Saturn Valley Music Box
A few months ago I posted about an official MOTHER 2 New Year’s Card that a few staff members received back in 1995. I had never heard of the card before then, and all we had was a sort of blurry photo:
A few fans were like, “Hey, maybe we should try to remake that ourselves!” And then MightyYT went and did just that:
And here it is translated into English based on my translation in the old post:
But that’s not all! Here’s how the re-creation process happened from start to finish!
And, just for fun, here’s a version with the photograph guy!
If you like this, there’s more stuff on the Starmen.Net forum thread here, including a 2015 version AND template files so you can make your own scene too!
Amazing stuff, MightyYT!
I always really enjoy the amount of thought and research Pitchfork puts into these analyses. Thanks for doing them!
I always enjoy seeing how magazines covered EarthBound back in 1994/1995, but I thought I had covered them all by now. I was wrong! Retromags had this neat scan from Nintendo Magazine System, an Australian gaming magazine:
Here’s what it has to say about EarthBound / MOTHER 2:
One of the strangest Japanese RPGs is the bizarre Mother 2, which was mentioned a few months ago in these very pages. Well, we’re mentioning it again because it’s being translated into English in preparation for release in America with the new name of Earthbound.
The first thing you’ll notice about Earthbound/Mother 2 is the bland looking graphics. In fact it looks like a NES game and, at 24 Mbits, you may be wondering why. It’s not because the artists have been lazy, though, it’s because Earthbound has such a huge playing area and it really is the mother of all RPGs! Forget Secret Of Mana’s mere 70 odd hours of gameplay, Earthbound will probably take weeks of constant playing to finish!
The story is a surreal blend of school children and aliens, with some of the weirdest characters you’ll ever meet. The game is full of off beat Japanese humour, although sadly much of this will probably be ‘Americanised’ in the translation. Still, the game was hugely popular in Japan and should do well in the States, too, as RPG fever seems to have finally taken hold of the beat ’em up obsessed Yanks. With any luck a Pal version will be produced for the Poms and us Aussies, so keep your fingers crossed.
Thanks to KingDarian for letting me know about this article! If anyone else runs across any other articles I’ve missed, let me know! In fact, this article mentions some MOTHER 2 coverage in a past issue, so I’d love to see that sometime!
Things have been so crazy lately that I forgot to mention this last month, but the MOTHER 3 fan translation got a page of coverage in New York Magazine recently!
You can see an online version with slightly different formatting here, too!
A couple details seem to be a little off – the documentary coming out next year is more focused on EarthBound than MOTHER 3, for example, but in all it’s still neat to see MOTHER 3 mentioned in big stuff like this!
I got a message on Twitter from an EarthBound fan named Adam the other day:
@ClydeMandelin I posted a link to the Mother 3 translation page on Miiverse, and got a warning that it was related to "criminal activity".
— Adam L. Welsh (@AwelCruiz) April 10, 2015
And he then sent some photos of the messages and warnings involved:
Apparently this isn’t just a MOTHER 3-only thing, though; something similar supposedly occurs if you post about Project M, a popular mod for Smash Bros. Brawl. I’m told that even sometimes just mentioning it as “PM” can get you in trouble, which is a little silly and bothersome when you want to use PM as an abbreviation for something else, like Paper Mario, for instance.
Anyway, just watch out – even if you mean well, don’t get yourself banned from Miiverse by linking to the MOTHER 3 translation!
I’ve always been impressed by the Brazilian EarthBound community, and now they’ve gone and accomplished an incredibly difficult feat: they’ve translated the game into Portuguese!
See here for the latest patch!
I quickly took some screenshots from the beginning, but I’m considering doing a full run of it sometime since they put so much work into it!
Congratulations to TragicManner and everyone else who made this possible!
A couple fans have recently let me know that EarthBound has sold out on the Club Nintendo system. Here’s some info from J64:
EarthBound was offered as one of the final Club Nintendo rewards with a price of 250 coins. Recently, it seems as though they ran out of stock. I guess they pre-allocate a certain number of download codes for each game, because I can think of no other way for a digital game to sell out.
I’ve attached a screenshot showing what the rewards page currently shows now that the game is sold out.
I don’t really follow Nintendo’s rewards/membership stuff so I only vaguely knew that EarthBound was one of the final rewards. Is it the only one to be sold out so far, or are other games experiencing the same situation? If anyone knows, please share in the comments!
Another big piece of news that’s a few days old now is that Lucas was announced as a DLC character for the new Super Smash Bros. games!
I’m excited for this not just because of MOTHER 3 and all the stuff surrounding it, but because it means there’s a chance there’ll be a Lucas Amiibo at some point. Hopefully. Right? At the very least, Lucas is getting treated better finally!
I’m also happy because Lucas was my main in Brawl, and now I don’t have to settle for Ness anymore 😛
Of course, when Nintendo of America announced Lucas on Twitter, fans gave plenty of silly and snarky responses:
Now everyone go vote for Everdred in the new character survey!
I’ve been off the Internet the past few weeks for various reasons, and apparently the other day a bunch of EarthBound/MOTHER 3 stuff happened. For now, though, it sounds like there was an announcement that the Ness Amiibo is a GameStop-exclusive item, and that pre-orders would go on sale at a specific time yesterday. Pre-orders could be made online or at actual stores.
When the fated time approached, though, so many people were trying to order online that the GameStop servers crashed entirely!
Shortly after, GameStop announced you could only pre-order them in person at actual stores.
But it turns out that cashiers at GameStop stores use the same online system and server as the site, so employees couldn’t place in-store orders, either! In fact, I hear that the Ness Amiibo insanity crash prevented GameStop stores from conducting regular business, not just Ness Amiibo stuff 😯 In the end, throngs of gamers were left standing in line for hours at GameStop stores everywhere, many of whom left empty-handed.
Once the dust settled and things got working again, GameStop had completely sold out of its Ness Amiibo pre-orders. So if you weren’t one of the lucky ones, you might have to resort to scalpers or importing from elsewhere, at least until another wave of Nesses happens.
This is all coming to me through second and third-hand info, so if you had any experiences with this Nesspocalypse, please share them in the comments!
It’s amazing to see how ferociously popular EarthBound is among gamers these days. Not even Starmen.Net could’ve caused this back in the day!
A reader named Ty sent this in a while back
Hello. I would just like to submit a little decal I made for my ‘new’ 3DS using DecalGirl.
You can make decals for a lot of other devices, too. It is fairly cheap, so I recommend using it if you’re interested in making your own decal.
I made mine EarthBound themed and even though it is quite simple, I’m very happy with it.
You can have a look at all the images here.
That decal site actually looks pretty impressive! I wonder what other EarthBound-themed decorations fans have done for their handhelds and phones and other doodads…
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