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April 20th, 2009 | MOTHER 3, Videos

April 20th, 2009: it’s been three years since MOTHER 3’s release. It’s almost too hard for me to believe. It seems like only yesterday we were waiting every week for new gift boxes to be opened on Itoi’s Welcome to MOTHER 3 World site. Fun times. But now it’s already been 1096 days since then, and we even translated the thing into English ourselves!

A lot’s happened, so while we all get high for Hitler’s birthday (since that’s apparently what 4/20 is all about, according to everyone three years ago 😛 ) I thought we might take a look at some cool MOTHER 3 stuff and talk about MOTHER 3 stuff.

First, in case you haven’t already, check out what Itoi said one year after the game’s release.

I realize that the translation’s only been out half a year, so the game is still probably too new in most people’s minds to have nostalgic feelings, but anyway, here are a few of my favorite MOTHER 3 videos that I remember off the top of my head 😀

There used to be this really good and funny video of people acting out stuff from MOTHER 3, there was even a ghost playing the piano. But I can’t find it anymore and I’m assuming it was taken down. If anyone knows what I’m talking about and knows where it is, please let me know, because it’s one of my all-time favorite fan-made things ever 😀

Anyway, enough of me blabbing! What do you guys think?

What memories of MOTHER 3 do you have? Were you one of the people who waited like 11 years until a sequel was released? Did you used to overanalyze all the preview screenshots like I did?

What’s your favorite MOTHER 3 fan art? Fan music? What are your favorite videos?

What about your favorite lines or songs from the game?

Let us share our brains!

 

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52 Comments to Three Years of MOTHER 3


Cachorro said on Apr. 20, 2009

What an unbelievably amazing game. It deserved to be talked about.

zedrein said on Apr. 20, 2009

One day we will see this game get a proper stateside release…BELIEVE!!

Anonymous said on Apr. 20, 2009

I do not believe…sorry man.

Big A2 said on Apr. 20, 2009

I reallt don’t like the MOTHER 3 flash. I don’t know why. I guess I’m just sick of hearing Brawl music on everything.

Mashi said on Apr. 20, 2009

Mother 3: There is a Villain

best tagline ever

SmaMan said on Apr. 20, 2009

I’ve just started playing it, and its great so far.

My favorite song so far is the Etude for Ghosts and the one where they combine it with a bunch of other classical songs (forget what its called).

I, too hope for a stateside release, but I’ll be happy with the fan translation until that day comes.

ropesnake said on Apr. 20, 2009

I know the video you mean Mato…I think I probably saw it in someone’s favorites on youtube, probably yours…I’ll keep trying to find it, and hopefully it isn’t removed.

HAK2 said on Apr. 20, 2009

i remember the first time i heard about it… little over a year ago…

I was a new fan. i first playd EarthBound on a ROM while i was sick one week, and instantly LOVED IT. i soon heard about EarthBound zero, and i really wanted to play it.

EB zero was a Hard ROM to come by that those days… and soon i came across a Mother website that had it.

i looked at the other things, and saw a ROM name that caught me by surprise:
EarthBound 64.

the page had a large MOTHER 3 written on it.

though there was no ROM, it was still interesting. but i was mad, because it said “to be released after gamecubes release”

well, he was a little late for that. we already had wii.

I think it was before i joined starmen.net, so i didn’t know about the release of M3 on GBA.

I forgot when i found the GBA ROM, but i can still bring up the ol’ nostalgia of the first time…

Spitball Sparky said on Apr. 20, 2009

3 years…wow. Seems so much longer.

I’ve been fallowing Mother 3 since the beginning. Every once in awhile I’ll refer to it as “EarthBound 64” or “EarthBound II” out of habit.

When Mother 3 hit Japan, I didn’t import it because I had hope for an American release. It seemed, weird from what I had heard. Magypsies, naked Magypsies, etc. But it was EarthBound, so I didn’t care. Pokey appearing made me happy. But Mr. Passion was the enemy I thought about the most. In one of my classrooms at the time there was a poster with some little phrase from a movies called “The Dead Poet’s Society” or something like that. And it had the word passion in it. And I thought of Mr. Passion. Weird, I know. But every time I looked at it, I thought about the ghost.

I have so many favorite fanarts. I used to post them all on GameFAQs, and I don’t think I have them all anymore due to hard drive failure. Maybe I do on some disc somewhere. But my favorite fan music was this one remix of theme of love played on an organ, but with cheesy 90’s effects in the background. Very EarthBoundy and nostalgic.

