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February 17th, 2016 | MOTHER 1 | 14 Comments

kenisu recently posted some translations from the Mother 1 manual, and it includes the name of the main character’s mom: Carol.


I’ve got four people and one pet in my household: There’s me, my mom Carol, and my little sisters Minnie and Mimmie (they’re twins), as well as our dog Mick. I guess Dad’s out somewhere far away. Whenever I return home, Mom fixes me my favorite food, and my sister will also look after my valuable items for me.

The parents in MOTHER 1 and 2 never really had names, so I guess we all just assumed that Ninten’s mom didn’t have a name. But it turns out this little detail’s been hiding in plain sight for years!


February 11th, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking | 10 Comments

TragicManner recently sent me this:

CRefice and his team have made a very impressive translation of EarthBound.

Team Members:
CRefice (Translation, Hacking, Grafics)
Frarese (Translation)
Francy3100 (Translation, Beta testing)
Leomeme2401 (Beta testing)

CRefice has accomplished quite a bit of really cool stuff with this translation patch. He was the first to start using EB++ to facilitate a translation effort, he worked very closely with PKHack allstars like The_Kirby, MrTenda, H.S, and ShadowOne333 to make sure he had the latest and greatest fixes in his translation!

So if you want an example of a very technically impressive translation that overcomes a lot of the problems we’ve had with translations in the past, this is the one. The system behind printing articles, in particular, is very cool.

And here are some screenshots of the translation in action:

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You can get the latest patch here.

For clarification, a separate translation was released last year, but I’m not sure how the two projects differ. In any case, congratulations to everyone involved for pulling off a long, labor-intensive feat!


February 9th, 2016 | MOTHER 3, Rumors | 45 Comments


A few days back some rumors started swirling about MOTHER 3 being localized outside of Japan. I’ve gotten a lot of messages and questions since then, but I don’t know what’s going on with these rumors. I hope they’re accurate, but I haven’t seen anything to substantiate them on my end. I’m as interested about what happens next as you are.


January 31st, 2016 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 3 | 26 Comments

Last year, during the special MOTHER 2 event I assume, Nintendo Dream interviews Shigesato Itoi about a number of different topics, including MOTHER 3, the Nintendo 64 version of the game, fans outside of Japan, MOTHER 4, and more.

Nintendo Dream: I see. Even though Mother 3 hasn’t been released overseas yet, they know about Lucas from SSB…

Shigesato Itoi: But recently when I heard from foreign fans, they said they all have played Mother 3. They also learned the Japanese language too.

You can read a translated interview on Nintendo Everything here. I’d love to see the original Japanese interview too. If anyone knows where I can find a copy, lemme know!


January 29th, 2016 | EarthBound | 12 Comments

Nintendo is holding a sale on a lot of Wii U games, including EarthBound for the Virtual Console! For the next few days it’s reduced to $6.99 from its usual price of $9.99.



I don’t play my Wii U very much so I don’t know if it’s possible to gift games to friends. But if you can, this could be a good time to do it. If not, then it’s still a good time to buy the game if you haven’t already 😎


January 28th, 2016 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 4 Comments

A lot of music from EarthBound gets remade by fans, but one that I rarely hear is the spooky music from Happy Happy Village. But Steven Morris recently took a stab at it, with amazing results!

I shared this on EarthBound Central Live the other day, but it was just too good not to share here too. Check it out if you get a chance, and be sure to give the rest of his EarthBound covers a listen here!


January 27th, 2016 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Interviews | 7 Comments

A while back MrTenda sent me this e-mail:

Check this out, I stumbled upon a 2014 video interview with Hip Tanaka where he talked about a lot of various subjects, including a short portion about composing MOTHER 2’s music:

Hip Tanaka discusses some of the ideas and challenges behind making 16-bit music. He also discusses a lot of other subjects, including his connection with Pokemon, so you might want to check out the entire lecture!


January 26th, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking | 8 Comments

A while back, TragicManner sent me this e-mail about a new translation patch for EarthBound:

So, ShadowOne333 just finished his translation of EarthBound in LatAm Spanish the other day.

MrMontolio helped a little with translation, and the active community at PKHack has REALLY put in a lot of work on helping several completed and ongoing translations, especially MrTenda, H.S, and TheKirby.

Otherwise, ShadowOne333 put a TON of work into the project and has contributed to the ongoing translations of EarthBound, so he is pretty amazing for nearly doing this whole thing solo!

Here are some sample screenshots:

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EB_Mother_2004 EB_Mother_2002

And you can read about the translation and download the latest version here:

I’ve actually lost count of how many EarthBound translation patches there are now. The recent improvement of EarthBound hacking tools has helped make the process a billion times easier!


January 24th, 2016 | EarthBound, Videos | 2 Comments

A few months back, CineFix posted a video that remakes the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” entirely in EarthBound-style graphics. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out:

They’ve posted many more movies like this in game form – you can see them all here!


January 23rd, 2016 | EarthBound, Hacking, Videos | 1 Comment

Last Monday we held another EarthBound Central Live, but if you missed it, don’t worry! The archive is up on YouTube now:

We covered a ton of different topics and then played four different games. Here’s a basic list of the highlights, but check out the whole thing for lots more!

After all that, we played four different games!

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castle mother_005 bassfishing

We really need to learn how to play the bass fishing game, so I recently bought a boxed copy to help us out. Hopefully it’ll get here soon!

Anyway, if you missed out on the live stream but would like to attend future ones, here are some links that’ll send you in the right direction!




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