Weekly Round-Up #18
Here’s a piece of EarthBound merchandise almost no one knows about, and only two have been confirmed to exist in the past 10+ years that Starmen.Net has been around. This is the tale… of the EarthBound Ruler!
About 10 years ago, I’m gonna say sometime in early 2000 though for some reason my mind says 1999, a visitor to EarthBound.Net/Starmen.Net sent me and reid an e-mail with two pictures attached. Here’s the contents of the e-mail:
“Okay, got your E-mail, the scans are attached to this message. Now how I got this piece of merchandise is kinda a long story and may be a bit hard to believe, but its the truth, so I hope you’re listening. Anyway, a friend of mine knew someone who worked for Nintendo, so my friend took me to his office to meet him. Me and the Nintendo worker kinda formed a friendship. Due to this he was able to send me all kinds of Nintendo games before they were released to the public. Among the games he sent me were Donkey Kong Country, and of course EarthBound. When he sent me EarthBound, he sent more then just the game and Player’s Guide. The game box was inside this large Mach Pizza box that had the Mach Pizza man on it, and it included some EarthBound newspaper clippings like the ones in the Player’s Guide, and it also came with (guess what?) the EarthBound ruler. I’m unsure if Nintendo ever got around to selling these rulers to the pubilc, so I can’t give you a price or a place where site visitors can obtain one. Still I think that the SM.net community deserves to see this piece of rare EarthBound merchandise.”
And these were the pictures that were attached:
I forget what happened after that, but my very vague memory says that people either didn’t believe him or the person eventually admitted it to being fake or something. So word about it didn’t really spread much and most fans today have never heard of it.
10 years later, earlier this week, Starman 99 posted a topic about finding an EarthBound Ruler and asking if anyone knew anything about it. It looks like this item really exists after all! Here are some pics of the newly discovered ruler:
It appears that Nintendo sent out special EarthBound “press packs” to magazines and other people around the time the game was released, possibly even giving them out at things like CES or E3 (was E3 even around in 1995?). Anyway, these press packs are obviously extremely rare, and the fact that only PARTS of them turn up once every 10 years goes to show how hard it is to find them nowadays. It’d be so awesome to see that Mach Pizza box and the other stuff that came along with it.
I’m not sure how much these EarthBound Rulers would go for, but given the current rarity, I’d say they’d go for quite a lot. In the meantime, if you know anyone who went to game events or worked at game magazines back in the day, try to see if they know anything about this stuff. My thirst for knowledge about this stuff knows no bounds 😀
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38 Comments to EarthBound Ruler
- Jeff Shot First: My copy arrived today! It is… amazing. I haven’t put it down yet. I don’t really know what else to say. I think...
- TanukiDan: I can’t wait to get it! Would you mind if I talked about it on my lame youtube once I get it?
- Lochy: This looks awesome. Hopefully I can buy it as an after christmas present for myself. What an absolute treat!
- Jeff Shot First: Can I just say wow. This is incredible. I loved the first book on Zelda, and this is something even more special. I cannot wait to...
- SaturnValley: Amazing! I love the 90’s aesthetic. This is perfect timing since I was planning on getting this for Christmas, really hope it...