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August 21st, 2015 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 10 Comments

Yesterday I posted about how there are going to be TWO EarthBound-themed planner covers released by Shigesato Itoi’s company in the coming weeks. It turns out I was wrong – there are three!

The third design is for a smaller-sized, weekly planner cover and features Mr. Saturn!


And here are the other two previously-announced standard-sized planner covers for reference:



Note that these come with an extra bonus – a set of six clear MOTHER 2-themed bookmarks!


Whoa, so much EarthBound stuff!

…Wait, did you think that was all? Because it’s not! We’re just getting started!








Pen cases, card cases, tall pouches, long pouches… Hobonichi is selling them all! I don’t know whether to be happy or sad for collectors at this point 😛

Here are more links if you’re interested!

None of this stuff is available to buy yet, but it will be soon. Chewy works every year on the official English versions of Hobonichi’s planners, so if you have any questions, she can probably help you on Twitter or on Tumblr!


August 20th, 2015 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 6 Comments

A few months ago I posted about the new Saturn Valley Hobonichi Techo Planner, which should be available to buy next month. (Note – if you’ve never heard of these “techo” things before, I wrote an article about them here.)

Out of the blue, though, Shigesato Itoi’s company announced a second EarthBound-themed planner – this one is called “Cast”. It features a bunch of different characters and objects from MOTHER 2!


Like the other planners, the Cast Planner will have a little bonus item, too. In this case, it’s a clear bookmark! Or a set of clear bookmarks, I’m not really sure. But it has some of the main characters in the game.


According to the announcement site, it looks like these might be available starting September 1st, 2015.

Chewy is the super-expert and official translator for the Hobonichi Techo planners, so hopefully she can help answer any questions that fans have. She works on the official English site, which you can find here, although I don’t see this new cover on there at the moment.


August 19th, 2015 | EarthBound, Videos | 17 Comments

Some recent videos of Super Mario Maker have finally revealed what Ness looks like in the game, and what some of his related stuff sounds like! Here’s a peek:

In case the video goes down, here’s a still image:


And here’s a close-up of Ness:


I was already excited to play this game when it was just a basic Super Mario Bros. level designer, but now things have taken a whole new turn!


August 17th, 2015 | Merchandise, MOTHER 1 | 3 Comments

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A while back I posted about new MOTHER 1/EarthBound Beginnings straps that were planned to be released in Japan. Well, it’s getting pretty close to release time – it sounds like they’ll become available in Japanese capsule machines sometime this week or next week.

If you’re not in Japan, though, don’t worry! I’m sure they’ll be all over eBay and elsewhere, or you can even pre-order them from a few import sites, such as NCSX. Their prices will be higher than if you bought them yourself in Japan, of course.

For reference, there will be six different types available:

  • Ninten
  • Ana
  • Lloyd
  • Teddy
  • Pippi
  • And a larger-sized Starman

I wonder if/when they’ll ever start doing MOTHER 3 stuff…


August 16th, 2015 | EarthBound, Videos | 10 Comments

A reader named Glenn just sent in this e-mail:

A CNN article about retro video games mentioned EarthBound specifically by name as well as Zelda OoT, and I thought you’d find it interesting. The article is about how the increasing popularity of vintage video games is causing spikes in cash value. Check it out, dog!

You can read the article here, and it includes this short video about retro game popularity:

The video doesn’t mention EarthBound, but it’s always kind of surreal to see mainstream news outlets cover video games like this 😛


August 13th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 4 Comments

Smooth McGroove is well-known for his acapella renditions of video game music, and he recently did one for EarthBound – specifically, Onett!

If you haven’t already, check out his other stuff here!


August 10th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 6 Comments

This year’s Summer Games Done Quick event was amazing, and EarthBound was one of the games played!

EarthBound speedrunner Aurilliux managed to reach the end of the game in 1 hour and 27 minutes as hundreds of thousands of people watched from around the world! Here’s a look at the live run, which features some crazy random number manipulation that almost feels like card-counting in a card game 😛

I’m familiar with most of the tricks used here, but the use of multiple save files and such was totally new to me! Amazing work figuring all this out, EarthBound speedrunning community!


August 6th, 2015 | EarthBound, Hacking | 9 Comments

A 100% translation of EarthBound into Italian has been completed! You can download it and read more about it here:

And here are some screenshots:

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And here’s a video!

Congratulations to Vecna and everyone involved in making this translation happen!


August 2nd, 2015 | Smash Bros., Videos | 4 Comments

Super Smash Bros. is getting some new content, and one of the new things is a Flying Man costume for Mii fighters!

I’m kind of surprised – I never expected more EarthBound representation along these lines 😯


July 21st, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Videos | 12 Comments

Yesterday was Monday, which meant a new edition of EarthBound Central Live!

Unlike previous episodes, this one was entirely focused on last weekend’s Camp Fangamer event. We summarize what the event was and explain it from our own perspective. We share inside, behind-the-scenes info, including pics and videos! It was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so if you missed the full event, you’ll probably enjoy this episode! …Even if it’s mostly just a random slideshow with voices over it 😛

Thanks to everyone who came by and chatted with me (and one memorable fan who taught me everything about Donkey Kong Country)! I’ll have a better wrap-up post later on, but for now here are links, pics, and videos that you CAN’T miss!

Shigesato Itoi’s keynote address:

Final Battle Montage

The Audience Fights the Kraken!

MOTHER 3 Fan Translation Team Panel!

Playing a Previously-Unknown EB0 Proto Cart!

Day 2 video archives:

If you missed out on last night’s stream but would like to be at future ones, here are some links that’ll send you in the right direction!

Next week should hopefully return to the standard EarthBound Central Live format, so be there or don’t go to heaven!




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