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November 13th, 2009 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1

EarthBound is full of cool-looking text that was all hand-drawn just for the game. For almost a decade only one or two have ever been made into fonts usable on computers. But now a bunch of awesome EarthBound fans have gotten together to recreate pixel-perfect TrueType fonts of text used throughout the game (and beyond)!

You can download a zip file with all the fonts here. Installing them is usually a simple process but if you’ve never done it before or are having trouble, hopefully some kind commenters can help out.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the fonts!

Apple Kid

Apple Kid is the main EarthBound font. There’ve been versions of this in the past, but the letters often had odd spacing or the letters didn’t scale well at bigger sizes. This one looks great and authentic at all sorts of sizes.

Saturn Boing

This is the Mr. Saturn font! Again, there’ve been versions in the past, and although they were accurate they didn’t scale to different sizes well. This one looks perfect at different sizes.


A lot of people don’t even notice this font in the game, but there’s a small 8×8 font used in various places in the game, most notably the character names at the top of the status screens.

Year is 199X

This font is based on the big text that displays during the intro after you name your characters. It seems to be becoming a favorite among ROM hackers/translators lately even, so if you see a ROM translation with a big font that seems familiar, it could be this 😛


This font is based on the weird and wacky letters used on buildings throughout the game. It’s probably called this because Onett is the first place you see these letters.


I believe this font is based on the signs in Twoson.


This font comes from the text displayed on the Monotoli Building in Fourside and probably other places.

The Font Against Giygas

This font kicks butt. It’s based on the text during the screen before the title screen, commonly known as the gas station screen. The lowercase letters in this font act as the smaller text while capital letters act as the really big text. This is probably one of my favorite fonts of this set 😀
sample 1,
sample 2,
sample 3

International Font of Mystery

This font is based off of the dummied-out HAL debug menu in EarthBound, the one with Kirby as the menu cursor.

Lumine Hall

Now this one is interesting. It’s a recreation of the font that’s displayed in Lumine Hall. Remember when Ness’s thoughts are projected on the wall? That’s what this is from.
sample 1,
sample 2,
sample 3

Curtain Call

This is based on the font used during the ending credits. The lowercase letters act as the smaller text and the uppercase letters act as the bigger text.


This font is based off of the EarthBound Zero font. It’s different fron the real EB0 font in that the letters don’t have a fixed width.

Wisdom of the World

This font is also a recreation of the EarthBound Zero font. The main difference from the one above is that the letters here ARE fixed-width, which makes it exactly like the real EB0’s font.

I imagine there are still some fonts missing (like the font used for name boxes in battle) but if you’re an EarthBound fan, this should be more than enough to satisfy your EarthBound font hunger. If not, seek help immediately from a blue-haired healer. Side-effects include mushroom on the head and excessive EarthBoundness.


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77 Comments to Ultimate EarthBound Font Pack!

Felipe said on Nov. 13, 2009

That’s very Cool, alriiight. You even have the Lumine Hall Font!

Oh, and there’s gonna be an EB Title Screen Font someday?

Carl said on Nov. 13, 2009

These typefaces look quite good, and I appreciate all the hard work that must have gone into making them pixel-perfect. I especially like Lumine Hall.

I can see how an Earthbound fan would get a lot of use out of a typeface that mimic’s the game’s text pixel-for-pixel at any size, but I think it would be even more interesting to create a typeface in the standard vector format so that it doesn’t look pixelated at large sizes, but which corresponds to the Earthbound typeface pixel-for-pixel when scaled down to that size.

I imagine that creating such a typeface would require even more work than went into the ones in this pack, but wouldn’t it be neat?

Spitball Sparky said on Nov. 13, 2009

Where can I get that wallpaper? I wanna join the war against Apple. (But not against the Apple of Enlightenment, I like that Apple)

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Nov. 13, 2009

Ohhh… this is awesome. I’ve had two of them, yes, andI will definitely be using distributing these when PK Election starts.

LightningLuigi said on Nov. 13, 2009

These fonts are pretty cool, though I wish the gas station font used the numbers in the lower case.

pidgezero_one said on Nov. 13, 2009

Oh man, that EB0 font would have been so useful to have when I was constructing custom profiles by copy-pasting every letter from a screenshot I took of the game’s naming screen.

Don’t mind me, just going to go hang myself. 🙁

pidgezero_one said on Nov. 13, 2009

Oh, and for some reason the town fonts (Onett, Twoson, Fourside) aren’t working for me, but all of the other ones are (they just show up in a plain-text font that looks kind of like Lucida Console). Is anyone else having this problem?

Lindstrom said on Nov. 13, 2009

You don’t happen to have (or know where to get) Mother 3 fonts, do you? Actually I guess you would have it since you had to work it into the translation, right? Or are they just the same fonts? I guess they don’t look all that different.

Mato said on Nov. 13, 2009

We took the font data straight out of EarthBound and stuck them into Mother 3, so there’s no real difference.

SmaMan said on Nov. 13, 2009

Nice, I happened to be in the market for a few good fonts.

