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May 13th, 2015 | EarthBound, Events | 1 Comment

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The RPG Limit Break 2015 charity stream is taking place right now as I type this. They’ve speedrunning lots of RPGs for a while now – here’s some more info:

RPG Limit Break is a charity speedrunning marathon being held in Salt Lake City, UT. Speedrunners from across the US, Canada, and Australia have gathered to crush role-playing games and support charity. RPG Limit Break is partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a US-based charity which advocates for the mentally ill and provides support services for individuals and families living with mental illness.

During the event, we’re encouraging you to donate directly to NAMI. By donating, you can vote with your wallet to name characters or to get speedrunners to complete difficult challenges. You can also become eligible to win prizes donated by community members. Your donations will go to both the national organization and the UT-based chapter of NAMI, supporting programs focused on teens and young adults.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was founded in 1979 as a grassroots organization focused on making better lives for those with mental illness. Through the use of education, advocacy, and research, NAMI aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and bring hope to those in need.

Later today at around 2:00 PM Pacific Time, AndyPerfect is going to be doing a glitchless EarthBound speedrun. He’s currently the world record holder for EarthBound – he’s completed it in 3 hours and 57 minutes (video here) in the past, so this should be a real sight to behold today! Check it out if you can!

 

May 12th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3, Videos | 8 Comments

Yesterday was Monday, which meant another weekly installment of EarthBound Central Live! We held a live stream on Twitch and discussed all sorts of EarthBound news, shared submissions that people have sent in, chatted about all sorts of interesting topics, and then played two EarthBound hacks! EarthBound’s localization director also made a spooky appearance and surprised us all!

If you missed it, you can see it on YouTube here:

Or, if you’re a podcast sort of person, here’s an MP3 version of the video, although no cuts or edits have been made and since it’s a very visual thing you might miss out on a lot.
For your convenience, here’s a list of the highlights, but I’d recommend watching/listening to it all sometime if you can:

News & Discussion

EarthBound Hack fun!

Whew! A lot sure happened last night! If you’d like to join in on future EarthBound Central Live streams, here are some ways to follow and find more info!

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May 11th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Videos | 8 Comments

By now, most EarthBound fans know of the many instances of references, samples, and inspirations that EarthBound’s musicians used to create the game’s music. I still receive a lot of new findings from fans, and here’s a recent one from Andy D.:

Hi Tomato,

Recently I came across an old Our Gang short on TV and found what I’m pretty confident is the origin of the EB store theme. The short is called “Love My Dog”. I’ve uploaded the relevant portion to Youtube- here is the link:

I noticed another cool little sound thing from the Onett arcade theme, where one of the sound effects is taken from the Nintendo arcade game sheriff. I’ve got links up in this reddit post I made a few days ago.

That’s all – just thought you’d be interested in this! Love your site, especially the sound/music portion. Keep up the good work!

When it comes to these music references/inspirations, I’m usually pretty skeptical, but there are some absolutely clear similarities this time around. There’s even a little dog! I’m not much of a musician, though, so if you have any insight, please share in the comments!

 

May 10th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 8 Comments

On YouTube, Beta64 recently posted a 20-minute video showing off a number of beta and unused elements in EarthBound / MOTHER 2:

A lot of the stuff might be common knowledge if you hang around EB Central often, but maybe there’s stuff in there that’s new to you! I don’t agree with all of the assumptions and claims the video makes (butterflies as enemies, for example), but I’m glad that all this info is in one compact video now! Thanks, Beta64!

 

May 9th, 2015 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 13 Comments

About four years ago I posted about why I translated the MOTHER 1 side of MOTHER 1+2 but not the MOTHER 2 side – basically, MOTHER 2 and EarthBound have a really messy text system that would’ve taken me forever to untangle.

Jeffman’s been plugging away at the problem for the past few years, though, and finally things are looking up!

If you recall, I did a basic menu translation for the MOTHER 2 half of MOTHER 1+2, which means the text looked and sounded like this:

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But here’s how things are looking with Jeff’s new work:

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As you can see, it’s starting to look just like EarthBound!

But Jeff needs help, though. Lots of help. He needs people to go through every line of the MOTHER 2 script, untangle things, and then replace the text with EarthBound’s text in EarthBound’s format. There’s a LOT of text, so that’s where fans come in.

