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July 23rd, 2009 | Images, MOTHER 3, Rumors, Uncommon Knowledge

About two weeks after MOTHER 3 was released in Japan in 2006, Official Nintendo Magazine (the equivalent of Nintendo Power for Europe) printed an article that seemed to indicate the game would be translated into English and released in Europe by the end of 2006.

Here’s the article:

(click to enlarge, PS does anyone have a nicer-looking scan?)

As usual, EarthBound fans were very excited and very doubtful at the same time. The fact that the magazine couldn’t even name EarthBound’s main character correctly didn’t help matters either. In the end, we all know how this turned out, but I thought I’d dig it up again since it’s been a while.

Still, I wonder how an official translation would’ve turned out. I think I would’ve much rather have had an official release than the version we have now, if only for legitimacy’s sake. Would’ve been nice to buy (even if it meant important from Europe) a real copy of the game in English.


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57 Comments to Old MOTHER 3 in Europe Rumor

Komaru said on Jul. 23, 2009

Ah well, It’s still pretty cool to see.

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Jul. 23, 2009

Yeah, I remember “Tess” in Melee, and Brawl. =P

WhatsHerFace said on Jul. 23, 2009


I do agree that I would have rather liked to be able to buy a legitimate copy of the game so I could support one of my favorite series, but I do enjoy the fanslation a great deal.

Anonymous said on Jul. 23, 2009

The weird thing is I have this issue and I don’t remember a thing about Mother 3 in there at all. It’s quite funny, because other than this article, the Mother series doesn’t exist at all according to them.

Ector said on Jul. 23, 2009

His name is Tess in England? And No. That’s NOT humor.

Z-Master said on Jul. 23, 2009

Make me remember that I have a french magazine with a short article about the game. I may scan it and translate it one day…

Mato said on Jul. 23, 2009

Z-Master: do it, I love having that kind of stuff on EB Central 😀

Someone Else said on Jul. 23, 2009

That screenshot looks a little strange, wouldn’t Lucas and Boney have pig masks on at that point?

Jeeves said on Jul. 23, 2009

That museum screenshot was the first picture of Mother 3 I ever saw. Ah, memories…

FinalstarmanDX said on Jul. 23, 2009

Tess? What next! Tinten? Tucas? lol

santiagoff said on Jul. 23, 2009

@Someone Else: no, that screen is everywhere, I don’t think it has any error.

Also, Tess…

Satsy said on Jul. 23, 2009

I did have that magazine and pointed it out at some point, but I no longer know where it is. Chances are, it’s sitting in a pile in my little brother’s old room, or it could have been recycled. I don’t know.

Stupid ONM. Or NOMNOMNOM, depending on what year it is.

Paige said on Jul. 23, 2009

it would have been nice to show those animals a link to the fan translation patch

Too bad that they’re already dead.

Roy said on Jul. 23, 2009

Epic fail at “Tess” in melee and brawl XD

_oMeGa_ said on Jul. 23, 2009

I like how they forgot to turn on the video filter on their emulator for the bottom screenshot. That, along with Tess, really helps their credibility.

PSInesslove93 said on Jul. 23, 2009

Tess. lol i wonder how they got THAT name. sheesh because i TOTALLY remember it being in Melee 😛 lol

Mato said on Jul. 23, 2009

Actually, those screenshots came from Itoi’s site – they were the first screenshots to ever be shown. But they definitely could’ve done a better job resizing them for the magazine 😯

motherfan mark 2 said on Jul. 23, 2009

Tess, now thats humour.

LeonardoGolden said on Jul. 23, 2009

Lucas’ face is all weird in the bottom screenshot

He’s like O_o

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 23, 2009

Dreams being destroyed by an asshole named Reggie Fils-Aime… I wonder if Europe fans are also angry about this.

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 23, 2009

The 1st screenshot of Mother 3 I saw in my life was Lucas and Boney standing with Mapson sat on the bench and the women talking… thats what you would call a Fan’s memory.

Leirin said on Jul. 23, 2009

I hate how certain they sound about releasing the game. It’s like they don’t have any doubt. When obviously it’s never coming to Europe now…

Strange that they say it looks like it’ll be borrowing over a lot of the same characters, when the only returning characters I can think of are Porky and Mr. Saturn 😀

Caligo said on Jul. 23, 2009

Tess? That instantly reminded me of Tessy.

zedrein said on Jul. 23, 2009

Isn’t Tess the broad from Touched by an Angel?

PK Mt. Fuji said on Jul. 23, 2009

The Nessie-Watching Club?

Spitball Sparky said on Jul. 23, 2009

This gave me hope for a long time, simply because at the time it was all we had for a possible English release. I wonder more about what they would call it…EarthBound 2, Mother 3…

Either way, things turned out okay.

