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January 18th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up

Hurray! This is the very first weekly roundup for EarthBound Central! These weekly updates will be filled with various small tidbits of info that doesn’t really deserve full updates of their own, but are still really cool and worthy of checking out πŸ˜€ And other stuff thrown in, too.

Site News

Right now, I’m still working on finishing up the site’s programming and a bunch of the content. I’ll probably have most of it finished in a week or two. Like I mentioned before, during this time, I’ll also be giving out custom avatars to people who’re hanging around the site now, as a kind of thanks for helping me test the site out. The offer only lasts for a week or two though, after that I probably won’t give out custom avatars, or if I do, it’ll only be on special occasions or if people send me Double Burgers or something. So this is your chance to be special πŸ˜›

I also secretly updated the MOTHER 1 Novel page this week. I added about 20 or more pages. I set things up so that it’s easy for me to update this, so expect this to be updated a lot more frequently now πŸ˜€ I’ll also be updating M2EB in a similar manner from now on, or at least once I have EBC fully up and running.

EarthBound News

  • The biggest news this week was that MOTHER/EarthBound Zero topped Nintendo Power’s most wanted NES game on VC poll. (Story here)
  • There was also a lengthy 1UP.com Retronauts podcast about EarthBound, EB0, Itoi, and all that stuff. I recommend it, it was a nice listen, and I usually can’t stand any podcasts at all πŸ˜› (Story here)
  • A fan made a very nice and detailed look at MOTHER 3’s musical battle system. I recommend giving it a read at least once. (Story here)
  • While I’ve been extra busy with work and with getting EB Central up, I have done a little bit more translation work on the MOTHER 1+2 project. I’m in no rush to finish it, but it’s a LOOOOOOOT easier to work on than MOTHER 3. It’s still too early to guess when it might be done though. But I have some really cool possible plans for it. I’ll post more details later if stuff happens.

Auctions & Merch. Stuff!

I’ve been working on the merchandise section of EBC lately, and it’s been fun trying to find all this obscure merchandise nobody’s ever heard of. I’m also always trying to find new places to be able to obtain this stuff, so if you know of any obscure sites, let me know!

Anyway, here are a few recent auctions that’ve caught my eye!

As always, there’s a listing of tons of EB/MOTHER merchandise here that’s automatically updated approximately every hour. So keep an eye on it, maybe you’ll spot something cool!

Community News

What’s Up With Itoi

Shigesatoi Itoi posts daily thoughts on his site at 1101.com. Sometimes they’re about his daily life, sometimes they’re about stuff he’s been thinking about. Here I’ll keep non-Japanese speakers up to date with very quick summaries of what he’s been up to! Note that he also has a photo blog that he updates several times a day, and then there’s a photo blog of stuff that happens in his office, and it’s usually updated many times a day too. It’s all really interesting and often funny stuff.

Early in the week, Itoi suddenly caught a cold or something. This one show he appears on about once a year almost seems cursed, because he’s always sick each time he goes on it, and this was another case of it.

He later mentioned that he just realized something thanks to his wife: he’s always slept when he’s exhausted, not when it’s time to sleep. He’s going to try to fix that bad habit.

He then discusses the phrase “This isn’t the time for that.” He says that adults use this all the time, and that kids don’t really understand it. But because they hear it all the time from adults, when they grow up to be adults themselves, they wind up relying on “This isn’t the time for that” as reasons/excuses not to do things. He hopes to fix this about himself.

Itoi switched to an iPhone finally. He didn’t really plan on getting one at first, but just went for it one day. He really likes it and he’s really impressed by it. The thing is, by saying this, he’s probably gotten a good number of readers to get one too. His site is insanely popular. So that’s some good free press for Apple πŸ˜‰

The next day, he said he was going on a trip to Shanghai, but for the first time in forever, he’s going without a computer. He’s going to use his iPhone and a companion’s computer if necessary, but wants to try being computer-free for at least a short time. He’s not going to be in Shanghai long, but he could see himself coming back again. Incidentally, here’s a pic he took from the 100th floor of a building in Shanghai 😯 Lastly, Itoi talked about his experiences there, and how Chinese writing on stuff sometimes fools him because he tries to decipher using Japanese kanji meanings.

