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July 11th, 2009 | Let's Chat

Hi there! I guess I’m supposed to ask a question or something, so here goes. In MOTHER 2, the Tendas were called Gumis or possibly Gummies. Why were they changed to Tenda? And where does the name Tenda come from?


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sticktendo said on Jul. 11, 2009

Gumis are TENDA! (nice and chewy)

Komaru said on Jul. 11, 2009

I’m guessing from “Tender”?

Mr. Jupiter said on Jul. 11, 2009

Probally changed it due to Gummie Bears etc. and assume Tenda comes from ten.

Sarah said on Jul. 11, 2009

A combo of what Komaru and Mr. Jupiter said.

Rockin'Ness said on Jul. 11, 2009

ONEtt + TWOson + THREEd + FOURside = TENda Village, and Tenda’s have to live in Tenda Village.

Noun said on Jul. 11, 2009

Nintendo –> Tendo –> Tenda

biehlza said on Jul. 11, 2009

Aren’t things always mistranslated?
Or possibly purposely mistranslated?
Or possibly gummies sounds like a snack, and they didn’t want people trying to eat the gummies out of their TV?

T Marsh said on Jul. 11, 2009

Since Gummie Bears are a popular brand in America, they probably wanted to change the name, and they thought, “What other foods do people in America like?” Of course, the answer is beef, so they used the word Tenderloin and shortened it to Tenda.

WhatsHerFace said on Jul. 11, 2009

Tenda –> Tender
Tender –> easily distressed; readily made uneasy
Tendas are shy. So…

James said on Jul. 11, 2009

Gummies aren’t tender, they’re chewy. Also shyness =/= tenderness. And tenderloin… LOL :[ I think this will remain one of those unsolved translation mysteries.

Ector said on Jul. 11, 2009

Onett+ Twoson+ Threed+ Fourside= Tenda.

Spitball Sparky said on Jul. 11, 2009

Because-a they-a Tenda to-a your needza.


I dunno. Sounds cuter than the Japanese name.

Jeeves said on Jul. 11, 2009

Gummies are probably trademarked.

Gummies are soft and edible.

Tender things are soft and generally refer to edible things.


Saturnome said on Jul. 11, 2009

Are Tendas edible? Never crossed my mind before.

Elobo said on Jul. 11, 2009

Most likely. Otherwise they wouldn’t be afraid of Dinosaurs. 😉

MotMot said on Jul. 11, 2009

I dunno, they don’t look to have too much meat on them.

Deiphobus said on Jul. 11, 2009

tenda -> adnet -> ads on the net?!?

it’s a conspiracy!

Phil L said on Jul. 12, 2009

I too subscribe to the idea that it’s a joke on the word Tender. In my head it probably has to do with their extreme shyness, as explained by WhatsHerFace.

The Great Morgil said on Jul. 12, 2009

Well, if i remember correctly from my high school German class, Gumi in german meant rubber. I think it’s kinda fitting. They look like they could be rubbery.

Leah said on Jul. 13, 2009

I agree that it’s from “tender”.

Anonymous said on Jul. 13, 2009

Isn’t it the tenth place you visit? TENda?

Mother rpg said on Jul. 14, 2009

either TENda or tenda from tender which I think means shy

Battletoad said on Jul. 14, 2009

I like the Nintendo -> Tendo -> Tenda explanation. The Mother games seem to name things after the consol: Mother = Ninten (Nintendo), Mother 2 = Ness(NES). This explanation or Tenda being the tenth place you visit makes sense to me. Dunno what’s up with that tender theory, though. Maybe it’s all three :]

Z-Master said on Jul. 18, 2009

Gummies looks like dummies. I don’t know.

By the way, the french for cat is “chat”. I found that funny.

Cafechan said on Jul. 26, 2009

Isn’t グミ pronounced “goomee” though? That’s really different from “gummie”. A quick search shows that グミ means “oleaster” (which makes no sense, but might as well mention it), and a gumin (愚民) is a group of ignorant people. Since they’re shy, it’d make sense for them to never learn about the outside world and become ignorant.

Makes more sense than them being soft and chewy. xD

Mato said on Jul. 26, 2009

The word comes from German though, not English. Anyway, see here. I’m not sure what dictionary you were using, but it sounds kind of iffy. I know from personal experience that EDICT-based dictionaries tend to be of poor quality.

Steve! said on Jul. 26, 2009

If they’re called Tendas then you’ll feel less likely to eat them.

Anonymous said on Dec. 14, 2010

Got ’bout 3 reasons for the name:

1. Tenda-Tender

2. ONEtt+TWOson+THREEd+FOURside=TENda village

3. nintendo-tendo-tenda


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