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April 22nd, 2008 | EarthBound 64, Itoi

I was browsing some of my really old files and came across this. July 27, 1999 was the 10th anniversary of MOTHER’s release in Japan, and fans at the biggest Japanese MOTHER fan site were celebrating. Even Shigesato Itoi himself dropped by to say a real quick something. Sadly, it looks like the site (MOTHER Nippooon) no longer exists anymore 🙁 Anyway, here is what he said, translated into English.

DATE:99/07/27 04:24
Title:This may be breaking the rules, but…

Coming to this board like this may be breaking the rules in a sense, but please let me say something just this once.

Not even I, myself, was aware that July 27th was MOTHER’s birthday. I just happened to learn that this site was celebrating its anniversary, so I’ve come here with feelings of gratefulness.

MOTHER 3 is also coming along nicely now. Just like every other time, it’s taking a long time to come out. This one has quite a different “taste” than MOTHER 1 and 2, so it might not go over well with long-time fans. But I think it may be the very best one in terms of sheer excitement. But, I’m always worried, of course.

A playable version of the game is planned for an August game expo, whose name escapes me at the moment. It’s a bit of a dilemma, because a lot of time will be spent focusing on the demo and not the game. But I think it will show how things are.

I’m considering possibly releasing screenshots, sound clips, and the like little by little at some point in time on Hobonichi. I humbly ask for your patience and understanding, even if you’re not fond of how things are turning out.

I don’t have proof, but this has been Shigesato Itoi.

It’s interesting how he did wind up releasing stuff little by little 7 years later. Luckily, I think most old fans of the series liked the GBA version of 3 a lot too. I can understand why he would say that, though. It’s definitely different from the other two in many ways.

POLL: If you saw this post on a message board, would you have believed it was really Itoi?

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15 Comments to Itoi Speaks From 9 Years in the Past

Poe said on Jan. 12, 2009

Ah, that’s so cool! I’m glad that Itoi tries to interact with his fans sometimes.

Tsukihime said on Jan. 14, 2009

That’s wicked that he’d take the time out to tell us that.

I was split on saying whether or not I would believe it, but after putting thought in the matter, I think I would.

Katon said on Jan. 22, 2009

I think I’d believe him just by his way of speaking. If someone was going to fake being Itoi, they’d do something more ridiculous, or more impacting than just saying hello. 🙂

DarkLink9393 said on Feb. 18, 2009

I gotta say that poll is total BS. If I just came onto a random website about Earthbound and made a comment like that saying that I was Itoi, almost everyone would think I was lying.

Dimento said on Feb. 19, 2009

Wow, this is amazing.

I’m not sure if ths was REALLY him, but if it was, I truely believe that he still cares for the Earthbound/MOTHER series.
That’s awesome.

Sconner said on Feb. 20, 2009


Burt said on Mar. 14, 2009

Yeah, Itoi has a very recognizable way of speaking. Sounds weird, I know, but that’s why I voted yes.

R7038XX said on Mar. 27, 2009

Regardless if you believe it or not, you have to appreciate the sentiment.

oinkyescommander said on Jun. 28, 2009

He attacks in the past to affect the future… like GIYGAS!

EarthBoundEnigma said on Jul. 14, 2009

The same way Brawl fans would recognize a Sakurai-ism anywhere, so can you recognize the words of Itoi. This seems legitimate, but take it at face value.

Mato said on Jul. 26, 2009

But everyone has a special way of writing.

d00p said on Jul. 27, 2009

Heh, I probably wouldnt beleve it, but tahnk them for the message.

Chiz-it5 said on Aug. 21, 2009

Well… I hope vrey much that this is true is all I can say.

Drowzee64 said on Aug. 25, 2009

Yup, he certainly words things like Itoi.

Billy Shears said on Nov. 26, 2009

oh darling itoi


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