M2 vs. EarthBound: Monkey Caves
March 22nd, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up
Cool, we’re in the double digits now! That means the site’s been around a little over 70 days then. 70 days, with usually a few updates a day… I must be crazy 😯
This week was an especially interesting one. We had all kinds of updates, and much of it good quality stuff! I’m worried that a year from now we’ll have dried up all the cool content so we’ll be stuck with videos and recycled material, but that’ll happen at some point no matter what, so let’s not worry about it too much I guess.
Anyway, let’s have a look at what happened this week!
- I added a fan-made merchandise page. It’s still unfinished, but I plan to update it whenever cool, new fan-made merchandise gets made, so if that sounds interesting to you, check the page out. I plan to add a similar page for Fangamer merchandise and possibly EB Central stuff, if I can come up with any interesting stuff.
- The offer for custom blog avatars/forum badges is still open for a while longer
- I’m still slowly working on the MOTHER 1+2 translation script (for the first game). It’s not a main focus right now, but I have some new things on the horizon I want to start sometime, so I’ll try to focus more on this translation to get it out of the way.
- The Fassad/Pigmask ringtone, now in MP3 format
- There’s an actual band called the Runaway Five!
- Pokey and Lucas clones are in the Leprechaun movie?
- MOTHER 2 Moonside vs. EarthBound Moonside comparisons
- EarthBound quiz cameo in the latest Game Informer
- Orchestrated MOTHER Medley from the Press Start 2006 event!
- Some more commercial parodies
- The Love Walker enemy’s origin is found?
- MOTHER 3 notebook cover thingy for download
- We took a quick look at a quality EarthBound hack called HyperBound
- I debunked a rumor about Itoi and the demon child story
- Lucases vs. Nesses! No good will come of this!
- How to defeat Giygas without praying!
- How to make your own trout yogurt!
- EarthBound has one of the most badass boss fights
Cool Auctions & Merchandise
There’s been a surge in EarthBound-related stuff on eBay. There’s been maybe a 25%+ increase since just a week or two ago. Here are just a few of the cool things that’ve shown up this week. Don’t forget you can also always check the latest listings in one easy spot here if you’re looking for a good deal!
- EarthBound Box + Guide – perfect if you only own the cart!!
- Super NES + 99 games, including EarthBound – dang, that’s one giant collection 😯
- MOTHER 1+2 Mr. Saturn Strap – rare, and at a decent price!
- MOTHER 2 Soundtrack CD – rare, and includes artwork and stuff in the booklet as I recall
- MOTHER 3 Deluxe Box mint condition, for $189 – this is an incredible deal
- MOTHER 2 cartridge for only $8.99!
- EarthBound doujinshi manga – features all characters
- Rare EarthBound Zero/MOTHER 1 doujinshi manga “Happy Smile”
- Official MOTHER 2 manga, “Ness’s Adventure Record” – by EarthBound’s character designer
- Waaaay overpriced Mach Pizza Air Fresher – still there, it’s been around longer than EB Central has!
Here’s some cool stuff from Yahoo! Auctions Japan:
- MOTHER 2 novel w/ the cool-looking obi thing too
- Rare MOTHER 1+2 Art Book w/ Mr. Saturn plush, unopened!
- Itoi + Moonriders “Knit Cap Man” on video!
And I dug up a whole bunch of stuff on Amazon and Play-Asia:
- The Sirens of Titan – Itoi loves this book, and it inspired a lot of things when he made EarthBound
- Mother, by John Lennon – this song is where the games get their name
- Shigesatoi Itoi Bass Fishing (N64) – on sale for $4.90!
- EarthBound cartridges – Amazon has some, if you don’t want to bother with eBay
- Ree actually made use of that downloadable notebook cover!
- PK Election – MOTHER 3 / EarthBound campaign in Second Life
- This is very old, but I found it today. Cool Ness plush.
- Munny Ness!
- EarthBound “Boss Rush” code thing
- What if Ness was a girl? – this thread sure did take off
- Office Bound
- I need help with some animation stuff, anyone wanna help?
- Ninten Speaks: Rain Rain Go Away
- Now watch the Telemundo version! – with added facial hair!
- Birdy & Chimera reach a chapter conclusion
- kenisu is doing his EarthBound Zero comics again 😀
- I started on a real “EB for Virtual Boy”-style hack, but don’t have time. Anyone wanna take over?
I’m not enough of a bad dude to keep up with every single thing that happens in the EarthBound community, so if you’ve done something cool or if you know of something cool that belongs here, let me know!
What’s Up With Itoi
Two main things that I remember from this past week. One, Itoi was HUNGRY. Two, Itoi won the first annual Juzo Itami Award. Oh, and his dog Bouillon is famous and has his own book and online shop now.
I think we’ll do another food-related thing this upcoming week. M2EB updates will slow down now, because I gotta replay through a few areas of the game to get caught up to where I am in MOTHER 2. We’ll look at some more EarthBound 64 stuff and some interesting pre-MOTHER 3 stuff. And then all the usual stuff that the site always gets updated with 😛
This week was a fun one. Some real good updates. If you have any news or suggestions of cool stuff that might be worth an update, let me know so we can keep the updates coming 😀
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