Tips for Buying EarthBound

April 15th, 2009 | EarthBound, Images, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3

We took a look at EarthBound stuff in the NGamer Brasil magazine, which was pretty cool, so now let’s take a look at a recent issue of Atomix, which had several pages about EarthBound and the MOTHER series in general.

I don’t have translations, sorry, but maybe some visitors here can provide some.

really like how these magazines bring more life to the articles with interesting, colorful designs and artists/writers who genuinely have fun with what they’re doing.

 

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48 Comments to MOTHER Series in Atomix Magazine


ZombiePaul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Heh, interesting how they stuck the Ness ass-shot in the second page 🙂

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Hey Mato, give me an hour or so and i will translate it for you.

Spitball Sparky said on Apr. 15, 2009

Why is the Mario Paint robot there?

Flint said on Apr. 15, 2009

I can translate the Atomix one (just wait till the weekend, I`m a little busy right now) now I must find which issue its it to see if I can buy it.

muchocolmillo said on Apr. 15, 2009

Awesome. Is this month issue? If so I’m buying it. I hope they include a poster or something nice with it.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

I could translate this.
I’ll try to now.

Shichiji said on Apr. 15, 2009

First Page: 10th of May

Second Page: If you have ever wondered what the most hardcore story in the history of videogames is in,
specifically for Nintendo, I would say without a doubt and without fear of error that it belongs to a series that
“the big N” has made sure to keep from the American public for more than 15 years,
with the exception of the very cause of this commotion: EarthBound

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Hey guys, i’m halfway trough it, so if you could start on the last page it would be great. It’s not really an interesting article typical stuff aimed towards people that have never played EB. The M3 Translation patch is mentioned on the last page, but really it’s a simple article at is best.

So… who do i give the text i have so far? 😉

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

First Page: May Tenth (Mother’s Day in Mexico BTW)

Second Page:

If you ever asked yourself which is the most hardcore history of videogaming, and more especific of Nintendo, Without a doubt this title is part of a series that the big N has neglected to the American public for 15 years now with exception of the original starter of this commotion: Earthbound
Third page:
Obviously there’s not as much followers as in WoW , but definitely the cult of this unique series is a more romantic one, at the end of the 80’s, when the famous Japanese writer Shigesato Itoi pitched to Miyamoto his idea with the boom of the Famicom. Miyamoto had doubts thinking the writer only wanted to make Nintendo work and put his name on the title, to the point of telling him that he disliked RPG’s , in the end the proyect was approved and on 27 of July 1989 Mother was created.
Mother was an RPG taking place in a fictional 80’s American town as seen by the Japanese, there were not dungeons or dragons but rather there were caps, baseball bats and possessed cars. Ninten was a boy in the search of his past full of psych powers in his quest to defeat the dangerous alien Giegue with help from his friends and 8 melodies.

FINAL FANTASY PEANUTS
Today Mother is considered avant garde, similar to Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest , but the bizarre and humorous things male it unique, Childhood Flashbacks and funny dialogues are reason the followers are so fervent. From swimming cats to the possessed lamp, Mother charm is everywere including it’s catchy music.
It was a hit in japan and was intended to be localized as Earth Bound, but cancelled with the inminent release of the SNES as Phil Sandhop the producer of this area explains.

MOM I WANT
It was unti January 15 1998 that a translation group found a beta cart of the game, with no official realease Nintendo could as well sell it via the virtual console, just like they did with Sin & punishment.
By 1995 RPG still were stuck in the medieval formula that FF made famous, slowly the genre was introduced to western audiences, but few titles tried to break the mold, until in June 1996 de brave EB on the SNes tried to give us a different experience.
The japanese view of American returns now on the 90’s. Your are Ness investigating a meteorite that fell near his house, where he meets buzz buzz a fly from the future that tells him he is destined to save the world from an alien invasion from a race named gygas, so he sets out armed with a bat, calling every now and thet to his mom to relieve his homesickness.

DADDY DEPOSITS
The epic trip is full of unforgettable memories, from saving a girl from asect obsessed with the blu color, surviving a town full of zombies, putting your soul on a robot to make your time travels easier, Mother 2 (EB in Japan) it’s full of culture references to pop culture like the Loch Ness monster and horror movies (Translator Note: The EB in Japan part is a HUGE oversight by the article writer, and also you probably noticed by now, that this is not a very interesting article and that he probably didn’t play EBZ very well : ( )
NOA made a incredible marketing campaign, the game came with a guide and even scratch and sniff cards. Although the “This game Stinks” was not the best slogan, the in game localization was impeccable.

