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June 14th, 2009 | Weekly Round-Up

Alright! It’s the 22nd week since EarthBound Central opened! Amazing that there’s been enough to keep it going for so long 😀

I always have tons of ideas to add cool stuff to this site, but I lack the time. Anybody willing to part with a few million dollars so I can focus on this fun stuff? 😛

Anyway, let’s have a look-see at what’s transpired this past week!

Site News

  • Jeff and I have been working on version 1.1 of the MOTHER 3 translation patch. It’s mostly done, I just need to make a patch and then have it tested. It should be out in a week or two. I’ll give details later.
  • Because I spent time working on the above, the MOTHER 1+2 stuff hasn’t progressed this past week. Ideally, I’d like to have SOMETHING ready for MOTHER 1’s 20th year anniversary in July, but I’m definitely not making any promises. I’ve been slacking on this project a lot 🙁
  • I updated the EarthBound merchandise listings a tiny bit, now it’ll also display the little mini-description for an item if a seller has included one. Nothing much, but it’s a neat addition at least. I really don’t like how those pages are laid out though, I gotta figure a better way to present them someday.

EarthBound News

Cool Auctions & Merchandise

This week had an explosion of EarthBound merchandise – for a short time it even rose above the 200 mark, which it had never done since this site started. In fact, it used to average about 130 a day earlier this year, now it’s much higher. Has something happened to cause this?

Anyway, tons of EarthBound carts, a few Mr. Saturn plushies, and a bunch of other neat things showed up this week, here are just a few below.

Rremember 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:

Here’s some Amazon-related stuff

Community News

I really am a real tomato, so I can’t seriously 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’m lame and didn’t keep notes this week. Nothing of real importance happened or was mentioned. I’d remember at least something if there was something especially interesting. I’ll make sure to take notes this next week though.

Upcoming Stuff

Got some more neat handmade stuff to show off this next week, plus some kind of video contest, some more ROID/The Another World stuff (the recent EarthBound lookalike game), some desktop/app customization stuff, and more. Looks like this next week will be plentiful 😀


Geez, this past week zoomed right by, dakota. Speaking of which, I remember when “Dakota” was a mystery to most fans, and they had no idea why Mr. Saturn said it in the MOTHER 1+2 commercials. But now it’s almost like an overused meme. Oh well. Welcome to the world of Dakota 3.


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19 Comments to Weekly Round-Up #22

tiradefaction said on Jun. 14, 2009

Cool news on the 1.1 patch, but get the Mother 1 GBA translation out the door already, and include the neat new high color graphics…pretty please? 🙂

santiagoff said on Jun. 14, 2009


Saturnome said on Jun. 14, 2009

vintage…smell… D:

Xi said on Jun. 14, 2009

I’d probably chuck that apple out of a window before I finished it.

Deiphobus said on Jun. 14, 2009

it’s the dingoo! sorry to advertise, but the gp2x wiz is much better and has the full support of the community that made the emulators that the dingoo guys stole (albeit they were freeware).

MR. Jupiter said on Jun. 14, 2009

MR. giygas and watch? dakota a planet? sounds like it’s time to call it a day…

sammy said on Jun. 14, 2009

why DOES he say dakota? I still don’t know

Mato said on Jun. 14, 2009

In MOTHER 2 he says “Gunma-ken”, which is a prefecture in Japan that Itoi was born in. It’s kind of like the middle of nowhere of Japan, so the localizers replaced it with “Dakota”. Why he says it, who knows.

IWontGetOvertheDam said on Jun. 14, 2009


SmaMan said on Jun. 14, 2009

If you can’t find anything that Itoi’s doing right now, you should post up that one video of him as a judge on Iron Chef that I sent you a while back.

P.S. Is there any way to change my avatar? Or is it random and I can’t? Just curious.

MR. Jupiter said on Jun. 14, 2009

Last i checked, there are only TWO dakotas.

Mato said on Jun. 14, 2009

SmaMan: Yeah, it’s random. I sometimes give out custom avatars but not at the moment.

SamWibatt said on Jun. 14, 2009

I’ve been slacking on this project a lot 🙁

If by “slacking” you mean “not busting my ass quite as hard as usual.” You work harder on your laziest day than I do on my good days.

Hasone said on Jun. 14, 2009

Also, you might be interested to hear, somebody over at tasvideos.org managed to completely break earthbound. Using only legal inputs, they told an emulator to destroy the game,skipping all but the first sanctuary and beating the game in an hour and 10 minutes.

check it out http://tasvideos.org/1297M.html

Mato said on Jun. 14, 2009

hasone: Yep, I already covered it a while back here 😀

Rufus said on Jun. 15, 2009

Hey cool, I got mentioned in the blog.

Spitball Sparky said on Jun. 15, 2009

Dingoo interests me…

Hasone said on Jun. 16, 2009

Ah well. I just learned about it today and I was so excited. Thanks for not jumping down down my throat 🙂

Leirin said on Jun. 22, 2009


Pray Japanese displays…


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