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March 15th, 2014 | Auctions, EarthBound | 12 Comments

I’ve been super-duper slacking on my EarthBound price updates lately. I hadn’t updated since October, so some readers were curious to know how the prices have changed since then.

The quick answer is that the prices haven’t changed too much:

EarthBound cartridge (avg. price): $152 (up from $142)
EarthBound guide (avg. price): $87 (up from $86)
EarthBound complete set (avg. price): $459 (down from $462)

As always, these were tallied by hand based only on eBay auctions that ended successfully within the past month. I did this particular tallying about 2 weeks ago when I updated the buyearthbound site.

So it looks like even with EarthBound on the Wii U and the various bootlegs and hack reproductions that are starting to pop up on sites, the cost for a genuine copy of EarthBound hasn’t changed much at all in the past few months.


March 13th, 2014 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 14 Comments

GreatGonzalez88 sent this e-mail a while back:

I was playing EarthBound recently and I had a weird thing happen with Escargo Express.

I just used the Eraser Eraser and wanted to get rid of it right away so I called Escargo Express from the lab and then called Dad to save my game. After that I forgot about it and proceeded to the Stonehenge base. I made it considerably far and suddenly the delivery guy finally showed up in the middle of the base.

What makes it weird is that not only did it take way WAY longer than usual for the guy to come, but he actually showed up in the middle of a dungeon. I’m not sure if it’s anything unheard of or not but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to send it your way.

Maybe someone might know what caused it. The attached screenshot is proof that it happened.


I always got the feeling that when and where the Escargo Express guy shows up seemed to be a bit finnicky. Sometimes he wouldn’t show up when it seemed like he should, and sometimes the opposite would happen too. Has anyone else got him to show up in a weird location before?


March 10th, 2014 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound | 21 Comments

Many readers have sent in news about a new album by brentalfloss that includes an EarthBound track – here’s an e-mail from Anders about it:

On the subject of recent Earthbound-related content done by YouTubers (The Completionist and Did You Know Gaming) I felt it might be relevant to show you that brentalfloss has done a medley of Earthbound tunes on his new album Flossophy, and currently it’s the only song on that album that can be streamed for free on bandcamp: LINK

You can also hear the EarthBound track here:

Great stuff! I really, really like it :D See the whole album here!


March 8th, 2014 | EarthBound, Itoi, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 6 Comments

A while back, an EarthBound fan from Chile e-mailed me about a video project:

Dear Tomato:

My name is Tomi and I’m from Chile. Sorry if my english is not the best, but you know, spanish is my main language, haha.

Well. Me and some friends, we have a project, a youtube channel called
Low Definition. Our last project inside this channel is “Creadores”
(Creators), and is about game designers, game directors, game producers,
etc. In the last episode, the second episode of “Creadores”, we talked
about Shigesato Itoi.

Basically, I want more people to know about our project, and, as fans of
Shigesato Itoi, I really want more people to know about our love for
Earthbound and Shigesato Itoi. That’s why I wanted to contact you. I
know of Earthbound Central and your great work. And I want to ask you…
if we make subtitles of our video, english subtitles, there’s a
posibility of appear in your blog as a New/entry?

In Chile lives a lots of Earthbound’s fans, a lots. I want more people
outside Chile to know about us, the chilean fans. If you can help us in
some way, that’d be awesome.

It sounded cool to me, so Tomi got some English translations added to the video, which you can now check out here or below!

Thanks for the hard work! And it’s great that Chile has such dedicated fans :D


March 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, Fan Games, Videos | 10 Comments

Gapzacho sent this e-mail in about the EarthBound maps in Minecraft project:

Hey Mato! A while back I sent you an email about our EarthBound in Minecraft project we were doing, and now that it’s very near to completion, we made a trailer video showcasing some areas of the map! If you’re interested in the trailer, it’s here:

And our project thread is at: LINK

As of a release date, we’re waiting for the new 1.8 update to come out with the invisible wall blocks. Thanks for reading!

All I can say is that this is very wow 8O


March 4th, 2014 | EarthBound, Videos | 5 Comments

Octocactus and a few other readers sent in this news, thanks!

There’s this Youtuber called the Completionist, who reviews games by completing them all the way through, one hundred percent, and gives them a rating based on that. His most recent episode is about Earthbound. It’s not up on Youtube yet, but it IS available on NormalBoots.


You can see the video here!


March 1st, 2014 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 16 Comments

A new Did You Know Gaming video was just released, and this episode is about EarthBound! This episode also features chuggaaconroy, who has helped introduce so many people to the MOTHER/EarthBound games that it still boggles my mind :P

There’s a part 2 to this video too! See it here!

So much of the info here is scattered across my hundreds (thousands?) of EarthBound Central posts, so I’m glad that a bunch of it has been condensed into a nice and simple video format. I actually haven’t watched Part 2 yet, so I better do that now!


February 28th, 2014 | EarthBound, Videos | 26 Comments


With the incredible popularity of the Twitch Plays Pokemon thing going on right now, it was only a matter of time until Twitch played every other game too :P Including Twitch Plays EarthBound!

There’ve actually been a few attempts at Twitch Plays EarthBounds, so I’m not 100% sure which is the farthest or which is the most popular. But this one by SgtFuzzz seems to be the one people are sharing the most right now, so give it a look if you’re interested!

Some interesting problems that might develop if they haven’t already – calling your dad and telling him you’re done playing the game, as well as the 3 minutes at the water fall thing. There are problem some more trouble spots too, so if any pop up during the game share them in the comments here!


February 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Fan Games | 29 Comments

The past few weeks and months have been filled with news about a game called Flappy Bird. The whole thing’s been a crazy story that eventually resulted in the game’s creator taking the game down.

The theme of a recent game development jam was to make a Flappy Bird-like game, and it looks like a fellow named Cory Martin made an EarthBound-themed one: FlapBound!

Until now I’ve never even played Flappy Bird or even any of its hundreds of clones, but I had to check this one out :P I really like the graphics, and the background music’s pretty cool too! Good job!


February 22nd, 2014 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, MOTHER 1 | 7 Comments

A reader named Pete sent this in a while back:

Hey Mato hows it going? There’s this criminally underrated VGM guitarist on youtube named Swiggles1987, and he’s a huge Mother fan, so he decided to make an album of Earthbound songs redone in a really cool jazz/blues style. The first two songs that he released are really good. I say it’s worth a look and maybe you could spread the word to fellow Earthbound fansa about it. Thanks for all the work that you do!

Here are the available tracks:

And here’s a video that includes some info about the album too:

They’re some really great tunes, give ‘em a listen!



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