Shichiji said on Apr. 15, 2009

rofl I was translating it myself and that’s almost word for word what I had. I’ll start the last page.

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Not even with this the game sold well in this side of the world, maybe because of the apparent crude graphics (of course they are very detailed graphics with their unique charm). Games like Chrono and Mario RPG overshadowed its brilliant and intelligent plot and dialogue against the common gamer market.
¿OK’SSUKA? (his interpretation of Ok Desu Ka I believe)
Development was an effort between APE inc. and Hal labs, designed again by Itoi, it took 5 years and almost got cancelled because the work divided between two teams, it was planned to be a 8 bit cart and ended being a 24 one thanks to its vast OST.

OK, that’s all for the first page, i’ll leave you guys the last one.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

1st image:
May Tenth. By asher.
2nd image:
If you ever asked yourself which is the most hardcore story in videogame history , and specifically about Nintendo , definitely and without fearing to make a mistake this title belongs to a series the Great N has tried to negate to the American public for 15 years already , with the exception of the cause of this mess (similar word): EarthBound.
3rd image:
Of course there aren’t as many followers as with WoW , but this unique series’ cult is definitely lovelier. When the famous writer Shigesato Itoi showed Miyamoto the idea for a videogame during the boom of the Famicom , 1980’s last years , Miyamoto refused to the idea , thinking that Itoi was only making this to make Nintendo work and to put his name onto the game ( Itoi even said he disliked RPGs , which were generally confused with the Zelda series). The project was finally approved , and the 27th of July 1989 , Mother saw light in Japan.
Mother was an RPG set during the recreation of an American town during the 80’s to the Japanese. In this game , there weren’t dungeons nor dragons , there were hats , baseball bats , and possessed cars. Ninten was a little boy in search of hsi past with psychic powers to destroy the dangerous alien “Giegue” with the help of his friends and 8 melodies.
FINAL FANTASY PEANUTS
Today , Mother is considered avant garde , similar to RPG’s like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest , but the bizarre aspect , the unique humor , the flashbacks to your childhood , and the fun dialogues are the reasons for which the followers are so attached to it (can’t remember the word here). From a cat that swims on the floor to the attack of your own lamp , Mother’s love takes a lot of content , including it’s catchy music. (this line was translated kinda wrongly , I don’t know how to put those words in English)
It was a hit in Japan , localized and translated to America with the name of “Earth Bound” , but finally cancelled due to the huge step taken by the Snes , as Phil Sandhop , the translator , explains.
MOM I WANT TO.
It was until January 15th of 1998 when a group of translators found the beta cartridge translated. Due to it not having an official release , there’s a whole market that doesn’t know of it. Nintendo could release it over Virtual Console , like Sin and Punishment , but why not Mother?
In 1995 , RPGs were still on the old times which Final Fantasy had made famous. Slowly , the genre was introduced to the occidental public , but not many titles tried to break thru this pattern. EB , for SNES , was the brave one , and it still gives us a different experience ever since June 1995.
The Japanese vision of America returns , but with a decade of differences. It’s the 90’s and you’re Ness , who investigates a meteor that falls near his house. There he meets Buzz Buzz , a mosquito from the future who tells him he’s one of the Chosen Four to save the world from the hands of an evil alien raze called “Giygas”. And that’s when he gets out of his house , armed with his bat and talking to his mom thru the phone when feeling nostalgic.
DEPOSIT DADDY
The epic journey is full of unforgettable memories , like saving a girl from a sect obsessed with the color blue , surviving a town full of zombies , putting your soul on a robot to ease the journey through time , etc. Mother 2 is plagued with references to pop culture like the Loch Ness Monster and Horror films.
NOA took a lot of effort into marketing this game. It came with a gudie and scratch-and-sniff cards , and a campaign which promoted the game as “This game Stinks”. And , even though it was aimed at the wrong market , the localization is an impeccable job.
It didn’t sell well , not even with all that. It’s maybe because of the crude sprites , which other games like Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG didn’t have.
OK’SSUKA
It’s development was a joint effort between Ape, Inc. And Hal Laboratory , designed by Shigesato Itoi again. The project took 5 years to develop , and it was almost cancelled many times due to the separate work of both teams. The game was planned for an 8 meg cartridge and ended up on a 24 meg one , mainly due to the HUGE OST.

