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Ten years ago (dang, ten already?) I was studying in Japan. As an EarthBound fan, it was exciting that there was a whole lot of MOTHER series stuff to be had, though it turned out I didn’t have the money for most of it.
Anyway, sometimes I would write articles for Starmen.Net about my experiences. Here’s the one about where I reserved the Nintendo 64 version of MOTHER 3 the day they started taking preorders:
This is what I hope will be the first of a semi-regular series of articles relating to the site, EarthBound/Mother stuff, and me being in Japan.
Yesterday started out with a bang. Literally. At 6:30 in the morning, an earthquake rocked the outer-Tokyo area. It was my first earthquake ever, and it was pretty fun! But later in the day I was to be surprised even more.
First, thanks to countless people, including Giovanni, Yesman, and reidman, I bought a Nintendo 64 yesterday. Clear blue. I also bought a used copy of Smash Bros. But, as I picked up a copy of SSB to take to the counter, I glanced past something that I thought couldn’t be real. What was it?
I’ll tell you. Starting yesterday, the game store near my university has started taking pre-orders for Mother 3. As I spend about 30 minutes to an hour in that store everyday, I wondered if I was to be the first one to reserve a copy there. And when I asked, the clerk said that indeed I was.
The cool thing is this. By pre-ordering, I’ll save $10-$15. What’s more, I don’t pay until I pick up a copy.
Now, for the weird part. On the in-store advertisement, it said the game was to released in May. But, on the little reserve slip thing I got, it says December. However, the URL of the store’s homepage that they have printed on there is wrong, so I wouldn’t think it impossible that their release date is wrong as well. Also, next to December they have the equivalent of “To Be Announced”, so I don’t know exactly what to think anymore.
(Sorry for such a bad scan!)
But the main thing is, Mother 3 is real! People are able to pre-order them!
And when I got home, I was happy to find that I got a free memory pak with my N64 – the store forgot to take it out! Cool!
I’d like to get a scan of that adverstisement for you all, but I gotta work up my confidence. Having some goofy foreigner ask to borrow a store ad isn’t an everyday thing, you know.
Of course, the game was cancelled just a few months later.
Later on I managed to get a better scanner, so here’s a better scan:
At some point I gave it to Reid, I guess because he was the head honcho of the site and seemed like he was starting to work on a collection of his own. Then, many years later (just a few days ago), he posted on Twitter that he came across it again:
Man, it’s really beat up. But it still exists! He should frame it or store it better, maybe next to the GBA MOTHER 3 box or something 😛
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35 Comments to Reserving a Copy of EarthBound 64
- DJ: From what I’ve gathered I’m pretty sure he still writes copy, so they’re an ad company.
- cosmodos: What does his company even do? Is it actually lucrative? From what I can gather (not knowing Japanese), it’s just his blog, and he...
- Jason: http://www.ipokiso.com/company /2017/hobonichi.html The anticipated price per share is 2,300 yen. As for those wishing to purchase a share...
- Leeaux: Hey I just saw this! Really interesting watch to. Lots of little fun facts.
- Mary: The “behind the scenes” video on how the Ness animation was made is great too. The animators channel is A + Start.