Some More EarthBound on Wii U Tidbits
H.S has posted some new screenshots from the upcoming hack that recreated MOTHER 1 using the EarthBound ROM, and they’re looking really good! These ones showcase some of the enemies as they’ll appear in their proper areas of the game!
Amazing stuff, as always!
If you’d like to keep up with the project’s progress, follow the forum thread here!
The newest rewards for Club Nintendo were recently announced, and this time they’re digital-only goodies. And Nintendo has made EarthBound one of those rewards!
I’ve never really participated in the Club Nintendo stuff so I don’t know much about the difference between Gold and Platinum levels and all that. All I know is that a lot of fans seem upset that the rewards are digital-only outside of Japan, but it’s cool to see EarthBound up there with a bunch of other big-name, classic games
Marcus Lindblom has updated his project’s site with some more EarthBound memories and inside information!
First up, he discusses a lot of the changes in the game, including the reasoning behind the bar-to-cafe change, the creation of the English Mr. Saturn font, those weird little extra lights on Dr. Andonuts’ lab, and more! Read his comments on these topics here!
More recently, Marcus updated with some comments by Nico about EarthBound – as you’ll recall, Nico was Marcus’ daughter who was born during the game’s localization, and he included a neat little reference to her name in the game. She hadn’t really played EarthBound until now, though, so check out what she has to say here!
Marcus’s Kickstarter for his latest game project is still going, so if you’d like to learn more and possibly contribute to it, go here!
Thanks for sharing all this neat stuff with us, Marcus!
Some new official MOTHER 2 merchandise was recently announced – five different “Stand Figures” that are being released later this year! The figures include:
- Mr. Saturn
They’re apparently large in size (2 to 2.5 inches in height it sounds like) and come with the MOTHER 2 logo on their stands. They’re meant to celebrate MOTHER 2′s 20th anniversary, which is next year.
It sounds like these will cost about 300 yen each – I assume they’re meant to be sold in capsule toy machines, but everywhere I look in Japanese and in English it sounds like you can preorder them without any markup, so I’m not 100% sure yet. It sounds like they’ll be available in October or November, though, so keep your eyes peeled!
If you don’t live in Japan, you’ll still have plenty of options to buy them, I’m sure. Places like the Amazon Marketplace, eBay, NCSX, Play-Asia, and more will surely have them for a while.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who sent in info about these!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of MOTHER 1′s release in Japan (and thus the start of the MOTHER series itself!), and to celebrate, some of the guys at Starmen.Net have started a special MOTHER Fanfest!
It’s going to continue for the rest of the month, so if you’ve already missed a few days, no worries – check out all the goodness here.
At long last, version 1.2 of the MOTHER 3 fan translation is out! You can download it from the fan translation site here. Here’s what’s new:
- A number of minor, rare bugs have been fixed
- A few rare typos and other text issues have been fixed
- Some bugs present in the original Japanese game have been fixed
- Script text encoding has been undone
- Duster’s sound battle sounds play properly – the original game had some problems with this
- And probably some lesser stuff that’s been forgotten over time
If you’ve played a previous version of the translation patch, this version won’t seem very different at all, but it felt like it was time to release what we had rather than sit on our fixes and improvements forever.
On top of that, we’ve also released a set of files and tools that fans can use to translate the game into other languages! You can download the tools and read all the documentation here.
It’s important to note that these tools have limitations and aren’t user friendly. So be sure to read through the documentation first!
Also, if you missed any of the MOTHER 3 v1.2 testing/live translation notes/celebration extravaganza, you can see all the archived videos on Twitch here or on my YouTube account here:
We had some cool guests join us for a few of the days, so if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the translation or know more about obscure stuff in the game, check it out!
EarthBound’s head localizer, Marcus Lindblom has begun to share some of his thoughts and experiences working on EarthBound! He has two posts up in the “updates” section of his game’s Kickstarter:
- A quick introduction
- His brush with the dangerous and partial real-life inspiration for the Happy Happyists
Marcus has more articles planned for the coming days and weeks, so keep an eye on his game’s Kickstarter page here! There, you can also see info and videos about his company’s latest game – if you’re interested, consider backing his project too!
Good ol’ Marcus Lindblom is still up to his gaming antics – it’s been like almost 20 years since he worked on EarthBound’s localization but he’s still in the industry! He has his own game company now, Carried Away Games, and he’s just put up a Kickstarter for his latest creation, The Robot Apocalypse!
(See more info here)
Marcus has been such an awesome, gracious guy over the years, interacting with EarthBound fans and sharing memories of the project and such that I really want to see his latest endeavour succeed, even though it itself isn’t EarthBound-related.
…Or is it???
If you’ll recall, a few months back Marcus was planning to do a book about his experience working on EarthBound, but Nintendo shot the idea down. So, since that’s a no-go, he’s decided to share that wealth of information over the next few days and weeks online, sort of as a side-project that will run parallel to his game’s Kickstarter.
The info will be free for all to see, and I think he plans to start in a few days. I’m not exactly sure where he’s going to post them, so keep an eye on his Kickstarter updates here, and while you’re there, consider backing his game It sounds like his first EarthBound update might be about his run-ins with the real-life Japanese cult that inspired the Happy Happyists in EarthBound!
There’s even more, though! As you might recall, back when Marcus was working on EarthBound, his daughter Nico was born. Nintendo was cool and let him add a reference to her into the Magicant part of the game:
The thing is, she’s never played the game herself before… until now! It sounds like Nico is going to play the game now and give her own thoughts about the game too, which sounds pretty cool: a girl who appears in EarthBound, born during EarthBound’s localization, is finally playing the game she appears in! Marcus will be updating with Nico’s thoughts and impressions, which should be really neat.
But wait, there’s EVEN MORE!
Back in November we held the EarthBound Bash down here in Tucson, Arizona, and Marcus was the guest of honor. While he was here, I also lent him a cartridge version of the MOTHER 3 fan translation so that he could finally try it out if he wanted. Here he is trying it out during the Bash, in fact:
Anyway, he hasn’t gotten very far into it yet, but he’s planning to play through MOTHER 3 now and share his thoughts on parts of it! That’s like, the craziest, most awesome honor I could ever ask for So I really look forward to seeing how he might react to certain things, or possibly hearing about how he thinks some content might’ve been changed back in the old days.
Again, I’m not 100% sure where he’s going to post this, so just keep an eye on his game’s Kickstarter here over the next few days/weeks, since it sounds like he’ll post the info and/or links somewhere there.
Whew! So much stuff! Basically, Marcus is a cool dude who’s brought a lot of awesomeness into our lives, so let’s return the favor and do the same for him! Check out his game here and consider backing it, even if it’s just a few bucks
A few years back, OKeijiDragon started working on a documentary video series about big-name video games that wound up canceled. The first video was to be about MOTHER 3 (particularly the Nintendo 64 version)… and the 2012 work-in-progress version of the video is now available for all to see!
The video is really information-dense and uses on-screen text rather than a narrator, so it’s a neat blend of a standard written article and multimedia stuff. There are a lot of little details in here that fans might not know about, so give it a watch sometime and learn more about the version of MOTHER 3 that was never released!
A follower on Twitter showed me this really-long MOTHER 3 Medley on YouTube very recently, check it out!
Man, it’s over 50 minutes? That must’ve taken a long time to put together! It’s nice and easy to listen to, though, so thanks to Mr. Orchestra for making it!
If you’d like to get an MP3 version, you can download it from here!
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