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August 22nd, 2008 | Images, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3

Saw this on the forums, buried in an art topic. I can’t believe how well-done these mockups are. The attention to insane detail rivals my own, which is why at first I was stunned for half a second while I tried to figure out how they stole all our hack code to even get the fonts and positions just right 😛 Seriously, even the part where a manual line break had to be put before Ninten’s name in the cactus screen would’ve been necessary if this was really real. Incredible.

Anyway, these are just mock pictures, showing how EarthBound Zero might look like if recreated using MOTHER 3-style stuff.

pippyshero_small.png podunkzoo_small.png
vsstarmanjr_small.png gabagecankid_small.png
singingcactus_small.png vsstarmanblue_small.png

Simply amazing 😯

Sadly, the MOTHER 3 ROM is way way unsuited for major hacks of this level. EarthBound is actually nice and flexible (albeit programmed strangely), but MOTHER 3, without a doubt, would be much much harder to hack to make new things. I really hope maybe someday Itoi or someone will see these and be like “whoaaaa” and then actually make this happen. Damn that would be awesome.

I think the closest this could ever come to reality (besides Nintendo actually making it) would be something like an RPG Maker version, and there’s already a good EB0 RPG Maker remake in the works. Though a version that looked like these pics would be a 100% incredible awesome thing to have.

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42 Comments to Mock MOTHER 1 in MOTHER 3 Form

Potato said on Jan. 11, 2009

Toast is working on one.

satsy said on Jan. 11, 2009

It’d be interesting, that much can be said for it. But I’m also interested in starting a project like this, only not using existing tiles from M3. It’d take forever, but I don’t CARE! 😉

The only thing I’m stumbling on right now is the code. I know how the GBA recognises graphics now (and the 6 modes), so I can work on graphical tiles to use for… well, everything. But main coding I’ve still no clue at the moment. That’ll be fun! I’ve a good handle on the mechanics, and what sort of mechanics and triggers would work (I considered maybe having a ‘speedrun’ feature that allows you to see how long you’ve been playing, but that’d be more for a DS feature).

Watch this not happen now. ;P

Smash Bass said on Jan. 11, 2009

To add more to Potato’s comment, Toast and his team are working in a fangame, the Earthbound Zero Remake, and they eventually adopted M3’s style. I think this would be the closest alternative to an official remake; the mapping looks professional.

Of course, I would do anything to get an official remake is one is ever released. 😀

gBev said on Jan. 12, 2009

This is the preview video for Toast’s remake:

Kirby Phelps (PK) said on Feb. 11, 2009


HossTehMaster said on Feb. 17, 2009

remake inside!

But seriously this looks awsome I’ve dreamed about mother and 2 looking like this.

Millhouse said on Feb. 19, 2009

The sad thing about those RPG maker games is that RPG maker is a bit too unflexible for things like the psychedelic backgrounds, the music battle system, and so on.
Game Maker could work, though. There’s a Mother 4 game by Chaisu that looks EXTREMELY promising, and I’ve been assured that the custom GM engine is VERY close to the Mother 3 original. Maybe, just maybe, that engine might be released as a framework for a GML based Mother-game-maker
Millhouse prayed from the bottom of his heart.

Mend said on Feb. 19, 2009

Where might you find this stuff, ’cause I’d really like to play them if possible….

HossTehMaster said on Feb. 20, 2009

Someone is making a Mother4? I’m going have to check that out sometime.

Flint said on Feb. 21, 2009

These look really amazing but they failed in that they didn´t check Pipi´s official clay model for her sprite.

HossTehMaster said on Feb. 21, 2009

Pipi had a clay model?

Mr. Nosy said on Mar. 2, 2009

I am one of the 84% who Really-REALLY wath this (especially with the sound battle system)…

sticktendo said on Mar. 13, 2009

When will Toast even update the blog again about it?

