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July 21st, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Videos | 10 Comments

Yesterday was Monday, which meant a new edition of EarthBound Central Live!

Unlike previous episodes, this one was entirely focused on last weekend’s Camp Fangamer event. We summarize what the event was and explain it from our own perspective. We share inside, behind-the-scenes info, including pics and videos! It was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so if you missed the full event, you’ll probably enjoy this episode! …Even if it’s mostly just a random slideshow with voices over it 😛

Thanks to everyone who came by and chatted with me (and one memorable fan who taught me everything about Donkey Kong Country)! I’ll have a better wrap-up post later on, but for now here are links, pics, and videos that you CAN’T miss!

Shigesato Itoi’s keynote address:

Final Battle Montage

The Audience Fights the Kraken!
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MOTHER 3 Fan Translation Team Panel!
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Playing a Previously-Unknown EB0 Proto Cart!
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Day 2 video archives:

If you missed out on last night’s stream but would like to be at future ones, here are some links that’ll send you in the right direction!

Next week should hopefully return to the standard EarthBound Central Live format, so be there or don’t go to heaven!

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July 20th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Videos | 1 Comment

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So, so, so much happened on Day 2 of Camp Fangamer that it’ll be impossible to list it all here. EarthBound fans are amazing and weird and just great people!

I took lots of pics throughout and tweeted them throughout the day. Check them out on my Twitter here!

I’m serious when I say so much happened that it’s impossible to remember it all, so DEFINITELY check out the archived videos for Day 2 here:

I was also on the stream a few times, presenting the EarthBound Abroad panel with TragicManner and Poe, and then later on when we had an impromptu panel with the MOTHER 3 fan translation team.

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Lots of fun, lots of good vibes, and even a giant spider mech!

In the end, the event raised over $39,000 for the Speak Your Silence charity.

Thanks to everyone who attended and said hi, and thanks to everyone who hung out in the Twitch stream and had fun with us!

#campfangamer2016 – tweet it out and make it happen!

 

July 19th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Images, Videos | 1 Comment

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If you couldn’t attend or couldn’t watch live, here’s the archive of today’s main event at Camp Fangamer! Tip: Start around 4 minutes 50 seconds in, that’s when the amazingness begins!

There was a lot of stuff going on during the previous day too, it was great. It’s archived on Fangamer’s Twitch channel too, so check it out if you can!

Tomorrow is the final day of Camp Fangamer, and some great stuff is gonna go down!

We’ll probably talk in detail about everything on the next EB Central Live, but for now we all need sleep before the final day…

(I’ve been tweeting lots of pics of stuff that’s been happening from my POV, so for more Camp Fangamer pics and info, follow me here!)

(Also, Itoi watched the stream and tweeted about it several times throughout the day 😯 )

 

July 17th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events | 6 Comments

At last, the big EarthBound convention is about to get underway! It begins later today and lasts until the end of Sunday. It’s going to be crazy and like nothing else before it!

Even if you can’t attend, there’s going to be a live stream for some of the main events, starting on Saturday and lasting through to the end of Sunday. You can check out what’s happening here once the festivities start.

Here’s a list of just SOME of the events that are planned for Camp Fangamer attendees – there’ll be plenty of other attractions and surprises, though!

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And here are some photos of everything getting set up as we speak!

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So much more is gonna happen! See you all there!

UPDATE: Also, what the hey is this??

 

July 16th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | Post a Comment

I shared this on a past EarthBound Central Live, but it’s too good not to share here!

This is a cover of the Sound Stone music from EarthBound, with some new lyrics added:

The musician also added this info in the description:

Earthbound is my favorite RPG of all time. By sheer chance I came into posession of a copy when I was about 9 years old and the impact the game had on me was immeasurabe. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate it even more. It’s truly a work of art and everyone who loves videos games should play it.

The lyrics are specifically referencing the final battle with Giygas. The first two verses are supposed to be from Ness’ perspective and the final verse is from the player’s perspective. As the player, you spend the whole game sort of imagining yourself as Ness, but at the very end, the game acknowledges you personally and suddenly you find yourself praying for the safety of these imaginary characters who, in reality, represent nothing more than a few lines of code and an assortment of pixels. I tried to make the last verse reflect that part of the game.

Actually, I was going to make the lyrics much darker, but I decided to keep them a bit more lighthearted in the end. The battle with Giygas is the embodiment of suffering and hopelessness and I wanted to get that point across.

I’m still not 100% satisfied with the lyrics and they may be subject to change in the future. There are a couple of bugs that I still need to work, but the main idea is there.

I’ve never tried to fingerpick guitar to a metronome and it turned out to be more difficult than I was expecting, haha. I slipped up a few times, but I think it sounds pretty decent overall. I’m also still pretty bad at mixing/EQing/mastering techniques, but I feel like I’m starting to get it.

Keep in mind that these covers of mine with lyrics are more like a proof of concept than they are a finished, polished product. My equipment and abilities are just not good enough for that at this point. I’ve got several more covers like this one planned and I’m thinking that I might go into a studio and get them professionally recorded much later this year. I’m poor though.

If you like his stuff, let him know on YouTube!

(Note: you can also find the lyrics in the video’s description)

 

July 15th, 2015 | MOTHER 3 | 23 Comments

In just the span of a few days, two separate Italian fan translations of MOTHER 3 have been released.

