Animated EarthBound Parody
Rob Welch recently let me know about a MOTHER 3 podcast series he’s doing called “Gentlemen Discussing EarthBound”:
Gentlemen Discussing Mother 3 is the first in a series of 3 podcasts dedicated to analysis, opinions and trivia on the video game Mother 3. Warning: may contain facts, lies and coarse language.
So if you want some more MOTHER 3 in your ears, check out Part 1 here!
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of MOTHER 1′s release in Japan, and thus also the 25th anniversary of the start of the MOTHER series!
Fans celebrated in many different ways yesterday, including streaming various playthroughs of the games, posting memories, and doing lots of amazing art.
(by Zakeno on Tumblr)
I swear, it feels like just yesterday I put up this page for MOTHER’s 20th anniversary – the time is just zooming by!
I think MOTHER 2′s 20th anniversary is sometime next month, and EarthBound’s 20th anniversary is a little less than a year away. And MOTHER 3′s 10th anniversary is the year after that. Too many anniversaries!
Anyway, in the off-chance that you’re reading this and new-ish to the series, you can read some more about it all in a simplified guide I made here!
Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation is known for his love of EarthBound, and after all this time he’s finally made a video about the game! You can see it here:
It’s a pretty quick look at the game and if you’re new to Zero Punctuation you might be pretty confused by its review format. It’s cool to see it finally getting reviewed, though!
Thanks to everyone (all several dozen of you!) who e-mailed me simultaneously about this update, that was some neat inbox magic
H.S has posted some new screenshots from the upcoming hack that recreated MOTHER 1 using the EarthBound ROM, and they’re looking really good! These ones showcase some of the enemies as they’ll appear in their proper areas of the game!
Amazing stuff, as always!
If you’d like to keep up with the project’s progress, follow the forum thread here!
The newest rewards for Club Nintendo were recently announced, and this time they’re digital-only goodies. And Nintendo has made EarthBound one of those rewards!
I’ve never really participated in the Club Nintendo stuff so I don’t know much about the difference between Gold and Platinum levels and all that. All I know is that a lot of fans seem upset that the rewards are digital-only outside of Japan, but it’s cool to see EarthBound up there with a bunch of other big-name, classic games
Marcus Lindblom has updated his project’s site with some more EarthBound memories and inside information!
First up, he discusses a lot of the changes in the game, including the reasoning behind the bar-to-cafe change, the creation of the English Mr. Saturn font, those weird little extra lights on Dr. Andonuts’ lab, and more! Read his comments on these topics here!
More recently, Marcus updated with some comments by Nico about EarthBound – as you’ll recall, Nico was Marcus’ daughter who was born during the game’s localization, and he included a neat little reference to her name in the game. She hadn’t really played EarthBound until now, though, so check out what she has to say here!
Marcus’s Kickstarter for his latest game project is still going, so if you’d like to learn more and possibly contribute to it, go here!
Thanks for sharing all this neat stuff with us, Marcus!
Some new official MOTHER 2 merchandise was recently announced – five different “Stand Figures” that are being released later this year! The figures include:
- Mr. Saturn
They’re apparently large in size (2 to 2.5 inches in height it sounds like) and come with the MOTHER 2 logo on their stands. They’re meant to celebrate MOTHER 2′s 20th anniversary, which is next year.
It sounds like these will cost about 300 yen each – I assume they’re meant to be sold in capsule toy machines, but everywhere I look in Japanese and in English it sounds like you can preorder them without any markup, so I’m not 100% sure yet. It sounds like they’ll be available in October or November, though, so keep your eyes peeled!
If you don’t live in Japan, you’ll still have plenty of options to buy them, I’m sure. Places like the Amazon Marketplace, eBay, NCSX, Play-Asia, and more will surely have them for a while.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who sent in info about these!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of MOTHER 1′s release in Japan (and thus the start of the MOTHER series itself!), and to celebrate, some of the guys at Starmen.Net have started a special MOTHER Fanfest!
It’s going to continue for the rest of the month, so if you’ve already missed a few days, no worries – check out all the goodness here.
At long last, version 1.2 of the MOTHER 3 fan translation is out! You can download it from the fan translation site here. Here’s what’s new:
- A number of minor, rare bugs have been fixed
- A few rare typos and other text issues have been fixed
- Some bugs present in the original Japanese game have been fixed
- Script text encoding has been undone
- Duster’s sound battle sounds play properly – the original game had some problems with this
- And probably some lesser stuff that’s been forgotten over time
If you’ve played a previous version of the translation patch, this version won’t seem very different at all, but it felt like it was time to release what we had rather than sit on our fixes and improvements forever.
On top of that, we’ve also released a set of files and tools that fans can use to translate the game into other languages! You can download the tools and read all the documentation here.
It’s important to note that these tools have limitations and aren’t user friendly. So be sure to read through the documentation first!
Also, if you missed any of the MOTHER 3 v1.2 testing/live translation notes/celebration extravaganza, you can see all the archived videos on Twitch here or on my YouTube account here:
We had some cool guests join us for a few of the days, so if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the translation or know more about obscure stuff in the game, check it out!
EarthBound’s head localizer, Marcus Lindblom has begun to share some of his thoughts and experiences working on EarthBound! He has two posts up in the “updates” section of his game’s Kickstarter:
- A quick introduction
- His brush with the dangerous and partial real-life inspiration for the Happy Happyists
Marcus has more articles planned for the coming days and weeks, so keep an eye on his game’s Kickstarter page here! There, you can also see info and videos about his company’s latest game – if you’re interested, consider backing his project too!
- MysterySprite22: This is an awesome podcast. I wish I was still in my Digital Media class so I could make more of them, but alas, I’m no...
- Autistic Pichu: 25 years huh? It’s been about seven years since I got into the series, although I never got to actually play the games for my...
- MysterySprite22: Wow. 25 years? That’s awesome! I had no idea the series was even around for that long(mainly because I only recently got...
- pulver106: I always enjoy a good podcast. Any idea when the next one will be up?
- 10N45: @BusterTheFox Looks like “Reggie” did a great job mocking his company’s customers. I’m sure many people found out...