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May 28th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events | 1 Comment

The big EarthBound convention/Camp Fangamer event is coming up really soon, and with it a bunch of new info is trickling out!

Today is some info about this special T-shirt that will be available at the convention:


All proceeds of this shirt go to the Speak Your Silence charity organization. Speak Your Silence is a nonprofit on a mission to conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse. It’s the same charity Fangamer supported during the EarthBound Bash in 2013.

The shirts will be available on July 18th, the first day of the Camp Fangamer event. You’ll be able to purchase them at the event, of course, but they’ll also be available online for a limited time. These shirts will also NEVER be reprinted, so this is your one and only chance to get one!


May 27th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3 | 4 Comments

Broomweed has made an amazing post on the Starmen.Net forums about all of the music in MOTHER 3. It contains a chart and infographic data about all of the pieces of music, how they relate, which themes are most common, and more. It’s really impressive!

(Click for full, super-sized image!)

You can also check out the forum post and additional details here!


May 26th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Monday, so yesterday was another edition of EarthBound Central Live on Twitch!

We shared a TON of news submissions, covered lots of Q&A discussions, and even started another EarthBound hack called “EarthBound 10th Anniversary Edition”!

If you missed it, you can check out the archive on YouTube here:

And, for added convenience, here are some of the topics and highlights of last night’s live stream!

Recent News

Q&A / Discussion

EarthBound Hack Fun!

These streams just keep getting packed with more and more content! If you’d like to be a part of future EarthBound Central Live streams, here are ways you can follow and find more info!



May 25th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Videos | Post a Comment

This year’s Camp Fangamer is drawing near, and a big part of the event is going to be an EarthBound Film Festival!

If you’ve done any sort of EarthBound videos in the past or have the time this week to make a new one, you can submit your EarthBound-themed video for the festival here!


May 24th, 2015 | MOTHER 1, Videos | 4 Comments

Andrew B. sent me this e-mail a while back about a video series about philosophy that puts things in more-understandable terms all while presenting things in an 8-bit video game theme. One specific video uses a lot of EarthBound Zero-themed presentation:

I just started watching a series on youtube known as 8-bit philosophy which is an incredibly accurate and informative showcasing the great what’s and why’s humans ask day to day. One of them showcases the original Mother and I thought you guys would like to see it.

I’ve never seen this series before – is it any good? It seems interesting from a quick glance, but I’d like to hear what my peers think about it before I sit down to watch more.


May 23rd, 2015 | EarthBound, Smash Bros. | 8 Comments

Alex sent me this e-mail recently about the Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U strategy guide:

Hi. I was looking at my new game guide and noticed that they misspelled Giygas. They spelt it “Gigas”. Not sure if this is news worthy, but I just wanted to get it out there. No big deal.

And here’s a look at the page in question:


And, as you probably know, his name is supposed to be “Giygas” in EarthBound:


I can’t imagine the rush that writers have to go through to get these guides out on time, so it’s an understandable typo. Between this and other similar mistakes, maybe one of us fans should offer our services to companies as an “EarthBound consultant” 😛


May 19th, 2015 | EarthBound, Videos | 1 Comment

Yesterday was Monday, which meant another edition of EarthBound Central Live on Twitch!

As always, we shared a lot of recent EarthBound news, looked at a lot of submissions that didn’t make here onto the front page of the site, did Q&A fun with the chat, then played more of a classic EarthBound ROM hack!

If you missed it live, you can watch the archive on YouTube here:

We covered LOTS of interesting topics and questions, so for your convenience here’s a list of just the key points:

Recent News

Q&A / Discussion

EarthBound Hack Fun!

Whoa, so much happened during last night’s stream 😯 If you’d like to join in on future EarthBound Central Live streams, here are some ways to follow and find more info!


May 18th, 2015 | EarthBound | 12 Comments

A reader named Aoi sent in this e-mail about a recent French fan translation of EarthBound!

Bonjour Tomate !

A translation team has finally translated Earthbound in French and its looks very good ! They made some changes like some Town’s name (Winters became Sacaille which it’s a word play meaning “It’s cold” in a familiar way in French) but I think they did a good job at keeping the vibes of the game within the translated texts.

The patch is out and can be found here:

Also since this is the first time I send something to you, I would like to take time to thank you for all your efforts you put in the english translation of MOTHER 3 and in this site ! I normally don’t like tomatoes but you’re the exception ! ;3

– A MOTHER fan lost in Switzerland

I checked the patch out briefly and took a bunch of screenshots for reference:

We might play a little bit of this patch on EarthBound Central Live sometime, so I look forward to that.

Congratulations to the Mambo team and everyone involved in putting this translation together! EarthBound’s a tough game to hack and translate, so good job!


May 17th, 2015 | Auctions, EarthBound | 7 Comments

Every month, I used to check the average price of EarthBound and other items and post the latest info on, but the last time I checked was back in March 2014. It’s been well over a year since then, and I’m way out of the loop now. So let’s take a look and see how things have changed since then

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 or an independent game store.

Average Prices:

  • EarthBound cart: $183 (up from $149, lowest: $127.60 / highest: $259.99)
  • EarthBound guide: $106 (up from $86, lowest: $49.99) / highest: $164.99)
  • EarthBound complete set: $573 (up from $462, lowest: $485.00 / highest: $699.00)

It looks like all prices have jumped up quite a bit in the past 14 or so months, despite the recent flood of reproduction cartridges and potential for bootleg copies. I’m also surprised the price has risen so much even after EarthBound was released in the Wii U’s Virtual Console!

Some interesting listings this time included:

Anyway, if you’re an EarthBound fan and are hoping to buy a physical copy for your collection someday, it looks like it’ll still cost quite a bit of money no matter what you do. As you can see, there was a $132 price difference between the cheapest loose copy and the most expensive loose copy this past month, so if you’re hoping for a good deal, check out for more tips and info.


May 16th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, JWitzz posted a video showcasing similarities between EarthBound/MOTHER games and Pokemon:

There’s info in there about “NINTEN” being a hidden default name in a Pokemon game – if true, that’s news to me, especially with “SONY” being the antagonist’s hidden default name too. I’m sure the NINTEN name is just a coincidence (similar to this) but it’s neat to see another instance of it like this!



Recent Comments

  • Zenn: Awesome! Such a cool design and for a good cause to boot. I can’t wait to buy one! I’ve talked my friend into getting one as well!
  • Jdaster64: This is pretty cool! I always knew MOTHER 3 had a lot more interlocking references to its various themes than the first two games....
  • Anonymous: This is gold.
  • swifter43: Won’t be able to watch next week :(
  • BusterTheFox: Oh! The key for how to read it is at the bottom! So there’s that. I think most people would put that sort of thing at the top....
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