Favorite Fan Video is this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvEfjzGZ6kc

Way back when there used to be a video of somebody pretending to be Duster. I dunno if it’s still around.

Hmm…well happy birthday, Mother 3.

IWontGetOvertheDam said on Apr. 20, 2009

“A lot’s happened, so while we all get high for Hitler’s birthday (since that’s apparently what 4/20 is all about, according to everyone three years ago)”

It’s also 10 years since Columbine, maaaaannn. /conspiracy

I think “Bring Lucas to America” in just about my favorite xfis video ever.

Gianluca said on Apr. 20, 2009

I just want to say that I live in Europe where neither Earthbound was released; I played it about 2 years ago with a PC emulator and it was one of the gratest games I’ve ever played (and I played a lot of stuffs) then you came with your patch of Mother 3! Amazing work!
Please Nintendo, bring Mother series also in Europe, or at least bring Earthbound on VC! Please

LeonardoGolden said on Apr. 20, 2009

OMG <3
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 😀

I’m gonna make sum fanart regarding this. WOO!

Dale said on Apr. 20, 2009

I remember hearing about Mother 3’s N64 cancellation… those were sad times. I’m glad it finally came out, although it may have taken nearly a decade for me to finally play it…. oh well. Happy birthday M3!

Mushrooman said on Apr. 20, 2009

gosh…Has it really been that long?

santiagoff said on Apr. 20, 2009

I’ve only played thru it once. But today , I’m starting my second playthru with the handbook.
It’s a really great game… too sad , still great!

the retard of epic proportions said on Apr. 20, 2009

420 man!

metroidman said on Apr. 20, 2009

Wow has it already been 3 years? Like you Mato I was on Itoi’s site checking for gift boxes everyday up until its release. I remember first hearing about it in Nintendo Power as Earthbound 64 and going “OMGWTFBBQ!” and getting stoked about it. As we know that didn’t happen but the excitement came back when I saw the commericial for Mother 1+2 with the teaser. Good times. Also Mato I just got my handbook in last week and by god everyone who worked on that I give my utmost thanks to. You guys did an incredible job and it has made its way into my Mother tribute area with the rest of my Mother swag. Thanks again!

Flint said on Apr. 20, 2009

What a great day! I just finished the game again (still no silver star in the battle memory). It also seems to me like it just came out yesterday, its so weird.(I had made this day one of my characters birthday so I wont never forget, still I forgot April 11 ,another of my characters birthdays, and even worst I forgot why I made that day her birthday (I was sure it was also EB related)

Beware The Fangirl said on Apr. 20, 2009

Three years already?! It’s almost a year I got into the Mother series! Wow.

And for good Mother/Earthbound stuff, look up yurugu3 on YouTube. LOTS of stuff, and check the favorites too.

Joyful Sanity said on Apr. 20, 2009

Well, two things stick out in my mind so this may be a lengthy comment.

First, even though I’m sort of a new Earthbound fan, I played and was interested in the game back when it came out on SNES. I also remember talking with my older brother about Earthbound 64 when it was announced, and for the following years up until the Gamecube’s debut we’d occasionally say to each other “Man, what ever happened to Earthbound 64!” Although I never beat the game as a kid (only recently), I remember watching my brother try to beat Giygas and trying to help him. We were unaware of the prayer trick at the time so we thought he just had a LOOOOOOT of HP.

Second is totally cliche but the final battle of Mother 3 really left an impact on me, which almost never happens with me in regard to video games. I won’t spoil it for anyone who happens to be unaware (so no exact quote), but the subject matter really hit close to home in a lot of ways that caught me completely off guard. The Mother games have always been really great at offering something completely different from every other game out there, and in this respect the last boss sequence really got me to thinking about what a video game is capable of in telling a story that can’t be achieved in other forms of media.

So that was like four or five things, but oh well. Strong impressions obviously. 🙂

Oh yeah, and there is a villain.

the retard of epic proportions said on Apr. 20, 2009

I feel like making a video on youtube to celebrate this, I’ll do it when I get home. It’s probably gonna be something like Lucas smokin’ some weed and there’s like, this big event to stop marijuana at his school. And then Napoleon comes in and destroys everything. (It’s Napoleons birthday too.)

The Great Morgil said on Apr. 20, 2009

My favorite memory? Well i definitely got the hots for Kuma-kun 😉

Teddy said on Apr. 20, 2009

I’ve actually been a very quiet fan… because really there’s nothing I could say about this game/ series/ cast of characters that hasn’t already been said to death…

I am, but not by my choosing, one of the millions of fans that heard of the earthbound games through smash bros., and I’ll admit I really only looked into it to figure out what the heck it was Ness was saying when he threw fire… but man, I was so hooked.