Gooeyheat said on Apr. 7, 2009

Waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait WAIT.
Starmen in a different pose? That alone makes this amazing.

gwalms said on Apr. 14, 2009

I would rather have EB0 in Earthbound style. I think Mother 3 was made in its style to fit its different mood, location, and enemy. The GBA has the same graphics capabilities as the SNES, so if they had wanted to, they could have made EB look like mother 3 when they made it. On the other hand, EB0 was limited by the NES, and has a more similiar style to EB than to Mother 3. But thats just my ten cents (we need to get rid of the penny).

nickfitch said on May. 2, 2009

Who’s the douchebag who said Nooooooooooooooooooo

Metakirby14 said on Jun. 2, 2009

This is pure epicness in a sweet, sugar coated hack ofv a great Japanese game.

conn3r said on Jun. 12, 2009

this isnt a mock of it some people are making a downloadable mother 1 remake for the pc 😀

kamuikurou said on Jul. 13, 2009

I hope it comes out fast I want it nom nom nom…
But not really, I just finished EB0 last month, so I can wait for a year or two =)

aipe said on Jul. 15, 2009

It just isn’t the same as the original

Pyroguy42 said on Jul. 20, 2009

ZOMG WANT DEMO This thing is awesome

Steve! said on Oct. 5, 2009

If one came out I would buy it in a heartbeat

Marc said on Dec. 17, 2009

I want This! :B

liltydude said on Jan. 14, 2010

Oh wow these look amazing

mr.yoshiboy64 said on Jan. 30, 2010


DCH said on Apr. 12, 2010

This game should be on the Nintendo DS system and the game is called “Earthbound: The First”. I want to play really badly because I never play an Earthbound game.

Lucas said on Oct. 7, 2010

The graphics of this remake are more badass than the graphics of the nes version.

Lucas said on Oct. 10, 2010

Anybody who came up with this should show itoi this and maybe will inspire him to remake mother 1+2 using everything he used while delveloping nother 3 and also localize it to the U.S

Lucas said on Oct. 10, 2010

Anybody who came up with this should show itoi this and maybe will inspire him to remake mother 1+2 using everything he used while delveloping Mother 3 and also localize it to the U.S

TheFinalStarman said on Nov. 3, 2010

I hope that listed email ain’t a joke because I sent on to Itoi telling him to look at this.I hope he listens…

TheZunar123 said on Feb. 10, 2011

Wow, I hope this comes to be! This would be SO awesome!!! I DEFINITELY would buy this if Itoi localized it to America!

TheZunar123 said on Feb. 10, 2011

It would also be awesome if they remade EarthBound to look like that!

RadicOmega said on Nov. 4, 2011

It looks great. Although the Starmen Sprite should just be the same as it was before. Hando on hips and feet the same width as body. He just doesn’t seem like a Starman that way if he’s not

TomServo said on Nov. 17, 2011

4 people are lying.

Clockwork64 said on May. 14, 2012

the 5 who sayd no are Retro hippies and Cranky ladys
( I used Cranky ladies because Maby some are Girls
and Im not tring to bully anyone i just think its a Dumb Dision If there Even EB0 fands who pick no)

Onion said on May. 15, 2012

I love this. TBH, I just saw this for the first time due to the front page exposure.

God I love Mother 3’s sprite work. Just incredible.

M1 Fan said on Sep. 12, 2012

Mato (I think) is working on one right now but it’s in earthbound form

M1Fan said on Sep. 13, 2012


eruditebound said on Oct. 23, 2012

I’m sorry but will you really make now or five years later?

PKLucas0 said on Apr. 27, 2013

That would be so AWESOME!!!!!!! I would totally buy a WiiU or a 3DS just so i could get this version of Mother 1

Brandon said on May. 19, 2013

This looks better than the NES version in so many ways! They should try Earthbound using Mother 3’s graphics. It would be so cool. If they had an actual remake like this I would totally buy it!


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