Weird Itoi and His Ghost Dog
Good ol’ LucasTizma, collector of all things EarthBound, snagged that complete copy of EarthBound + set of rare EarthBound promotional stuff that showed up a few weeks ago. It cost him over $500 (and he already owns EarthBound), but he got it anyway AND was awesomely nice enough to scan the promo stuff for all fans to enjoy rather than keep it all for himself
Some quick background info that may be old to some regulars – we first heard about all the EarthBound promotional material sent to the press about ten years ago from a regular visitor to EarthBound.Net/Starmen.Net. He came across an EarthBound ruler (one happens to be up for sale as I type this!) and sent me this message:
“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.”
At last, here are some of those promo materials! First up are the “fact sheets”, lists of good points and qualities that make the game stand out from the crowd:
A lot of that stuff doesn’t seem very impressive, it’s almost like they were grasping for straws. One thing that really stands out though is:
Players learn to use the values of family, friends, teamwork and financial management
Also, this lists the exact date of June 5, 1995 as the game’s release, which is nice to know. Its exact release date was forgotten over time, so we usually left it as the vague “June 1995″, which other sites like Wikipedia took to mean June 1, 1995.
Anyway, now let’s look at the next stuff, the press release!
Another stand-out line:
The game also includes game play elements and text-based messages about the values of family, friends and financial responsibility, such as the importance of calling home and managing money.
Between this stuff and the fact sheet, this is already starting to sound pretty hokey. Then comes this doozy of a line:
“This is without a doubt the most entertaining, family-oriented, user-friendly, role-playing game to be released in America,” says Peter Main, Nintendo of America’s vice president, marketing. “EarthBound will bring this genre of game out of its segmented market and into mass acceptance.”
Sounds like they had really high hopes for EarthBound, maybe even impossibly high hopes.
Anyway, there’s one last morsel to be had: The “EarthBound Times” newspaper clipping. This was also included in the old press packs. I’m not sure if this is the only one that was included (it probably is, though), but it’s still neat to see!
This clipping was actually so big in size that LucasTizma had to scan it in separate parts and stitch them together. I wonder why. Anyway, again, we see an odd line in here:
No other video game combines great, easy-to-learn, role-playing action with humor and values of family, friends and financial responsibility.
It’s really strange how GolinHarris, the company that handles Nintendo’s PR, chose to focus on this theme of “financial responsibility”. Ironically, if you want to play this game legally nowadays, you have to throw away financial responsibility
Anyway, with so little new stuff happening with EarthBound these days, it’s great to be able to find neat treasures from the past like this. It looks like someone might be able to get ahold of the ruler that supposedly came with this stuff, now if only we can find one of those pizza boxes and any other stuff that might’ve been sent to the press…
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