A bunch of EarthBound things have happened lately, so here’s a quick look at some of them!
- Lasgna Cat is back, and one of the short episodes featured some MOTHER 3 stuff:
- One of those super-rare MOTHER 2 jackets went up for auction in Japan. The starting bid of $2000 scared everyone away, though, so it went without any bids at all.
- A semi-rare EarthBound ruler hit eBay and eventually sold for $152.50.
- NeoGAF user aparisi2274 shared a shakey-cam video recording from their visit to E3 1995, about a month before EarthBound was released. About 2 hours and 17 minutes in is a look at EarthBound being playable at the event, as well as big promo displays for the game.
- Shigesato Itoi was impressed by a fan’s Animal Crossing creation:
— 糸井 重里 (@itoi_shigesato) April 18, 2017
- Picosaru updated the Nintendo Cast Roll video recently, which you can see here:
- The 11th anniversary of MOTHER 3’s release in Japan was yesterday. I can’t believe it’s already been 11 years 😯 That’s the same amount of time that passed between EarthBound’s release and MOTHER 3’s release!
- A supermarket produce department knew what they were doing:
My local grocery is full of neeeeeeeeeeeeerds! pic.twitter.com/Gh7PQJZFdV
— Jared Schuh (@quesobros) March 30, 2017
- The Video Game History Foundation recently dug up some EarthBound 64/MOTHER 3 N64 screenshots sent to media outlets back in the 90s. They’re nothing new, but it’s cool to see them in better quality than ever before AND without watermarks. I’m not sure if they’ve made a full release of these pics yet, but I know they’ve been found and rounded up at the very least.
That’s all I can recall at the moment – let me know if I missed any other news from the past many weeks!
I just recently learned that there’s a neat YouTube channel dedicated to showing off things that you can’t normally see in video games, and the most recent video is about EarthBound! Check it out here:
The video covers all sorts of things using the walk through walls code, as well as some unused content and some battle stuff. I especially like how it shows how the game’s maps were designed in a way so that you can’t see the “edges” normally. And if you’ve ever wondered “what’s past here” then you’ll probably have your question answered in this video!
After about 20 years, Shigesato Itoi’s company, Hobonichi, has applied to become a publicly traded company. If everything goes well, its expected to list on the JASDAQ market in March. It’s believed the change is intended to break free from the company’s casual “some guy’s small business” image and reputation. The company’s current growth looks good, and apparently Hobonichi has been making careful preparations for this switch for several years now.
For us EarthBound fans, I guess this means we could possibly buy small bits of Shigesato Itoi’s company – talk about an unexpected piece of series-related merchandise 😯 I’ve never done any stock market stuff myself before, so I don’t know how to go about doing that, especially since it’s in a foreign market. But if anyone can share tips, please post them in the comments!
Jammy sent in a video that shows off a fan-made recipe for the Pork Noodles food item that appears in MOTHER 3:
I’m not a very good cook but I this seems enough for even me to try! You can also find other game and pop culture-themed recipes on Jammy’s YouTube page here.
If you have any EarthBound/MOTHER recipes of your own, share them in the comments! I once made some Giygas cookies… but then they gave me and Poe food poisoning. Maybe that was to be expected, though.
Also, I can’t mention game recipes and not mention good old Lvl.1 Chef!
A reader named Ed sent me some scans of MOTHER series articles from a Korean gaming magazine called “Game Champ”. I don’t speak or read Korean, but it’s still cool to see all of this. It looks like they even gave MOTHER 2 a pretty good review score!
It looks like the MOTHER 2 articles were early enough that they include many of the same beta screenshots that we’ve seen in other Japanese previews, like this one.
The crazy idea I had for years is finally real: I wrote a book about EarthBound’s localization, and it released yesterday!
If you’ve visited my old MOTHER 2/EarthBound comparison site in the past, you know a lot of work into it. Even so, I threw almost everything out and started from scratch this time, researching new topics, discovering new things, and interviewing key people. The result: a book that’s completely different from the site and even puts the site to shame – almost every page is filled with info that even I didn’t know until this year! You can get a taste of what I mean from these sample pages.
The book is 432 pages, hardcover, and has foil stamping. It also comes with a reversible obi with a series release timeline on the back, as well as a scratch-n-sniff history card/postcard hybrid. There’s also an accompanying video that showcases things that can’t be conveyed in print form.
