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January 14th, 2009 | Images, Itoi

We all know Shigesato Itoi created the MOTHER/EarthBound games, but beyond that, people outside of Japan don’t seem to know very much about him. I plan to write up a nice-sized article about that very subject in the next week or two, but while putting together materials for it, I found a bunch of funny photos from his office.

He owns his own company and employs like 30 people or so, possibly more. His company and his site (see here) are tremendously popular and it’s no surprise that his office is just as wacky as his games are.

Here are just a few pics from the collection of crazy/cool/strange office pics I’ve come across. And these aren’t rare pics, they do all kinds of this crazy stuff almost daily!

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Also, someone NEEDS to take Itoi out of these pics and then animate him to some kinda music 😛

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57 Comments to Shigesato Itoi’s Crazy Office

AbstractedThought said on Jan. 14, 2009

I hope I’ll be that eccentric when I hit 60 or so.

Poe said on Jan. 14, 2009

I will feel happy and fulfilled if I can get a job in an office as laid-back and goofy as his.

P. Soup said on Jan. 14, 2009

Man I wish I could work there! Looks like so much fun.

TheBatFax said on Jan. 14, 2009

Every time I see Itoi’s office either nothing is happening as I check out the fish tank, or something crazy/awesome/crazyawesome is going on. The site’s awesome too, I try to check up every few days on their Animal Crossing thing and I’m still wondering how I’m to get at some of that music…

Hypotenuse Man said on Jan. 15, 2009

Haha, that’s awesome. He is quickly becoming my favorite game developer. 😛

Smash Bass said on Jan. 15, 2009

Itoi is so lucky, but someday I’ll be able to have fun while doing my work. He’s my inspiration, truly. 🙂

Omnitarian said on Jan. 15, 2009

Well, this would explain why it took 6 years to make Mother 3!

Monodi said on Jan. 15, 2009

Itoi is such a crazy old fart. And I love that

Deiphobus said on Jan. 15, 2009

i love the picture when they’re all lying down xD. reminds me of mr saturn

EBP said on Jan. 15, 2009


Mato your wish is my command…

Mato said on Jan. 15, 2009

Aw, but you didn’t cut Itoi out of the pics. I was hoping someone would make a .GIF of it, like with my weird sumo guy .GIF 🙁

Mikhail said on Jan. 15, 2009

Really cool offices… What do they do when they aren’t making games?

JeffMan said on Jan. 15, 2009
Coolkalle said on Jan. 15, 2009

Actually, they don’t make games there, Itoi is up to a whole bunch of stuff besides making games.

Thing is, i don’t really know what it is Itoi does besides having made four games, atleast not one that requires an office :O

Anyways, he’s something called a ‘copywriter.’ I’m not really sure what a copywriter does, i think it is that he makes slogans for different products, but it’s probably more/something else. Tomato or someone else can probably explain it better.

Poe said on Jan. 15, 2009

Don’t worry guys, I’m pretty sure Mato will describe Itoi’s real day job in the huge article he’s planning. I used to think Itoi was strictly a game designer too, but that’s absolutely untrue. He only makes games once in a blue moon, while he spends the rest of his time doing a million other things. I’m eagerly anticipating the knowledge that we will soon receive!

Clockerstance said on Jan. 15, 2009

Bleh, how do you ♥ Butter?

confused said on Jan. 15, 2009

^How do you not ♥ Butter

Pimpshi said on Jan. 15, 2009

I wish Itoi was my grandfather or some member of my family. He seems like he’d be the coolest relative a guy could ever have.

I mean, who else wears clown noses just for kicks at work? 😀

wants_latios_lots said on Jan. 15, 2009

Itoi is seriously my hero. He epitomizes what I’ve always wanted in life: not to grow up, but to simply grow older.

MysticPyroFreak said on Jan. 15, 2009

I added an extra frame and his dog watching him. XD

http://img211.imageshack.us/my.php?image=groovitoikp7.gif Groovitoi!

Couldn’t do anything about the white border around them though…sorry. XP

Mato said on Jan. 15, 2009

Awesome, you rock 😀

shadowdeku said on Jan. 15, 2009

Am I the only one who’s thinking Numa Numa? I’ve seen him do crazier things.

Fobb_Z said on Jan. 16, 2009

I would give anything to work there!

James Bond said on Jan. 16, 2009

I was actually thinking about this a few days ago. Itoi’s English Wikipedia article is awfully short of information for someone so important; I think anyone reading it would assume he mostly does video games, and that’s all most people in the west know him for anyway.

