Master Belch + Mr. Saturn Plushes!
A new Kirby game was recently released, and one of Kirby’s powers involves ESP. Kirby’s appearance and the ability’s description clearly refer to Ness:
This isn’t the first time Kirby and EarthBound have teamed up, here’s an old video I made years ago:
Thanks to everyone who sent in info about this new connection!
A Japanese game music fan by the name of keN Matsu recently hooked up a MIDI keyboard to a Super Famicom and showed off what it can do. He uses it to play a bunch of different music samples from Super Famicom/Super NES games, including Super Mario World, Final Fantasy IV, MOTHER 2, and more:
After showing off the samples, he then re-creates actual songs from the game by playing multiple recordings at the same time! For quick reference the MOTHER 2 sounds start at 3:05, and the full MOTHER 2 song is at 5:41.
A possible EarthBound prototype sold on eBay UK yesterday for £200, which is about $350 in US dollars at the moment.
And here are the photos that were included:
This isn’t the first time something like this has popped up – another one also sold on eBay UK in 2009 for $584. I’m not sure if this is the same one or not, but the one in 2009 had EEPROM stickers while yesterday’s doesn’t.
Luckily a very personable Japanese collector bought this most recent EarthBound oddity and is hoping to check to see if the game is any different from the final retail version of EarthBound. He goes by RetroGameTV on Twitter and you can follow him here.
Here’s hoping we discover some mid-localization content on this mysterious artifact!
The guys at Fangamer recently flew to Japan for a company trip, and many Fangamer friends went along too, including good ol’ Stephen Georg (aka xfis). During the trip they visited the office of Shigesato Itoi’s company, Hobonichi. And, just as they were leaving, they encountered the man himself!
Itoi posted about the encounter on Twitter too:
Man, that Mr. Saturn…
The Smashified series recently updated with a video about Salsa from MOTHER 3! If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s about creating 3D Super Smash Bros-style trophies. The process of creating the 3D models is shown in fast-forward with a relevant audio discussion or interview plays. Anyway, here’s the Salsa trophy!
Other MOTHER-themed Smashified episodes include:
I’m always impressed with the quality of Smashified’s models and can’t wait to see more!
A group of passionate EarthBound fans has come together to produce a documentary about EarthBound Beginnings, its history, the prototype cartridges, the eventual official release, and more.
The title is “Mother to Earth” and the project looks genuinely impressive. The team has even lined up interviews with key individuals including the game’s head localizer and the people involved with the prototype’s leak in the late 1990s!
The documentary guys need help funding this endeavor, so they’ve created a small Kickstarter here:
A French fan translation of MOTHER 3 is set to be released on April 20, which will also mark the 10th anniversary of the game’s release in Japan. The team has put together a promo video for the translation:
The translation will be available here when the fated date arrives.
Last year was the first-ever Camp Fangamer, and it turned out to be an amazing, memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. So I was surprised when I found out that a Camp Fangamer 2016 is happening this July!
This year’s event is going to last for three days, one more than the last one. Tickets are available on Fangamer’s site here at a variety of levels – apparently you can even get something called a “Winternship”.
If you missed the 2015 Camp Fangamer, it had all your standard convention stuff – panels, a game room, guest speakers, vendors, and more. But it also featured an EarthBound theme, a goofy charity game show that lasted all weekend, and a strange, convention-wide story line that developed over the course of the weekend:
It was a ton of fun, surreal, and unlike anything I’ve experienced before. I suspect Camp Fangamer 2016 will feature a lot of the same creative energy that 2015 had, but with new twists of its own. I don’t know if a theme has been announced yet, but it looks like the story line is already beginning:
(don’t worry about the Kickstarter stuff, that was part of the story from a few weeks ago)
Poe and I expect to be there again this year too, so if you’re interested in Camp Fangamer 2016 check out the official site!
Tickets start at $85 for all three days and they include some more genuine “swag bags”!
- TanukiDan: I can’t wait to get it! Would you mind if I talked about it on my lame youtube once I get it?
- Lochy: This looks awesome. Hopefully I can buy it as an after christmas present for myself. What an absolute treat!
- Jeff Shot First: Can I just say wow. This is incredible. I loved the first book on Zelda, and this is something even more special. I cannot wait to...
- SaturnValley: Amazing! I love the 90’s aesthetic. This is perfect timing since I was planning on getting this for Christmas, really hope it...
- Kasumi: Or maybe it’s wordplay. EARTHBOUND FAN-atic rather than Earthbound Fanatic