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October 22nd, 2014 | MOTHER 3 | 18 Comments

A few months back, we released the translation tools for MOTHER 3 so that other translators could translate the game into their native language. The tools could also allow fans to create script hacks or the like… and almost immediately after the tools were uploaded, CrabbyRhys began a quest to polish and rewrite the English script!

The rewrite project isn’t finished yet, but it recently hit a major milestone. Here are some screenshots of it in action:

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Of course, keep in mind that the pics above are just a few lines out of the whole game, and that everything is still a work-in-progress. For more info and to stay up-to-date, visit this forum thread.

I’ve regularly said that my writing skills are extremely weak and that I cringe at a lot of my phrasing in the MOTHER 3 fan translation, so I look forward to seeing how this turns out in the end!

 

October 20th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Interviews, Smash Bros. | 9 Comments

Joe D. sent in a pic from a Japanese magazine that seems to indicate that the Flying Man in the new Super Smash Bros. game was going to be have a 3D model at some point!

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And here’s a zoomed-up version of the pic in the article:

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Apparently the developers decided to just do the pixel version of Flying Man, as it felt much more authentic and it also reduced the amount of work the game’s engine needed to do.

 

October 15th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise, MOTHER 3 | 10 Comments

Some new official MOTHER/Mr. Saturn merchandise has been announced – a Mr. Saturn Hot Water Bottle!

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It looks like it also comes with a tag that has both the MOTHER 2 and MOTHER 3 logos on it. So if you’ve been lamenting the lack of official MOTHER 3 merchandise lately, here you go!

Price-wise, if you buy the hot water bottle cover and the actual bottle, it’ll cost 5400 yen. If you just buy the cover, it’ll be 3240 yen. I’m not sure when it actually goes on sale, but I think it’ll be within a few hours of this post. So act fast if you want some MOTHERy hot water!

For more info and pics, see here:

Between this and the belly warmers, this is the year of strange, unexpected merchandise, all right.

 

October 14th, 2014 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 13 Comments

Over on the EarthBound Reddit, TJourney noticed that this educational (and/or religious?) video series called “Active Learning” features a sudden, short bit of music from EarthBound:

Man, this video is so cheesy. I thought it was from the late 80s at first, what with those sweaters and all, but the EarthBound music definitely places it in the mid-90s. I guess maybe lame educational videos are timeless :P

 

October 8th, 2014 | EarthBound, Videos | 23 Comments

A few years ago I posted about a really cool EarthBound-themed Flash animation that was in the works, and it’s finally reached completion! Check it out here:

It’s been in the works a long time, and the wait was worth it! Excellent stuff!

 

October 6th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Smash Bros. | 12 Comments

Some nice-quality pics of Ness and other EarthBound things were recently posted on the official Super Smash Bros. site – you can check them all out here!

Here are two of them that I like:

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It looks like Onett is back!

Thanks to everyone who sent in news about these pics!

 

October 2nd, 2014 | EarthBound, Events, Hacking | 3 Comments

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It’s October, which means it’s time for Starmen.Net’s annual Halloween fun! This year’s event is called “EarthBound Hacktoberfest” and is brimming with spooky fun!

Poe and I were asked to host the first night of the festivities, so tonight we’ll be streaming lots of randomized EarthBound hacks, having lots of fun, and having lots of laughs. I hope you’ll join us if you can!


Join us or die! Can you do any less?

You can watch the fun on our Twitch channel here or on Starmen.Net’s Twitch channel here tonight at 8:00 PM whatever time zone Arizona is in right now.

If you like spooky EarthBound fan events (especially ones that have prizes!) or if you want to get a better look at some of the best and weirdest EarthBound hacks out there, Hacktoberfest is for you!

 

September 29th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Videos | 4 Comments

To celebrate Nintendo’s 125th anniversary, IGN recently played a bunch of games and posted videos of them on YouTube. Here’s a look at their short MOTHER 3 video!

Since they’re a big player in the industry they don’t use the translation patch, but they do discuss the fan translation and a number of other things.

Also, holy crap, MOTHER 3 is already over 8 years old now 8O

 

September 19th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge | 43 Comments

A while back, Buck Fever sent me this:

So I was looking at images of Giygas from the final battle of EarthBound and I noticed that the main image of the screaming skull thing looked odd, so I rotated it 180 degrees and I noticed a similarity between the image and Giygas/Giegue’s sprite in MOTHER:

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My friend Dan, SgtTyrefell on twitter, went in and tinkered with the image, removing excess “heads” and you can start to see Giygas/Giegue’s original body being twisted and distorted:

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I doubt this is really newsworthy but I just thought I’d bring this up.

I always wondered how the EarthBound Zero Giegue/Giygas/Gyiyg went on to look like the EarthBound Giygas. It’s entirely possible this is just wishful thinking or pareidolia or something else, but it’s a pretty neat resemblance just the same!

 

September 14th, 2014 | Images, Smash Bros., Videos | 36 Comments

The full version of the Japanese Super Smash Bros. 3DS came out the other day, so the Internet’s been abuzz with all sorts of info about it. Luckily, I had a Japanese 3DS and a capture thingy, so I was able to live-stream a bunch of it too!

In particular, I was looking for EarthBound-related content to share here on EB Central… and it didn’t take very long until I ran into Ness! Here’s a look:

The above video contains not only the Ness reveal, but the Magicant stage, all the cool stuff that happens in it, some of Ness’ endings, his new voices, and more. For easier reference, I also took screenshots sometimes:

I also did some rough live-translations of a few EarthBound series trophies on the stream:

I also recorded the EarthBound series music that shows up in the stages in the game:

A lot of fellow fans who were watching were sad that there wasn’t any MOTHER 3 representation, but then we ran into this!

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More recently, Lucas was apparently spotted as a trophy on another stream:

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You can customize characters with new moves in this game, and apparently some of Ness’ custom moves are Lucas’ old moves? I haven’t tried this yet, so someone else will have to confirm, but I believe it.

Also seen on another stream was the good ol’ Jeff assist trophy:

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Oh, and the English demo came out a few days ago too, which has netted a few official translations of some EarthBound things:

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I’m sure there’s a whole lot more to find and see if you’re an EarthBound fan. The full English version of the game comes out in just a few weeks, so I’m sure the fervor will pick up again. And then the Wii U version comes out later on, and I have no idea what to expect from that. Maybe it’ll have even more EarthBound stuff in it!

As always, if I’ve missed anything, please share it in the comments for fellow fans to see!

 

 

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