Shigesato Itoi, Giygas, and Boobies
May 24th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up
A bunch of interesting EarthBound stuff this past week, hurray!
I wonder if Itoi ever imagined that there’d be such a crazy MOTHER series following outside of Japan. It’s interesting how it has such a strong community outside of Japan, and we only got ONE of the games! The way that games create fans, but fans keep games alive is an interesting phenomenon indeed.
Anyway, that stuff aside, let’s have a look at what’s happened this past week 😀
- Probably the biggest site-ish news this week was my update on the progress of the MOTHER 1+2 fan translation. Basically, the first draft is done now.
- The Speed Gamers’ MOTHER marathon last week raised over $10,000+ for charity!
- Help EarthBound get on Jones Soda bottles
- Flint is the most popular main father in the MOTHER series!
- Some orchestrated MOTHER 1 music
- Mr. Saturn anatomy revealed!
- Ultimate Chimera hoodie, GWAR
- A very crazy 1990s remix of Eight Melodies
- EarthBound boxes cost more than the games themselves?!
- Very kickass MOTHER 3 cosplay!
Cool Auctions & Merchandise
Some cool new stuff showed up on eBay and elsewhere this week. The number of items up for auction rose back to high levels again this past week, too. So here’s some of the cool stuff to check out 😀
As always, you can check to see what EarthBound/MOTHER stuff is currently on eBay at any time here!
- MOTHER 2 cartridge for only $8.99!
- MOTHER 2 cart + box + everything for only $18.80 😀
- Cheap MOTHER 3 cart, complete!
- MOTHER 3 Deluxe Box for only $150!!
- EarthBound + Box + Guide – free shipping too!
- Very rare Nintendo Power stickers, including Ness
- EarthBound doujinshi featuring Poo
- Mini Ultimate Chimera plushie!
- Official MOTHER 2 game book for $29.95 – extremely rare, comes with a poster inside!
And here’s some cool stuff on Yahoo! Auctions Japan:
- MOTHER 1+2 Art Book with unopened Mr. Saturn plushie! – the asking price isn’t too insane either
- A whole bunch of MOTHER 1+2 Coca-Cola keychains
- Cheap, unopened MOTHER 3 Deluxe Box!
- Portuguese stuff about the MOTHER 3 translation, etc.
- Heh, looks like I’m on this list, along with MOTHER 3
- What if you had never played EarthBound?
- Broken comic series updated
- New episode of Tree From My Youth MOTHER 3 radio play
- Of Pigs and Masks comic series updated
- The Chosen Four comic series updated
- Bounding comic series updated
- An Extra with Nothing to Say comic series updated
- Vengence comic series updated
- Whoa, man! Mani-Mani Tales comic series updated!
- Pigmask Quest forum game
Remember, if you’ve done something cool EarthBound-related or if you know of something cool that’s EarthBound-related that belongs here, let me know!
What’s Up With Itoi
- Itoi mentioned this week that he thinks newborn babies are ugly, and he’ll honestly say that to people, not meaning to hurt their feelings or anything, it’s just the truth. But just a little while after, after they’ve grown, they seem much cuter to him and he’ll say that too. This entry of his was kind of funny and interesting, I might translate it someday.
- This week, Itoi’s company got the world record for longest audio book – 115 hours and 43 minutes. Basically, there’s this old, wise guy that Itoi’s really fond of, and over the course of many years, they recorded tapes and tapes of the guy just talking about life and everything else. Itoi really looks up to the guy and is always talking about him on his site. Anyway, they were all recently put into audiobook form. Still, 115 hours… geez.
This week, expect some cool MOTHER tricks/glitches, a video someone beating MOTHER 1 in like 40 minutes, some music stuff, and possibly a better design for my MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound stuff that will look a little more like the old design. And then the usual daily stuff of course. We’re also getting close to the day the ROID service starts in Japan, so we might learn more about that EarthBound-lookalike game!
Whew. Finally managed to get that MOTHER 1 first draft done. Too bad I don’t have the energy from that MOTHER 3 project anymore, or the MOTHER 1 patch would’ve been out long ago. I blame age and the fact that MOTHER 3 sapped away my energy. In some ways, the translation for MOTHER 1 is harder than MOTHER 3, too, which I found interesting. How I wish a VWF were possible for MOTHER 1.
Anyway, thus ends the 19th week of EarthBound Central!
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