EarthBound in Latest Retro Gamer Magazine
Since I’m still way, way behind with the update queue, here’s another big batch of mini-updates or updates I missed in my busy haste.
Check it out, there’s a lot of EarthBound stuff here!
The Origin of the Save Frog – submitted by Chewy
Sorry if you already blogged about this! I can’t remember seeing an article on it if you did. Here’s a youtube video that plays the song Furimukeba Kaeru by Akiko Yano, which Itoi said in that interview was his inspiration for the save frogs in M3.
I pulled the quote from the interview: “I’ve written a song called Furimukeba Kaeru. When someone fails, a frog comes along and says, “Oh, it’s nothing to worry about.” The lyrics show, hey, you’re being told this by a frog. It’s obviously not worth being that upset about. It’s a frog telling you this, what more do you want? (laughs) That’s where it comes from.”
And I did a rough translation of the lyrics (though it’s a little tough to retain Itoi’s touching message in English when he writes such silly things)
If You Turn Around, A Frog
Laundry dangling under the blue sky
Cleaner than the white clouds
It’s adorable and poignant laundry
But a sudden rain falls
The laundry is soaking wet and miserable
I’m sad, oh, so sad, but then
“It’ll all work out,” a voice says
I turn around to a frog, the voice is a frog’s
If I’m told by a frog, what else can I do
If I’m told by a frog, I can’t help but laugh
A bright yellow round fried egg
Happily enclosed in its egg whites
A delicious, beautiful fried egg
But suddenly it breaks
The fried egg collapses to a gooey mess
I’m sad, oh, so sad, but then
“It’ll be delicious,” a voice says
I turn around to a frog, the voice is a frog’s
If I’m told by a frog, I guess I’ll surrender
And be like the frog, and laugh
(Tangentially) EB-Related: Itoi on Iron Chef – submitted by Kevin Nereza
Went browsing through an old message board earlier and stumbled across this:
It’s Shigesato Itoi, guest-judging on an episode of Iron Chef. I guess it’s not REALLY EB-significant, but I thought it was interesting, and (weirdly) a very positive thing to watch. Anyway, take care, hope you’re doing well, looking forward to the Mother 1+2 Translation!
Mario Paint, APE inc thing – submitted by MetroidMan
Hey sorry about the double message but I forgot to include the url at the last second. I put it in then I hit send but it might have been too late so heres the link, http://gonintendo.com/?p=79123. If you already got it, then just ignore this haha. Later man.
Yume Nikki – submitted by Bowser
Hey, just an idea:
How about making a post about Yume Nikki, many things in it are inspired by the MOTHER series (a whole area looking like EB0 for example).
I’m not sure if many people have heard about it.
Amazing Mother 3 Medley on Mario Paint Composer – submitted by Raul Alvarez
I just found a video made on Mario Paint Composer (Using a diferent soundfont) that was … just … amazing
And its extremelly unknown ( Just 2000 vews)
I belive this counts like “Cool MOTHER/EB-related stuff that not many people have seen/heard/know about”
Bound Together – submitted by Rai
Hey Mato, I went through your audio category and couldn’t find an entry for Bound Together. It’s an older compilation, but a good one nonetheless. I had originally found it on OCRemix several years ago. You can find it here: http://www.wushuplaya.com/boundtogether/
If the torrent remains still alive (it still is as of right now), it’s a multi-disc set (48 songs, plus some bonus tracks) of EarthBound remixes. A good number of them can be found in OCRemix’s EB section: http://www.ocremix.org/game/earthbound-snes/remixes/
Hope you find all that interesting. It’s one of my favorite compilations.
Mato note: I do plan on making a big post/page for this at some point, which is why there hasn’t been anything about it yet. I’ve featured individual tracks from the album though.
Guitar and Bass EB songs – submitted by Adam Marshall
hey tomato, this is Dookie from starmen.net. I posted this on the music forum a while ago but no one really knows about this. its a all guitar and bass cover project ive been doing of earthbound songs.
anyway check it out, sorry about the lousy fake drums haha
Something interesting for Earthbound Central. – submitted by Sparky
Hi there. Let me start by saying that I love Earthbound Central, and I go there everyday. So, when I came across this, I thought you might like it.
