Big Itoi Interview about MOTHER 2!
EarthBound is full of cool-looking text that was all hand-drawn just for the game. For almost a decade only one or two have ever been made into fonts usable on computers. But now a bunch of awesome EarthBound fans have gotten together to recreate pixel-perfect TrueType fonts of text used throughout the game (and beyond)!
You can download a zip file with all the fonts here. Installing them is usually a simple process but if you’ve never done it before or are having trouble, hopefully some kind commenters can help out.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the fonts!
Apple Kid is the main EarthBound font. There’ve been versions of this in the past, but the letters often had odd spacing or the letters didn’t scale well at bigger sizes. This one looks great and authentic at all sorts of sizes.
This is the Mr. Saturn font! Again, there’ve been versions in the past, and although they were accurate they didn’t scale to different sizes well. This one looks perfect at different sizes.
A lot of people don’t even notice this font in the game, but there’s a small 8×8 font used in various places in the game, most notably the character names at the top of the status screens.
This font is based on the big text that displays during the intro after you name your characters. It seems to be becoming a favorite among ROM hackers/translators lately even, so if you see a ROM translation with a big font that seems familiar, it could be this 😛
This font is based on the weird and wacky letters used on buildings throughout the game. It’s probably called this because Onett is the first place you see these letters.
I believe this font is based on the signs in Twoson.
This font comes from the text displayed on the Monotoli Building in Fourside and probably other places.
This font kicks butt. It’s based on the text during the screen before the title screen, commonly known as the gas station screen. The lowercase letters in this font act as the smaller text while capital letters act as the really big text. This is probably one of my favorite fonts of this set 😀
This font is based off of the dummied-out HAL debug menu in EarthBound, the one with Kirby as the menu cursor.
Now this one is interesting. It’s a recreation of the font that’s displayed in Lumine Hall. Remember when Ness’s thoughts are projected on the wall? That’s what this is from.
This is based on the font used during the ending credits. The lowercase letters act as the smaller text and the uppercase letters act as the bigger text.
This font is based off of the EarthBound Zero font. It’s different fron the real EB0 font in that the letters don’t have a fixed width.
This font is also a recreation of the EarthBound Zero font. The main difference from the one above is that the letters here ARE fixed-width, which makes it exactly like the real EB0’s font.
I imagine there are still some fonts missing (like the font used for name boxes in battle) but if you’re an EarthBound fan, this should be more than enough to satisfy your EarthBound font hunger. If not, seek help immediately from a blue-haired healer. Side-effects include mushroom on the head and excessive EarthBoundness.
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- JM: Hi NichoMania, Thanks for the comment. I took another look at the line and the Japanese is: アメリカ系の人はずっと「『4』が作られつつある」と言ってます が、嘘に決まっているじゃないかと（笑）。...
- NichoMania: Great translation, but something has been bugging me about it… Ever since, I read the last post about Itoi saying people in the...
- Sat: Thanks! I love the anecdote with the university professor.
- Mr. Tenda: This was a great interview, thanks for sharing it. Man, I wish there were more photos of the Mother 2 event, it looks interesting
- Neko Knight: Another great interview from a great man! One thing I would like to say though, has anyone asked him recently about the MOTHER 3 N64...