Saturn Valley, EarthBound Zero Style
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We held another EarthBound Central Live stream last night, and it was lots of fun! If you missed it, don’t worry – you can now watch it on YouTube here! There was almost an unintended theme to this episode – lots of fans had sent in e-mails about reproduction cartridges, how to spot legitimate EarthBound cartridges, EarthBound prototype cartridges, EarthBound Zero prototype cart...Read More »
During last year’s MOTHER 3 translation notes & beta testing streams, we talked occasionally about Shigesato Itoi and how he’s been doing all sorts of projects to help restore the areas of Japan affected by the 2011 tsunami and ensuing disasters. And one of those projects involves building tree houses! If this is news to you, you can read all about it in this translated interview...Read More »
There’s been a lot of big EarthBound series news lately, and here’s one that I’ve quickly covered on the past few live streams: a Saturn Valley-themed Hobonichi Planner cover will be released this September! Here’s a look at the current sample: Itoi’s company, Hobonichi, already released an Onett-themed cover for last year, so it looks like he’s hoping to make ...Read More »
Yesterday was Monday, which meant another edition of EarthBound Central Live! A LOT happened over the past week, so it’s no surprise that this EBC Live was so full of news stories, reader submissions, viewer questions, and more. if you missed it live, you can see it all ...Read More »
A lot happened yesterday! The super-big news is that the game before EarthBound – which most of us call EarthBound Zero – has been officially released in English on the Wii U Virtual Console! The game costs $6.99 in the U.S. and £6.29 in the UK, I’m not sure what it costs in other regions, though. The game appears to be exactly the same as the prototype ROM that we’re all ...Read More »
A couple years back I posted about how Shigesato Itoi and MOTHER 1 were referenced in the Gintama manga. Well, the anime has since caught up to that point – meaning those drawings and references are now in moving color! Here are two quick screenshots for reference: There are actually a lot more – you can find them here courtesy of Eraserstatue, but some of it might not be considered ...Read More »
Shigesato Itoi updated his site’s MOTHER section with a Mr. Saturn message about MOTHER 2’s 20th anniversary! Here’s a translation of the text, courtesy of good ol’ Chewy: It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out. …Are you happy? ・Yes → Me too. ・No → Be happy!! (And Mr. Saturn proceeds to use untranslatable Japanese of course) “Desu noda...Read More »
Besides the Hobonichi Techo planners, Shigesato Itoi’s company also makes a popular brand of Japanese “belly warmers” in Japan. In fact, it sounds like his company is largely responsible for its renewed popularity in Japan. Anyway, I don’t know much about Japanese belly warmers, except that they’re supposedly really good at regulating body temperature, so they’...Read More »
Jeff Benson of EarthBound Saga fame has been working the past year or so with Fangamer on a full-fledged documentary film about EarthBound and its fans, with more of an emphasis on the people aspect than the history of the game itself. It’s tentatively titled EarthBound, USA: You can read more about it and follow the project at the official site here! And here’s how dedicated Jeff and...Read More »
Shigesato Itoi’s company’s biggest success is its planners, and one of the many features these planners have is a daily-or-so quote, usually from an interview or something. Anyway, the other day featured a quote from Itoi talking about MOTHER games! Mother’s protagonist is just an average kid, so fleshing out his enemies and the opposition was important in making him a great her...Read More »
- DJ: From what I’ve gathered I’m pretty sure he still writes copy, so they’re an ad company.
- cosmodos: What does his company even do? Is it actually lucrative? From what I can gather (not knowing Japanese), it’s just his blog, and he...
- Jason: http://www.ipokiso.com/company /2017/hobonichi.html The anticipated price per share is 2,300 yen. As for those wishing to purchase a share...
- Leeaux: Hey I just saw this! Really interesting watch to. Lots of little fun facts.
- Mary: The “behind the scenes” video on how the Ness animation was made is great too. The animators channel is A + Start.