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April 26th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up

This week turned out to be a slower one than I expected, but I guess it’s crazy to expect a lot to constantly go on in the EarthBound world πŸ˜›

Probably the two big things this week were MOTHER 3’s third year anniversary and the discussion between Itoi and Iwata about early ideas for MOTHER 3. Right now, I don’t see any other big news on the horizon, but let’s hope that some stuff comes out of the blue soon.

Anyway, let’s have a look at what all has transpired this past week!

Site News

  • This week I started looking at some logs and have been trying to betterfy the site based on trends I’ve seen. What’s most disconcerting is that a search for “EarthBound” will only bring this site up on the 3rd page (2nd if the stars are aligned), but it’s on the first page for a search for “earthbound porn”. Whoops, now it’s going to be even higher on the list.
  • I’ve been messing with the auctions stuff lately. The main thing now is that you can see the five newest auctions on the right sidebar at any time, and you can also see how many auctions there are at any one time total. When I first started EB Central, the number used to hover in the 120-130 range on a good day. These days, it often gets near the 200 mark.
  • Still working on the MOTHER 1+2 stuff, almost done with the first draft of the script, which is the most work-filled part of the project.

EarthBound News

Cool Auctions & Merchandise

I’ve been tinkering with the auction listing stuff on the site this past week, and I’ve seen some cool stuff show up. There were two EarthBound strategy guides for $3 each at one point, but they quickly got snatched up after I posted about them on Twitter. Anyway, here are some more cool items recently listed on eBay.

Remember that you can check to see what EarthBound/MOTHER stuff is currently on eBay at any time here!

And here’s some cool stuff on Yahoo! Auctions Japan:

I recently updated the list of EarthBound-related stuff that’s on Amazon with a whole bunch of stuff. Check it out!

Community News

I’m not in a robotic body, meaning I can’t keep up with every single thing that happens in the EarthBound community, so if you’ve done something cool or if you know of something cool that belongs here, let me know!

What’s Up With Itoi

I actually took some notes throughout the week for once! Here’s some stuff Itoi talked about this week:

  • He talked about copywriting, and how coming up with good slogans isn’t just a matter of coming up with hundreds of ideas and hoping the client will like one of them – it’s about digging deep and trying to find what has “it”.
  • Itoi talked about flowers, and how he wonders sometimes that maybe they’re there for us to look at, and that if they could look back at us and talk, they’d think similarly.
  • Itoi ponders the slang word “ikemen”, how it came to be, and how long it will last as compared to other similar slang words that went out of style.
  • Another day, he discussed how he thinks that economic hardship probably helps people’s creativity grow in new ways.

Upcoming Stuff

I’m starting to feel the effects of “updates are harder to come up with”-iosis, I hope it’s just a passing thing though πŸ˜› This next week, though, I plan to talk a little about The Sirens of Titan, which inspired some things in EarthBound. I also want to put up the Summers page for my MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound stuff sometime, but it’s going to be a pretty huge page so I hope I can find the time for it. We might look at another foreign magazine’s take on the EarthBound/MOTHER games. Then we’ll have the usual cool, unexpected stuff too I’m sure.


I’ve been trying to improve the site little by little whenever I have the time. I know it can be a lot better. If you have any ideas/suggestions, let me know!


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21 Comments to Weekly Round-Up #15

JPEEZY said on Apr. 26, 2009

I wonder how big that MOTHER 2 flier is? $120 dollars is steep for a small flier, though I could understand if it was a regular poster size.

Ailure said on Apr. 26, 2009

Grrr, my curiosity wants to see the Earthbound/Mother porn out there.

My sanity doesn’t want to.

Dale said on Apr. 26, 2009

Sirens of Titan was the first Vonnegut novel I read… it’s excellent! Looking forward to what you have to say aboot it.

Mr. Nosy said on Apr. 26, 2009

“[I]t’s on the first page for a search for ‘earthbound porn'”
I think that “Giygas rape scene” you put up is to blame.

LucasTizma199 said on Apr. 26, 2009

Ugh. I’ve been trying to hold back buying absolutely ANY and EVERYTHING related to MOTHER/EarthBound. I just spent $270 on all 6 unopened MOTHER 1+2 keychains on eBay, but there are about 150 other items I want to buy, especially the MOTHER 2 flier. But I don’t like to make multiple multi-hundred-dollar purchases in a row. πŸ™

KingMike said on Apr. 26, 2009

That Eartbound auction reminds me of something…

I remember awhile ago, somebody auctioned an unlabeled SNES cart, leaving it a total mystery to the buyer what was on it. I still kinda wonder what it was?

Though it was likely a sports game. That’s about the only way you’d get much money from one. πŸ˜›

KingDarian said on Apr. 26, 2009

I think you’re failing to point out the best MOTHER deal on eBay right now, Mato. You can get the original release of the MOTHER soundtrack for about $25! This thing can easily go for over $100. If I didn’t already have one, I’d buy it.


Mato said on Apr. 26, 2009

No, I point it out sometimes. There’s usually one or two or three on eBay at any time (at least for the past few months) so I don’t mention it every time.

spaz said on Apr. 26, 2009

u know duane and brando posted a third demo of the earthbound rap?
this one is jeff’s point of view.

Darien said on Apr. 26, 2009

Hey Mato, did you miss the gold mining / mole caves in M2EB? Or was there just nothing interesting to talk about?

Mato said on Apr. 26, 2009

No really noteworthy differences there. Most of that part is just fighting and not talking anyway.

pooppoop said on Apr. 26, 2009

i was kind of interested in the moles
their statements on the importance of being third were personal favorites of mine when i first played it all those years ago…

Pineapple said on Apr. 26, 2009

Haha! Who would actually buy that Earthbound Cart with such an odd label?

Also, there’s another Saturn plush on Yahoo! Japan Auctions, but it’s expensiveeeeeeeeee.


Mato said on Apr. 26, 2009

rofl ok now I’m #2 on the first page for earthbound porn.

Well, we gotta do what the visitors demand!

Pineapple said on Apr. 26, 2009


Gahhh, apparently there was like 5 MOTHER 1+2 keychains and a poster going for like $0.01 but they have been removed. πŸ™

Mato said on Apr. 26, 2009

Sounds like someone was messing around or they’re new to eBay and screwed up something and took the auctions down right away.

GhostSonic said on Apr. 27, 2009

Oh god what.

Alpha Knight said on Apr. 28, 2009

part of me wants to know why you even thought of googling “earthbound porn”
the other part of me is accepting your possible crazy fetishes

Mato said on Apr. 28, 2009

Did you read the post? It explains.

Alpha Knight said on Apr. 28, 2009

it says you were looking around to see how your EBC was showing up on google and how to make the site better show up, maybe i missed something else, but still doesnt explain.
also that pic made me die of laughter, this is my ghost typing

Mato said on Apr. 28, 2009

I said I was looking around logs, as in server logs, seeing where traffic was coming from, etc.


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