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October 22nd, 2009 | EarthBound, Fan Games

Long-time EarthBound fan Kyosuke works and lives in Japan teaching English to schoolkids (and doing game translating on the side). Just recently he came up with an EarthBound-themed card game as a learning activity for his students:

I’m an English teacher for 3 elementary schools as most of you already know. I try to come up with new ideas for games all the time and recently I made a new card game the kids can play while practicing their English. I made it like a monster battling card game, but made the rules really simple. I designed the cards myself and made all the monsters out of the clay models from EarthBound! The kids love all the characters and think they’re hilarious. A very rare few of the kids know that they are from EarthBound but most of the boys know of Ness from Smash Bros. Lots seem to already know of Mr. Saturn too from some TV show (don’t remember the name).

It’s so fun watching all the kids enjoy a card game I made based on all those clay figures from EarthBound. The cards came out really good too. I’ll have to get a picture of them up on here sometime.

He later made a post with a photo of the cards:

Here’s the card game I’m using in class! Each monster only has attack and life to make the rules of the game really simple and easy to play.

(click for full size)

You’ll notice I also used one of Camille’s clay models for a card. Hope she doesn’t mind!

I don’t know what the rules of the game are, but it sounds cool. I’ve seen people try to make EarthBound card games in the past but they usually get too complicated or they lost interest. But something simple like this seems cool to me 😀


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43 Comments to EarthBound Card Game in Class

Elobo said on Oct. 22, 2009

Cool stuff, and the cards look like they turned out pretty decent too.

That Mother 3 Bosses card looks a little overkill on one of its stats ;).

kamuikurou said on Oct. 22, 2009

Well, it certainly looks neat, but shouldn’t it have some simple text like… names? oh well…

Poe said on Oct. 22, 2009

kamui – the names ARE there if you look closely. They’re right below the picture of each enemy.

resetsurvivor said on Oct. 22, 2009

Cool idea! Seems funny using the English translated names of these characters to teach Japanese school children.

..and what a testament to Camille’s clay model. I can’t even tell which one it is!

Where can I get me an EB deck?!

Lance said on Oct. 22, 2009

I have to say I’m a bit surprised that no one seems to be familiar with the series. I thought it was pretty big over there, especially since the most recently game is only three and a half years old. But really cool cards. Kudos!

Mr. Crosser said on Oct. 22, 2009

Wow… I’d like to have some of those…

ALSO, which one had the one with Meeela’s clay figure on it?

Edtries said on Oct. 22, 2009

Mr. Saturn is on a TV show?

Not Giygas said on Oct. 22, 2009

*Opponent uses Titanic Ant*
*I use Giygas*
*Opponent uses Mother 3 Bosses Card*

Deraj626 said on Oct. 22, 2009

I would totally play that if I could.

Anonymous said on Oct. 22, 2009

It’s time to D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-DUEL!!!

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Vinny said on Oct. 23, 2009

Wow, Picky’s stronger than Ness.

Kyosuke said on Oct. 23, 2009

Here are the rules for playing the game and learning English at the same time:

Each kid is given two monster cards and two treasure cards (not shown in the pic). Now let’s say the thing they were studying that day was clothing and the phrase “I like your ____.” for complimenting clothes. They will carry around with them clothing cards that they themselves drew and colored in.

After they find someone to duel with, they put their monster cards face down so they can’t be seen, and then one clothing card over top of each. Each person can only choose which monster the OTHER player fights with by complimenting the piece of clothing on top of one of their two monster cards. After each player compliments each other’s clothing, the two selected monsters duel and the damage taken is written down on a score card. If someone’s monster dies, they have to give up one treasure card to the winner. They then take the fallen monster to the teacher and say “I lost” so they can receive a new monster card from the deck. Then they go compliment/duel with other person. Playing like this let’s you use any English words and phrases you like as long as you have card for them!

Btw, thanks for posting this! 😀 I’m in the progress of making more games based on EarthBound, so further bulletins as events warrant!

pidgezero_one said on Oct. 23, 2009

That sounds like fun!

Meowth Mix said on Oct. 23, 2009

“compliment” as a battle choice is SO earthbound

pidgezero_one said on Oct. 23, 2009

kind of reminds me of the “Words of Love” except not really!

some guy said on Oct. 23, 2009

In Dennou-Coil there’s a character that looks a whole lot like Mr. Saturn. Maybe that’s what they mean?

Here’s a picture: http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/characters/9/3274.jpg

missy said on Oct. 23, 2009

this looks so fun <3
seems like it'd kinda play like Magic

BigBlueKingBoo said on Oct. 24, 2009

Picky is stronger than Ness.. :-p

Slovaksiren said on Oct. 24, 2009

This is cool and educational at the same time! Definitely better than those review games my Spanish teacher made me play… I’m glad I’m not taking Spanish anymore, I rather take Japanese…

TypeZer0h said on Oct. 26, 2009

Pretty awesome! Good job! I wouldn’t mind having a set of these if it isn’t too much trouble.

Leirin said on Oct. 26, 2009

This looks quite nice! I, too, am a bit surprised more kids were not familiar with the game; though I guess MOTHER isn’t as “major” of a series anywhere as, say, Pokemon…

geigue master said on Nov. 7, 2009

I think a rule should be that if you play a starman the other player should take… say 40 or 50 damage.

Chias said on Mar. 16, 2010

How did all the Mother 3 Bosses become stronger then the embodiment of evil? I cannot Grasp that fact.

Metasponge64 said on Apr. 29, 2010

Great idea! The rules and ways to play are very simple and makes this fun to play!

blahblah said on May. 21, 2010

ness is the weakest card

Penguiness said on Jun. 30, 2010

Why are there two Giygases?

Superblockman said on Jul. 30, 2010

Nice cards, The stats are a little wrong, but they still look amazing, Diamond Dog is my favorite

mrsaturnsintern said on Aug. 8, 2010

looks a WHOLE lot better than pokemon

blahblah said on Sep. 6, 2010

The chosen four have like pathetic stats.

PSI rockin' said on Feb. 3, 2011

I see it now… Yu-Gi-oh! with Blue-eyes white drago…

NatX2 said on Jun. 19, 2011

Wow! This is actually pretty cool! I was going to make something like this, but these are really awesome!

gg said on Jul. 5, 2011

Giygas’ power level= 9000, Mother 3 Bosses= 1000000

Anonymous said on Jul. 23, 2011

this is pretty cool! I’ve been trying to make a mother 3 card game

Hawk EB said on Apr. 20, 2012

This is sp… Earthbound!!! But wow this is a 100,000,000 idea

Apple Kid said on Sep. 4, 2012

Apple kid! Why are his stats worse than Orange kid’s… but in all seriousness this is pretty cool maybe I should try this. Be careful you should put warning label on Giygas’s card: I am not responsible for any trauma caused if this boss battle is watched unprepared.

Earthbounder said on Sep. 4, 2012

Pretty cool I would give this game a try. Why is earthbound so cool. Ahhhhh the good ol days

the cow said on Sep. 15, 2012

I… Need… This… so… bad…

cerealqueen said on Sep. 29, 2012

I believe Camille’s would be the only Mother 3 clay model.
The junk heap Clayman.

Eni! :D said on Nov. 9, 2012

When I saw the thumbnail, I thought they were Pokemon cards with custom names/pics. XD

M1Fan said on Nov. 12, 2012

He should make a lot more of those and sell them on ebay. I would pay 30 bucks for 50 of them. (:


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