Are you gonna include more biographical details in this article you’re writing? His life in general seems really interesting, and I’d love to know how he got where he is. Like, from what I can tell he dropped out of college, but then what? It’s hard trying to decipher stuff from Google Translate D:

Mr. Jupiter said on Jan. 16, 2009

I really want to go there sometime.

DrGlove said on Jan. 16, 2009

I <3 that he <3 butter

Leirin said on Jan. 16, 2009

Picture 8 = Itoi & co. Paper


This is great, they are such goofballs. I’d freaking love to work at a place like that.

…But it’s weirder for Americans to do it, for some reason. Why is that?

Giegue said on Jan. 16, 2009

Itoi is my hero. It’s funny though, because when I tell people that, they think it’s because he made the MOTHER series and I’m just some insane fan. No, it’s because of stuff like this. He is so awesome.

Difegue said on Jan. 17, 2009

Itoi is a wacky 60-year old eccentric.
I wonder what could be best than that. :l

Difegue said on Jan. 17, 2009

arf, I didn’t meaned :l, it was a sort of 😀
Uhhh IRC manners

mitch said on Jan. 17, 2009

That Itoi animation reminds me of that classic sumo wrestler gif that Mato used to use back in the day, when I was incoherent and a compulsive liar. 😛

Difegue said on Jan. 18, 2009
Rufus said on Jan. 18, 2009
ZEROGRAVITY-A01! said on Jan. 21, 2009

They were as crazy as the Developers of Incredible Powers (APOGEE 1996, America.)! When I look at Itoi, I thought, “He acts just like Tom Hall.”.

But I bet they don’t shoot water rockets inside the office during power outages.

MW said on Jan. 21, 2009

Most people in the creative industry need a highly developed workplace culture to produce original work.

… but I’ve never seen a workplace culture – that – developed. Not in my short life.

Teal said on Jan. 21, 2009

Its funny that as of now, no one has voted no on the poll.
Heck I’d love to have an office like that, my job doesn’t have to be boring.

johni said on Jan. 22, 2009

I’m really looking forward to the Itoi article! I hope it includes details about what he does at Hobonichi, and some cool details about his life!

Thanks for taking the time to do so, tomato!

Jim said on Jan. 26, 2009

Ah! So THIS is why Earthbound 64 never made it out.

LeonAlaste said on Jan. 28, 2009

Actually, I just made a little animation for an Itoi Dance M3-Styled Sprite, but I don’t have a GIF animator.

LeonAlaste said on Jan. 28, 2009
8BitWalugi said on Feb. 1, 2009

Funniest Dance Ever. Second to The Wess Dance sadly. But it has POTENTIAL!

The_Duster said on Feb. 11, 2009

this. is. amazing.

Claus said on Mar. 18, 2009

Someone should take the Wess Dance and make Itoi sprites with it=D

Claus said on Mar. 31, 2009

That would be a good idea other Claus.

PKSkyler said on Apr. 1, 2009

my favorite one is the fifth one in the second row =D

Ninten said on Apr. 23, 2009

Isn’t this such a utopia?!

Jeagle101 said on Jul. 9, 2009

I’d love working her 🙂

PSIrocker said on Aug. 14, 2009

lol is that guy on dope? XD

Drowzee64 said on Sep. 10, 2009

Where’s that one picture of him in a baby costume? 😛

Wafffo said on Jan. 9, 2010

i really wanna work there now

Ness said on Mar. 7, 2010

Man. When i Work at Nintendo when i get older, i wish i get a Pk Rockin office like him! He’s my inspiration. When i first played EarthBound(Which made me get into Rpgs) Made me want to make RPG’s As a grownUp.

Poe said on Mar. 7, 2010

Hey Ness, Itoi doesn’t work at Nintendo. He has his own company that does a ton of stuff completely unrelated to games.

? said on Mar. 8, 2010

way to take the wind out of his sails, poe. good going there.

Poe said on Mar. 8, 2010

Don’t want anyone thinking the wrong stuff is all.

Kyosuke said on Feb. 29, 2012

I always thought that “copywriter” was a pseudo translation, but it turns out it’s correct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copywriting

If I ever have my own company, I’ll make it so February 29th is the only day we DON’T act weird. ;D

Nyx said on May. 25, 2012

They create things for marketing, right? They’re probably trying to find good ad material.

manny said on Sep. 7, 2012

man..im jealous of him, not because he made an awesome video game series.. but because of the enjoyment he has with his life. I hope i can have that much freedom and fun when im older


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