Getting People into EarthBound
A few weeks back, Shigesato Itoi and the Animal Crossing development team (along with Satoru Iwata) got together to talk about Animal Crossing. Itoi loves the game, and most everyone at his office plays the game as part of their work; there’s a big Animal Crossing section on his site that’s updated all the time.
Anyway, like I mentioned a few weeks back, this meeting wound up being a lot longer than Itoi expected, and they touched on many more topics than they expected, so only now are the logs of this meeting being posted.
According to his site’s schedule, the topic of “Animal Crossing and MOTHER 3″ will be covered. But in the latest update today, some MOTHER 3 stuff came up briefly too.
The original page is here. I’ll translate just the relevant stuff:
(part 3: The Terrifying Nikonikori Village)
Itoi: Okay, shall we take an actual look at Nikonikori Village then? (note: that’s the name of his town in Animal Crossing)
(Everyone watching on can be heard saying, “Creepy…”)
Itoi: See, that’s the reaction it gets.
Itoi: So, this is the first floor of my house.
(People in the background say, “Yikes…”)
Itoi: When I started playing, I played with a little kid’s mentality, so there’s a merry-go-round here. It spins around and around and creates this inexplicable creepiness. When Mr. Nagata, a member of my staff, saw it, he said, “Whoa, it’s Porky!”
Iwata: Ah, I see.
Itoi: In Animal Crossing, I find myself doing the things I wanted Porky to do when I made MOTHER 3.
Itoi: All right, let’s check out the second floor.
Iwata: Yeah, this is just like Porky.
Itoi: It’s filled with innocent evil, isn’t it?
(Everyone in the background is reacting with, “Aaah!”)
Iwata: Just by sitting down you get people to react like that.
Itoi: Yep. (laughs)
What’s most important is placing items out of sight. Just like the teddy bears. Also, continuing with the childishness I just talked about, I also have tumbler dolls. The entire second floor is like this. Also, I was happy to get a basement, too. Just having an underground room made me happy. Let’s check out my basement next.
(Everyone can be heard saying, “Creepy…”)
Iwata: This… is intense.
Itoi: I’ve made a labyrinth out of dolls and house plants.
Iwata: So you have…
Nothing much, but since it was Itoi and Iwata talking about MOTHER 3, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to mention it. As you can see, Itoi and pals are really, really into Animal Crossing. The last one I played was the DS version like 3 years ago, and if you want a scary house, mine is the place to go. I made the upstairs floor and walls entirely black, put some torches or something to make a walkway, and put a cow skull at the far end. I got my inspiration from Magus in Chrono Trigger
Anyway, I can’t wait until next week when they talk about MOTHER 3 more
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