The story, the art, the legions of, (comparatively,) kindhearted, sympathetic, welcoming, and all around NICE fanbase… I was hooked. I was obsessed. I filled my iPod with Earthbound music, among other obsessive things…

and Mother 3 truly did get a more emotional responce out of me than… I’m actually going to say ANY movie I’ve ever seen. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think.

My favorite line from any of the games, though, is the one that made me laugh like an idiot on my laptop in the library.

“The exhausted Barrier Trio struck one final Barrier Pose.”

” It was spectacular”

and it was.

ScottKO said on Apr. 20, 2009

420 is the day Bob Marley died so everybody smokes up in honour of Marley…

But anyways, I can’t think of any really special Mother 3 memories since I’ve only played it one time and I didn’t like it as much as EB…Don’t get me wrong though I LOVE the game it’s just that I liked EB more. I got to play it in english on my DS using my flash cart/RAM pack which is cool…like I played an official Mother 3 game in english!
Addmitedly, I shed a few tears at the end too…the story in this game is really good and really does suck you in.

Alxprit said on Apr. 20, 2009

Well, I remember playing the game, being corrected on things I had thought before its english release, following the translation in its later stages, and overall having a good time doing all the above things.

I’m not such a huge MOTHER fan, I don’t do such big things, pretty much a sane lower level fan. I’ll be continuing to watch you all and your progress in fan projects I can only look in awe at.

Zade said on Apr. 20, 2009

I remember beating EB as a kid and waiting unpatiently since then for the promised sequel. I also fondly remember being spoiled, but not even being mad because the spoils were so amazing-sounding, and they were.

Probably my favorite moment of the wait was when Mato played through the first part of chapter 1 and put it online. That made me so happy and excited to play it myself.

As far as fanstuff, it’d have to be some of the Kumatora pictures. She’s one of my favorite characters from any video-game, and there’s some absolutely fantastic fan-art for her.

Shaon said on Apr. 20, 2009

Oh, jesus, I’ve never seen that last video before. ;_;

I’m very new to the community, and, indeed, this is my first Mother 3 day — I had heard of and had a cursory interest in Earthbound from a young age but never persued it until Zarla (the person responsible for that first video) did a Let’s Play of it. Later on, she herself played through Mother 3, giving me my own interest in the game.

I don’t regret it: Mother 3, different though it is from its two predecessors, is by far my favorite game. I’ve just… I’ve never had a series so consistently drive me to tears and care for the characters like Mother 3 has. The game is so incredibly well-written it blows my mind. I only wish I could be half as good a writer as Itoi.

My favorite character is most definitely Claus; the terrors he and his brother had to suffer just make me want to run up and hug the poor kid.

I really… I dunno.

I’m going to shut up and get back to work on my mother 3 fancomic now.

Roy said on Apr. 20, 2009

Wow, 3 years have passed so quickly?!, i can´t beleive it. I f feel like it was yesteeday when 6 years ago bought an used SNES and came with a strange carthridge called “Earthbound”, came in a giant box and had a strategy guide, then a month or so later i got to know about mother 1+2, that same year i heard about a new sequel, i got so exited!, but it never came out on america, i forgot about it for a while because i was deceived, later on i found that they were going to launch the mother 3 translation patch, and now those days when i prayed a lot for mother 3 seem so distant…

Anyway guys, happy mother 3 day!

Joyful Sanity said on Apr. 20, 2009

While we’re getting sentimental and talking about fan art/music/videos, I forgot to give a shout out to this rendition of Hinawa’s Lullaby:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxadmre9k_E

Definitely sounds like something a mother would write for her child all around. Really captures Hinawa in my opinion.

Fred McNanner said on Apr. 20, 2009

I’m cryin’ with you, Shaon.

I freaked out that Firday when the patch was released. I’d been looking foward to Earthbound 64 for a while. I remember a NP article about it, and some videos(that took forever to download!)
I was so excited, that a friend of mine decided to use my hype to his expense. One day in 2000, he told me that Earthbound 64 had a worldwide release.
I rushed out to my Toys R’ Us, and headed straight for the game section. I check the N64 shelf, and asked an employee where EB64 was. He asked if I meant the SNES game, and said he’d never heard of EB64, but he checked the computer.
Nothing.
I left, and headed to the Babbages. Same story, same results.
I finally figured the prank out. And was very dissapointed when Itoi announced the cancellation.
I should be writing about Mother 3, and not Earthbound 64, shouldn’t I?
What else can I say that everyone else hasn’t? I still love how it made me, an 18 year old cry whithin the first chapter, probably because I named Lucas’ family members after mine, which was what Itoi wanted, right?
The characters are fanatastic, and were actually developed compared to EarthBound. Magypsies be my favorite!
The final battle was tough to go through. I even said ‘No’ when Flint asked me if I was ready.
The music is my favorite in the whole series. I listen to Open Sesame Tofu at least once a day.

