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October 27th, 2013 | MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge

A good while back I posted about map differences between the Famicom version of MOTHER and the NES English version. For example, the Magicant cave was redone and the path leading to Holy Loly Mountain/Mt. Itoi was simplified.

Those weren’t the only changes though! Here are a few more!

First, Halloween/Spookane had the town layout slightly altered, and things were streamlined a little more to sort of funnel the player in the right direction:

mother1-halloween eb0-spookane

It’s hard to see just from those thumbnails – the roads on the southwest side are different, and the path leading into the residential area is different.

The next difference not a lot of people know about is that there’s a cave entrance on the mountain that exists in the Japanese version but was taken out of the English version:

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This cave leads to the room full of kidnapped people in tubes. In the English version, this cave was added to an all-new path that was added right before the final boss.

Anyway, as far as I know these are all the biggest map changes. Well, the haunted house was also simplified a bit, but I still need to explore it better to see how exactly the layouts are different. And an extra store was added to the Reindeer department store building. Hopefully I’m not forgetting anything else!

 

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Chivi-chivik said on Oct. 27, 2013

I think changing the place of the cave of people in tubes was pretty useless…
I would have found pretty cool if it was found earlier, but this is just me.

PiePusher11 said on Oct. 27, 2013

Rosemary Manor was changed? I’ve been playing MOTHER a lot lately, and I know that, at the very least, the correct path is exactly the same between the two versions. What exactly is different about it?

Mato said on Oct. 27, 2013

I haven’t mapped the place out myself fully yet, but I see that some of the rooms have been altered to have fewer doors in EB0. You can check using the map viewer – they’re all near the top area of the map.

JamesBond007 said on Nov. 2, 2013

I have a question. Where is Teddy’s Sword in the Japanese version? Someone said that it is present in Rosemary Manor. Is it true or the Sword is present in Magicant underground, like in the English version?

BB Gang Zombie said on Nov. 2, 2013

It’s in the underground, iirc, in one of the corners.


 

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