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December 9th, 2014 | EarthBound, Fan Games, Videos | 5 Comments

I’ve posted earlier about a project to remake all of the locations and maps in EarthBound in Minecraft. It was a huge undertaking, but the fans behind it have finally completed it!

You can find more info here and download the resource pack here.


December 6th, 2014 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 7 Comments

brentalfloss has released a new music video – this one is about EarthBound and Jeff and also has some neat graphics!

You can also get the song on Bandcamp here.

Thanks to everyone who sent in news about this!


December 2nd, 2014 | EarthBound, Fan Games | 22 Comments

At long last, the upgraded version of the popular “Cognitive Dissonance” EarthBound fangame is complete! Here’s a quick description of the game:

It takes place between the first and second games in the series: after Giegue’s first defeat yet before Ness’s adventure.

It tells a story of Giegue’s descent into madness and the wandering band of aliens who once protected the Apple of Enlightenment, in a chapter-based format similar to Mother 3.

This newly revised and rebuilt edition includes mountains of overhauled graphics, an original soundtrack, and many new and expanded areas to explore.

You can download the game here and see the trailer video here:

You can also share info, tips, and questions about the game here, as well as fan art!


November 30th, 2014 | Fan Games, MOTHER 1, Videos | 18 Comments

H.S and friends have been working hard on the EarthBound ROM hack that remakes the first game in the series. Here’s a look at the current title screen:

And here’s a short video showing off stuff in the first town in the game:

There’s still a lot to be done, and if you want to keep up with all the itty-bitty, nitty-gritty details, you can follow the project’s progress here!


November 29th, 2014 | Images, MOTHER 1 | 7 Comments

Tyler sent this in a while back:

Hello Tomato,

I work at the children’s library in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Awhile back I sent you a message about a toy theatre adaptation I’m putting together of Mother 1 and though I’ve still got a lot of work to do, it’s coming along well. Toy theatre is basically a small table-top puppet show usually done with paper cutouts. Once upon a time toy theatre editions of popular plays were printed up for people to put on at home, sort of like a Victorian-era version of home video. I thought it would be a fun story to tell in this medium and I like the idea of telling it in such a low-tech way.

PS: I know this scene never happens in the game, it won’t happen in my play either. I just liked how it looked for the picture.

And here’s a picture:


This is really cool and imaginative, and somehow I feel like this format is a perfect match for EarthBound Zero. Thanks for sharing!


November 24th, 2014 | EarthBound, Smash Bros. | 27 Comments

Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was released the other day for some countries – alas I only have a Japanese Wii U so I still have to wait a while. I’ve done a few simple searches to see things I’m missing out on, like this new Onett song:

And I’ve heard that EarthBound is finally in the Masterpieces section! …But it starts you at the intro of the game with only 5 minutes to play? If so, that’s a poor choice on Nintendo’s part – I don’t think there’s even enough time to get to a battle unless you’re rushing and already know what you need to do and where to go.

Anyway, i’d love to see/hear/know more about the EarthBound/MOTHER series stuff in the game, so if you got anything you’d like to share, whether it’s pics, videos, or whatever else, please share in the comments!


November 18th, 2014 | EarthBound | 21 Comments

Fangamer’s EarthBound Kickstarter is set to end in a few days! If you haven’t checked it out yet, some really cool, unprecedented stuff is happening! The next stretch goal is actually something very near and dear to me:

A book version of my EarthBound localization comparison!

(temporary image, final book will look different!)

Believe it or not, I first started comparing EarthBound and its Japanese counterpart back in 1999!

Later, I went on to become a professional translator (see here). I also worked on unofficial projects like the MOTHER 3 fan translation. Armed with my new skills and experience, I redid my EarthBound localization from the ground up a few years ago. It was over a decade in the making and a lot of work, but I finally analyzed the game in full and in greater detail than before!

