Weekly Round-Up #15
Archive for 2013
2013 is finally coming to a close, and when I look back I’m amazed at some of the EarthBound-related things that happened this year. Obviously, the big one is that MOTHER 2 and EarthBound were released on the Wii U Virtual Consoles, but other things, like the Shigesato Itoi developer diary, the For James charity auction event, the surprise release of new MOTHER 2 merchandise, Nintendo’...Read More »
A week or two ago I posted about a new set of MOTHER 2 merchandise that was planned to be released in Japan – some MOTHER 2 figure straps. Well, they’ve finally been unleashed to the public, and here’s some info and pics! First up is a picture and an e-mail from Japanese super-collector Koala! As you can see, these are the kinds of collectibles you get from a machine – an...Read More »
Here are some EarthBound-related goodies that people have made for Christmas! First is this version of the Snowman/Winters boarding school song made by Hirokazu Tanaka himself! And comic/art guy Mitch got this EarthBound blanket! Did anyone else get/make any EarthBound-related gifts this year? Share them in the comments! ...Read More »
Lots of fans messaged me and e-mailed me yesterday about Nintendo’s latest online survey – one of the questions is about your favorite boss character, and Giygas is on there: It’s kind of neat because lots of other, more well-known bosses could’ve been included instead. In any case, if you wanna vote Giygas in for president or whatever, check out the survey here! Thanks to...Read More »
Yesterday I received an e-mail from a Japanese reader – which, looking back, is the first all-Japanese e-mail I’ve gotten at this site! Anyway, the e-mail’s from a fan named Koala – here’s a simple translation: You mentioned that it’s okay to e-mail you in Japanese, so I hope you don’t mind that I do. Hello, I’m Koala, a MOTHER (EarthBound) merchandi...Read More »
The other day I posted about how you can buy a downloadable copy of EarthBound from GameStop stores – and how they even have a special box for EarthBound! I had only seen photos of the back of the box, but a kind reader sent in a look at the front of the box later on. Here it is! Also, a reader named gooieooie sent this bit of info in about EarthBound’s description on Nintendo’s...Read More »
I’m still catching up on my EarthBound e-mails! Morgil sent me this e-mail a while back about the Angry Video Game Nerd: I’m sure a lot of people know about the Angry Video Game Nerd show, which reviews old bad video games. However, the creator and star, James Rolfe, also does numerous other game and movie based videos on his site Cinemassacre.com. One of these other video series is on...Read More »
Christopher Behr, a 3D designer, created an incredible 3D rendition of Onett that’s currently taking Reddit and other gaming sites by storm! Here are just a few images: There are a few more images on his gallery here, so go check ’em out! It also took about a year to make all this 😯 For more info, check out the Reddit thread! And if you’d like to have any of his Onett pict...Read More »
Meleentalist mentioned this on Twitter: someone messed up for the EarthBound 3DS Miiverse banner. Didn’t know we had two EarthBounds on NES. As you can see, up in the corner it says “Nintendo Entertainment System”… which isn’t right at all! I was skeptical at first, like, “Nah, there’s no way this is real. If it’s real Nintendo would’ve fixed ...Read More »
More than anything, I find it fascinating to hear how deeply video games can change, inspire, and move people – EarthBound, for example, has pushed many people onto certain career paths, brought people together who’ve gotten married and started families, inspired people to create inspirational works of their own, and so on. A few months back, a reader by the name of Travis wrote up an ...Read More »
- Mother2fan: I can’t even fathom why they would make such a minute change to that battle background.
- DJMankiewicz: Very interesting. I had suspected that Earthbound’s “dulled” battle effects were done in emulator rather than as a...
- Chivi-chivik: I think that the lightning change in the ‘PK Flash get’ animation was put so you can see better how the lightning strikes...
- joe411: Perhaps some changes were made since the Wii U’s GBA emukator adds a darker color filter?
- Mato: DIO: We checked those too, Mother 2 has so many versions that I dunno what to call the Wii U version, but it and the New 3DS ones are the...