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July 27th, 2009 | Events, MOTHER 1

On July 27, 1989, Shigesato Itoi’s RPG “MOTHER” was released in Japan. Twenty years later, we take a look back at the game that started the series 😀

I put together a page to commemorate the event. It’s nothing too special, but check it out here!

Ninten cake by PoeTrader!


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50 Comments to MOTHER – 20th Anniversary!

IWontGetOvertheDam said on Jul. 27, 2009

Happy birthday, Mother. I wonder how Itoi is celebrating?

KingDarian said on Jul. 27, 2009


zedrein said on Jul. 27, 2009

@IWontGetOvertheDam: He’s probably celebrating with two of his little girlfriend interns and a jug of sake.

santiagoff said on Jul. 27, 2009

@IWontGetOvertheDam: He probably doesn’t even remember it XD


SmaMan said on Jul. 27, 2009

Y’know, today is also Monday, which is when something new comes out on the VC in the US… anyone else thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’?

… yeah probably not gonna happen.

bobbyjkl said on Jul. 27, 2009

A 20 year old mother, wow just like my grandmother was!

GC11 said on Jul. 27, 2009

Wow, 20 years. Feels like just yesterday I was first discovering the series. Hmm…
Happy MOTHER’s Day Everyone 😀

Xi said on Jul. 27, 2009

I’m actually in the process of trying to play through Mother completely for the first time. I tried it back in 2001 or so and didn’t have the patience for it… now that better guides are available I’m having a bit more fun with it, although I’m doing it more out of the sense that to truly be a fan of the Mother series I have to complete the original.

This Mother 1+2 translation… is it going to be night and day compared to the Earthbound 0 prototype? I’d just always thought that the dialogue in the game was simplistic because it was an earlier game… but can the English truly not compare to the original Japanese translation?

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Jul. 27, 2009

I am inclined to play through all of MOTHER for this, too. I feel refreshed. Thanks, Lucas.=P

Elobo said on Jul. 27, 2009

Great stuff, and a fun look back.

Sent off a thank-you mail today as well.

JB2448 said on Jul. 27, 2009

That page is “…nothing too special…”? I like it, and I definitely love the fan-art collaboration video you put up. Happy 20th anniversary, MOTHER!

BottleRocket said on Jul. 27, 2009

I’m glad I beat MOTHER in time for its 20th anniversary. The celebration page has a lot of great art and music, too. Happy MOTHER’s day!

Aidan said on Jul. 27, 2009

Aidan has just watched the video and enjoyed it and happy 20th anniversery to the Mother series, Hooray!

Sisto said on Jul. 27, 2009

Happy 20th anniversary Mother!

I got an account today. Sweet.

Poe said on Jul. 27, 2009

The cake was delicious 😀

Galena said on Jul. 27, 2009

Wow, makes me feel so old! Two decades the game has been around, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t very long, but all things considered, it was undoubtedly an instant classic. A true testament to the Japanese art of storytelling. I’ve never come across a set of games that could pull at your heartstrings like the Mother series can. I hope all fans will pass these games on to their children and grandchildren so that they may bring joy and inspiration to future generations.

Leirin said on Jul. 27, 2009

Wow, thank you so very much for getting me into the spirit with that wonderful page, Tomato. I almost wanted to break out the Kleenex (for one reason or another — I’m just very sentimental, okay?!). Please celebrate today, everyone — it won’t come again. I’ll work on my second playthrough of MOTHER1 today, I think. 😀 It’s a good thing I finished my three MOTHER game pictures in time. I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a good time playing a game series before.

Ice Sage said on Jul. 27, 2009

I have decided to start a new EB0 file in honor of today. Probably not the best idea with school and AP classes coming up soon, but…oh well.

@SmaMan: 🙁

Mato said on Jul. 27, 2009

Xi: It’s not going to be night and day difference, but you’ll notice a difference. I’m actually finding strange mistakes, text additions, and text removals as I go through the script.

Komaru said on Jul. 27, 2009

Whew, we’ve come along way.
Also note that today is the 100th anniversary of George returning.

Spitball Sparky said on Jul. 27, 2009

Mother turned 20…it was spectacular!

SmaMan said on Jul. 27, 2009

Man not only did we not get Mother on the VC today, but we didn’t get ANYTHING on the VC for that matter… sigh… oh well, I didn’t get my hopes up too much.

Happy MOTHER’s Day!

Steve! said on Jul. 27, 2009

This is nice but it would be really cool if Nintendo announced a rerelease of Mother 1 or made some aknowledgement of its 20th aniversary.

AAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! said on Jul. 27, 2009

@SmaMan: Oh well.
Maybe in twenty years or so.

shadowdeku said on Jul. 27, 2009

Today’s my birthday, so I should commemorate Mother’s 20th by sitting down and at least trying to play through it again.

