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August 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Events, Itoi | 10 Comments

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Shigesato Itoi updated his site’s MOTHER section with a Mr. Saturn message about MOTHER 2′s 20th anniversary! Here’s a translation of the text, courtesy of good ol’ Chewy:

It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out.
…Are you happy?

・Yes → Me too.
・No → Be happy!!

(And Mr. Saturn proceeds to use untranslatable Japanese of course)

“Desu noda!”
(meaning in English: Nothing. It’s just two different options of what comes at the end of a sentence, put together for further gibberish.)

(Then there are some Mr. Saturn icons)

“Feel free to use these icons in your Twitter profile to celebrate the anniversary.”

Chewy continues by saying:

Itoi has changed his to a cute pink version of this drawing, which he drew. (You can see his Twitter here.)

Then there are links to Hobonichi’s two new official EarthBound products this year, the Hobonichi Techo cover and the Mr. Saturn haramaki belly warmer.

Feel free to match Itoi on Twitter! And wish MOTHER 2 a happy birthday.

Man, 20 years later and the dude’s still doing stuff with MOTHER 2! If you want to say hi to him or wish him thanks, you can tweet at him https://twitter.com/itoi_shigesato” rel=”nofollow”>here.

 

August 25th, 2014 | Images, MOTHER 1, Rumors, Smash Bros. | 29 Comments

A couple readers have sent in some pictures of the Devil Car enemy from MOTHER 1/EarthBound Zero as it apparently appears in the upcoming Smash Bros. games. I don’t know the source of these or if they’re even legitimate, but I thought I might share them anyway since they look pretty cool regardless:

smash-mother-devil-car-1 smash-mother-devil-car-2

In EarthBound Zero, this name was actually localized to “PsychoCar” to avoid the devil reference. So if this is legitimate, it’s interesting to see it being reverted. How the times change!

 

August 21st, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 16 Comments

I’ve posted before about how the flagship item that Shigesato Itoi’s company sells is a planner. One of the neat things about his planners is the amount of customization and the number of options available.

For example, one of the recently-announced covers for the newest planner is targeted directly at EarthBound/MOTHER 2 fans:

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Here’s an official description of it:

This very special cover is modeled after Shigesato Itoi’s 1994 Super Nintendo game, MOTHER 2 (EarthBound in North America). The design features the townscape of Onett, including the scenic Beak Point on the west side of town. The cover interior and bookmark charms are bright yellow, the bookmark strings are green, and the pen holders feature Onett’s forest and sea. The cover showcases all the bright colors of the game to make you feel as if you’re sitting in front of a Super Nintendo, and included with every cover is a red Mr. Saturn pencil board.

Customizing these planners is such a big deal that you can actually buy full-size books about all your options – here’s a peek at the section about this MOTHER 2 stuff, in fact:

mother2techo

I don’t think these Onett planner covers are available for order yet, but as soon as I have more info I’ll post it here on EarthBound Central.

As always, good old Chewy is involved with much of this stuff, since she works closely with Itoi and his company on this stuff. I bet she’s been sitting on this particular secret forever :P

Update: These will become available on August 31st, and yes, you can order them from outside of Japan. When August 31 rolls around, be sure to visit this site for more info on the new releases.

 

August 19th, 2014 | MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2 | 10 Comments

Longtime fans of Starmen.Net and/or EarthBound Central probably recall the name Stephen Georg/xfis – he’s the guy behind so many amazing EarthBound projects over the years. He was even part of Fobbies Are Borange, which was a radio play of EarthBound, as well as the EarthBound Zero spinoff, Loids Are Not Christmas.

The thing about Loids Are Not Christmas was that Stephen hadn’t really played EarthBound Zero/MOTHER 1 much… yet he decided to voice the main character, leading to some crazy story progression 8O

That was years and years ago, though, so now he’s finally tackling the game using my MOTHER 1+2 fan translation patch! You can follow his entertaining journey of discovery here:


(view on Youtube)

While sort of on the subject, if you’ve ever wanted to get into MOTHER 1 or if you’ve wanted to get into the MOTHER series but don’t really know where to start, I made some pages a while back that might help:

Basically, watch and read all the things!

 

August 13th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 7 Comments

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A few weeks ago I posted about some of the latest – and very unexpected – MOTHER 2 merchandise: Mr. Saturn belly warmers!

To try to help explain what these are, why Itoi’s company is selling them, and how to order them, good ol’ Chewy made a page full of info:

If you’re on the fence because you’re worried it won’t fit, I’ll just say that I’ve tried one on myself and it fit just fine – it really IS sturdy, stretchy material.

It also sounds like these aren’t going to be around forever, so if you’re into collecting MOTHER series merchandise, now is your chance to get a bizarre item to add to your collection. If you’re reading this in the future and it’s not for sale anymore, you should use a time machine to come back to summer 2014.

 

August 7th, 2014 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3, Videos | 5 Comments

Here’s a nice, soothing rendition of the Alec’s Log House music as done by Sad Toy Cats on YouTube:

Thanks to gBev for sharing!

 

August 4th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images | 13 Comments

adelinax sent this in a while back:

here is a scan from a German promotional booklet for the Wii-U that is available at larger electronics stores.

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I’m not 100% sure what it says – can anyone share a translation? Also, it’s kind of disappointing that the game hasn’t actually been translated into German, but I guess that’d be too much work/too much money for a simple Virtual Console game.

 

July 29th, 2014 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3 | 13 Comments

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Rob Welch recently let me know about a MOTHER 3 podcast series he’s doing called “Gentlemen Discussing EarthBound”:

Gentlemen Discussing Mother 3 is the first in a series of 3 podcasts dedicated to analysis, opinions and trivia on the video game Mother 3. Warning: may contain facts, lies and coarse language.

So if you want some more MOTHER 3 in your ears, check out Part 1 here!

 

July 28th, 2014 | Events, MOTHER 1 | 36 Comments

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of MOTHER 1′s release in Japan, and thus also the 25th anniversary of the start of the MOTHER series!

Fans celebrated in many different ways yesterday, including streaming various playthroughs of the games, posting memories, and doing lots of amazing art.


(by Zakeno on Tumblr)

I swear, it feels like just yesterday I put up this page for MOTHER’s 20th anniversary – the time is just zooming by!

I think MOTHER 2′s 20th anniversary is sometime next month, and EarthBound’s 20th anniversary is a little less than a year away. And MOTHER 3′s 10th anniversary is the year after that. Too many anniversaries!

Anyway, in the off-chance that you’re reading this and new-ish to the series, you can read some more about it all in a simplified guide I made here!

 

July 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Videos | 18 Comments

Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation is known for his love of EarthBound, and after all this time he’s finally made a video about the game! You can see it here:

It’s a pretty quick look at the game and if you’re new to Zero Punctuation you might be pretty confused by its review format. It’s cool to see it finally getting reviewed, though!

Thanks to everyone (all several dozen of you!) who e-mailed me simultaneously about this update, that was some neat inbox magic :P

 

 

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