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EarthBound / MOTHER Guides

EarthBound Player's Guide

This strategy guide came with every copy of EarthBound, and is the reason why the game's box is so big. The guide added so much to the game experience. If you don't have one, you're really missing out!

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Everything of MOTHER

MOTHER had a ton of guides made for it. This one boasts that it'll show you how to beat the game completely in seven days. Full-color maps and lots of fun illustrations.

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MOTHER: Challenge from the Unknown

Another MOTHER guide, but since I've never seen it myself, I don't really know what's in it. If someone can give me info about it, that'd be awesome.

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MOTHER Complete Strategy Technique Books

This is actually a set of two separate booklets. They're in full-color and came as inserts in issues of Family Computer.

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MOTHER Tricks and Maps Collection

As the name suggests, this book has lots of maps and info about secrets and tricks. It even tells you how to beat the game with only one person in your party!

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MOTHER Guide Books

These are actually two books in one set. They're very detailed, full of art, and have fold-out maps and other cool stuff.

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MOTHER Surefire Completion Book

I see this one a lot on Yahoo Auctions Japan, but I don't really know much about it. If anyone has a copy, could you let me know more about it?

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MOTHER Completion Manual

This is an unusual guide in that it's set up kind of like a storybook that helps you along the way, rather than just boring ol' stats and one-line blurbs about stuff.

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MOTHER Complete Strategy Guide

This guide comes with a big ol' color map that folds out. I see this a lot on Japanese auctions, but I've never seen what else this book has. It looks pretty cool, though.

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MOTHER Encyclopedia

Ah, here we go. The official MOTHER encyclopedia! This is a must-have. They even did a reprint when MOTHER 1+2 came out. Check it out - these official guides rock!

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MOTHER Strategy Guide Book

I used to have this book, and I can attest to its coolness. In fact, the first 200 people to send in their proof of purchase got an actual Franklin Badge! I was about 10 years too late :(

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MOTHER Exploration Manual

I don't know much about this, other than it boasts that it explains all kinds of stuff you'll find while exploring the absolutely enormous world of MOTHER. Anybody have this? What's in here?

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Everything in MOTHER Explained

I have no idea what's in this book, but I like the cover. If anyone happens ot have a copy of this, please let me know more about it, it looks pretty cool.

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Everything of MOTHER 2

Similar to everything of MOTHER. This one tells you how to finish MOTHER 2 in 24 hours. It's also packed with info and theories about the Mr. Saturns, including a gross anatomy pic.

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MOTHER 2 Surefire Strategies

This is a monster of a guide, over 200 pages long. It's packed with info, maps, pics, lists, and all that good stuff, naturally. I used to see this a lot, but not so much anymore.

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MOTHER 2 Strategy Guide

I don't know a whole lot about this book, though I see it every so often on Japanese auctions. All I know is that it includes lyrics to the bicycle song. Odd.

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MOTHER 2 Official Guide Book

This is the official Nintendo strategy guide, just like the MOTHER Encyclopedia was. Besides tons of info, it includes comics, goofy ads, and just stuff similar to the EB Player's Guide. A must!

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MOTHER 2 Strategy Guide Book

A pretty cool-looking guide. I don't have one myself, but from what I've seen, it's packed with character and enemy info and just looks like a generally fun guide.

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MOTHER 2 Super Challenge Book

An unusual guide in that it helps you through the game, but it tries not to spoil it for you as you go. Probably good for people not used to RPGs but who want to have fun exploring.

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MOTHER 2 Surefire Strategy Book

I have absolutely no idea what's in here. The cover says "complete edition", so, uhh, yeah. Anybody have this? I'd love to know more about this book.

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MOTHER 2 Treasure Chest of Secrets

A neat guide in which you follow along Ness' journey. It's filled with hand-drawn art, maps, and image collages. I see this one often, so pick it up if you can!

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MOTHER 1+2 Official Guide Book

For some reason, this MOTHER 1+2 guide is the least-known one there is. I don't really know anything about it. Anybody got this? It's currently available on Amazon Japan too.

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MOTHER 1+2 Perfect Guide Book

This is the most well-known and common MOTHER 1+2 strategy guide out there. I own a copy myself and I find myself checking it on a regular basis for stuff, so it's pretty good. It's on Amazon Japan right now even.

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MOTHER 1+2 Strategy Guide

This book was done by Nintendo Dream, and they usually do pretty spiffy guides. I don't own a copy myself so I can't give any details really, but it IS on Amazon Japan.

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MOTHER 3 - The Complete Guide

This is a pretty nice guide, it's nice and colorful and has lots of info. It's also got some quirky stuff scattered throughout it, but it (like most of these M3 guides) lacks the spirit of the old guides.

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MOTHER 3 Nintendo Dream Guide

As the name suggests, a MOTHER 3 guide released by Nintendo Dream. It's a good guide filled with stats and maps and info and help and all that. Nothing much more to say than that.

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MOTHER 3 Perfect Guide

This guide has lots of info, but it also includes music charts to help master the Sound Battle system. The way it separates events and maps seems a bit odd, but maybe it works well for the target audience.

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MOTHER 3 Official Guide Book

This guide's okay. It's not great, and certainly not as cool as the official M1 and M2 guides, but it's nice to have. It also comes with MOTHER 3 stickers, and stickers for the entire Mr. Saturn alphabet.

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Game no Tetsujin MOTHER 3 Guide

This was the first guide on Japanese store shelves, mainly due to the fact it was put together as quickly as possible and has lots of hand-drawn maps and such. I see it often on Japanese auctions, but I don't know any real details.

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MOTHER Complete Surefire Strategy Book

I know absolutely nothing about this. I see it all the time on Yahoo Auctions Japan, though. If anyone ever gets a copy, let me know so I can put something more useful here!

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Ordering from Japanese Sites

I've included links to places like Amazon Japan and Yahoo! Auctions Japan (YAJ for short), but ordering things from these places can be kind of tricky.

Amazon Japan: Ordering from Amazon Japan isn't too bad, but you might be scared by all the Japanese text at first. But fear not! On most Amazon Japan pages is a link you can click that will turn a lot of the site's text into English for you. The other thing you'll need to know is that 1. Amazon Japan can't and won't ship games outside of Japan and 2. if you're ordering a used item, not all sellers will ship internationally. But otherwise Amazon Japan is a cinch to order from.

Yahoo! Auctions Japan: This is an absolute treasure trove of MOTHER merchandise. Sadly, it's not very convenient to use if you're not in Japan. Most sellers won't ship outside of Japan and will probably be freaked out if you ask them a question in English. If you're not in Japan and don't know Japanese, then you'll need to use a service like Celga that will bid on stuff for you and then ship you the stuff once they receive it.

For more details and a more comprehensive list of go-between services, check out this page on Game Swag.

 
 

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