StarFoxA said on Apr. 15, 2009

Nice job translating Usul.

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

The most interesting thing is probably the article name, as i mentioned before May 10 (Diez de Mayo) is Mother’s Day in Mexico, clever choice of words there. Other than that (and the page designs) It is a very plain article.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

Last page:
Between critics , EB is considered one of the best games of all time , and it’s been tried to get it released again. Not so long ago , the ESRB gave it a rating , but it was all an error since the licenses didn’t admit it.
SMAAASH!
EB has various references to a sequel. It was in 1997 when the first scenes and characters of Mother 3 for the failed 64DD were shown to the public. Later , the project was changed to N64 into a cartridge with the same capacity as Ocarina of Time. However , Itoi’s team didn’t have much experience with 3D , and they had serious difficulties during development. A playable demo appeared during 99’s SpaceWorld , showing a desert , Pigmasks , and a mine scene. In that year , Ness appeared in Super Smash Borthers! for the N64 , mainly due to it’s development being done by Hal , who developed EB. In that same year , Starmen.net appeared , a fansite that is still updating with hundreds of fanfics , fanarts , music , and 2 non official books.
During 2003 summer , Mother 1+2 commercials appeared in Japan , announcing that a sequel was in development. It wasn’t until 2005 that Itoi talked about this , he was working with Brownie Brown (Blue Dragon Plus) , developing Mother 3 for the GBA . His site was updated every week showing the EB sequel little by little.
BOING!
Mother 3 was one of the last games released on GBA in Japan , the DS was already in stores and Nintendo had other priorities. The possibilities for it to reach America were getting lower , and the poor sales EB had didn’t help either. The game was a hit in Japan , and there was even a special edition which came with a Gameboy Micro.
When Brawl came out , it had characters like Lucas , and it’s Japanese version contained a demo of MOTHER 2/EB , which indicated that Nintendo was intentionally taking the series away from the American public. Without options , a group of dedicated fans translated Mother 3 with professional quality to the numbers of fans which were waiting anxiously for this title. The patch was released in October 2008 , and it’s up to now the only way to enjoy the game in English. Still , as there’s no official way to get it , there’s a large portion of the market which hasn’t experienced it.
BABY
The new tendencies of downloadable content , Wiiware or DSiware , increase the possibilities that someday Nintendo might release it. You see , if they were able to take a step back from Wind Waker to release Twilight Princess after the evolution that came from Wind Waker why not give the mother fans what they want?
This industry , like every other one , doesn’t move with the heart , it moves with money. But if there’s a way that Nintendo can see the possibility of this series business over America , then maybe we could enjoy these jewels. Join for a good cause and each time you have the chance to send e-mails to Nintendo , please remind them of how much we love Mother.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

Ok , this article has been really hard to translate. Whoever wrote it knows NOTHING about punctuation =_=
And it’s got quite some lots of false info.
So , don’t take this one too seriously ¬¬

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Exactly my thoughts. To be honest i never heard about the Miyamoto part until now, and EB beign canceled? Itoi mentioned he felt the project was doomed, but i never heard it was almost cancelled, and probably the Mother Game Boy Micro is rare but this guy exagerates.

Mato said on Apr. 15, 2009

No, it’s true, it was nearly canceled. Iwata reprogrammed the game from scratch and saved the day.

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

And the first part about Itoi and Miyamoto?

Shichiji said on Apr. 15, 2009

EB was going to be cancelled or something like that. And yeah, the author of this article clearly never heard of periods.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

That one’s also true usul. It’s not like everything is wrong in it , but there are some details which are false.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

I never heard that Itoi didn’t like RPGS , nor that Miyamoto refused it due to thinking he was just doing it for the credits in it. But Itoi presenting the idea to Miyamoto and Itoi being kinda sad about his refusal is true.
Mato wrote about it in EB central. Gotta find the article >w<

Usul said on Apr. 15, 2009

Well that’s nice to know, thing is dont like this magazine a lot because it feels too much like Kotaku (Great journalism, great articles but every now and then a few hypocrites with a huge ego)

HAK2 said on Apr. 15, 2009

it’s been two times now i’ve seen Giygas refered to as a “race” instead of Giyags being referred to as the actual enemy.