Shout Outs

While I’m here, I wanna publicly thank Unlimited Lumpia for creating the EBC logo on such short notice and for doing a whole bunch of work very quickly πŸ˜€

Also, fans of the MOTHER 3 translation blog will be happy to know that Mitch has offered to do some occasional art and comics for EB Central. Wait, what’s this? Why, I do believe it’s the very first thing of his for EBC 😯

(click to see full thing)

Upcoming Stuff

Later this week we’ll look more at the next part of my crazy EB cart save game. It’s got some cool stuff. I’ll also try to get a new M2EB update up finally. I want to get that thing rolling again too. I’m thinking I might do the M1 novel one week, then M2EB the next, and then do that until they’re finished. The site will also get some slight renovations and some bugs fixed. I’ll probably also start on my super-duper detailed article about Itoi, so expect that in a week or two or three. And of course there’ll be the usual not-very-known stuff and all the daily discussion that’s quickly becoming a staple of EBC πŸ˜€


Yikes, this is pretty long! I think as time goes on, this weekly round-up thing will get all the kinks worked out of it. Hopefully this will be the first of many weekly round-ups to come, too πŸ™‚

By the way, because I can’t be everywhere at all times, if you run across anything EarthBound-related (especially news) that you think belongs on EB Central, let me know! You can e-mail me here. This also goes for cool EB-centric fan things too, like Birdy & Chimera and Fobbies Are Borange; if anything like this gets an update duing the week, let me know and I’ll probably mention it during the weekly round-up. My goal is to make this stuff easier for casual fans to discover, so any help I can get will be muchly appreciated πŸ˜€


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17 Comments to Weekly Round-Up #1

Mikhail said on Jan. 18, 2009

Awesome! So far I’ve loved EB Central and I hope you keep updating it with interesting EB stuff. I really hope you find some time to finish Mother 1 + 2, I can’t wait to see what you do!

satsy said on Jan. 18, 2009

You’ve definitely been the busy bee recently, Tomato. πŸ˜‰ Very swish.

I’d get myself an actual EarthBound cart from the lovely deals that come up on occasion. Unfortunately, most of the time the sellers will only ship to US locations. Which totally sucks! So my only chance is to get it shipped to someone else, who can send it to me (they’ll get paid P&P, else it’s just me being mean~~). But, I think the currency matchup window’s finally closed, so I’d probably be waiting quite some time to try to get ahold of one again… Oh well.

Should be interesting to see where EBC goes from here on in~! May 2009 prosper and the like! 😯

Difegue said on Jan. 18, 2009

You’ll be doing this every week?
Woo Mato you rock

TheBatFax said on Jan. 18, 2009

Love =D

Dave said on Jan. 18, 2009

wow thanks for that big update, and we get one every week? awesome. thanks =D

Dan Bruno said on Jan. 18, 2009

Hooray for Mitch’s comics! I was a big fan of those while obsessively checking the translation blog. πŸ™‚ It felt like a carnival in those comment threads sometimes, and he was part of what made them worth reading.

Also: thanks to everyone who checked out my Mother 3 music post! I hope you all found it interesting and/or useful πŸ™‚

confused said on Jan. 18, 2009

Yay, for Mitch!

Poe said on Jan. 18, 2009

Mitch! If you’re reading this, that comic made me burst out laughing. I love it!

I’m looking forward to the Itoi news the most. I stalk his picture blogs without really knowing what’s going on, so this will be a treat. :B Also looking forward to M2EB updates; that site has always interested me. It’s where I learned that my real name appears in M2 πŸ˜€

Smash Bass said on Jan. 18, 2009

Hooray for the M1+2 and Latin American Mother 3 Translations! πŸ˜€

So, we’re gonna have Weekly Roundups. A good idea, indeed. Specially if they’re all as big as this one.

Deiphobus said on Jan. 18, 2009

Mitch! Exactly what everyone else said!

shadowdeku said on Jan. 18, 2009

This is a good idea. You should put more information about Itoi’s website out here.

mitch said on Jan. 18, 2009

Wow, I had no idea I had fans. Thanks, guys! I’ll keep ’em coming. πŸ™‚

KingMike said on Jan. 18, 2009

Where do I send the Double Burgers?
Will I get more if I mail a triple? πŸ˜€

ZombiePaul said on Jan. 18, 2009

Would you take a Peanut-Cheese bar instead of the burger? πŸ™‚

MotherFTW said on Jan. 18, 2009

Good post and Iphones are awesome!

Aquas said on Jan. 19, 2009

Looking forward to some M2/EB updates… xD… site seems to be in good shape.

SoreThumb said on Jan. 21, 2009

Gimme a custom icon if you want.. I don’t know if I have one already, or one you’d pick. I dont’ even know how to go around with this <:| :3


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