The first translation was headed by Snifit, and you can find more info, download information, and such here.

Here are screenshots of Snifit’s project in action:

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Next is a translation by lorenzooone. You can read more about it and download the files here.

Here are screenshots of lorenzooone’s translation in action:

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Since I don’t know Italian I can’t really recommend one over the other from screenshots alone. In any case, if you know Italian or are learning Italian and would like to play MOTHER 3, now you have some options to choose from!

 

July 14th, 2015 | EarthBound, Hacking, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 4 Comments

Last night was Monday, which meant a new edition of EarthBound Central Live!

We did a lot last night, we talked about recent EarthBound news -including Satoru Iwata’s passing, we shared e-mails and submissions from EarthBound Central viewers, and we played more of my new creation: Twitch vs. EarthBound!

We also held a Q&A session during Twitch vs. EarthBound, but there were so many questions that I can’t list them all here or I’ll be an old man skeleton by the time I’m done. But here’s a handy-dandy list of highlights of last night’s stream!

Recent News

E-mails from Readers / Viewers (e-mail backlog count: 837)

Game Time!

Q&A and Discussion

Wrapping Up

If you missed out on last night’s stream but would like to be at future ones, here are some links that’ll send you in the right direction!

I plan to continue improving Twitch vs. EarthBound, and we’ll be playing it even during non-EB Central Live streams, so if you’d like to be a part of it in the future, be sure to stop by and follow on whatever thing you follow people on. I’ll post more about Twitch vs. EB in a future update, so if you don’t know what it is, don’t worry 😛

See you next game!

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July 13th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 3 | 10 Comments

Satoru Iwata passed away recently at the age of 55.

Not only was he the president of Nintendo, but he also saved MOTHER 2/EarthBound from cancellation by reprogramming most of the game, he was in charge of the Nintendo 64 version of MOTHER 3, and he was also there when the decision was made to make MOTHER 3 a Game Boy Advance game. Mr. Iwata played a big role in it all. This series, this site, our friends, our careers, our lives – he made such an impact on it all. I don’t think it’s possible to give him enough thanks.

Shigesato Itoi and Satoru Iwata became very close friends during their time working on MOTHER 2. This was Itoi’s message today, as translated by Chewy:

When I’m parting with a friend, regardless of the circumstances, I find it best to just say, “See you later.” We’ll meet again. After all, we’re friends.

That’s right—nothing unusual about it. I’ll see you later.

You went on a trip far, far away, even though it was planned for many years from now. You wore your best outfit and said “Sorry for the short notice,” though you didn’t say it out loud.

You always put yourself last, after you’d finished helping everyone else. You were so generous as a friend that this trip might be your very first selfish act.

I still can’t grasp what’s happened. It feels like I could still get a light-hearted e-mail asking me out to lunch at any moment—after you’ve made sure lunch wouldn’t disrupt my schedule, of course.

You can invite me out whenever you want. I’ll invite you, too.

So for now, let’s plan on meeting again. You can call me up whenever you like, and I’ll give you a call, too. I still have a lot to talk to you about, and if I come up with any particularly good ideas, I’ll let you know.

So let’s meet again.

No – I suppose we’re already meeting. Right here, right now.

In remembrance, here are some of the many interviews and articles about Mr. Iwata on EarthBound Central and related sites:

He also often spoke fondly about EarthBound in a time when the rest of Nintendo seemed to ignore its existence:

He was a gifted programmer, gamer, AND company president – a true legend. He’ll be sorely missed.

 

July 12th, 2015 | Auctions, EarthBound | 10 Comments

Every so often I check out current EarthBound prices so I can update the info on buyearthbound.com. I also post them here on EarthBound Central for reference and so fans and collectors can try to get a good deal when buying a copy.

As always, I tallied these by hand using only the successful, legitimate eBay auctions over the last month. You might be able to get a better deal at a flea market, a yard sale, or an independent game store!

Average Prices:

  • EarthBound cart: $195 (up from $183, lowest: $50.00 / highest: $295.00)
  • EarthBound guide: $96 (down from $106, lowest: $51.00) / highest: $159.95)
  • EarthBound complete set: $703 (up from $573, lowest: $519.77 / highest: $899.99)

It looks like prices have really jumped up since I last checked in May 😯 It’s possible that the recent release of EarthBound Beginnings brought renewed attention to the series, or maybe it’s just a continued upward trend.

I also ran across a number of other interesting EarthBound auctions! Take a look:

If you’re an EarthBound fan or a collector and are looking to buy an actual copy of the game sometime, it looks like the game’s going to be expensive no matter what, at least if you buy it online.

But if you do decide to take the plunge, use the tips on buyearthbound.com to get the best deal – as you can see, there was a huge difference in the cheapest and most expensive copies this past month, so you could potentially save hundreds of dollars if you do your homework!

 

July 10th, 2015 | Auctions, EarthBound | 29 Comments

I was prepping to do another EarthBound price update today when I ran across this gem – a copy of EarthBound (with the box!) sold for the insanely low price of $50! I was shocked, but the description told the whole story:

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comes with box my husband loved these games more then me so i got them in the divorce so i am selling cheap just to piss him off

$50 is a crazy steal – the cartridge itself is currently running close to $200 on average now, and the box itself often sells for at least that much too. I kind of hope that the guy who bought this for $50 actually turns out to be the husband 😛

 

 

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