspirations, I’m usually pretty skeptical, but there are some absolutely clear similarities this time around. There’s even a little dog! I’m not much of a musician, though, so if you have any insight, please share in the comments!


May 10th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 8 Comments

On YouTube, Beta64 recently posted a 20-minute video showing off a number of beta and unused elements in EarthBound / MOTHER 2:

A lot of the stuff might be common knowledge if you hang around EB Central often, but maybe there’s stuff in there that’s new to you! I don’t agree with all of the assumptions and claims the video makes (butterflies as enemies, for example), but I’m glad that all this info is in one compact video now! Thanks, Beta64!



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