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April 21st, 2009 | EarthBound, Hacking, Videos

Many years ago, EarthBound hackologists managed to figure out how to hack the intro screens and the title screen of EarthBound. This was a breakthrough, but there was still a problem: actually making good title screens was tough, especially with the many technical limitations involved.

So it was a nice surprise when the other day MightyYT showed me an intro and title screen hack he (I assume it’s a he 😛 ) made. It tries to replicate the MOTHER 2 intro as closely as possible, without doing any programming changes (cause that crap’s hard, trust me). The end result isn’t a 100% perfect replica of the MOTHER 2 stuff, but is still very impressive, especially from a technical standpoint!

Here it is in video form:

MightyYT also made some screenshots for easy comparison (EarthBound on the left, hack on the right):

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, the version 1.0 IPS patch is here. Use the EarthBound Easy Patcher to apply the patch to an EarthBound ROM (or, if you know what you’re doing, apply it manually using your tool of choice, but be sure to expand the ROM to 32 Mb properly).

There’s apparently a bug if you press a button before the title screen animation ends. I dunno what the deal is, but I thought I’d mention it.

Anyway, here’s some stuff from MightyYT himself:

In the effort to contribute something cool to the EarthBound community, over the past few weeks, I’ve put a lot of time & effort into PK Hacking EarthBound so that it would have an intro like Mother 2’s. Although the “Gas Station” screen is exactly as it was in Mother 2, the “Title Screen” is as close as I could get it (without doing any ASM hex editing). Trust me when I say I am a perfectionist and went to great lengths to get it as good as it looks now. I hope you enjoy my labor of love!

Hacking EarthBound is very tough – and I say this even after hacking MOTHER 3 – so seeing people fight the good fight againt EarthBound’s code is always great to see 😀


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14 Comments to EarthBound with MOTHER 2’s Intro

TBird said on Apr. 21, 2009

What’s with part of the “T” & “H” being there before the rest? Is it a glitch, resemblance to something Japanese, or just a weird quirk?

Gary said on Apr. 21, 2009

I really want to play Earthbound with the original script. That would be so cool, and give it even MORE replay value.

Zaxtur said on Apr. 21, 2009

I tried to do this once, but any time I change ANYTHING on the title screen, it does that weird thing where the game will glitch out if you try to press a button to skip the intro animation, so I gave up on that. I have no idea why it happens. I don’t try to edit the title screen anymore because of it.

santiagoff said on Apr. 21, 2009

Wow. Cool!

Dale said on Apr. 21, 2009

Mmmm…. sweet. I wish I could read Japanese, there are many games I’d like to play in it’s original language.

Spitball Sparky said on Apr. 21, 2009

Cool, but I still like the EarthBound one. EarthBound has a cooler logo than MOTHER.

Claus said on Apr. 21, 2009


mudkipNDS said on Apr. 21, 2009

That is really cool. Too bad it couldn’t be made so that the logo is at the top thoughl

MightyYT said on Jul. 18, 2009
Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 6, 2010

I’ve always wondered why Gygig Strikes Back is in English at the start.

Ness and Sonic said on Aug. 6, 2010

Where did the patches go? The Mother one is the only one left.

Anonymous said on Jan. 6, 2011

NO! is NOT COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigDream said on Sep. 8, 2011

Could go great with a new translation of earthbound AKA uncenscord version 1.1

? said on Jan. 12, 2014

The CAFÉ sign is still present


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