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January 31st, 2016 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 3 | 22 Comments

Last year, during the special MOTHER 2 event I assume, Nintendo Dream interviews Shigesato Itoi about a number of different topics, including MOTHER 3, the Nintendo 64 version of the game, fans outside of Japan, MOTHER 4, and more.

Nintendo Dream: I see. Even though Mother 3 hasn’t been released overseas yet, they know about Lucas from SSB…

Shigesato Itoi: But recently when I heard from foreign fans, they said they all have played Mother 3. They also learned the Japanese language too.

You can read a translated interview on Nintendo Everything here. I’d love to see the original Japanese interview too. If anyone knows where I can find a copy, lemme know!

 

January 29th, 2016 | EarthBound | 12 Comments

Nintendo is holding a sale on a lot of Wii U games, including EarthBound for the Virtual Console! For the next few days it’s reduced to $6.99 from its usual price of $9.99.

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I don’t play my Wii U very much so I don’t know if it’s possible to gift games to friends. But if you can, this could be a good time to do it. If not, then it’s still a good time to buy the game if you haven’t already 😎

 

January 28th, 2016 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 4 Comments

A lot of music from EarthBound gets remade by fans, but one that I rarely hear is the spooky music from Happy Happy Village. But Steven Morris recently took a stab at it, with amazing results!

I shared this on EarthBound Central Live the other day, but it was just too good not to share here too. Check it out if you get a chance, and be sure to give the rest of his EarthBound covers a listen here!

 

January 27th, 2016 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Interviews | 4 Comments

A while back MrTenda sent me this e-mail:

Check this out, I stumbled upon a 2014 video interview with Hip Tanaka where he talked about a lot of various subjects, including a short portion about composing MOTHER 2’s music:

Hip Tanaka discusses some of the ideas and challenges behind making 16-bit music. He also discusses a lot of other subjects, including his connection with Pokemon, so you might want to check out the entire lecture!

 

January 26th, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking | 6 Comments

A while back, TragicManner sent me this e-mail about a new translation patch for EarthBound:

So, ShadowOne333 just finished his translation of EarthBound in LatAm Spanish the other day.

MrMontolio helped a little with translation, and the active community at PKHack has REALLY put in a lot of work on helping several completed and ongoing translations, especially MrTenda, H.S, and TheKirby.

Otherwise, ShadowOne333 put a TON of work into the project and has contributed to the ongoing translations of EarthBound, so he is pretty amazing for nearly doing this whole thing solo!

Here are some sample screenshots:

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And you can read about the translation and download the latest version here:

I’ve actually lost count of how many EarthBound translation patches there are now. The recent improvement of EarthBound hacking tools has helped make the process a billion times easier!

 

January 24th, 2016 | EarthBound, Videos | 1 Comment

A few months back, CineFix posted a video that remakes the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” entirely in EarthBound-style graphics. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:

They’ve posted many more movies like this in game form – you can see them all here!

 

January 23rd, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking, Videos | 1 Comment

Last Monday we held another EarthBound Central Live, but if you missed it, don’t worry! The archive is up on YouTube now:

We covered a ton of different topics and then played four different games. Here’s a basic list of the highlights, but check out the whole thing for lots more!

After all that, we played four different games!

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We really need to learn how to play the bass fishing game, so I recently bought a boxed copy to help us out. Hopefully it’ll get here soon!

Anyway, if you missed out on the live stream but would like to attend future ones, here are some links that’ll send you in the right direction!

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January 19th, 2016 | EarthBound | 4 Comments

EarthBound is filled with a number of different, iconic fonts, and many of them have been converted into formats that modern computers can use. But the battle font has always been quietly forgotten… until now!

TragicManner has put together a font file that mimics EarthBound’s battle font as closely as possible. If you’re not sure which font the “battle font” is, here’s a look:

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And here’s a peek at TragicManner’s version in action:

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You can download the font and related files here! You can also make changes to the font if you feel you can improve it, so if you’re a font person, check it out!

If you haven’t seen them already, there are many other fonts you can try out too:

 

January 12th, 2016 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3, Videos | 4 Comments

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

This time we shared some more recent EarthBound news, took a look at some memories from the old days, shared a lot of reader e-mails, and then played a Pokey-filled hack while doing Q&A with everyone:

Thanks to everyone who came by and chatted with us, it was a lot of fun! If you missed it, here are just some of the topics we covered, but it’s probably best to check out the whole thing sometime. It was pretty much a non-stop discussion-a-thon 😛

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!

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January 11th, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking | 2 Comments

There are multiple debug menus hidden in EarthBound, and the big one that lets you do all sorts of cool stuff has always been full of gibberish:

In actuality, this gibberish is just Japanese text, written phonetically in English, with most vowels removed. My interest in this weird menu is actually what led me to join the EarthBound community back in 1998, so it’s always been something I enjoy messing around with. And now you can too, even if you don’t know a lick of Japanese!

Thanks to vince94, there’s now a translation patch for this debug menu, which you can get here!

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If you want to access this debug menu, I made a code a few years back that turns the ATM card into a debug menu item. Check it out here!

 

 

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