Weekly Round-Up #18
The other day, Nintendo posted a video that showcases a bunch of the content that’ll be in the upcoming Wii U Super Smash Bros game – if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s here.
Anyway, there were a few things related to EarthBound in there – the biggest one that wowed a lot of people was when it was revealed that you could take in-game screenshots and draw on them. One of the examples given included Ness and a drawing of EVE from MOTHER 1/EarthBound Zero!
Also, EarthBound WILL be featured in the game’s Masterpieces section this time around. EarthBound was removed from the Masterpieces portion of Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii, if you’ll recall.
There’s also been talk about Ness being a playable fighter right from the start and talk of Ness Amiibo figures.
I’m sure I’m forgetting to mention a few other things, so if more info has been revealed, please share in the comments!
Fangamer is at it again – this time they’re planning an EarthBound project bigger than ever before! The full details are available on the Kickstarter page, but basically, they’re working on:
- An EarthBound handbook along the same lines as the MOTHER 3 handbook
- A full-length documentary on EarthBound fans outside of Japan
- A music album
- A collection of fan works
You can find a whole lot more information below and on the actual Kickstarter page here!
I can’t wait to help choose what scratch-n-sniff cards should be included – I hope you guys like garbage and garlic!
A few months back, we released the translation tools for MOTHER 3 so that other translators could translate the game into their native language. The tools could also allow fans to create script hacks or the like… and almost immediately after the tools were uploaded, CrabbyRhys began a quest to polish and rewrite the English script!
The rewrite project isn’t finished yet, but it recently hit a major milestone. Here are some screenshots of it in action:
Of course, keep in mind that the pics above are just a few lines out of the whole game, and that everything is still a work-in-progress. For more info and to stay up-to-date, visit this forum thread.
I’ve regularly said that my writing skills are extremely weak and that I cringe at a lot of my phrasing in the MOTHER 3 fan translation, so I look forward to seeing how this turns out in the end!
Joe D. sent in a pic from a Japanese magazine that seems to indicate that the Flying Man in the new Super Smash Bros. game was going to be have a 3D model at some point!
And here’s a zoomed-up version of the pic in the article:
Apparently the developers decided to just do the pixel version of Flying Man, as it felt much more authentic and it also reduced the amount of work the game’s engine needed to do.
Some new official MOTHER/Mr. Saturn merchandise has been announced – a Mr. Saturn Hot Water Bottle!
It looks like it also comes with a tag that has both the MOTHER 2 and MOTHER 3 logos on it. So if you’ve been lamenting the lack of official MOTHER 3 merchandise lately, here you go!
Price-wise, if you buy the hot water bottle cover and the actual bottle, it’ll cost 5400 yen. If you just buy the cover, it’ll be 3240 yen. I’m not sure when it actually goes on sale, but I think it’ll be within a few hours of this post. So act fast if you want some MOTHERy hot water!
For more info and pics, see here:
Between this and the belly warmers, this is the year of strange, unexpected merchandise, all right.
Over on the EarthBound Reddit, TJourney noticed that this educational (and/or religious?) video series called “Active Learning” features a sudden, short bit of music from EarthBound:
Man, this video is so cheesy. I thought it was from the late 80s at first, what with those sweaters and all, but the EarthBound music definitely places it in the mid-90s. I guess maybe lame educational videos are timeless
Some nice-quality pics of Ness and other EarthBound things were recently posted on the official Super Smash Bros. site – you can check them all out here!
Here are two of them that I like:
It looks like Onett is back!
Thanks to everyone who sent in news about these pics!
It’s October, which means it’s time for Starmen.Net’s annual Halloween fun! This year’s event is called “EarthBound Hacktoberfest” and is brimming with spooky fun!
Poe and I were asked to host the first night of the festivities, so tonight we’ll be streaming lots of randomized EarthBound hacks, having lots of fun, and having lots of laughs. I hope you’ll join us if you can!
Join us or die! Can you do any less?
If you like spooky EarthBound fan events (especially ones that have prizes!) or if you want to get a better look at some of the best and weirdest EarthBound hacks out there, Hacktoberfest is for you!
To celebrate Nintendo’s 125th anniversary, IGN recently played a bunch of games and posted videos of them on YouTube. Here’s a look at their short MOTHER 3 video!
Since they’re a big player in the industry they don’t use the translation patch, but they do discuss the fan translation and a number of other things.
Also, holy crap, MOTHER 3 is already over 8 years old now
- neonix: It’s a Mr. Saturn enema bag…
- neonix: I think it only makes sense for Magicant to also be in the Wii U version. They said that exclusive stages for each game would be ones based...
- AConcernedGamer: Keep in mind that a Masterpiece does not necessarily need to begin at the time that the guest console is booting up. Super Smash...
- MysterySprite22: This is weird, but not as weird as the belly warmers. xD
- Toby: I doubt you could get to Jr./Son of Starman, as you would need to have everything memorized to come even close. Besides you also have that...