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September 11th, 2014 | EarthBound, Smash Bros., Videos | 51 Comments

During the night, the Internet exploded with videos and pics from the full version of Super Smash Bros. 3DS, including lots of EarthBound-related material. I haven’t had time to sit down and compile it all, but the big news is that Ness is in the game… as well as Magicant and a bunch of other stuff!

I’m hoping to get the game tomorrow and get all sorts of pics and videos of my own for EB Central. If you’d like to join in, I’ll be streaming it here if all goes well.

In the meantime, you can probably find a zillion images and videos and forum posts scattered all over the Internet – if you’d like to share any EarthBound-related ones in the comments, please do!


September 10th, 2014 | Images, Smash Bros., Videos | 24 Comments

A few days ago someone was like, “Hey, are you gonna stream Japanese Super Smash Bros. stuff?” and then I realized, “Hey, that comes out soon and I DO have a Japanese 3DS with capture stuff, that sounds like a cool idea!”

So yesterday I streamed some of the Japanese Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo with Poe and had a lot of fun with it. While playing, we encountered a couple EarthBound things, so I *had* to get screenshots of them for EB Central.

First is Mr. Saturn – here’s a look at him in the 3DS version:

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I also encountered the Franklin Badge a few times, but was too busy trying to get used to the 3DS controls to notice it at first. So these are the best screenshots I have for now :P

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Not much is accessible in the demo, but other players HAVE found a mention of a Starman in the game!


The text above says:

Enemy Character: Starman

An alien-like enemy that moves around using Teleport and fires PK Beams. If you’re hit by a PK Beam, you’ll be stunned for a brief moment.

Neat! The fact it uses a PK Beam means that it seems to be a MOTHER 1/EarthBound Zero-style of Starman:

As we’ve seen before the Devil Car from the first MOTHER game also seems to be in Super Smash Bros., so it looks like it’s getting some good representation!

Anyway, if you missed me streaming last night, I archive everything on my YouTube channel, so here’s where the Smash Bros. stuff starts:

Poe and I plan to stream the demo a bit over the next few days, then pick up the full Japanese version when it comes out. We’ll be playing it to have fun, and I’ll also live-translate a lot of the content for those who are interested. In particular, I hope to look for more EarthBound-related content, as well as Xenoblade stuff :D If you’re interested in joining in, follow me on Twitch to get notifications!

Also, if anyone here has a Japanese 3DS and is gonna get the game too, lemme know your info and maybe we can play against each other sometime!


September 8th, 2014 | Hacking, MOTHER 1 | 11 Comments

A couple years ago I released a program that randomizes and jumbles up the content in EarthBound so fans can play the game in entirely new ways (see here.)

People find it so much fun that now there’s a content randomizer for EarthBound Zero too, courtesy of BBGangZombie!

This program can randomly change a bunch of stuff in the NES EarthBound Zero ROM. For example, it will change enemies around and even give them new colors, names, and more!

Sometimes it REALLY makes enemies crazy!

It can also randomize NPC sprites and player sprites:

Item names and item boxes are randomized too:

There’s even a “Monkey Mode”, which will turn the heroes into a party of monkeys!

There’s more to this EarthBound Zero randomizer than just the above, so for more info and to download the latest version of the program, check here!

I’ve been streaming a bunch of randomized EarthBound, so I think I’ll probably stream some randomized EarthBound Zero sometime too – if you’re interested, my channel is here. Actually, if anyone streams or does some YouTube videos of this EB Zero randomizer stuff, let me know so I can check it out!


September 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 28 Comments

A few years ago I released a ROM patch that translates the MOTHER 1 part of the GBA MOTHER 1+2 release – you can check it out here.

After releasing it, I got a lot of questions about translating the MOTHER 2 side too, but I explained that it would take a LOT of time and work and that I’d prefer to let someone else take on the challenge.

For the past few years since that post, an EarthBound Central regular named Zunar has been slowly but steadily working on creating a patch for the MOTHER 2 portion of the game. There’s still a lot left to do, but he recently released a patch of what he has completed and a short video that shows it off:

You can follow the progress of his work here, and you can download the latest version of the patch there as well.

I assume he’ll have more little updates from time to time, so keep an eye on that forum thread for new versions as they get posted!


September 2nd, 2014 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 3 | Post a Comment


A while back I posted about a podcast titled, “Gentlemen Discussing Mother 3“. It was well-received, so I thought I’d mention that two more parts have been released!

Actually, I’m not sure why, but for some reason the podcasts aren’t playing on Chrome for me, but they work fine in Firefox. So if you have trouble getting them to play, try a different browser I guess.