Ice Sage said on Jul. 23, 2009

I remember this. I also remember my immediate reaction: “Haha, no.”

But yeah, I see that picture of Duster in that room almost everywhere that mentions Mother 3, as well as the pic that PKSTARMAN mentioned.

SmaMan said on Jul. 24, 2009

Wait, wasn’t Earthbound not even released in the UK? That pretty much makes the first sentence, and pretty much the entire rest of this article null and void. I guess they thought enough people knew about it there.

Still… Tess?? Have the editors of that magazine even played a video game in their entire lives?

entropicdecay said on Jul. 24, 2009

I guess they confused Ness with a lake?

CaptainKirby said on Jul. 24, 2009

With all the fuss about Tess, didn’t anyone notice that they forgot MOTHER 1?

Dumbo said on Jul. 24, 2009

Jeepers, those are possibly the worst captions I’ve ever read.

kaialone said on Jul. 24, 2009

Yeah i remember playing melee.Tess was my fav character.Man, i loved Tess ;P

Cyclone said on Jul. 24, 2009

So they think Mother 2 was the first game?

me said on Jul. 24, 2009

Since I saw this originally, all I coudl ever think about it was, how can an “Official” magazine have so many errors and lies?!

SmaMan said on Jul. 24, 2009

I’ve heard of other bad things coming from this official UK Nintendo magazine.

Like this one time a good friend of mine got featured in it because she had a huge Pikachu collection (even had one of those rare Pikachu VW bugs) and the whole article pretty much made fun of her about it. I think one of the captions said, “She’s a few Digglets short of a Dugtrio. They didn’t even ask her permission about it, interview her or anything.

You’d think for a country known for the excellent journalism of the BBC this magazine would try a little harder to get these little things right.

NovaMan XP said on Jul. 24, 2009

Tess sucks. I never liked him.

Anyway, I love Ness.

Moupi said on Jul. 25, 2009

Cyclone: The Mother series never even got a release in europe, so most people don’t know about it.

Churly said on Jul. 25, 2009

How about that, the magazine (whether it was officially owned by Nintendo or not) actually had the guts to say Earthbound has a sequel.

Even to this day, Nintendo Power hasn’t ever told its readers Mother 3 exists. Too bad for them they’re in the age of the internet.

SmaMan said on Jul. 25, 2009

Actually, Churly, I think they did once. I remember seeing an article in this one section they used to do about Japan exclusives and they talked about it and made an excuse that because of the huge amount of text in the game, it would take years to translate and be nearly impossible to do so.

And ironically, I think it printed a few months before the fan translation was completed! Haha!

Yoshimad123 said on Jul. 27, 2009

I think I have that issue!

EmpoleMew said on Jul. 27, 2009

@Churly: Nintendo Power has mentioned Mother 3 tons of times, usually taunting readers that it’d be released. Like when they were spreading rumors about Kingdom Hearts 3 being made.

superneku said on Jul. 29, 2009

I remember this issue. I still haven’t got Mother 3 🙁
i want to name Lucas Tess! -3-

Archaic Sage said on Jul. 29, 2009

Heh, I remember sending that into you guys at Starmen.net, cannot believe that was 3 years ago now :(.

Lukas said on Oct. 1, 2009

Tess,Wow they had really poor eyesight for N & T back then,Haopfully their not now.

MOTHERMoondance-- said on Jan. 27, 2010

Tess people have been tessing ages for Motess 3… now tess’s humour.

Tetra said on Feb. 3, 2010

Tess? O.o

Tess said on Apr. 6, 2010

‘member me, guise?

Ness said on Nov. 23, 2010

It’s NESS not TESS!!!

thomas1up said on Dec. 1, 2010

Tessie was in meelee and brawl?

giygas27 said on Dec. 1, 2010

ONM is a great magazine! perhaps it has improved from 2006:( They sometimes have typos, so Tess might have been a typo.

MT said on Feb. 2, 2011


MT said on Feb. 2, 2011


PkKumatora8 said on Aug. 1, 2011

Yeah.. I remember playing as Tessie in Brawl. Just crushing everyone.

Mother Fanatic said on Aug. 19, 2011

Tess? As in Tessie, that purple creature? FAIL.

Mother Fanatic said on Aug. 19, 2011

Tess? As in Tessie, that purple creature? FAIL!

DaL33T said on Dec. 13, 2011

…well, maybe he was using a Dvorak keyboard. The “T” and the “N” are located next to each other on that keyboard.

Vix said on Jan. 2, 2014

Wow… Old though this is…
Well, I guess Tess is my best Melee and Brawl character now. Sorry, Ness!


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