MOTHER 2 Figure Straps Released!
The folks at Ship to Shore PhonoCo. are up to something amazing – they’ve gotten the rights to publish the MOTHER arranged soundtrack album outside of Japan!
They intend to release the soundtrack in interesting ways and with some cool new bonus stuff – see here for more info!
This is really exciting and might even be one of the first EarthBound Zero things to ever get an official release outside of Japan! The album was originally such a strange mixture of non-Japanese musicians working with Japanese game music that it’s still fondly remembered to this day.
So if you haven’t already, check out all the details here!
A little while ago, The Completionist and pals went through the MOTHER 3 translation for the first time and then made a thorough video about the game and their experience. Check it out!
After the video went up, my wife Poe and I had an hour-long chat with them about the translation project, EarthBound 64, and more. You can check that out here:
It was a lot of fun and I hope we’ll get to collaborate again sometime!
If you’d like to read/hear even more detailed MOTHER 3 translation notes, see here and here! I hope to someday do more live translation notes for other games, so if you’re interested, keep an eye out here too!
A very common question I’ve had over the last year or two – especially within the last few months – is, “I’ve found this version of EarthBound called ‘EarthBound Uncut’ on eBay. Is it an official release? What’s the deal?”
It’s true – EarthBound Uncut cartridges have suddenly sprung up everywhere and in a bunch of different forms! Here’s a look at a few:
As you can probably guess, these aren’t official cartridges – they’re bootleg reproduction cartridges. It’s common for repro cart makers to take others’ ROM hacks and put them onto cartridges, which is what’s happened here.
As far as I can tell, EarthBound Uncut is based on this old EarthBound ROM hack that a fan made based on my EarthBound localization comparison. I’m not even sure my comparison was complete back then, so I don’t even know how “complete” this uncut patch is. There are LOTS of hacks that are meant to uncensor EarthBound, though, so I might be wrong. If anyone has more info, let me know.
Anyway, for those who are curious or who might ask in the future, hopefully this info will help!
PiggyColonel recently created a Porky-themed LEGO set and posted it on the official LEGO site for fans to vote on:
I have some news relating to MOTHER 3 fan stuff…Sorta. Waaaaay back in the day of almost 2 years ago, I posted some stuff about MOTHER 3 LEGO creations. Almost 2 years later, I finally finished the LEGO version of Porky. Now that this is done, I have an idea that I’d like to share with you – there is an official LEGO website called LEGO Ideas; this website allows people to upload things they build, and have people vote on them. If the creation gets 10,000 votes, the creation goes into a review process for a while (there are 3 review dates each year). If the creation passes the review process, the creation is made into an official LEGO set!
So basically, I was thinking that with the help of EBC and Starmen.net, we could all help to make Porky into his own MOTHER 3 LEGO set! I haven’t actually posted Porky yet, mainly because I wanted to wait to see if you would be able to help – just simply posting it on EBC and on Starmen.net would certainly be very helpful. I know that 10,000 people seems like kind of a lot, so do you think there are any other EarthBound/MOTHER sites that could be used to spread the word? Even if we don’t hit the 10,000, there is a decent chance that it will at least show up on the front page, and more people will get to know about MOTHER.
Of course, this is probably all asking a bit much, so if you can’t help out, that’s fine anyway. Hopefully, no matter what, something good will come out of this. (Whether it be more EB fans or MOTHER 3 finally being rereleased, or this becoming official MOTHER Merch) Also, if this got 10,000 votes and went into the review stage, Nintendo would pretty much have to notice the fan’s love for MOTHER 3, due to how LEGO probably doesn’t want to be sued for copyright. Either way, I would be very glad if you can help out. Thank you.
If you’d like to support this LEGO set or if you’d just like to see more pics of it, head over here!
Finding and purchasing Amiibos has been a big headache for a lot of Nintendo fans lately. And with the Ness Amiibo set to come out sometime soon, I imagine the frustration of getting one will have EarthBound fans bashing stuff with bats and yo-yos.
But Jon S. has a tip for you if you’re hoping to get a Ness Amiibo without much hassle:
Ness Amiibo pre-orders are available now on Amazon.jp
I’ve pre-ordered all my Amiibo’s from Amazon.jp thus far and they have never failed to deliver!
I’ve bought many things from Amazon Japan over the past 12+ years, so I can vouch for this being a viable idea. I think there’s even an option on Amazon Japan to turn most of the important stuff on each page into English text, so even if you don’t know Japanese you should be able to navigate around and order stuff without much trouble.
Anyway, if you’re hoping to pick up a Ness Amiibo sometime and want to save some time, you might consider this option!
I posted a while ago about the upcoming EarthBound Convention aka EarthBound Bash Mk II aka Camp Fangamer – basically, Fangamer is holding a small, EarthBound-themed convention in Tucson this July.
The convention was originally a stretch goal for Fangamer’s Kickstarter last year, so certain backers were allowed to claim tickets first. But now tickets are open to the public!
I expect to be there too, although it’s still too early to say what exactly I’ll be doing there, if anything. Maybe I’ll just stand in the back and hog all the trash burgers for myself
A while back, yui sent me an e-mail about a set of neat EarthBound remixes made by Cory Johnson:
I was feeling down today so I searched for EarthBound music arrangements and stumbled upon this cool post-rock album that lifted my spirits. Think Sigur Ròs meets EarthBound, it’s incredible!
And here’s the description for the album:
This is a sometimes post-rock, sometimes psychedelic-rock rearrangement of songs from Earthbound (or Mother 2 in Japan). Originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka and Hiroshi Kanazu, these songs exhibit a harrowing stress on a young boy coming to age amidst catastrophe.
While the game is known for its quirkiness and humour, it’s also known for its philosophical undertones about the nature of evil, the corruption of power and the loss of innocence. These rearrangements focus more on the latter than the former.
You can check out the music here or below:
Personally, I’m really enjoying the town themes and the home song!
A couple weeks ago, a new game called Citizens of Earth was released on Steam and possibly elsewhere. Since the very beginning it was touted as being heavily-inspired by EarthBound. I haven’t played it but just from random screenshots I can kind of see it.
There are apparently even EarthBound references in the game that fans will pick up on:
I have yet to play the game, but lots of people have been recommending it to me. Let me know and maybe I’ll stream it one of these days if it’s worth a play!
Club Nintendo, which was Nintendo’s system for rewarding fans who bought lots of games, is apparently closing soon, but if you have 250 reward coins you can still trade them in for a free copy of EarthBound for the Wii U! The offer only lasts a few months, so act now if you can!
This deadline is just for Club Nintendo stuff, though – even after it expires you’ll still be able to purchase the game normally with ordinary human money. You just won’t be able to redeem your reward points to get the game anymore.
- breeman: AH why did I see this too late to get the Red Vinyl!? Pledged for the White Vinyl. I recently started collecting and listening to Vinyl...
- Thisislame: I love mother/earthbound and always will support their projects. This album is not supposed to be on vinyl. It’s gonna sound...
- J: I actually really liked this game. The look and style are very earthbound inspired, and there are a ton of references, but the game stands up...
- DarklingDragon: That’s pretty cool. I’d get one if I had a vinyl player.
- LucasTizma: I got the money and I got the desire. So why not?