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March 29th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up

Week 11… double digits and a palindrome 😯 The stars have also aligned this week, to bring us some interesting news-ish stuff and plenty of other EarthBound-related goodies!

From mystery screenshots that look WAY too much like EarthBound to the awesome MOTHER 3 Handbook’s release to super EarthBound speedruns to tons of other things, the EarthBound world is really active lately.

Anyway, with all that babbling out of the way, let’s have a look at what happened this very busy week!

Site News

  • This will probably the last week for the easy avatar/badge offer. Details here!
  • I’ve been contemplating adding some very simple things to add to the user experience. I don’t know when I’ll go about trying it, but I thought I’d make a mention now anyway.
  • I’ve also been thinking of changing how this page looks and acts. If anyone has suggestions on what might look better or what might be more useful, let me know!

EarthBound News

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!

Here’s some cool stuff from Yahoo! Auctions Japan:

And here’s some stuff I found on Amazon and Play-Asia:


Community News

I’m still clinging on to my last shreds of being a non-robot, so I can’t possibly 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

This week, Itoi was busy with stuff so much that he didn’t talk as much about what he’s up to. Instead, he posted lots of thoughts and such. Sometimes a little too TMI in some cases too 😯

Anyway, since it’s cherry blossom season in Japan right now, he’s of course been talking about them a bit. There was also the World Baseball Classic recently, and Japan won it for the second year in a row, and he loves baseball to death, so he was definitely happy that Japan won. He didn’t get to see the game though, he was busy with work. Meanwhile, everyone else in his office watched the game πŸ˜‰

Here are some pics of stuff: Itoi’s office is very laid-backItoi and fireItoi working at homenow he won’t have to chew on his MOTHER 3 Mr. Saturn plush anymore

Upcoming Stuff

I had some things planned for this past week, but with all the news and stuff going on, I didn’t get time to get to it all. So I’ll probably do some of that stuff this week. I have a lot of ideas for new sections of the site, and I have tons of ideas for updates, but I get the feeling this week will be just as unpredictable as the last one, so I’ll just play things by ear this week. I’ll try to get a MOTHER 1+2 update in if I can, too.

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Eleven weeks later and these roundups still take such a long time to make. I feel they’re pretty important in many different ways though, so I plan to keep it going. I do need to find a better format or a better process for writing it up.

Anyway, that’s just me babbling on. I say it almost every week, but it always amazes me that there’s enough going on in the world of EarthBound that this blog can even exist, much less get 7 or so updates a day on some days! Just think if any of the other games finally did get released outside of Japan. KABOOM

 

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10 Comments to Weekly Round-Up #11


Chatetris said on Mar. 29, 2009

Very active week in the world of Earthbound indeed Mr.Mato indeed…Now I need to order me one of those Mother 3 books!! πŸ™‚

Darien said on Mar. 29, 2009

Tiny nitpick point: the World Baseball Classic isn’t played every year, so it’s not technically accurate to say that Japan has won it two years in a row. The last WBC was in 2006.

Darien said on Mar. 29, 2009

Hey, in other news, the Handbook was excellent. I finally got a chance to read through it. The team did an excellent job of being thorough without giving out spoilers left and right, too.

Now I’ll probably go back and replay the game to check out all the things I missed that the Handbook told me about but didn’t spoil. πŸ˜‰

gBev said on Mar. 29, 2009

I don’t know if this could be added to community news, but the EarthBound Zero Remake was updated and is active again.
Everything else looks good, except for the links I can’t click on. πŸ˜‰

Dale said on Mar. 29, 2009

You’ve been on a role lately, keep up the good work! Your recent posting spree on this blog makes me feel bad for constantly neglecting mine.

nobody said on Mar. 29, 2009

fyi – that cheap mother 3 deluxe box (the $200 one) doesnt have the franklin badge…. probably why its so cheap

Spitball Sparky said on Mar. 29, 2009

The cheap sets never have the badge…*sigh*…but then again, I saw the badge by itself awhile back…hmm…

Anyway, I love this site. Glad to see EarthBound still receiving so much love after all these years.

reluctantgamer said on Mar. 29, 2009

Here’s a downright ign’nint question. Ready?
What does Itoi’s office do, exactly? I understand that he is a copywriter and essayist by trade (those terms lifted from his Wikipedia page); is his an advertising or some other kind of public relations firm? Or something else? Are they just responsible for his blog?
Corollary: when developing the MOTHER games, did Itoi take time off from his “normal” work to work on them? How did MOTHER fit into Itoi’s professional life at the time?

I suppose I’m really asking for a synopsis of Itoi’s career…how did he go from being a 20 year-old school dropout to what he is today? The question is a bit ambitious. I’d do the research myself, but I suspect the answers to these questions are mostly in Japanese…

HAK2 said on Mar. 30, 2009

i want to say that the Mother cartridge is not weird. it’s just RELLY faded.
i hope the one that i ordered isn’t faded…

nekoaitsu said on Apr. 1, 2009

@ the Itoi and Fire pic: The guy in the hat reminds me of Alec. And then I think of the campfire scene in Chapter 1 of M3. I miss the story. I believe that I will Play the game again soon, with the guide.

By the way, Gymnopedie No. 1 is very nice. I would buy it if I wasn’t so tight on monies right now. Perhaps I will someday~


 
 

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