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July 9th, 2015 | MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 13 Comments

A fellow named RandomAnon sent me an interesting e-mail recently – probably the earliest-known English review or mention of MOTHER 1 has been unearthed!

So, this might not be worthy of being featured on EBC, but I thought it was really cool nonetheless. So there was a thread on 4chan’s retro games board about old-video game related Usenet (now Google Groups) posts and one anon found this post dated May 18, 1990 (that’s a year before the internet itself was invented!)

And here’s the actual 1990 Usenet post itself:

”I’ll say something about the other games in a later post, as MOTHER deserves one of its own. Basically this is Nintendo’s “new wave” role-playing game, set in modern times. The game starts in 1988 on the outskirts of the town of Mothersday (in America!). You play a young boy, and it’s not at all clear what the object of the game is. There have been some strange goings on in the past, and also at the start of the game, when a poltergeist suddenly attacks your house. The opening scenes alone are fantastic.

The graphics of the game are extremely beautiful, along with SMB3 the best I’ve seen in any game for any system. The motion is excellent and cinematic effects are used well. The music too is wonderful, certainly the best Famicom/NES music I’ve heard. It sets the mood perfectly–different music is used for the different scenes and even monsters have different music when you fight them, depending upon their personality. I can’t tell how good the feel is, as I only watched it, but if it’s anything like their previous games it should be excellent. And most importantly that sense of wonder is there again….

And just from watching the small part of this game on Kyoko’s tape, I can tell it is one of the best games ever made. It will probably come out in the US next year under a different name, and is definitely something to look forward to. I can’t wait to play!”

RandomAnon continues:

I just thought you might find this post interesting given how old it is (one year after the game was released in Japan and almost a decade before the English prototype was found!)

I keep forgetting that Usenet was full of gems like this – I remember coming across some neat stuff about EarthBound many years ago. Thanks to everyone who helped dig this up!


July 8th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 2 Comments

I shared this on EarthBound Central Live the other day, but it turned out to be too cool not to post here!

Pishi sent this in a good while ago:

Hi ‘Mato! I found this very good rendition of the two Earthbound themes. Unfortunately I don’t know much about the band.

And here’s the video:

The first part is Fourside’s music, and the second part is Twoson’s. You can skip straight to the Twoson part by clicking here!

I’ve also made an MP3 version of the video, so if you’d like to listen to this music on the game, you can grab the file here.


July 7th, 2015 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 4 Comments

Last night we held another EarthBound Central Live stream, and it was a fun one! We talked about so many different things and laughed at a lot of silly moments, it was great. If you missed it, don’t worry – you can check out the archive on YouTube here!

As always, the Q&A session covered so many topics that it would be too much for me to list them all, but here are all the other main topics and highlights. Check out the full stream if you get the chance, though. I bet it’s probably good listening material while doing chores or other mundane tasks 😛 I’d also recommend checking out this episode’s pre-show – it’s a good one!

Recent News

E-mails from Readers / Viewers (e-mail backlog count: 857)

Game Time!

Q&A and Discussion

Wrapping Up

If you missed out on this week’s stream but wanna be there for the next one, here are some links to help you on your way:

Next week we might have some guests on to talk about Camp Fangamer (which is like 10 days away now!) and other topics, such as the EarthBound documentary that’s in progress. Hope to see you there!

See you next game!



July 6th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, MOTHER 3 | 6 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted about an amazing version of Pollyanna doing in an Onett style (see here) and now Nelward Music has done a new one – the MOTHER 3 Love Theme done in a Fourside style!

I do remember the very first time I heard the MOTHER 3 Love Theme (from here, in fact) and was confused because the first few notes started to sound like Fourside’s music. Now it’s all come full circle!

Nice job again, Nelward Music!


July 2nd, 2015 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3 | 28 Comments

A good while back, I posted about how ROM hackers managed to extract MOTHER 3’s music data in a way that removes the “fuzziness” of playing it on the Game Boy Advance. You can read all about that here.

Anyway, there used to be a big torrent file with all this music, but it’s since disappeared. So a reader named Jaco sent this in a while back:

I searched the site and found a page where there was a link to the Mother 3 soundfont and midis in a torrent file. the link was broken im pretty sure. but a fellow on youtube has redone every song in crisp quality i just thought maybe this was newsworthy, maybe not. either way i thought this guy deserves a mention.

First Playlist:

Second Playlist:

If you’ve never heard this high-quality MOTHER 3 music before, definitely check it out! And if anyone knows where there’s a download link for the full set, let me know!

UPDATE: Hendricks266 has uploaded the music set here if you’d like to download it for yourself.


July 1st, 2015 | MOTHER 1, Videos | 15 Comments

You might’ve seen the English-language promo video for EarthBound Beginnings already, but if you haven’t, here it is:

And here’s a look at the Japanese promo video, which I’d never seen before until now:

Which one do you like better?

Thanks to Speedy_Fox_IV for letting me know about the Japanese video!


June 30th, 2015 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 1 Comment

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 cartridges, and more. So if you’d like to learn more about all that stuff, this is probably right up your alley!

For convenience, I’ve listed links to specific topics below. There were so many topics during the Q&A segment that I haven’t included links to each individual one, but if you get a chance, the gameplay segment of the episode is when the Q&A happens.

Recent News

E-mails from Readers / Viewers (e-mail backlog count: 874)

Playing EarthBound Stuff + Q&A

If you missed out on this week’s show but want to be there for the next one, here are some handy links!

Next week we’re going to continue with the Japanese Wii U version of MOTHER and finally see for ourselves if the dungeon there is the original complicated Famicom maze, or the simplified GBA/English maze!

See you next game!



June 29th, 2015 | Interviews, Itoi | 8 Comments


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 here!



June 28th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events, Images | 4 Comments

A couple readers let me know yesterday that the Too Many Games convention being held this weekend has a very strong EarthBound theme to it! In fact, the website itself is EarthBound themed right now:


And here are some photos from the event itself that people have sent my way:





Cool stuff! It’s a fun time to be a fan – EarthBound stuff seems to be going on everywhere lately!


June 27th, 2015 | Images, MOTHER 1 | 39 Comments

Over on the Pixel Paint Miiverse, StarmanAlx posted three renditions of what EarthBound Beginnings might’ve looked like as a Game Boy game:




I’m always amazed at how Miiverse artists can draw with such fine detail! Is there some sort of special way to draw pixel art like this, or is it all just using a steady hand?

In any case, great work StarmanAlx!

…Now I wonder if any Game Boy homebrew people might try to get something like this running 😛



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