Shigesato Itoi, Giygas, and Boobies
April 19th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up
Ah, week 14. I remember my own 14th week fondly. As I recall, I puked a lot. But EarthBound Central doesn’t puke. That should be its new slogan.
“EarthBound Central – it doesn’t puke”
News-wise, things were a bit slower this week, but I tried to keep a variety of updates flowing just the same. Having moved my old M2EB site over makes it much easier for me to update it too, so I’ve been doing that lately. I’m excited that I’ll soon actually be able to finish it after all this time 😀
Anyway, let’s check out what’s been goin’ on this week!
- I forgot to mention it before, but http://mother12.net takes you directly to the MOTHER 1+2 translation section of this site, so you don’t have to remember the old and longer URL if you don’t want to.
- Speaking of the translation, I’m at about 60%-70% done with the first draft of the script.
- I added a page that keeps up with the EarthBound games in the Nintendo Power Virtual Console polls – check it out if you haven’t already!
- EarthBound was #1 in the latest VC poll yet again, and EarthBound Zero was #3
- Even MSNBC gets in on the Virtual Console love
- Keiichi Suzuki’s got a MySpace and a website, both with English sections on them!
- The first giant Mr. Saturn plush sold on eBay for $255, which probably meant the seller lost money
- Itoi and Iwata briefly talk about MOTHER 3 and Animal Crossing – a much more thorough discussion will be posted on Itoi’s site later this week too, so you know I’ll be all over that later on 😛
- Iwata talks about Animal Crossing and briefly mentions a memory of working on EarthBound
- History of the MOTHER series in Atomix Magazine
- Shigesato Itoi used to host an educational TV show in the 80s
- MOTHER 1+2 and MOTHER 3 premonitions
- MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound: Monkey Caves
- MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound: Fourside 3
- EarthBound is worth a lot, according to Game Informer
- A really excellent MOTHER 3 music video!
- Homemade Mr. Saturn keychains!
- EarthBound Easter eggs!
- Female Lucas and female Claus say hi!
- A very limited run of these figures will soon be for sale by Fangamer!
Cool Auctions & Merchandise
Here’s a bunch of cool stuff that showed up recently on eBay. A whole bunch of official manga showed up this week, so if you’re into that sort of thing, this is your lucky week 😀
Remember that you can check to see what EarthBound/MOTHER stuff is currently on eBay at any time here!
- Official MOTHER 2 4-Koma Manga – great price w/ buy-it-now!
- Official MOTHER 2 Manga – also a really awesome price 😯
- Official MOTHER 2 adventure manga – by Benimaru Itoh, MOTHER 2’s character designer
- Yet another official MOTHER 2 manga!
- Mach Pizza Air Freshener with the congratulations letter! – still kinda pricy though…
- Earthbound / Mother 2 Cast CERAMIC FRAME – FUZZY PICKLES!
- EarthBound cart with $79 buy-it-now – pretty good deal
- Japanese fan-made MOTHER/EarthBound remix music CD
- The MOTHER 3 Mr. Saturn plushie is back!
Here’s some cool stuff from Yahoo! Auctions Japan. There’s a whole boatload of manga on there this week, so if you’re interested, you should search for “MOTHER2” yourself 😉
- MOTHER 3 Mr. Saturn plushie – might be cheaper just to get it from here
- MOTHER 1 Famicom cart + box + big strategy guide!
- MOTHER 1+2 Mr. Saturn phone strap + MOTHER 3 Franklin Badge, both new!
And here’s some stuff on Amazon and Play-Asia:
- EarthBound Player’s Guide – some are cheaper than on eBay!
- You can still get a brand new copy of MOTHER 1+2 for like $34 😀
- For the Love of the Game
- Grasping the true form of Giygas’s attack
- Kevin Recommends: EarthBound
- Camille Young’s Marvelous Mother 3 Sculptures
- Clay figurines pay tribute to Mother 3
- La Guía No-Oficial de Mother 3
- Captain Bozo takes on one of the most insane EarthBound challenges EVER
- In a few days, EarthBound will be on GameFAQs’ latest “best game ever” poll, keep your eyes peeled
- There’s going to be a Speedgamers EarthBound marathon next month for charity
- Kenisu adds four more pages to his already awesome EarthBound Zero comic series 😀
- MOTHER 3 radio play, Tree From My Youth, updated
- EarthBound Saga blog! – yes, THAT EarthBound Saga 😀
- MOTHER 3 comic, Forgiven, updated
- Of Pigs and Masks comic updated
- The Chosen Four comic updated
I’m not a bad enough dude to humanly 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
Itoi was a very odd fellow this week.
Most of this next week I’m just gonna play by ear. There’ll be a couple MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound updates probably, and I still have some other magazine scans I can post, but we’ll see what happens. I get the feeling this week will be a busy work week for me, so I can’t make any promises.
I’m always trying to think of ways to improve this site. In my mind, it’s got a long way to go until I’m happy with it, but I’d be interested to hear suggestions and ideas from the visitors’ point of view. One thing I’m afraid I can’t do though is give out free EarthBound carts 🙁
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