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

That’s because the game box said so , I think.

LeonardoGolden said on Apr. 15, 2009

I like how they say Giygas is an alien race XD
And shouldn’t that last paragraph be MOMMY instead of BABY?

Just sayin’

santiagoff said on Apr. 15, 2009

I dunno. Mommy sounds more like the diminutive of mother. Mamacita is kinda like a slang word for “nice ladie”. So , mommy doens’t fit it quite right. It’s not like baby fits it that much better though.

Reggie Fils-Aime said on Apr. 15, 2009

I love this site.

KaoruArika said on Apr. 15, 2009

Oh, dear I have to buy it :O

Claus said on Apr. 15, 2009

What’s MOTHER Computer?

Belasted said on Apr. 15, 2009

I said this on starment, it’s Mother Brain.

PSInesslove93 said on Apr. 15, 2009

reading the articles made me feel like i was in spanish class all over again lol nice screenshots/pic collages

LeonardoGolden said on Apr. 15, 2009

Santiagoff, not necessarily.
You think they’d say it in that context for a MOTHER/MOTHER’S DAY article?

Monodi said on Apr. 16, 2009

I got the issue right here with me, Atomix is one of the best gaming magazines this days for being plain good critics without making any notorious bias. It is also great how here in Mexico there ae guys that do know about the industry instead of pretending.

Asher said on Apr. 16, 2009

Hi guys, yep its me the guy who wrote it and made the illustration, im happy to read your comments, but none of this info is false, in fact i never said that itoi didnt like rpgs i said that Miyamoto didnt like Itoi´s rpg approach and also that he was afraid that the guy would just put his name on the game without getting involved in it.

anyway im glad you guys post it in here and i will do whatever its in my hands to keep this series in the mexican gamers minds and every time i have a chance to speak with someone from Nintendo i will remember them how much we would like to see the complete series on this side of the world.

cheers!

Roy said on Apr. 16, 2009

I really didn´t expected this to come out on a mexican magazine, there is a magazine called “Club nintendo” which dedicates itself to nintendo, and i have never see mother mentioned on it, which is kind of sad, by the way, i must say that it makes me happy that at least they mentioned it!
Also, on part of the article, the mention the mother 3 translation patch, but there is no mention about starmen.net…

Roy said on Apr. 16, 2009

I really didn´t expected this to come out on a mexican magazine, there is a magazine called “Club nintendo” which dedicates itself to nintendo, and i have never saw mother mentioned on it, which is kind of sad, by the way, i must say that it makes me happy that at least they mentioned it!
Also, on part of the article, the mention the mother 3 translation patch, but there is no mention about starmen.net…

LeonardoGolden said on Apr. 16, 2009

Yes, they do. It’s on page 3 I think. I saw “starmen.net”

PKNuMan said on Apr. 16, 2009

They did a wonderful job with the graphics.

I’m impressed.

Viewtiful_Justin said on Apr. 16, 2009

Where the heck did that naked Ness shot come from???

Grant said on Apr. 16, 2009

Its from the dealio where Ness is in his head. Its from Mother 2. In Earthbound hes in pajamas.

gwalms said on Apr. 16, 2009

Its from the dealio where Ness is in his head. Its from Mother 2. In Earthbound hes in pajamas.

Rosecloud said on Apr. 16, 2009

OMG I got this magazine XD
I was suprised when a latinamerican magazine talk about EB
LOL at naked ness sprite

earthboundchronotrigger freak said on Jan. 25, 2010

I bet none of u knew there were 11 year olds who have killed giygas!

earthboundchronotrigger freak said on Jan. 25, 2010

Yesterday i started my earthbound movie yay!

Clowkero said on Jul. 3, 2011

Cool! I’m Mexican and i did like it so much
Ilove the images!

Alex.Saturn said on Jun. 7, 2013

La saga MOTHER ya es un poco mas conocida al paso del tiempo. soy Mexicano y me encanta esta MOTHER

Alex.Saturn said on Jun. 7, 2013

MOTHER saga is better known over time. I’m Mexican and I love MOTHER


 
 

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