EarthBound in Minecraft Update
Ship to Shore is releasing the officially-licensed MOTHER 2 soundtrack outside of Japan soon! You can pre-order an LP of the soundtrack here… and you can get it in one of four different designs!
- Giygas Red & Black
- Ness Yellow & Blue
- Mr. Saturn Hot Spring Pink
- Classic Black
They all look really great, I don’t know which one to pick myself 😛
In an interesting twist of irony, Ship to Shore won’t ship these to Japan. I’ll have to check out what Japanese fans have to say about all this sometime!
Over the past few days I’ve been posting about how Shigesato Itoi’s company is releasing a bunch of MOTHER 2/EarthBound-themed merchandise in the next two months, mostly daily planners and pouches.
Recently, Itoi and his company posted photos of the new merchandise, along with a Starman surprise!
None of the merchandise is available to purchase yet, but the planners and planner covers will be on sale September 1st, and I think all the pouches go on sale on October 1st. Speaking of the pouches, you can see how big they are in this picture – until now we didn’t have any good size info on them.
I don’t know about you, but that Starman is what I’m really curious about now 😛
Yesterday I posted about how there are going to be TWO EarthBound-themed planner covers released by Shigesato Itoi’s company in the coming weeks. It turns out I was wrong – there are three!
The third design is for a smaller-sized, weekly planner cover and features Mr. Saturn!
And here are the other two previously-announced standard-sized planner covers for reference:
Note that these come with an extra bonus – a set of six clear MOTHER 2-themed bookmarks!
Whoa, so much EarthBound stuff!
…Wait, did you think that was all? Because it’s not! We’re just getting started!
Pen cases, card cases, tall pouches, long pouches… Hobonichi is selling them all! I don’t know whether to be happy or sad for collectors at this point 😛
Here are more links if you’re interested!
None of this stuff is available to buy yet, but it will be soon. Chewy works every year on the official English versions of Hobonichi’s planners, so if you have any questions, she can probably help you on Twitter or on Tumblr!
A few months ago I posted about the new Saturn Valley Hobonichi Techo Planner, which should be available to buy next month. (Note – if you’ve never heard of these “techo” things before, I wrote an article about them here.)
Out of the blue, though, Shigesato Itoi’s company announced a second EarthBound-themed planner – this one is called “Cast”. It features a bunch of different characters and objects from MOTHER 2!
Like the other planners, the Cast Planner will have a little bonus item, too. In this case, it’s a clear bookmark! Or a set of clear bookmarks, I’m not really sure. But it has some of the main characters in the game.
According to the announcement site, it looks like these might be available starting September 1st, 2015.
Chewy is the super-expert and official translator for the Hobonichi Techo planners, so hopefully she can help answer any questions that fans have. She works on the official English site, which you can find here, although I don’t see this new cover on there at the moment.
Some recent videos of Super Mario Maker have finally revealed what Ness looks like in the game, and what some of his related stuff sounds like! Here’s a peek:
In case the video goes down, here’s a still image:
And here’s a close-up of Ness:
I was already excited to play this game when it was just a basic Super Mario Bros. level designer, but now things have taken a whole new turn!
A while back I posted about new MOTHER 1/EarthBound Beginnings straps that were planned to be released in Japan. Well, it’s getting pretty close to release time – it sounds like they’ll become available in Japanese capsule machines sometime this week or next week.
If you’re not in Japan, though, don’t worry! I’m sure they’ll be all over eBay and elsewhere, or you can even pre-order them from a few import sites, such as NCSX. Their prices will be higher than if you bought them yourself in Japan, of course.
For reference, there will be six different types available:
- And a larger-sized Starman
I wonder if/when they’ll ever start doing MOTHER 3 stuff…
A reader named Glenn just sent in this e-mail:
A CNN article about retro video games mentioned EarthBound specifically by name as well as Zelda OoT, and I thought you’d find it interesting. The article is about how the increasing popularity of vintage video games is causing spikes in cash value. Check it out, dog!
You can read the article here, and it includes this short video about retro game popularity:
The video doesn’t mention EarthBound, but it’s always kind of surreal to see mainstream news outlets cover video games like this 😛
This year’s Summer Games Done Quick event was amazing, and EarthBound was one of the games played!
EarthBound speedrunner Aurilliux managed to reach the end of the game in 1 hour and 27 minutes as hundreds of thousands of people watched from around the world! Here’s a look at the live run, which features some crazy random number manipulation that almost feels like card-counting in a card game 😛
I’m familiar with most of the tricks used here, but the use of multiple save files and such was totally new to me! Amazing work figuring all this out, EarthBound speedrunning community!
A 100% translation of EarthBound into Italian has been completed! You can download it and read more about it here:
And here are some screenshots:
And here’s a video!
Congratulations to Vecna and everyone involved in making this translation happen!
- jeffmaxwell: Well the Mother 2 Cast cover sold out ridiculously fast. Before it was even available to US customers!
- mariotti: “NOTE: THIS PRODUCT WILL ONLY SHIP TO NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE.” ehhhh no australia
- Ballz: It was a typo and they’ve since fixed it on their site.
- Mato: Anonymous: I don’t know, I only know that 逆修 is related to Buddhist stuff, I’m not sure of the details. My guess is that...
- Anonymous: Shouldn’t it be 逆襲 or is 逆修 a Japanese pun or something?