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June 23rd, 2014 | EarthBound, Images | 10 Comments

tan sent this to me a while back:

Not sure if this has been pointed out before, but in the movie “Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels” there is shot with a game box for “Father 5″. Maybe not that exciting, but I still thought it was pretty cool!?


Yep, looks like a “FATHER 5″ box but reversed or something!

This sort of parody seems to be pretty common in anime and manga, I think partly because the people creating these things now were kids when the game came out. Some other examples in include MOUSE 3, IMOUTO 2, and FATHER 2.


June 18th, 2014 | EarthBound 64 | 2 Comments

Here’s something I’ve never seen before – EarthBound mentioned in the employee sales binder thing that listed games available during the holiday season of 1995:


It’s not much, but EarthBound’s mentioned in there and it uses a sketched version of that swooshy Earth logo – something I’ve never seen before. And come to think of it, I think PoeTrader and I might’ve had the actual binder/folder that this came in at one point, but I’d never seen the documents inside it before. Neat!

Anyway, thanks to Evan B. of blog.pricecharting.com for sharing this!


June 15th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 30 Comments


For years Jeffman and I have worked on-and-off putting together the next version of the MOTHER 3 translation patch – mostly fixing existing bugs, glitches, typos, and such. Before releasing the new version 1.2 patch, though, we need to test it out all the way through to make sure stuff hasn’t broken… and I had an almost spur-of-the-moment idea to stream it live while testing it. So last night PoeTrader and I started doing just that!

A lot of viewers showed up and it turned into a cool Q&A sort of format while I also gave inside info and even pointed out things lots of people don’t notice and/or miss in the game. We spent about four hours going through Chapter 1 – you can see the archive here. It’s full of info and trivia and stuff!

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We’ll be streaming it over the next week or so I assume, until we’ve finished the game without encountering any issues. There’s no set schedule or anything, it’ll probably be a few hours each night, though, so if you wanna join in and ask questions or chat with others, the streaming will be here. I’ll also announce it on my Twitter before we go live, so you can follow me there for updates too. I’ll be archiving all the streams for reference in some for or another, so if you miss a stream, no worries.

I’m actually hoping we can get Jeffman in on the fun too – it’ll almost be like a translation reunion! He actually did a lot of hacking work for version 1.2 that fixes bugs and issues that were in the original Japanese game, like Duster’s battle sound stuff 8O

Also, as I mentioned a few times in last night’s stream, we’ll be publicly releasing translation tools and files around the same time as the version 1.2 patch, so that people who speak other languages can translate MOTHER 3 into their own language. The tools won’t work with every language, but I’m sure clever fans can figure out workarounds of their own or build off of our work.

We’ll also be releasing the assembly source code for the hacks, so that people who are curious about how the technical side of the project can scream in horror. And who knows, maybe it’ll allow intrepid programmer to help improve the programming even more down the road.

So, super-quick summary: gonna be testing the upcoming patch live on Twitch here over the next week or so, follow me on Twitter here and/or here to find out when it’ll be happening each night!

UPDATE: If you’ve missed any of the streams, I’ve been archiving all the videos and placing them on my YouTube account here: Link


June 10th, 2014 | Events, MOTHER 3, Videos | 107 Comments

Nintendo’s digital E3 event is today, and it kicked off with a joke about Reggie and fans wanting a MOTHER 3 translation:

The joke’s gotten a lot of mixed reactions from fans, it’s fascinating to watch! I’m still just amazed that the game was mentioned in any way 8O


June 9th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge | 5 Comments

A while back on Twitter, ChronoMoogle shared this scan of an old MOTHER 2 preview in an early 1993 issue of Hippon Super:


And here’s a quick translation of what it says:

Is Nintendo’s Eagerly-Awaited New Game Nearing a Release Date?

SFC MOTHER 2: Gyiyg’s Counterattack
*Nintendo *Release Date TBA *Price TBA

It’s been half a year since screenshots of MOTHER 2 were released. Many people are eagerly waiting for it, wondering when it’s going to hit store shelves. So we asked Nintendo about the game’s current development status.

“The current development status? Well, Mr. Itoi’s work is already complete. Programmer-level issues are all that remain now. Currently, it’s looking like it might be released in May or later, but there’s a chance it could be delayed even further.”

Interesting. It also sounds like some new details, along with a projected release date will be shared at the end of March. We’ll just have to wait for future updates.

