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November 24th, 2014 | EarthBound, Smash Bros. | 18 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 | 19 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 | 29 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 | 8 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 | 72 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!


November 3rd, 2014 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 3 Comments

Miles V. has been working on an EarthBound fan music album called “Moonsidian” for a while now – in fact, I briefly covered it back in 2010. It’s nearing a release now, so here’s a quick preview of a few of the tracks!

And here’s a preview of one of the tracks, called “Instinct of the West”. Try to guess what song it’s based off of within the first 40 seconds :P

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It’s going to be 12 tracks in all, and you’ll be able to download it for free from here when it’s released.


October 28th, 2014 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, Smash Bros. | 17 Comments

The other day, Nintendo posted a video that showcases a bunch of the content that’ll be in the upcoming Wii U Super Smash Bros game – if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s here.

Anyway, there were a few things related to EarthBound in there – the biggest one that wowed a lot of people was when it was revealed that you could take in-game screenshots and draw on them. One of the examples given included Ness and a drawing of EVE from MOTHER 1/EarthBound Zero!


Also, EarthBound WILL be featured in the game’s Masterpieces section this time around. EarthBound was removed from the Masterpieces portion of Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii, if you’ll recall.


There’s also been talk about Ness being a playable fighter right from the start and talk of Ness Amiibo figures.

I’m sure I’m forgetting to mention a few other things, so if more info has been revealed, please share in the comments!


October 27th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Videos | 21 Comments


Fangamer is at it again – this time they’re planning an EarthBound project bigger than ever before! The full details are available on the Kickstarter page, but basically, they’re working on:

You can find a whole lot more information below and on the actual Kickstarter page here!

I can’t wait to help choose what scratch-n-sniff cards should be included – I hope you guys like garbage and garlic!


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. | 12 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!


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


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.



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