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November 9th, 2009 | EarthBound

We Westerners tend to post ASCII art once in a while, but in Japan, especially on 2channel, drawing things out of letters is practically a form of art. It’s common for threads there to be nothing but letter art, as can be seen in this archive of a MOTHER 2 thread called MOZAER.

It’s basically a bunch of text art of MOTHER 2 / EarthBound stuff going from the start of the game up to Giant Step. I wouldn’t expect anyone sane to draw the entire game that way. It’d be cool if someone made a hack of the game into weird graphics like that though 😛

You can also check out a MOTHER 1 version here!


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19 Comments to Japanese MOZAER

Antiaverage said on Nov. 9, 2009

Well, Japan does use the extended Unicode set on a day to day basis. Our characters set is pathetic in comparison. Also, ASCII art /is/ an art form, not practically. America may have started it back in the days of ARPANet, but the Japanese perfected it with the extended Unicode set.

Also, this is the story of Mother 2 with Mona taking the place of Ness. Mona is a famous ASCII cat character on 2chan, basically the mascot of 2chan.

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Nov. 9, 2009

Haha, nice. I saw that face before.

Bowser said on Nov. 9, 2009

Isn’t that the Giko cat?
I recall Mona was with an inverted A for a mouth.

Millhouse said on Nov. 9, 2009

ah, yes. The japanese. Only on places like 2chan do you find stuff like this.

resetsurvivor said on Nov. 9, 2009

Reminds me of the good ol’ BBS days of the early-mid 90’s. Oh, ACiD and iCE we miss you so.

Spitball Sparky said on Nov. 9, 2009

And I thought I had too much time on my hands…kinda neat though.

Leirin said on Nov. 9, 2009

Wait, the links to the art isn’t acutually on 2chan, right? I don’t want my mom getting concerned about me. 😛

Anonymous said on Nov. 9, 2009

Which font do you need to view these threads?
The formatting is broken in whatever font firefox has decided to use.
I see garbled lines of cat ears and cat faces.

Runway1 said on Nov. 9, 2009

Hey im new here could someone tell me how to change my icon thingy?

PKFighter201 said on Nov. 9, 2009

You roll the dice my friend!
I think that’s how it workks.

And also I need more imagination to this :3

LucasTizma said on Nov. 9, 2009

So cool. 🙂

Anonymous said on Nov. 9, 2009

This is an instance of Shift_JIS art ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shift_JIS_art ). It’s much like ASCII art, but instead of using the ASCII character set in a monospaced font, you use a variable width font and the Shift_JIS character set, which is NOT UNICODE, but similar in that you get characters beyond ASCII.

Cylinderworm said on Nov. 10, 2009

That is pretty niftey, If some hacking team gets together and turns the games graphics into that, you deserve a medal. Even though it does sound like a huge task.

kamuikurou said on Nov. 10, 2009

That.is.AWESOME. 😀 It must have taken hours to finish one scene.

Oh, I like the Earthbound intro page (http://77483.fc2web.com/extra/07.html) the most. Wonderful.

ToXiXXX said on Nov. 10, 2009


Robo85 said on Feb. 5, 2011

I made something like this once, so here you go.

| |
| Groucho draws near ! |

( .) (. )

| Ninten 26 135 67 15536 |
| |
| Lloyd 22 65 0 9343 |
| |
| Anna 17 46 102 4344 |

mik said on Sep. 28, 2011

      /^>》, -―‐‐<^}
   ./:::::::::i{l|:::::/ ノ/ }::::::}
   /:::::::::::瓜イ,>  <,’:::::ノ < ・・・
  ./:::::::::::::|ノヘ.{、  ヮ_.ノノノ
  |:::::::::::::::| /,}`ス/ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄/
. |::::::::::::::::|(_::::つ /MicBook /  カタカタ
. ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄\/____/ ̄

RadicOmega said on Jan. 31, 2012

Oh man… OH BABY!! and Cre’lus don’t want to miss this!

Gooptek said on Jan. 31, 2012

Absolutely, Radic!
@mik: What’s that you just draw?


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