(Caption) The main character rides a bicycle. What other kinds of vehicles will appear in the game?

MOTHER 2 had actually been in development for a long, long time, and it almost got cancelled at one point until Satoru Iwata took over the programming and saved the day.

This particular magazine piece was published in early 1993, which is about a year and a half before the game actually got released, so it was probably around this time that Iwata showed up to take over the programming duties.

In the screenshot itself we see Ness in Twoson, but this area of Twoson doesn’t seem to be in the final game. Some of the old beta screenshots often had Ness without a backpack, but it’s hard to tell from this scan if he has a backpack or not yet.

For more early screenshots and videos of MOTHER 2/EarthBound, check out the old previews here!


June 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, Itoi, Merchandise, MOTHER 3 | 13 Comments


Besides the Hobonichi Techo planners, Shigesato Itoi’s company also makes a popular brand of Japanese “belly warmers” in Japan. In fact, it sounds like his company is largely responsible for its renewed popularity in Japan.

Anyway, I don’t know much about Japanese belly warmers, except that they’re supposedly really good at regulating body temperature, so they’re great in the winter. I think they’re also considered fashion accessories? But apparently they’re also nice to use in the summer, as Itoi’s company is releasing a new line of “you can even wear these in the summer” belly warmers that have a Nintendo theme.

And, since this IS Itoi’s company, two of the new designs are from the MOTHER series!



For more Japanese info and pics, see here. It looks like limited ordering will start in July. I’m not really familiar with Hobonichi’s ordering system, but it looks like they might be available in the middle of August too in some other fashion, maybe Chewy can help elaborate. They look to cost 3,672 yen, or around $38, not factoring in shipping and other fees.

In any case, if you’ve ever wanted some really weird MOTHER series merchandise (aside from the out-of-the-blue MOTHER 2 iPhone case), this is your ticket! I’ll try to post more updates about this as the ordering dates approach. And if anyone reading this does eventually buy one, let me know!

Also, thanks to CAT for the tip!


June 3rd, 2014 | MOTHER 3 | 33 Comments

A reader named David sent this in:

Hey mato! I’ve been playing my Mother 3 repro English cart lately (Yes I got 1 from ebay…) Anyways, besides that topic I noticed that one of the zombies you have to fight in Chapter 2 looks like Ness!
Here’s a picture of Ness


And here’s a picture of the zombie (The 1 in the middle)


It might be a coincidence or a reference. But I noticed the shirt, the ripped hat, and even the pants looks like a zombified version of Ness! Maybe fans already spotted it out but I don’t know…And the other zombie (the one in the red dress) Might be a Hinawa reference, but I don’t think it is…

But that was my news, and 1st post!

I actually think the girl one is supposed to resemble Paula… but to be honest I’m not really sure if these are just coincidences or not. If not, then man, there sure are a lot of dead Nesses in the world of MOTHER 3!


May 28th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 7 Comments

Way back during the MOTHER 3 fan translation, I was always coming across lines of text that I never recognized or map locations that I never saw in the actual game. I’ve showcased some of these in past updates, and here’s a small bit to add to that list:

Thanks to birby100 for documenting these!

If you ever get bored and want to peek at MOTHER 3′s script, I posted the text blocks + accompanying map info here a few years ago. There’s stuff in there that might be new to you if you just browse around!


May 22nd, 2014 | Fan Games | 26 Comments

Cognitive Dissonance was an EarthBound-themed fan game made by otherhand a few years ago – and a super-duper enhanced version is coming out soon! Here’s a quick description of it:

In 198X, after the first defeat of the invaders, CogDis tells the story of a band of aliens who once protected the Apple of Enlightenment – a Mook, a Mr. Saturn, a Starman, and a UFO-piloting bug. They travel through space and time between the first two Mother games, interconnecting through their events through a focus on Giygas and his descent into madness.

And here’s the trailer for the upgraded version:

Whoa, that definitely looks upgraded over the original version. This 2.0 version will also feature a new soundtrack put together by a number of different people in the EarthBound community!

In fact, otherhand is still looking for more help with music and art, so if you’re interested in helping with this project, check out the forum thread here and the official site here!


May 20th, 2014 | Images, MOTHER 3 | 8 Comments

Peter Valencia has posted a video and screenshots of this 3D version of the sunflower fields from MOTHER 3!

You can check out more pictures here and see some of his other work (including EarthBound and Super Mario RPG stuff) here!



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