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October 6th, 2010 | Itoi, MOTHER 3

Shigesato Itoi’s site is immensely popular in Japan, and each day he posts a very short snippet of random thoughts or what he’s up to lately (see here). Today, at the very end of his daily post, he briefly added this:

I’m going to Kichijoji today and tomorrow. I used to do all-day and all-night work retreats there when I worked on a game called MOTHER 3. I remember it being tough, but I also have fond memories about it when I look back. Sniff. …I wonder what I’ll eat there.

Like he mentions, Kichijoji is where Itoi and people from Brownie Brown would often rent a hotel for a few nights in a row and hole up to work on the game like crazy. Kichijoji is where Brownie Brown’s office is, and Brownie Brown is the company that developed MOTHER 3. His message is pretty short and sparse on details, almost reminiscent of the posts he used to make years ago.

The “I wonder what I’ll eat there” has to do with the fact that while working on MOTHER 3 at Kichijoji, he discovered “croquette rolls”, which he liked so much he put them into the game in many places. You can read more about that here.

Anyway, although I get the feeling that this has little or nothing to do with any new MOTHER stuff, I’m still curious. At the very least, it’s neat to see Itoi mentioning MOTHER-related stuff in his posts every once in a while!

 

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13 Comments to Itoi’s Blog, October 7, 2010


StarFoxA said on Oct. 6, 2010

Funny, Google Translator told me it said this:

Kitizyouzi, I go, today and tomorrow.
 MOTHER3] [Game of the finishing work,
 I had to make camp here.
 Such painful, like dear, I’ll sob.
 I eat what I ‥ ‥.

I think that you’re wrong, Mato. Google is clearly correct in its translation.

Mato said on Oct. 6, 2010

rofl, it’d be funny to play an entire game with a translation like that.

Anonymous said on Oct. 6, 2010

Haha, I wonder if there is a team out there who google-translates foreign games for the lulz.

Itoi always sounds like the busiest guy to me; mining for gold, copywriting, making video games… that’d be so much fun!

Onion said on Oct. 7, 2010

Le sigh.

So what’s Itoi doing there? Is there something else cool he might be visiting while he’s out there?

Anonymous said on Oct. 7, 2010

It’s just nice to see that Itoi has good memories with MOTHER related things, that it’s still a part of his life in some way.

Soulier said on Oct. 7, 2010

Awesome! Deva Deva Cafe is in Kichijoji! (Vegetarian restaurant) I love that place. I wonder if Itoi ever ate there.

Blitzer said on Oct. 7, 2010

Huh this reminds me of the room in the middle in the New Yado Inn.

Where they someone was discussing about a “game”? :)

Mr. Anon said on Oct. 7, 2010

It’s sad that he kinda ignores his games. This kind of almost indirect mention is not enough. Sakurai for example has entire blogs for Super Smash Bros, yet Itoi barely even acknowledges his game’s existance.

Joe said on Oct. 7, 2010

I wouldn’t say that he ignores his games. He finished his MOTHER series, and said that he has no plans for a 4th one(at least for the moment!). I wouldn’t see him needing to mention anything MOTHER-related every week. When you do see it, though, it almost feels nostalgic.
Plus, Itoi is a very busy person. He owns a company that sells other products. Like any other businessman, he travels a lot, as well.
Sakurai owns a company as well, but it’s a video game company. I assume that’s why he would have more blogs regarding video games and such, rather than the random fun ones Itoi makes.
As Mato said, Itoi’s blog feels like one that more readers would get into more in general, rather than Sakurai’s, which targets certain people, i.e. gamers.

Mr. Anon said on Oct. 8, 2010

Surely he would at least have official sites for his games though? To my knowledge the Earthbound series is the only video game series he’s created (although I’ve heard he’s worked on others). I guess you’re right though, that he’s a busy man. It’s too bad we haven’t contacted him in over 2 years.

Onion said on Oct. 8, 2010

I think he’s done a couple fishing games and a kind of health tracking app for DSi.

Fusion14 said on Apr. 11, 2013

Itoi sounds like a pretty funny guy from his blogs, I mean, you just don’t expect to read that kind of stuff. Amazing. Anyways, if he did want to make another game in the Mother series I suggest that it be a prequel for the Wii U. It wouldnt be terribly hard to come up with a storyline at least, in fact I already have one, the game will take place after Earthbound/Mother 2 and will star new heroes and such. The summery of the story line is that Eartbound took place in the 90s and that the current day is 2012. After Giygas was… emancipated, a death signal was sent to the rest of the starmen. They head torward earth to enact their revenge on the human race and our heroes fight back against them (main story). They fail, millions die, miles of property is destroyed, and bands of survivors struggle to survive and bring down the last of the starmen. Naturally there should be many pop culture references in this game, but they should be well hidden, and or subtle. Not too subtle or vauge mind you, but just enough to wear it doesn’t raise the eyebrows of the sue happy companies over here in america (Terrible country, Im moving to Canada!) I wouldnt know how the mechanics or gameplay would work, but that would be up to the game designers. Also something to note should be the concept of the starmen. Seeing as how Giygas was basically blood vapor, and that the starmen appear to be wearing suits all the time, why cant they be blood ameobas? They use the suits to give themselves form and allow for humanoid capabilities. If anyone else has some nice suggestions they should post them. Too bad Itoi will never see this.

Fusion14 said on Apr. 11, 2013

Also the game will be called Mother 2 1/2 in Japan and Earthbound 2 in the US. Release mother 3 on the gba virtual console service for 3DS and slap Earthbound 3 over it and boom, countries syncronised.


 

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