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This is the same interview where he talks about why he’s not going to make any more MOTHER games, his thoughts on Iwata’s passing, his musings on the series’ popularity outside of Japan, and more. It’s an excellent read, so check it out sometime!
A Japanese MOTHER 2 event is currently being held for a few weeks (more details here) and one thing that came out of it was a really great interview with Shigesato Itoi about the MOTHER series. You can find the original Japanese interview and article here.
Unfortunately I don’t have time to translate the interview, but Kotaku did post a tiny translated snippet that explains why Itoi has no plans for any more games in the MOTHER series. You can read about his reasoning here.
Some other topics that come up in the full interview:
- Itoi talks about Camp Fangamer
- He also talks a bit about foreign fans, which makes sense given that he met with a bunch of Fangamer guys again just the other day
- He touches on the quality of EarthBound’s localization
- He talks about Mr. Saturn speech and their fonts
- He wants a Mr. Saturn amiibo, is reluctant to do a Mr. Saturn iPhone case
- He discusses the idea behind praying and the flashbacks in the final battle of EarthBound
- Pokey/Porky is Itoi’s favorite character
- He says foreign fans seem convinced he’s secretly working on a Mother 4 and that he’s been lying that he won’t make a fourth game
- Itoi discusses Iwata’s passing
- He discusses why he’s stepped away from games lately
- Itoi discusses apps he’s working on that aren’t games but are the closest thing to games, including apps for sharing info about lost dogs and cats (a big thing he does on his Twitter account already)
Lots of topics in such a short interview! I’m secretly hoping that someone out there will have the time and skill to translate it in full 😛
In the latest Nintendo Direct, it was announced that MOTHER 3 will be released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console on December 17, 2015:
A MOTHER series-themed Nintendo prepaid card was also revealed:
And of course the same Nintendo Direct shared info about the upcoming Lucas amiibo, due to be released in North America on January 22, 2016:
Wow, so that’s two official pieces of MOTHER 3 merchandise, the first to be released in YEARS. And then an announcement of the game’s re-release in Japan. I only expected to hear about the amiibo!
Of course, the question everyone is asking now is: does this mean there’s hope for an official translation of MOTHER 3 soon?
To celebrate the MOTHER series’ 26th anniversary, Shigesato Itoi and his company, Hobonichi, are holding a special event at the Village Vanguard store in Shimokitazawa from November 21, 2015 to December 6, 2015.
The various MOTHER 2-themed planners, covers, and pouches that went on sale earlier this year will be available for purchase there. It sounds like they might be sold out online, so if you’ve missed your chance to get what you wanted, this is another chance! The Onett planner cover from last year will be available too!
There’s going to be a Mr. Saturn photo booth. It sounds like store employees are going to dress up as MOTHER 2 characters and that giant plush Mr. Saturns will be there for you to take photos with.
There’s going to be a “stamp rally”, which is sort of like a scavenger hunt. There will be stamps of Ness, Paula, Jeff, Poo, and Mr. Saturn, but you have to hunt for them around the store!
For three days only, between November 21st and November 23rd, you can get a Mr. Saturn shopping bag! I don’t think these will ever be available again, and quantities are limited.
There’s going to be a “Shigesato Itoi Corner” of the store featuring a collection of books and writings that Shigesato Itoi has published, along with other books that he’s been involved with. It’s bound to be filled with surprising things!
Basically, this event is a sort of crossover between the MOTHER series and Shigesato Itoi’s other successes. If you’re a fan of his games, his planners, or his writings, and if you’re in Japan at the time, definitely check this out!
For more info, visit the official Japanese site here.
Editing/hacking EarthBound’s music has always been a tough, tedious chore. Usually it involves plugging in lots of numbers, data, and other complicated stuff that takes beyond the grasp of most people.
But the situation has improved and now EarthBound music hacking is a little easier thanks to a bunch of new updates from EarthBound hacker BlueStone, including support for MIDI instruments!
For more info and download links, see here.
It seems like EarthBound hacking tools have really been leveling up a lot lately, it’s an exciting time!
Cap from the Nerdy Show recently posted an in-depth article on the horror elements in the MOTHER series and what their inspirations were. Check out the article here!
Some of the topics include the inspiration for the Happy Happy cult, info about the movie that inspired aspects of the Giygas battle (with nary a mention of fetuses!), H.P. Lovecraft, David Lynch, and more.
Also, on a similar & related note, if you’ve never seen the Japanese movie “House“, check it out sometime without seeing the trailer or hearing anything about it!
A couple weeks back I posted on Twitter about how an unusual copy of MOTHER 2 was uncovered. The details of where it came from are unknown – in fact, the only reason it was posted online was so that the owner could try to learn more about it.
It looks like it’s the same sort of unusual cartridge used in competitions like Nintendo PowerFest 94 and in other similar situations:
I think it’s also been used to show off some demos or something, but I don’t know any details. If anyone has any info, please share your knowledge!
I assume that this weird MOTHER 2 cartridge was probably meant for demonstration purposes at some location or event. I doubt it’s any different from the final version of the game… but it’d still be cool to find out for sure someday!
(And here’s hoping that someday something like this will happen but with EarthBound 64 😛 )
Many readers have sent me e-mails about a new theory that popped up on Reddit recently – the moles in the gold mine in EarthBound all think they’re the 3rd strongest for a reason:
I had never stopped to consider why they all claimed to be the 3rd strongest (aside from just pure silliness), so this is a pretty nifty theory!
Wukeywukey recently shared a helpful resource on Reddit for EarthBound fans who’ve finished the MOTHER series and are looking for something new to play. You can check out the chart here:
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This got me wondering what I might personally recommend… and then THAT got me wondering what other fans might recommend too. So if you have any similar suggestions or flowchart ideas like this, share them in the comments!
Really glad to see StarTropics on the list, BTW! It’s always felt like our own version of the MOTHER series that Japan never got 😛
Stephen Georg, who EarthBound fans might also know as xfis, has been a professional vlogger on YouTube for years. He attended Camp Fangamer back in July 2015 hoping to get some footage for his channel… but so much happened at the event that he was left with too MUCH footage!
Anyway, he recently shared this via e-mail:
I’ve finally gotten around to editing the vlogs I shot during Camp Fangamer, and decided some additional footage and camera angles from the Twitch stream would be a nice touch. After I got permission from Reid, I started cutting together the video and quickly realized that there’s just too much great stuff to leave things out. So against my better judgment, I took several days to edit down the 9 hour stream to just 2 hours.
My initial intention wasn’t to cut the entire show, but I realized that a 9 hour video is a huge barrier to people, and I want to make sure folks get a chance to experience the magic that I did at Camp Fangamer. So I’m hoping this 2 hour version is a little more palatable. It keeps all the major events from Day 1, including all the guests, and Pokey/lawyer appearances.
I’m gonna start working on condensing Day 2, but it’ll be several days to a week because it’s even longer than Day 1.
If someone didn’t watch live, I hope they at least give this 2-hour version a shot. Camp Fangamer was incredible, and I think this video shows that!
Here’s his condensed video for Day 1 of Camp Fangamer 2015:
And if you missed it, here’s his condensed video for Day 0 of Camp Fangamer – it’s called “Day 0” because it wasn’t technically a part of the event but it wound up being a major day of its own 😛
So much happened over those three days that not even *I* have caught up with it all yet, so these videos and Cap’s recap article are filling in a lot of the gaps for me.
Here’s hoping that if Fangamer does another Camp Fangamer, it’ll be 7th Saga-themed!
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