Ever since, I’ve always wanted to do a book version of my EarthBound comparison, especially since there are a lot of things I sort of skimmed over. Plus, more recently, I’ve actually met and talked with EarthBound’s head localizer, interviewed him, and even talked MOTHER 3 with him!

So this is my chance to finally make a book version of my EarthBound localization comparison and analysis! If the EarthBound Kickstarter hits my stretch goal, I’ll be able to add a lot more info and interesting trivia to create a handy-dandy book, and my dream will finally come true!

What will be different about the book if it’s all online already?” you might be asking. Here’s a quick list:

  • I’ll go back and look at stuff in the first half of the game in more detail
  • I’ll cover questions and topics that have sprung up since I finished the site – I might even do a call for questions beforehand!
  • I’ll discuss topics that concern series continuity
  • I’ll include new insights and answers from EarthBound’s head localizer himself!

If the EarthBound book happens and if it does well enough, I’d love to make more books. For example, I’ve already started my MOTHER 3 translation notes, but I think if I could work on them for a book I’d be able to actually finish them:

And I’ve already got the groundwork laid for a full EarthBound Zero/MOTHER 1 comparison:

And of course, if the EarthBound book does well enough, I’d love to give other series the book comparison treatment if possible:

Of course, this will all only be possible if the stretch goal on this EarthBound Kickstarter gets met, and if the EarthBound localization book does well enough.

So if you’d like to help make one of my dreams come true while also getting some cool EarthBound stuff of your own, check out Fangamer’s Kickstarter!

Note: If the stretch goal IS met but you don’t back the Kickstarter, you’ll still be able to buy the book on its own from Fangamer eventually. But backers who pledge enough will get one automatically with the rest of their goodies, I believe.


November 12th, 2014 | Fan Games | 37 Comments

The MOTHER 4 fan game site recently got a big overhaul and is nice and slick and full of helpful information. There are also lots of screenshots and graphics and music samples, so check it all out here!


November 10th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 9 Comments

A few months ago I posted about a new set of MOTHER 2 capsule toy figures that was set to be released later in the year… and now is later in the year! The MOTHER 2 Stand Figures are available now in Japan, eBay, and elsewhere:


More recently, a set of MOTHER 2 keychains/charms was announced – these ones use the ghost/fainted sprites of all the main characters. A more rare one is when you fail during a a teleport:


These ghost things don’t come out until February of 2015, but you can already take preorders at all sorts of places. Again, I think these are technically capsule toys, so you might not be able to guarantee which ones you’ll get, even if you buy some online.

If you have any links to vendors that do/will sell any of these, feel free to share them in the comments!


November 6th, 2014 | Hacking, MOTHER 1 | 73 Comments

DragonDePlatino has released a new ROM hack for EarthBound Zero that changes the game in many neat, interesting ways!

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Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition aims to make Mother much more enjoyable for both Earthbound fans and those playing it for the first time.

All enemy graphics, NPC sprites and tiles are be redrawn from scratch to be more faithful to the clay models. The goofy enemies are goofier and the creepy enemies are creepier. A shiny new font and title screen was added, too!

The overworld has been tweaked to be much less bleak and repetitive, so it’s harder to get lost. There is more scenery, areas are more colorful and confusing areas like Duncan’s factory have been simplified. On the other hand, tiny areas like the graveyard and Crystal Cavern have been lengthened.

There are also a lot of changes under the hood. Enemies will yield slightly more exp and the encounter rate has been readjusted. The “Dangerous Foe” battle theme is used less often and party members will be met at a higher level. DragonDePlatino’s goal in creating this hack was to create a game easier than the original but still very challenging.

And last but not least, this hack uses Tomato’s official Mother 1 + 2 translation, adapted for the NES. Over 1400 lines of text have been altered to create connections with the rest of the series, improve clarity and shorten reading time. This hack will also feature much quicker battle text courtesy of vince94. Battles progress almost twice as quickly!

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You can find the ROM patch here!



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