Chimera said on Jul. 27, 2009

I’m celebrating by wearing a bunch of MOTHER merch, playing through EB0, I’ll be taking a picture later of my EB collection.

Someone Else said on Jul. 27, 2009

I’ve played through MOTHER twice. Once on the NES rom, and once on the 1+2 GBA rom in a flash cart + translation. I was actually surprised at how easy and managable the game seemd the second time round. It was probably because of beforehand knowledge, but I didn’t think it was that hard or frustrating at all, even with all the random encounters.

Rosecloud said on Jul. 27, 2009

Happy MOTHER 20th anniversary!
I was waiting this precious day, well, I submit a special video for all the fans! Thanks so much for the review!

Chimera said on Jul. 27, 2009

everyone on twitter, make #mother20 a trending topic

Healy said on Jul. 27, 2009

Hooray! Happy 20th anniversary, Mother! I didn’t get too far in Earthbound Zero though; maybe I should pick it back up.

Wil said on Jul. 27, 2009

Wow! Tomato! Good job on the 20th anniv. page!

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 27, 2009

20 years since MOTHER/EB0 was relesed for the Nintendo Famicom in Japan… Such great years for fans of all over the world. Itoi maybe is celebrating in a Crazy party with employees and people that helped to make the incredible series of MOTHER/Earthbound series. Im happy about those years, the 1st game I played was MOTHER 2/Earthbound for SNES of the MOTHER/Earthbound series. I havent played MOTHER 1 cause Im waiting for the MOTHER 1+2 tranltion patch… The ROM I downloaded cant wat for being translated. Thanks Mato, Jeffman, The Starmen.net crew and fans all over the world for making all this posible. Thank you Shigesato Itoi.

blahmoomoo said on Jul. 27, 2009

A couple of the music tracks are broken. In particular, The Hippie’s Drug Store and Ninten’s Dream.

Keiji Dragon said on Jul. 27, 2009

After 20 years, the MOTHER series has been through quite the equivalent of giving birth to a child and been through abortions and “prolonged pregnancies”* in its years. So I thought I would say Happy Birthday MOTHER, and thank you for giving birth to a new precedent in RPG storytelling. =)

Mato said on Jul. 27, 2009

blahmoomoo: dunno what to say, I checked and those links work fine for me…

Roy said on Jul. 28, 2009

I can only say this: Happy birthday mother series!

FinalstarmanDX said on Jul. 28, 2009

Ahh the memories, hippies, snakes, canaries, melodies, aliens, and Starmen. Happy birthday mother, on the 25th aniversery we should have an Earthbound Zero-con

blahmoomoo said on Jul. 28, 2009

Mato: Those URLs are malformed. At the end, it says The%2520Hippie’s%2520Store.mp3 when it should be The%20Hippie’s%20Store.mp3

I was able to download that one after modifying the URL, but I couldn’t get Ninten’s Dream. Then I realized that Ninten’s Dream is part of Rock Candy 3 and I already have it 😛

Claus said on Jul. 28, 2009

lronic I just told my friend that today.

Happy birthday MOTHER.

superneku said on Jul. 29, 2009

you know my mother’s birthday was the same day as Mother’s 20th anniversary

Joshua Johnson said on Aug. 2, 2009

Nintendo, of course, is probobly ignoring this day

you know said on Aug. 3, 2009

Actually, Mother came on my birthday two years after i was born. I never knew that until recently though… crazy how i love the game and we share the same birthday!

adam said on Aug. 3, 2009

wow but do you giys that in a year earthbound
is going to be

adam said on Aug. 4, 2009

sorry i meant 15

Metroid Maniac said on Aug. 5, 2009

Thank you, Itoi. I want to play EB0 but I don’t want to pirate. PLEASE FINISH M1+2 patch. Mother is awesome. How far are you done on the M1 bit? Are you putting in a Menu Patch for M2? Or is that Jeffman’s zone?

Caligo said on Aug. 16, 2009

Wow, to think that MOTHER is almost as old as I am.
That kinda makes me feel old. o_o;;

iknowaguy said on Aug. 17, 2009

Need a little help. In line with the 20th birthday of Mother, one of the child actors in the TV commercial just celebrated his 30th. Anyone know where I can get Mother t shirt?

iknowaguy said on Aug. 17, 2009

That’s right Ninten is 30!

Ness and Lucas Killing every ALIEN!!! said on Dec. 13, 2009

Itoi is probaly playing Animal Crossing right now. . .

Ness and Lucas Killing every ALIEN!!! said on Dec. 13, 2009


get one on eBay…. they cost like 20$


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