Old EarthBound Zero Mentions
Z-Master sent this in the other day, it’s a scan of an article in the official French Nintendo magazine (akin to Nintendo Power) about MOTHER 3 that was printed in June 2006.
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Here’s a translation of the article, courtesy of DavemanDeluxe!
Much like its predecessors, Mother 3 is (obviously!) a real UFO. We identify it…
Originally announced more than ten years ago for the Super Famicom (the Japanese version of the Super Nintendo), then tumbled to the N64, then finally cancelled, Mother 3 suddenly resurfaced during the announcement of the double remake Mother 1+2, released exclusively in the land of the Rising Sun for the GBA. The West knew little of this story, since only the second part was released in the USA under the title EarthBound, and which today has a core group of passionate fans. From this same opus, we also know the character Ness, thanks to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee. After Mother was buried by Shigeru Yamauchi, the old Nintendo executive who still guides the company after his well-earned retirement, Shigesato Itoi, the celebrated writer and game creator, a free spirit on the edges of the Japanese video game scene, arrived as one of the creative geniuses of Nintendo. Truly, Mother 3 is not an RPG like any other: here, there are no dungeons or dragons, no intergalactic voyages, but instead a band of ordinary people who reluctantly embark on a strange adventure unencumbered by realism. The adventure is set in a little village in the Far West which is the site of an unexpected visit of aliens with pigs’ heads. Clearly unpeaceful, they hasten to set fire to the forest and release a very dangerous species of insects.
The game consists of a number of chapters, each one set with a distinct personality. Everything is completely remarkable, with retro designs that evoke a caricature of certain classic computer adventure games with its color palette and its combat system. Against a backgrop of psychidelic backgrounds, the gamer must multiply his attacks (numerous and of high quality) by tapping the button as close as possible to the tempo of the melody. The humor, unlike that which you usually see in a Nintendo production, concentrates on a multitude of hilarious visual details as much as in the dialogue. In Mother 3, you meet a transvestite, drink alcohol, and chow down on hallucinogenic mushrooms! All we can do is pray that old Europe is not once again forgotten, that we can finally discover one of the most bizarre and best-kept joys hidden in the factories of the dreams of Nintendo.
If anyone can provide a full scan (looks like a lot of stuff is cut out on the right side of the current scan) that’d be swell 😀
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16 Comments to MOTHER 3 in NLMO Magazine
- 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...
- Kasumi: Or maybe it’s wordplay. EARTHBOUND FAN-atic rather than Earthbound Fanatic