You know how Earthbound isn’t on Virtual Console? Well, this guy has it on his Wii menu. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bqk1DC_IA&feature=PlayList&p=536963E83C2DCD77&index=0 ) The video is a play through of the new Wii Punch-Out, but it shows his Wii Menu right at the beginning, and the Earthbound Logo is quite obviously there. The video’s date is May 19th, 2009, which is yesterday at the time I’m sending this message.
Now, I noticed this guy also has the Homebrew Channel. Can he use that to put the game on his wii? Is it even possible to make your own virtual console games and put them on your wii? Like with a Rom? Because Wii menu updates tend to block custom content or discs, I think ( he does have the newest update, as shown by the SD card menu in the corner).
I don’t know any of the details, but I wanted to let you know, cause this would be big news for Earthbound fans (I’m not just missing some big news or something, right?). I’ve checked Wikipedia, and earthbound isn’t on any of the Virtual Console game lists, so this kind of shocked me.
Hope you like this little bit of info!
Peanut Cheese Bar – submitted by Rob
Found this while looking for Rice Krispy Treats recipes. It reminded me of back in the late 90s, when my sister and I tried to recreate the legendary Earthbound snack. Among our failed attempts were: sticking peanuts into string cheese and mixing peanut satay sauce with melted Red Windsor cheese. We quick shortly after that.
I made this recipe and it’s… Well, I’m sure Mr. Saturn enjoys it. Actually, it’s not *bad* per se, just really different.
EarthBound: Coming of Age – submitted by Kyven
This essay is a few years old but I don’t think you’ve posted it here yet. It’s a nice little look at EarthBound from the online (now print) magazine GameSpite.
EB sample in a song? – submitted by Michael
A track on electronic musician Venetian Snares’ new album sounds like it has a sample from “Happy-Happy is Blue”. However, on second and third listen, I’m not sure if it is. In the least, it sounds very similar. When I first heard it, I immediately thought of Happy Happy Village.
The clip I’m speaking of starts at :38 and gradually swells in volume until :46 when it ends.
Music – submitted by Michael
Hey Tomato. I know you’re quite busy and everything, but I figured I would share my music and see if it was worthy of mention.
A few months ago I produced an 8 track “EP” of electronic music, 5 of the tracks containing audio clips from Earthbound. Everyone on the starmen.net forum that I’ve shown it to individually has said they’re really impressed. I made a thread for it in the Fan Forum, but I’m not sure if anyone bothered to download it.
Anyways, I figured it was worth a try. I would be honored if you took a listen! It’s (appropriately) titled ‘Mother EP’. 😀
You can download here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0gxacc
Smaaaaaaash EarthBound Vid – submitted by Julian
This is by funniest, most strange but exciting song from japan i ever heard that one person even made flash *i think* of the World of Mother for Nico Nico
You will never get tired of this song =D
Shigesato Itoi’s essay about Akira Toriyama – submitted by linkdude
Hey! I found this interesting so I thought I’d share it with you. Apparently, back in 1995, Shigesato Itoi wrote an essay about the manga author Akira Toriyama for a museum showcasing his work.
Weird EarthBound glitch – submitted by Joshua Johnson
Dear EarthBound Central,
Somthing weird happend to my Earthbound cart today. A few days ago, I decided to start a new file on my earthbound cartridge. I havn’t had a long time to play recently, but just yesterday, I had a lot of free time, so I decided to get alot farther on my file. I got to about peaceful rest vally when I have to go to happy happy village, up until Winters when I play as Jeff. I saved at the telephone in the tent (Dont know if that might have anything to do with it or not) and called in a night. The next morning, I decided to proceed a little more, so when I turned on the game, my file was gone! Im not really mad, but more of confused.
Maybe I was playing to long and the cartridge failed to keep my file? Maybe the game glitched up? Maybe Ness’s Dad got mad I wasn’t taking a break from the game and decided to teach me a lesson? (Just kidding on the last one) But Im just wondering if anyone else has had this problem, or is it just me?
(P.S: sorry for the long letter, but please write back)
Okay, that takes us halfway into June 2009, with at least a hundred or more still in the update queue. When I started the site I didn’t expect it to take off as quickly as it did 😯
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