The book is $36, and until Nov. 29, 2016 there are some big shipping deals at Fangamer: free shipping within the U.S. and 50% off IPA international shipping. And they’ll even give you free gift cards the more you buy. Basically, if you’re like me and prefer to wait until stuff goes on sale, I don’t think you’ll ever get a better deal than this!
Like with last year’s Zelda localization book, I also made a companion booklet called the “Passport to MOTHER 2“.
When I first started studying Japanese long ago, I really wanted to play the Japanese version of EarthBound for some reason, but there were two obstacles: I couldn’t find a way to import the game, and I barely knew any Japanese.
I vividly remember how that felt, so I wrote the Passport to MOTHER 2 with the second thing in mind: even if you know zero Japanese, this booklet will teach you two Japanese writing systems, basic grammar, reading tips, and a whole bunch of MOTHER 2 terms. By the end, you’ll be able to read, pronounce, and even translate some simple lines in the game – and even with more complicated lines, you’ll still be able to pick up some general info.
If you’re starting to learn Japanese or ever once thought, “It’d be cool if I knew some simple Japanese” then definitely check this out. It also contains tips, tricks, and other non-language info for getting more out of the Japanese version of EarthBound.
The passport is normally $9, but if you get it and the main EarthBound book together, you get a $3 discount. Also, even though the EarthBound book already comes with signed bookplates, if you’d like the book signed directly, ask for it in the order form and the guys at Fangamer will set it aside for the book team to sign. It might take a little extra time to ship it out, of course 😛
Anyway, this is all sounding very much like an infomercial, but I do want to thank everyone who’s ever supported my comparison projects over the past 17 years. I never thought anyone would want this sort of book, and if it hadn’t been for your encouragement and support it would still just be a “wouldn’t it be neat” dream. So thanks, EarthBound fans!
I’ve been going through lots of old game magazines lately for my Legends of Localization work, and there’s a lot of old MOTHER 2 info in there. I cover a lot of it in my EarthBound book but here’s something that I found in a magazine I got last week:
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This was from April 1994, about four months before MOTHER 2 was on store shelves. Almost every screenshot has something different or interesting going on: Ness’ house is different, Twoson’s layout is different, etc.
One of the big differences that can be seen here is the game’s intro, when Ness, Pokey, and Ness’ dog go investigate the meteorite. Originally, this entire intro portion of the game took place during the day (see here), but someone on the staff suggested making it happen at night just a few weeks before MOTHER 2 was released. And according to this article, MOTHER 2 was going to be released in about a month, but it wound up being closer to four months. From these pictures, I guess a lot of that time was spent adding polish to the game.
I’ve been slowly tracing MOTHER 2’s coverage through all these old Japanese magazines. I think the earliest I’ve seen it mentioned was in 1990, but I haven’t gotten around to scanning a lot of the earlier stuff yet. If I do scan any interesting stuff I’ll post it on EB Central for sure.
LucasTizma, one of the biggest EarthBound/MOTHER merchandise collectors on the planet, has recently put his entire collection up on eBay!
Naturally, the collection includes many rare items and promo materials that are nearly impossible to find these days. If you’re an EarthBound collector and can afford it, this is rare opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Back in January, a fan named Ellie transcribed EarthBound Beginnings’ full soundtrack (see here). Ellie’s been working hard since then, though, and has done a transcription of EarthBound’s soundtrack too, which is no easy feat – it’s nearly 200 pieces of music!
Here’s a list of the transcribed music:
You can download the sheet music PDF and other related files from Ellie’s site here. It looks like MOTHER 3 transcriptions might be in the works too!
About five years ago, a Japanese Nintendo fan named Pikosaru made EarthBound-style sprites out of many Nintendo characters and recreated EarthBound’s cast roll scene with them. Pikosaru has since updated the project with many new characters from many new games, both new and old. Check out the latest version:
You can also visit Pikosaru’s website here, where you can scroll them all the characters at your leisure. The sprite art looks really nice, especially given the size constraints!
- Sat: 2000$ is almost what I’d pay for that jacket, gosh. Are those EB64 screenshots in full res ? Is there more to see? Even if we’ve...
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- Leeaux: And I just posted wondering where you went! Great stuff.