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January 23rd, 2008 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge

A lot of people probably never noticed this, but very few of the items in EarthBound start with vowels. The reason being that this was an easy “fix” to the a/an/some problem, which would mostly be an issue when an item is found inside a gift box. But they screwed up and left some gift items with starting vowels.

Another such item is the rare Xterminator Spray. A full list of the items can be had here.

For the MOTHER 3 fan translation, I’m hoping we’ll be able to do things properly by adding a small hack to the game instead of using this lame cheating way that didn’t even work 100% for Nintendo’s localizers.

POLL: Did you ever notice this vowel thing with item names?

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11 Comments to No You Can’t Buy a Vowel

Alxprit said on Jan. 14, 2009

Wow, I never noticed that. The pool option pretty much sums up what I thought of that.

AbstractedThought said on Jan. 14, 2009

I first noticed it when I first found the Insignificant Item, but that was about my tenth time playing through the game.

wantslatioslots said on Feb. 23, 2009

Uggh, that always annoyed me to no end. D:

RickyFLDMS said on Mar. 28, 2009

For some reason I thought the article title said “No You Can’t Buy a Towel”

PSIchopath said on Jul. 12, 2009

Unrelated: My emulator doesn’t let me make game screens that small 🙁

MuthaTweeFan said on Jan. 11, 2010

Yes, I’m like the Sherlock Holmes of grammar.

Mother Bound said on Mar. 1, 2011

Well, I DID notice it the first time around, but I wouldn’t call myself Sherlock Holmes.

gg said on Jul. 5, 2011

I like EarthBound, but I haven’t played it.

Piksel said on May. 23, 2012

I AM SHERLYLOCK. No, just kidding. XD But, due to our teacher stuffing grammar down our throats, I caught quite a few of them.

M1Fan said on Sep. 19, 2012

in mother when i got anas hat i ate it

jinxkatty7 said on Oct. 28, 2012

I noticed it once but dismissed it. Afterwards it kinda escaped my mind. I dont mind that much. Anyways, im not a experienced programmer so I wouldn’t know how to get around that problem.


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