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One of the rarest pieces of MOTHER series merchandise is the MOTHER 2 Zippo lighter, of which only 20 or so were made and given out to people who worked on MOTHER 2 in some manner.
Recently one of these showed up on Yahoo Auctions Japan:
It went unnoticed by most people (including me) and it wound up selling for only 910 yen You can see the auction page here.
A couple EarthBound Central readers actually did try to bid on it, but apparently Japan’s post office absolutely refuses to ship lighters overseas, so none of the auction deputy services would bid on it for them
As for the authenticity of the item, it’s hard to say anything for sure because only very vague details are known. We know “about 20 or so” were made, but not necessarily exactly 20. This one is apparently #21.
Each lighter also had the name of the person it was given to engraved on it. This one apparently had the name “NOBUYUKI MAKINO” on it, but I wasn’t able to find anyone with that name who worked directly on the game. For all I know, it could be the name of the guy who designed these lighters.
These things are shrouded in a deep dark mystery, so if anybody ever comes across more info about these lighters in the future, please let me know!
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