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July 29th, 2009 | EarthBound, Images

Niall Lynch was cool enough to send me a bunch of 1995 EarthBound-related scans from Total!, a European gaming magazine. I want to keep the preview and the review separate though, so for now here is the little preview:

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I’ll have the actual multi-page review up soon (later today or tomorrow probably) – I gotta say, it’s probably the best review of EarthBound I’ve seen. Not because of the score, but because the reviewers actually did their job. So look forward to that 😀


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28 Comments to EarthBound Preview in “Total!”

metroidman said on Jul. 29, 2009

yay first. Interesting. I like the blurb on the right saying that Nintendo is beating Sega by seven times and thats before the release of the Virtual Boy in Japan. Lol sauce.

Komaru said on Jul. 29, 2009

Why is it that these Magazines can never spell “Ness” right?

Wil said on Jul. 29, 2009

It’s nice to see that they mentioned Mother 2.

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 29, 2009

Nes? Maybe the name is R of REALLY protected… lol

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 29, 2009

And not TM… lol.

Elobo said on Jul. 29, 2009

I look forward to reading the review.

Kind of interesting that two of the three scenes are from Winters. Kind of paints Jeff as Ness for those reading about the game for the first time. Just an observation, ha ha :).

T Marsh said on Jul. 29, 2009

Look at the caption beneath the picture with the pencil statue. I wonder what the prize for sending in a good punch line was.

nintenninten said on Jul. 29, 2009

Very groovy. But I would hardly call Pokey/Porky Ness’ best friend.

MO7 said on Jul. 29, 2009

At least “Nes” is better than another review that said “Tess”

Sisto said on Jul. 29, 2009

Nes? Could be worse.

santiagoff said on Jul. 29, 2009

Is Ness’s name really that hard to remeber?
I’ve seen Tess and Nes already, what’s wrong with people and this name? lol

Mato said on Jul. 29, 2009

Don’t forget NessA 😛

LightningLuigi said on Jul. 29, 2009

Actually, a Japanese gameguide for Mother 2 actual romanized his name as “Nes” as well (I believe that same guide also correctly romanized Pokey’s name as Porky too). It does also make the pun off of NES a bit more clear. Perhapes it was the NOA localizers that got the name wrong.

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Jul. 29, 2009

It seems like they like you, “Nes”!

And damn, I remember Zoop! D;

Xi said on Jul. 29, 2009

I’ve never seen the scene with the UFOs attacking the streets zoomed in like that. It makes me wonder exactly what they did to make that one screen in the game.

Difegue said on Jul. 29, 2009

“Nintendo 7 times better than Sega”


Saturnome said on Jul. 29, 2009

My name’s Ness, but all my friends call me Nes. It’s shorter.

pooppoop said on Jul. 29, 2009

“multi-million selling”? wasn’t there a post here that said mother 2 only sold like 300k in japan?

Tansunn said on Jul. 29, 2009

What’s with the dotted line in the top right EB screenshot?

Xi said on Jul. 29, 2009


Looks like whoever threw together the screenshots in MSPaint forgot to do a lookover. ;D

EarthBoundEnigma said on Jul. 30, 2009

“Don’t you want to buy Yoshi a pint for looking after the little fella so well?”

Ah, the 90’s… People didn’t worry about political correctness as much back then.

Also, Mato, I’m loving these ads!
Keep up the good work!

Xi said on Jul. 30, 2009

More like it’s a European magazine. Drinking a pint over there is usually the first ‘adult’ privilege you receive, unlike in America where it is the last.

Xi said on Jul. 30, 2009

Although talking of pints and Earthboundy goodness didn’t save them. The magazine went under towards the end of 1996.

Steve! said on Jul. 30, 2009

There are 3 errors. 1 Ness is spelled wrong, 2 I don’t know who the best friend is who’s mentioned in the magazine other than Pokey who I know is not Ness’ best friend and 3 Mother 2 didn’t sell 1 million copies

The Great Morgil said on Jul. 30, 2009

Did anybody else notice the line “Yes Indeedily-doodily!”? Who wrote the thing, Ned Flanders?

Churly said on Jul. 30, 2009

Lol, Pokey is his best friend.

Well, he did act like it…

Strawberry Tofu said on Jul. 30, 2009

Yeah, the “Nes” thing is an alternate romanization more than anything else. The fact that the game was never actually released in Europe doesn’t help.

I’m personally more interested in that sepia-ish bottom picture… is that a beta shot?!

Strawberry Tofu said on Jul. 30, 2009

^Ugh, never mind, I just realized it was a REALLY fuzzy screenshot of a portion of the gas station screen. My bad.


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