EarthBound Card Game in Class
The other day I posted a picture from the old MOTHER 1+2 event (see here), and someone remarked that they wish they had the Saturn Valley Express newspaper thing that appears in the photo. Well, we’re all in luck, because I have the official PDF version of it from way back when!
Download the PDF file!
I translated some of this a long time ago, but not all of it. I think the hope was that we would translate it and edit the PDF file with the new text, but it was soon forgotten about. Anyway, here’s some of the text in English:
Huge Discovery! A Mountain of Treasure Sleeping in the Basement Storage Room
Shocking news to report: the various figurines used in Mother (released in 1989) and Mother 2 (released in 1994) were discovered in a storage room in Shigesato Itoi’s Tokyo office in Minato Ward.
These figurines are the exact same ones as the ones displayed in the games’ instruction booklets, and their state of preservation was apparently extremely good.
In addition, a large variety of other novelty goods were found, including posters that were never released and rare Mother items. Creator Shigesato Itoi said about the unexpected treasure, “We sure made a lot of stuff, didn’t we?”
Mr. Saturn Missing
Mr. Saturn was missing from the group of re-discovered figurines. A thorough investigation followed, but his whereabouts still remain unknown. Mr. Shigesato Itoi, troubled by Mr. Saturn’s disappearance, ordered that a new one be made immediately. The figurine was completely redone by the previous modeler.
We Did It! Excavated Many Franklin Badges
Large quantity of Franklin Badges dug up
What surprised the staff the most when they excavated the storage room were the Franklin Badges. They were created as special gifts for readers of Shogakukan’s strategy guide, the Mother Encyclopedia. They are extremely hard to find nowadays, much less obtain. Apparently several dozen of these rare badges had been kept in mint condition in the storage room.
Was This Allowed Back Then?
A challenge of MOTHER’s poster
This was allowed back then?!
Also found in the storage room was a gigantic Mother poster. However, it consisted of nothing but the game’s logo on a red background and a number of lines of English: a truly simple design to say the least. Forget the release date, it wasn’t even made clear that the poster was about a game. This overly-dramatic design left the staff shaking their heads.
Mr. Shigesato Itoi Speaks!
Back then, while fighting the game industry’s common sense, we worked extra hard to make all these extras. People used to say it went against that common sense, but the fact that they’re all still here today is an answer to them all. I almost get the feeling that they’re congratulating us on a job well done.
Strip Club Gone!?
We’ve learned that the “Mother 1+2” port has been changed in several small ways. For example, the sign in Mother 1’s Thanksgiving. In the original, it said, “Strip Club Coming Soon,” but in Mother 1+2 it has been changed to, “Special Shop.” We theorize this may be due to excessive moral restrictions, but we decided to catch game creator Shigesato Itoi for details. After talking non-stop about the history of strip clubs and strippers, he simply said, “It’s really a shame,” and fell asleep.
That’s all rough draft stuff I never got around to polishing up, but hopefully it gives an idea of what’s on here. Some of the other stuff that I didn’t translate talks about the crow and its cigarette being removed, a very slight change to the bread seller in Burglin Park (I think they removed the part about the flies pooping on the bread).
On the second page is a bunch of announcements/advertisements for related merchandise, including one T-shirt that I don’t think was ever made. It supposedly listed all of the eight sanctuaries from EarthBound on it.
So there you go! If you want, you can print the file out at a good quality and use it as a poster or something. If you’re that crazy of a fan, anyway 😛
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18 Comments to Saturn Valley Express!
- 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