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January 30th, 2008 | EarthBound, Hacking, MOTHER 1

So today marks one year since I started my EarthBound 0 remake hack blog. It’s really scary to think that a whole year has passed. It seems like just yesterday I was really excited to start work on the project, so much that it was hard to sleep because my head was swimming with all kinds of ideas about how to do this and that and how to make this and that work.

But nope, it’s been a year. This particular project is different from most, though. It’s what I call a pet project, meaning it’s more like something I’m doing for myself rather than for an audience. As a result, it might not ever be finished, I might get bored with it, or it could take 50 years, who knows. I’m only really doing it because I love to tinker with the EarthBound ROM, it’s always been a good stress reliever.

But with MOTHER 3 taking precedence, I haven’t even touched any of my EB0 project since probably March 2007. It’s to the point that I’m worried I might have to rewrite all my tools from scratch, since I no longer have detailed knowledge of how they work and what more needed to be done. This, of course, also affects the EarthBound Translation side project that naturally branched off of the EB0 thing. So that might need to be redone from scratch too. So bleh. I don’t think I’ll be working on the EB0 project again for a very long time. If I’m lucky, maybe late this year. If not, then who knows. Oh well.

I’m hoping that by the time I *do* start on the project again, some better tools will have been created by other people. The old music editor was VERY user-unfriendly, and the various map editors… Let’s just say they annoy the poo out of me incredibly, and they’re a huge reason the project stopped suddenly 🙁

Anyway, many people probably don’t realize it, but there ARE very early IPS patches available for download. The latest one is here, it looks like. Check it out (expand your ROM to 6 MB first though?) if you’re bored. Or just check out the latest videos I have here:

Going to Cemetery, Saving Pippi

General screwing around with my in-game debug tool

Also, here are some MP3s from some of the new, hacked music. Much of it is still WIP, but it’s still neat 😀

After MOTHER 3, I might start a real blog similar to that project’s, but for this remake hack instead. I think people would enjoy it more. But let’s see if I can stay sane long enough first.

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21 Comments to EarthBound Zero Remake

Smash Bass said on Jan. 16, 2009

I think it would be good to provide the link to the blog, since the one here is broken.


Apparently now i understand what’s up with that ghostly Mr. Saturn. 😀

XX Stone said on Jan. 17, 2009

Well, if anyone has the drive to do it, you do Mato.

GoldenEevee said on Jan. 21, 2009

You gonna revive this someday? Cause I really want to enjoy a remake! I may even help you with maps if you like, I recommend you use JHacks map editor, because it’s easier to use, and less glitchy!

Millhouse said on Feb. 5, 2009

Oh lord I hopr this gets finished some day…

Blake Main said on Feb. 15, 2009

Please finish this. PLEASE. I had a dream about mother 1 being remade into earthbound snes graphics, and i stumbled here. Please, and I am begging you to finish this. I really don’t even care if it takes 2 years to finish like the mother 3 translation, i just want to see mother 1 remade with the best depth of detail that the original game was restricted to due to the NES’s limited sound channels and video presentation. The giegue battle was SCREAMING “Hey, i want to be the freakiest boss battle in any game of my time.” They eventually did it with earthbound and (the original, unused) mother 3 final battle.

You will be my hero.

W. I . G said on Feb. 22, 2009

Lol i can see the wall glitch in so many places

PK Scatman said on Apr. 29, 2009

…Somehow looks like part the game was a hack of earthbound 1

Marth231 said on May. 1, 2009

Do I patch the EarthBound Zero rom or the EarthBound rom? It looks like a patch for Earthbound.

I love this said on May. 18, 2009

I love this, please get it done sometime.

Wafffo said on Jan. 12, 2010

i dont really like the Pollyanna remake, but the rest is awesomesauce

Mr. Saturn said on Mar. 10, 2010

Hmm. I look forward to playing this.

Wafffo! said on Mar. 14, 2010

what was i saying?! its all awesome!

Airstriker2000 said on Jul. 13, 2010

I cant what till this is done

TheZunar123 said on Apr. 15, 2011

Don’t ask me where it came from, but I suddenly have the motivation to work on this. I’m not Mato (of course), but I want to help him out a bit.

TheZunar123 said on Apr. 18, 2011

Mato: …and the various map editors… Let’s just say they annoy the poo out of me incredibly…

Me: So that means you only have Ness, Paula, and Jeff in your party?

gg said on Jul. 5, 2011

Voted 3 because I don’t play roms

Shaun said on Aug. 21, 2011

You know…This would make a good hack.Continue it please!

I am an my knees right now,Begging you Mato.Please.

CMvE said on Aug. 24, 2012

If this game remains unfinished, I’m going to die out of

a said on Aug. 24, 2012

Tomato quit working on it, but now other people are.

M1 Fan said on Sep. 11, 2012

Never Quit This! Never Give Up! This Is Tomato The Best RomHacker I Know! You Can Defenently(Spellt Wrong Sorry) Finish This

eruditebound said on Oct. 12, 2012

I have a feeling that this wil come out five years later or never whatever I like the nes version better no offense


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