August 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Events, Itoi | 10 Comments


Shigesato Itoi updated his site’s MOTHER section with a Mr. Saturn message about MOTHER 2’s 20th anniversary! Here’s a translation of the text, courtesy of good ol’ Chewy:

It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out.
…Are you happy?

・Yes → Me too.
・No → Be happy!!

(And Mr. Saturn proceeds to use untranslatable Japanese of course)

“Desu noda!”
(meaning in English: Nothing. It’s just two different options of what comes at the end of a sentence, put together for further gibberish.)

(Then there are some Mr. Saturn icons)

“Feel free to use these icons in your Twitter profile to celebrate the anniversary.”

Chewy continues by saying:

Itoi has changed his to a cute pink version of this drawing, which he drew. (You can see his Twitter here.)

Then there are links to Hobonichi’s two new official EarthBound products this year, the Hobonichi Techo cover and the Mr. Saturn haramaki belly warmer.

Feel free to match Itoi on Twitter! And wish MOTHER 2 a happy birthday.

Man, 20 years later and the dude’s still doing stuff with MOTHER 2! If you want to say hi to him or wish him thanks, you can tweet at him here.


August 25th, 2014 | Images, MOTHER 1, Rumors, Smash Bros. | 33 Comments

A couple readers have sent in some pictures of the Devil Car enemy from MOTHER 1/EarthBound Zero as it apparently appears in the upcoming Smash Bros. games. I don’t know the source of these or if they’re even legitimate, but I thought I might share them anyway since they look pretty cool regardless:

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In EarthBound Zero, this name was actually localized to “PsychoCar” to avoid the devil reference. So if this is legitimate, it’s interesting to see it being reverted. How the times change!


August 21st, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 29 Comments

I’ve posted before about how the flagship item that Shigesato Itoi’s company sells is a planner. One of the neat things about his planners is the amount of customization and the number of options available.

For example, one of the recently-announced covers for the newest planner is targeted directly at EarthBound/MOTHER 2 fans:


Here’s an official description of it:

This very special cover is modeled after Shigesato Itoi’s 1994 Super Nintendo game, MOTHER 2 (EarthBound in North America). The design features the townscape of Onett, including the scenic Beak Point on the west side of town. The cover interior and bookmark charms are bright yellow, the bookmark strings are green, and the pen holders feature Onett’s forest and sea. The cover showcases all the bright colors of the game to make you feel as if you’re sitting in front of a Super Nintendo, and included with every cover is a red Mr. Saturn pencil board.

Customizing these planners is such a big deal that you can actually buy full-size books about all your options – here’s a peek at the section about this MOTHER 2 stuff, in fact:


I don’t think these Onett planner covers are available for order yet, but as soon as I have more info I’ll post it here on EarthBound Central.

As always, good old Chewy is involved with much of this stuff, since she works closely with Itoi and his company on this stuff. I bet she’s been sitting on this particular secret forever :P

Update: These will become available on August 31st, and yes, you can order them from outside of Japan. When August 31 rolls around, be sure to visit this site for more info on the new releases.


August 19th, 2014 | MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2 | 10 Comments

Longtime fans of Starmen.Net and/or EarthBound Central probably recall the name Stephen Georg/xfis – he’s the guy behind so many amazing EarthBound projects over the years. He was even part of Fobbies Are Borange, which was a radio play of EarthBound, as well as the EarthBound Zero spinoff, Loids Are Not Christmas.

The thing about Loids Are Not Christmas was that Stephen hadn’t really played EarthBound Zero/MOTHER 1 much… yet he decided to voice the main character, leading to some crazy story progression 8O

That was years and years ago, though, so now he’s finally tackling the game using my MOTHER 1+2 fan translation patch! You can follow his entertaining journey of discovery here:

(view on Youtube)

While sort of on the subject, if you’ve ever wanted to get into MOTHER 1 or if you’ve wanted to get into the MOTHER series but don’t really know where to start, I made some pages a while back that might help:

Basically, watch and read all the things!


August 13th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 7 Comments


A few weeks ago I posted about some of the latest – and very unexpected – MOTHER 2 merchandise: Mr. Saturn belly warmers!

To try to help explain what these are, why Itoi’s company is selling them, and how to order them, good ol’ Chewy made a page full of info:

If you’re on the fence because you’re worried it won’t fit, I’ll just say that I’ve tried one on myself and it fit just fine – it really IS sturdy, stretchy material.

It also sounds like these aren’t going to be around forever, so if you’re into collecting MOTHER series merchandise, now is your chance to get a bizarre item to add to your collection. If you’re reading this in the future and it’s not for sale anymore, you should use a time machine to come back to summer 2014.



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