The EarthBound Fandom’s History
A possible EarthBound prototype sold on eBay UK yesterday for £200, which is about $350 in US dollars at the moment.
And here are the photos that were included:
This isn’t the first time something like this has popped up – another one also sold on eBay UK in 2009 for $584. I’m not sure if this is the same one or not, but the one in 2009 had EEPROM stickers while yesterday’s doesn’t.
Luckily a very personable Japanese collector bought this most recent EarthBound oddity and is hoping to check to see if the game is any different from the final retail version of EarthBound. He goes by RetroGameTV on Twitter and you can follow him here.
Here’s hoping we discover some mid-localization content on this mysterious artifact!
The guys at Fangamer recently flew to Japan for a company trip, and many Fangamer friends went along too, including good ol’ Stephen Georg (aka xfis). During the trip they visited the office of Shigesato Itoi’s company, Hobonichi. And, just as they were leaving, they encountered the man himself!
Itoi posted about the encounter on Twitter too:
Man, that Mr. Saturn…
The Smashified series recently updated with a video about Salsa from MOTHER 3! If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s about creating 3D Super Smash Bros-style trophies. The process of creating the 3D models is shown in fast-forward with a relevant audio discussion or interview plays. Anyway, here’s the Salsa trophy!
Other MOTHER-themed Smashified episodes include:
I’m always impressed with the quality of Smashified’s models and can’t wait to see more!
A group of passionate EarthBound fans has come together to produce a documentary about EarthBound Beginnings, its history, the prototype cartridges, the eventual official release, and more.
The title is “Mother to Earth” and the project looks genuinely impressive. The team has even lined up interviews with key individuals including the game’s head localizer and the people involved with the prototype’s leak in the late 1990s!
The documentary guys need help funding this endeavor, so they’ve created a small Kickstarter here:
A French fan translation of MOTHER 3 is set to be released on April 20, which will also mark the 10th anniversary of the game’s release in Japan. The team has put together a promo video for the translation:
The translation will be available here when the fated date arrives.
Last year was the first-ever Camp Fangamer, and it turned out to be an amazing, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. So I was surprised when I found out that a Camp Fangamer 2016 is happening this July!
This year’s event is going to last for three days, one more than the last one. Tickets are available on Fangamer’s site here at a variety of levels – apparently you can even get something called a “Winternship”.
If you missed the 2015 Camp Fangamer, it had all your standard convention stuff – panels, a game room, guest speakers, vendors, and more. But it also featured an EarthBound theme, a goofy charity game show that lasted all weekend, and a strange, convention-wide story line that developed over the course of the weekend:
It was a ton of fun, surreal, and unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I suspect Camp Fangamer 2016 will feature a lot of the same creative energy that 2015 had, but with new twists of its own. I don’t know if a theme has been announced yet, but it looks like the story line is already beginning:
(don’t worry about the Kickstarter stuff, that was part of the story from a few weeks ago)
Poe and I expect to be there again this year too, so if you’re interested in Camp Fangamer 2016 check out the official site!
Tickets start at $85 for all three days and they include some more genuine “swag bags”!
EarthBound has just been released on the New 3DS Virtual Console in North America! If you happen to have a New 3DS you can get the game for $9.99.
EarthBound on the Wii U cost a few dollars more than other Super NES games on the Wii U Virtual Console, so I was curious to see if the New 3DS version of EarthBound would have a price difference too. It does – other Super NES games on the New 3DS are $7.99:
I wonder why EarthBound is consistently more expensive. Anyway, if you have a New 3DS and want an official way to play EarthBound on the go, this is it!
(Also, to clear up any confusion: normal 3DS and 2DS users can’t get the game though, it’s only available on the “New 3DS”.)
I think I might’ve reported on this a few months ago but I can’t remember. In any case, a new set of MOTHER 2 figure straps is available in Japan starting this month! You can get them for 200 yen apiece at special capsule toy machines. There are seven types in all:
- Dr. Saturn
- Starman DX
If it’s anything like previous times, you’ll be able to import a complete set from sites like NCSX or eBay before long. So even if you’re not in Japan, you’ll still have a shot at getting these!
- Expert: Hot damn. I wonder if they’re gonna display it or sell it or what.
- Chairman of the Board: Holy smokes, someone actually scooped it up! Imagine the seller fees and costs that’ll add up. I estimate he made...
- Chairman of the Bored: Thanks, Expert! I tried looking up what it was but couldn’t tell if it was simply fanfic material or weird sex stuff....
- KingOfSwords: To keep all the bits attached.
- 989fox989: *sigh* if I were a rich man…