Jeff’s made a nice little program to make things understandable. Here’s an example:

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If you’re interested in helping Jeff out with his MOTHER 2 translation hack, head here! You can also check out the project’s github here!

 

May 7th, 2015 | Merchandise, MOTHER 1 | 12 Comments

Takara Tomy has been releasing all sorts of MOTHER 2-related merchandise over the past year or two, including MOTHER 2 figurines and MOTHER 2 straps.

Well, the time has come at last for MOTHER 1 to get some capsule toy love – starting this August in Japan, you’ll be able to get MOTHER 1 figure straps too!

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There’s not much info on these yet, except that they’ll be available starting in August in Japan and will have six different types to collect:

  • Ninten
  • Ana
  • Lloyd
  • Teddy
  • Pippi
  • Starman

Since this news is still very early – I think the info releases yesterday – there aren’t any import shops that offer to sell them to fans overseas, but as I find out more I’ll share info here on EarthBound Central.

Here’s also hoping that if they’re going to do MOTHER 2 and MOTHER 1 stuff, that they’ll do MOTHER 3 stuff too someday!

 

May 5th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 3, Rumors, Smash Bros. | Post a Comment

Last night was the second EarthBound Central Live stream on Twitch! If you missed it, you can find it here on Twitch or here on YouTube:

We discussed recent EarthBound news, shared a lot of submissions from fans, checked out the fan-made MOTHER 4 trailer from a few months ago, talked about EarthBound posters on eBay, chatted about ROM patches that un-censor EarthBound, an iffy Smash Bros. pic about an official MOTHER 3 translation release date, and lots more!

Then we did some fun Q&A with the chatters before we started playing a classic EarthBound hack: Quest of Hat!

I’m tentatively planning to do these EarthBound Central Live streams on Mondays, probably in the late afternoon-to-night range. If you want to join in, follow one of these for more info / to get notified when the streams start!

 

April 30th, 2015 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Hacking, MOTHER 1 | 21 Comments

I shared this during the last EarthBound Central live stream, but it’s awesome enough that I want to share it here on the site too!

Basically, the EarthBound Zero / MOTHER 1 remake hack for the EarthBound ROM is making significant progress, and vince94 recently did a custom version of Pollyanna for the hack, using EarthBound’s music engine. It turned out amazing:

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This is too good! I bow to you, vince94!

EDIT: The basic arrangement was inspired by a remix by Nelward Music on YouTube, which you can check out here!

 

April 29th, 2015 | EarthBound, Manga | 6 Comments

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Over the past few years, EBrent and SaturnStorm have been translating a lot of MOTHER series manga and doujinshi – and a new release is out! This one is called “Whiteberry” or “White Berry” and contains an EarthBound-themed comedy story and an EarthBound-themed romantic story.

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You can find out more and download the translation on EBrent’s tumblr post here!

 

April 26th, 2015 | EarthBound, Videos | 7 Comments

For years and years I’ve wanted to do a regular online show that would cover the latest EarthBound news, have Q&A sessions, and more. And yesterday I finally did it!

You can check out the first experimental EarthBound Central live episode on Twitch here, or on my YouTube channel here:

It was kind of impromptu and without early warning, so here’s a summary of what happened!

Poe and I casually discussed a lot of the recent EarthBound/MOTHER news, like Ness Amiibos, the Lucas DLC in Smash Bros., the recent Portuguese translation of EarthBound, and more.

We also shared a lot of the submission e-mails in my backlog, so if you send something in but it doesn’t get posted on this site, I’ll probably share it on these live shows, so don’t worry!


We then had a fun Q&A session with the fans in the chat (topics included EarthBound 64, the difficulty for some to get into MOTHER 1, the upcoming EarthBound convention, and more). We also shared art and videos that chatters sent in during the stream!

Then we ended the stream by playing the early part of the Portuguese fan translation of EarthBound!

In all, it was a fun little experiment and I hope to make it a more regular thing here on EB Central. We don’t have a set schedule or anything yet, but if you’d like to drop by a future one, you can follow me on one of these things:

In future shows, besides Q&A and news discussion, I hope to continue cutting into the submission backlog as well as play new hacks each time. Come stop by sometime if you’re hungry for EarthBound/MOTHER series fun!

 

 

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