So Tomato, thanks to you and your team for bringing us this masterpiece of a game. Nitendo couldn’t have done it any better.
(Holy crap, that was long…)

Anonymous said on Apr. 20, 2009

my top 4 RPGs are Mother 3, Planescape torment, Okage shadow king, and Fallout.

Kyle said on Apr. 20, 2009

I have a feeling that this comment is gonna be pretty long, like the majority of some here.

I admit that I completely forgot that it was Mother 3’s birthday today until I read this. (ironically, I was thinking about Earthbound all day today though)

I’m a new Mother fan, probably got into it maybe around the middle of last year. I overlooked the whole series ever since I first learned about it, and I didn’t even bother to look into it more. Eventually I discovered creativeworlds.net, and saw that there was some Mother stuff there. I soon began to accept the series and not hate it.

I remember one afternoon, I went on Wikipedia and researched Earthbound and the Mother series. I could have sworn that I read through each page/article Wiki had on Mother, I was really that interested about the series for some reason now. Which means that I read all the spoilers in Mother 3, thinking that I would never be interested in the game.
I also remember getting really excited over Lucas in Brawl, even though I had no idea what the storyline of Mother 3 was.

It was actually really chuggaaconry’s Earthbound playthrough on Youtube that really got me into the series. I felt dumb not getting interested earlier when I knew what it was. It opened up a new door to me and the Mother series. And then you guys made the translation patch, I got really excited and happy with that, but also disappointed because I don’t want to play the game illegally, or want to import a Japanese copy.

Anyways, I’d say my favorite video(s) of Mother 3 would be chuggaa’s playthrough of it, I loved it. I still remember clearly crying at night when I watched the ending.

I have a few favorite lines from the game. Off the top of my head, they would be “JUST TAKE A DAMN SHOWER ALREADY!!”, “Thank you for taking the time to read this sign. This sign loves you.”, and “OH…MY…PORK!!”.

Favorite song would probably Serious, even though it’s such a short battle theme. In fact, no. Scratch that. The whole soundtrack is what I meant to say, heh.

For closing words, I would have to say to Nintendo, please ask Brownie Brown to make a DS version of Mother 3. Who cares what you call the game, it can be Earthbound 2 for all we care! Don’t think this game would not sell in the market, because you guys are sooo wrong.

Ska kid said on Apr. 20, 2009

My bro and I would pumped for EB 64, but it never came when I found out about this game I was happy and looked forward to playing luckily my friend Jake had a cart! It took me about 2 months to finish caus it was in japenese (I used a scripted on gamefaqs to play) It was truly unforgettable. Now its in english, and I love it so much.

somaticdefilement said on Apr. 20, 2009

I just remember being ridiculously excited that there was a sequel to earthbound, for a while I had no knowledge of it’s existence!

PSInesslove93 said on Apr. 20, 2009

My memories of MOTHER 3 all involve crying… from finding out that Hinawa was dead to the end of the game all made me cry for hours straight. My favorite musics are Theme of Love and Flowers; they all remind me of Hinawa and her family in general and how broken up but strong they are even though they’ve lost some. I have never played a game that made me cry and express so much emotion in my life. Heck, I thought defeating Paper Mario 64 was sad, but not as sad as this game, nooo. My most recent memories of MOTHER 3 include all their dialogue and how even though it’s so simple, everything they say gives each personality such incredible personality that it’s amazing. as for my favorite fan-made videos? the last one you posted is one of my favorites, but there are so many more that i can’t think of off the top of my head that i really like… oh, except this one 9 sec. animation of the Masked Man that someone created. it was EPIC lol

Chasmang said on Apr. 20, 2009

I was one of those people who said they would wait until an official release or the translation until I “spoiled” the game for myself, but when the price of the Deluxe Box went down a month or two before Christmas, I caved and asked for an advance on Christmas money to buy the game.

My dad insisted I still wait to open the game on Christmas despite being an adult and there being no surprise as to any of my gifts that year. I did, however, sneak the game out one day and played through the prologue knowing nothing of what was going on, but smiling the whole time because the graphics and the music were so great, both coming from that beautiful MOTHER 3 GameBoy Advance Micro.

