EarthBound and Japanese Baseball
I’ve fallen behind in the update queue again, so it’s time for another blast of mini-updates!
Joe sent this in:
I found this video of an RPG remake of the movie Anchorman, and it is very heavily influenced by Earthbound! It made me happy link
Zombie Crow sent:
Hello! I became a huge fan of Earthbound just last year. The games have made a big impact on me, including how I do my hobbies.
Since I got my job in a leather hobby store, I’ve been tinkering in leather crafting. Of course one of the first things I did was Earthbound related. >.>
The first big project I did was this Giygas bag. I wanted Giygas from Mother 2 on it, but I also wanted Giygas from Mother 1. I wanted to put characters like Pokey and Ultimate Chimera in somewhere as well. So I opted to do all of them. Giygas is the main feature on the sides. Important antagonists from all three games are on the strap.
Making this bag was fun, challenging, and educational all at the same time. Since then, I’ve been finding new ways to apply Earthbound stuff to crafting. I hope you enjoy it! (This bag is already a few months old, so it’s kinda beat up now, hence why Giegue has a few chips in his leg. Other than that, the bag still holds up fantastically!)
Ship of Sacrifice
Water Bottle sent:
Me and my friends are currently developing a game named SOS: Ship of Sacrifice. Many of the elements within the game are inspired by classic RPGs such as EarthBound, Mother 3 and Paper Mario. It’d be great if you could take a look at it! We currently have a Kickstarter going for it which you can see here – link
The team at Water Bottle.
Heroes of Mother 3
I don’t know if you posted about this or not, or if you will, but there’s a kickstarter for a game called “Heroes of Mother 3″
it’s looking pretty neat, I’m a little scared of the legal issues that could ensue for these guys, but I might even back it
EarthBound Title Screen Android Boot
Hi, I recently made an Android phone bootscreen based off of Earthbound’s Title screen.
The preview is here: link
To install the boot animation follow these steps: link
Many fans (including myself) liked the “WELCOME TO TH :|”
Perhaps you could release a version of the translation patch with the “Welcome to mother 3 world” changed to-… well, you know. (maybe as an april fools joke or something)
I doubt you have time READ this, let alone actually do it. Thanks in advance for possibly considering my idea.
Sincerely, a fan
Yeah, it’s probably more work than it’s worth, to be honest. Maybe if I’m feeling particularly pranky on an April Fool’s Day or something
GDC EarthBound Narrative Review 2013
George B. sent:
Last year, you posted a Mother 3 analysis from GDC by Eric Foss: link
I’m in the same boat this year. I’m also attending DigiPen Institute of Technology, and I wrote a paper on EarthBound which nabbed me a spot at the Game Developers Conference.
Nintendo’s Reply to “Where’s EarthBound?”
I know this may not be super duper cool, but I thought you might be interested. I know that you’ve posted Nintendo’s “no Earthbound” response, so I thought it would be interesting to see what their “yes Earthbound” response is. Here is the email exchange.
(my original message)
“Dear Nintendo, I am a huge fan of Earthbound, and I am really happy that you plan to bring it to the Wii U. I know that I am not alone in wondering when it will be released, so I’ll just ask the question. When will Earthbound be released? That is all. Thank you!”
Thanks for contacting us. I can certainly that you, like many Earthbound fans, would like to know when Earthbound will be available from the Nintendo eShop. I can confirm that while Earthbound has been officially announced for release, it hasn’t been given a release date yet. When it has, our website’s Game Guide (http://www.nintendo.com/games/guide) will be the best place to find it. Once there, use the questions on the left to filter based on system, genre, online play, etc.
When you have narrowed your search, click on the game’s title to see all the available information. If what you seek is not yet available, please check back later. When there is new information to share on announced games or other upcoming products, our website is the best official source!
Remember, any posted release dates are estimates and subject to change. As a product’s estimated release date approaches, you may wish to check with your local retailers to see when it may be available in your area.
Nintendo of America Inc.”
Well that’s about it. I know it’s not earth shattering, but I thought it would be kinda fun to see what would happen. Thanks for all you do for the community!
EarthBound on VC
Hey, Tomato! I was at the Nintendo E3 event at Best Buy, and I got to talk to some Nintendo reps and they said a couple things about EarthBound coming to VC that I’m not sure has announced yet.
First, it’s confirmed there is actually zero problems with music copyright in America (“all the music problems were just rumors”) which probably means that all the music will be intact. Second, Nintendo is hoping for an October release for the game, or at the latest this holiday. One of them said they greatly encourage “people who like the games to please buy the VC release of EarthBound so that Nintendo will see, and think about releasing Mother 3 in America”.
Nothing else really besides that, but I thought it was interesting to hear stuff about EarthBound from a Nintendo employee.
Mr. Saturn and Tenda Animation
I made an animation not too long ago about a Mr Saturn being annoying to a Tenda. Here it is on youtube and newgrounds:
I’m not sure what the majority of the earthbound community think of the annoying orange but I think this parody might be worth a watch.
MOTHER 2 / EarthBound
An excerpt from Ken Baumann’s book EarthBound was published on Kotaku by Luke Plunkett.
Obscure EB Reference in Online Comic
Easily one of the most obscure EB references I’ve seen, Shmorky made a comic spoof of Animal Crossing. One panel has the player in a store which has a Video Relaxant for sale. Considering the item isn’t even obtainable by normal means in EB, I was both surprised and amused to see it referenced in the comic.
Adolescence and Mom’s Hometown
If you’ve already got this then I’m sorry, but it wouldn’t stop loading when I pressed Send so I decided to send this without the audio file this time.
I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that in that time before Shogo Sakai wrote the Love Theme for MOTHER 3, the jukebox track Adolescence was used in the same place as Mom’s Hometown is in the final game. And that Mom’s Hometown was, whether consciously or not, based on Adolescence. I can’t definitively prove that unless I asked Shogo Sakai, but when I mixed the two songs together in Reaper, I was surprised at just how well they fit together. All I had to do was change the key and align the two tracks just right. But to my surprise, I did not even have to match the tempo, they were already in sync. They even use some of the same instruments. The way they go together in some places, it’s almost like they complete each other. I’m just surprised that Shogo Sakai himself didn’t think of this when he remixed Mom’s Hometown for Brawl.
The reason the key is different, is because the two songs aren’t in the same key, and when I mix together tracks like that I like to change the key to something in between instead of taking one of the tracks’ keys and rolling with it.
I’d like you to link to the YouTube upload but you can also post the attached sound file if you like so people can download it without messing around with YouTube download tools… which is what I would have said if I had attached the audio file, which I didn’t for reasons stated above.
EarthBound / Chicago Blackhawks
I don’t know how familiar you are with the Chicago Blackhawks. They Photoshop’ed one of the players onto Ness with an apt description of why they did it. The link is: link and it’s at the bottom of the page.
EarthBound Nail Polish
There’s Earthbound nail polish now o.o link
Whew! That’s all for now, it looks like there’s still… 739 more things to look through, dating back all the way to this time 2009. I dunno if I’ll ever be able to get back that far
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