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Weekly Round-Up #51
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April 15th, 2014 | Auctions, EarthBound, Merchandise, Videos | 8 Comments

I recently stumbled upon this video with Pat the NES Punk in it that touches on a weird story about eBay and a seller with 30 suspicious EarthBound cartridges. If you haven’t heard of this before, here’s the video (strong language warning, BTW):

Somehow this story sounds familiar but it’s a fuzzy, hazy memory to me. If anyone has more details, lemme know in the comments! (Knowing my brain, I probably did report on it before but totally forgot about it :P )


April 9th, 2014 | Images, Smash Bros. | 35 Comments

I missed the last half of yesterday’s Smash Bros. preview video, but apparently some MOTHER series stuff was shown off or displayed in press promo images or something? In any case, here are two screenshots of MOTHER series things returning – Mr. Saturn and the Franklin Badge!



If these are returning, we can probably assume other EarthBound/MOTHER stuff will be returning and/or debuting too. I wonder what surprises await!


April 8th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Polls | 47 Comments


GBA games are finally starting to be released on the Wii U Virtual Console, and of course this has EarthBound/MOTHER fans excited, “Mother 3 in English someday maybe please?!”

I’m curious to see what fans think about this topic, so vote in the poll below! And if your answer isn’t one of the ones listed, share your thoughts in the comments!

POLL: Will MOTHER 3 ever be released on the Wii U Virtual Console?

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April 4th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 9 Comments

Every once in a while I like to share EarthBound stuff that Fangamer has, and here are a few EarthBound-themed shirts that might interest you!



This shirt is designed by Nina Matsumoto, who’s done so many bazillion awesome things that I’m not even sure where to start listing them from! Besides stuff like her manga work, her Simpsons work, and her Last Airbender work, you might also recognize her as the main force behind translating all the Game Center CX stuff everywhere :P

Anyway, this is a shirt she designed! Check it out here!

Chosen Four


I think I might’ve posted about this one before, but it’s designed by the amazing Omocat, who’s done a lot of other amazing EarthBound-related stuff too, like the Overcoming Shyness book!

Check out Omocat’s Chosen Four shirt here!



And of course there’s this good ol’ classic! I see this shirt everywhere now, whether it’s in live stream events or pictures from conventions, it seems like it’s the go-to shirt if you want to Nessify yourself :P It was out of stock for a while, but now it’s back here!

You know, I wonder which the third strongest shirt is…

Anyway, as always, if you do order something from Fangamer, if you mention me in the special comment/notes part of the order form I’ll toss in some stuff of my own – I usually include a quick letter and some extra goodies.

Note that I don’t actually work for Fangamer, but since I have such close ties with them and live so close to them, I see them all the time and do stuff like this and the EarthBound Bash with them. It literally is EarthBound Central here in Tucson I guess :P


April 2nd, 2014 | EarthBound, Fan Games | 82 Comments

A group of EarthBound fans, led by a fan named Roach, has been working on a fan game called “EAGLELAND” for quite some time now. There’s also a lot of detail about the game’s story, gameplay mechanics, and more here. The team is actually looking for help, so if you can assist, let them know!

For now, here are some sample screenshots of the game:

Again, check out this forum thread for more gameplay details and story info!


March 29th, 2014 | EarthBound, Videos | 10 Comments

Many years ago, xfis (who mostly goes by Stephen nowadays) made a series of EarthBound videos that revolved around public stunts – stuff like eating actual burgers out of trash cans, chasing a Tessie around as a Tessie-watcher, being a real-life Hint Man, stuff like that.

Anyway, he’s recently repolished these videos and reuploaded them with better quality!

Hey Mato!

My old series, /earthbound, has just been moved to StephenPlays (now renamed to “Earthbound Public Stunts!”). The old videos were in 240p and have been reuploaded in their full 480p resolution. In addition, YouTube broke the audio of many of them years ago, and that’s all been fixed now. It’s been almost 9 years since the release of this series, and I hope many people will enjoy watching them again or viewing them for the first time.



(I’m still searching for the high-res version of the Slot Brothers video. Once I have it, I’ll move it into that playlist as well.)

I always loved these videos, they were a combination of sheer fan enthusiasm, film-making enthusiasm, and youthful craziness. Actually, besides these stunt videos, xfis has done a BUNCH of other great EarthBound videos which I’ve posted about before – read about them/watch them here!


March 24th, 2014 | Itoi, Uncategorized | 57 Comments

I was thinking the other day, “You know, what would I say/do if I ever got the chance to meet Shigesato Itoi?” But I couldn’t really think of anything, so I’d probably just end up saying, “Hey, I like your stuff. Thanks for making it.”

But I’m curious to know – if you had the rare chance to meet Itoi for a few minutes, would you say/do/ask? In fact, what do fans in general do when they meet game creators like Miyamoto, Kojima, etc.? I never really thought about it until now.


March 19th, 2014 | Itoi, MOTHER 1, Videos | 4 Comments

A reader named Arthur sent an e-mail a little while back:

Chrontendo is a video series of one guy playing all of the games for the NES/Famicom in order of their release. He is on Episode 47 which features Mother 1. He goes into more detail for this game than the average game.

The Mother footage starts at 30:45

And here’s the actual video:

I always thought this Chrontendo thing was a really fun idea and something I’d like to try someday to fully appreciate the evolution of games from the 8-bit console days. I might have to wait until I’m retired or something though :P


March 17th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Videos | 14 Comments


TwitchPlaysPokemon took off recently, and it sounds like they beat another Pokemon game the other day. During the lull between games, the channel has been playing a random variety of games… and yesterday they played MOTHER 3!

I only caught parts of it, but here are some pics of it in action!

The chat came up with some inventive names:

Mother 3′s walking system made things easier to navigate… but not always:

And, of course, the constant checking of nothing happened. “No problem here.” became a motto of sorts for the chat :P

I only caught pieces of the playthrough, but I hear the channel got up to the fireflies in the forest but couldn’t really beat them. I think the main menu might’ve been disabled, meaning no healing items and no equipment changing. I assume this was because it would’ve been possible to accidentally enter “Sleep Mode” from the main menu, which would’ve ended the game.

The channel’s since moved on to playing other games but has been getting nowhere at all:


So, people behind Twitch Plays Pokemon! If you ever DO want to play Mother 3 sometime, let me know and I’ll try to whip up a cheat code or a patch that’ll disable the Sleep Mode thing!


March 15th, 2014 | Auctions, EarthBound | 12 Comments

I’ve been super-duper slacking on my EarthBound price updates lately. I hadn’t updated buyearthbound.com since October, so some readers were curious to know how the prices have changed since then.

The quick answer is that the prices haven’t changed too much:

EarthBound cartridge (avg. price): $152 (up from $142)
EarthBound guide (avg. price): $87 (up from $86)
EarthBound complete set (avg. price): $459 (down from $462)

As always, these were tallied by hand based only on eBay auctions that ended successfully within the past month. I did this particular tallying about 2 weeks ago when I updated the buyearthbound site.

So it looks like even with EarthBound on the Wii U and the various bootlegs and hack reproductions that are starting to pop up on sites, the cost for a genuine copy of EarthBound hasn’t changed much at all in the past few months.



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