I ended up beating the game with Spookchee’s translation guide in a couple of days and got a little misty eyed during the final battle. After New Year’s but before school started back up, I took a security guard job that left me alone in the middle of nowhere for twelve hours at a time for seven days straight in a well-furnished cabin with sattelitte TV. I played through MOTHER 3 again, listening to a bunch of new Flaming Lips albums I received for Christmas.

Now, everytime I hear some of those songs, I remember my first couple times playing through MOTHER 3 during the holiday break and getting paid to occupy my time. That was a truly great holiday. 🙂

gBev said on Apr. 20, 2009

Three years… and I think this might be the exact one year anniversary of the day I originally found Starmen.net and the fan translation. I played those three games to death and watched the translation like it was all that mattered in the world…

Well I could go ranting about what happened afterwards, but I won’t bore you with my off-topic stuff. ;}

gwalms said on Apr. 20, 2009

Joyful Sanity, pretty similiar story here!
O and Anonymous, thanx for the anonymous Okage love! haha, that rpg is under-rated.

beams said on Apr. 21, 2009

Is Mother 3’s anniversary really on 420??? Cmon, REALLY!!!

Vinny said on Apr. 21, 2009

Here’s one of my favorite videos. It’s a great way to remember the game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf52y6MwIF0&feature=related

Aidan said on Apr. 21, 2009

Happy anniversary to Mother 3, heres to a few more years of Mother 3 goodness.

Keimako said on Apr. 21, 2009

It’s just this simple game, with silly looking graphics and a childish air to it.
But it’s just so emotionally charged, it’s almost magical how good it was. I’m really glad they came up with the Love Theme, because I don’t think it’d be the same game without it.

Oh, and it’s also a fun RPG! Rythm hits add enough interactivity to keep you hooked in every battle and the difficulty progression is good enough to not be groaningly easy or hair pulling hard.

HossTehMaster said on Apr. 21, 2009

Wow it’s been three years? I remeber how I didn’t even know about Mother 3 until Brawl came out. Then I stumbled upon chuggaconory’s Mother 3 fan translation play through which is when I spent till like 11:00 at night finding the rom, a good emulator, and getting the patch to work. So far I’ve played it twice, completely my battle memory and getting all the ultimate weapons/armor on my second run. Right now I’ve been showing off the translation to my dad when he has free time. So far we’re at chapter 2 in oshoe castle.

Shichiji said on Apr. 21, 2009

Mother 3 is the only RPG in which I actually enjoyed training. The music combos kept it so much funner and interactive, rather than the FF-style “pick your move, wait for next turn” battle system. The whole game is so laid back and fun that you never get to a point where you’d stop playing for days out of frustration or difficulty.

Awesome first video, by the way. I’ve always wanted to do something like that.

The Wisest Wizards said on Apr. 22, 2009

Thanks for posting our Funky Monkey Dance here, glad you liked it. We put up an extended version later on, make sure to check that one out too.

ZEROGRAVITY-A01! said on Apr. 24, 2009

Translating this game in BM alone is really fun.

Claus said on May. 4, 2009

I know this completely unrealated, but is there anyone out there that has Super Mario Sunshine?

wants_latios_lots said on May. 12, 2009

I think my favorite memory is an event that happened during the most recent Funky Monkey Dance.

My friend Matt was recording himself dancing for the contest, and he decided to do it outside somewhere. But apparently, he was video recording near this big company in our town that makes computer parts for the government, which I guess they frown upon. So they called the cops on him and questioned him about what he was taping.

So imagine a scrawny seventeen year old kid trying to explain why he’s dancing like a moron in front of a camera right outside of a moderate-security government technology center.

There were rofl’s all around.

Pokey lives again said on Oct. 15, 2009

Why dont they make a mother 4 sniff sniff

Pkhypernova said on Mar. 20, 2010

My Goal in life is to buy a copy of EB used or not. I don’t care if I don’t have the Snes. There’s this game store in my city next time I go I’ll check every where in the store ask everyone in the store and buy it NO MATTER THE COST! THAT WOULD ALSO BE THE CASE WITH MOTHER 3!

Yoshiboy64 said on Jul. 27, 2010

My favorite line from M3 would be at the very end when the last battle is over and it says “Lucas rembered Claus smell” or something like that. It made me laugh and cry at the same time

earthbound fan#1 said on Aug. 12, 2010

is it wierd to not like m3s music that much? i liked m1 and m2s music but for some reason i dont like m3s music very much!


 
 

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