I don’t know if this is just a problem with my Mac or OpenOffice or something, but at larger sizes you can start to see a little space between the pixels on some of them. I’ll post up a picture in a bit if you don’t know what’s up.

Other than that, awesome fonts! You should make a font for the Earthbound Central logo. It’s trippy!

darkgreen_orange said on Nov. 13, 2009

This is awesome. I never expected someone to rip all these fonts from the game. This is very useful, thank you!

I know I’ve seen both versions of “Curtain Call” in other Nintendo games before. Off the top of my head, I think Super Metroid used it.

Steve! said on Nov. 13, 2009

Help, I downloaded the font pack and don’t know what to do now does anyone know how I get this to work with microsoft word 2003 since thats what I have.

Poe said on Nov. 13, 2009

Steve and anyone else who doesn’t know how to install new fonts in Windows: http://www.myfonts.com/support/help_install_win.html

If those instructions are too complicated, there are many results on Google that should be able to help, so do a search.

Q said on Nov. 13, 2009

@Carl: There’s a vectorized Mr. Saturn font I picked up a while back, in case you’re interested. http://www.determinismsucks.net/EarthBound.TTF

sticktendo said on Nov. 13, 2009

Wow, I knew about the first 4, but not the rest! Just put ’em all in my comp, BEAUTIFUL.

Steve! said on Nov. 13, 2009

@poe thanks for telling me that website, I got the font to work and having been having enjoying trying out the different fonts especially the Mr. Saturn one.

Ninji said on Nov. 13, 2009

Freakin’ sweet!! Love these fonts, Lumine Hall is AWESOME, but off the top of my head, my hands down favorites are without a doubt Onett and Saturn Boing Thanks to whoever made these and thanks Mato, for the info and the download link!!!!! 😀

Ice Sage said on Nov. 13, 2009


Charley Feher said on Nov. 14, 2009

I believe the credits font was also used for the credits in Super Mario World.

JeffMan said on Nov. 14, 2009

The ‘a’ in their Apple Kid and Lumine fonts is one pixel too wide. :'(

Shyamalan said on Nov. 14, 2009

I love these fonts, but they’re a little too small! I want to use them legibly with MSN but still have other people’s text at a reasonable size. Could somebody who knows about these things change the Lumine Hall font so it’s size at 72 is considered 16, and the Giygas font so it’s size at 24 is also 16?

Tobias said on Nov. 15, 2009

Thanks! I’m going to use these for a class project!

Jungyin said on Nov. 15, 2009

Nice. You should stick these in the Cool Stuff section, maybe the Mr. Saturn font from Q’s post too for those that want a vector version of the font, even if it’s a little inaccurate.

Know if any Mother 2 fonts exist?

Mato said on Nov. 15, 2009

I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of Japanese Mr. Saturn font out there, not sure how good it is though.

glasses said on Nov. 16, 2009

Thanks so much for these!! Totally made my night.

The Great Morgil said on Nov. 16, 2009

I think i still have an older Mr. Saturn font on my laptop. I don’t much care for this new one mainly cuz i don’t like how it’s pixilated at larger sizes.

FinalstarmanDX (not from the sm.net forums) said on Nov. 27, 2009

all of those fonts… so beautiful *sniffles*

apsolutely no one said on Dec. 9, 2009

for some reason it asks me to either “save” it or just “open” it (and of corse “cancel”). whichever one I pick, it doesn’t let me download it, even though the white text on the blue part of the top of the window says something like “earthbound font download”. It opens up the thing to show me all the files with the fonts, but when I click on one of the fonts, it just opens up notepad or something and displays it but I can’t type anything! can anyone help me with this?

Ness Hero said on Dec. 19, 2009

That is Awesome!!!:|+Fonts:)

Ness Hero said on Dec. 19, 2009

🙂 🙂 🙂 1 through 3 i give it a 3

adam said on Dec. 29, 2009


adam said on Dec. 30, 2009

i need help useing it

Paulson Polestar said on Jan. 14, 2010

Where did that windows 7 background come from?

Poopskin said on Jan. 20, 2010

Some of these fonts (Onett, Twoson, Fourside and Earthbound Zero) aren’t playing nicely with Windows 7 and Office 2010 beta. what do i do?

Wafffo said on Jan. 27, 2010

the fonts listed in the above comment and some others dont work with windows 7

1337Pikpik said on Feb. 12, 2010

Can I have that windows 7 m2 wallpaper??

Mr_Wilbur said on Feb. 13, 2010

Ditto on the fonts Onett, Twoson, Fourside, and Earthbound Zero not working with Windows 7.

This is what it looks like in font viewer:

death said on Feb. 28, 2010

@ apsolutely no one i had that problem with the mother 3 translation what you do is google zip7 click zip-7 add the exe its easyer put it in thesame folder as the fonts right click fonts hover over 7zip click open the fonts will be open done!!!!!!!!!!!

Gabo said on Mar. 26, 2010

1st: Where did you make the fonts and if you do, make an earthbound title screen font!
2nd can you also make the mother 3 title screen logo?
3rd: Can you put the link to the thing you have to make the fonts!

Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 6, 2010

Onett, Twoson, Fourside and Earthbound Zero don’t work on mine, and I have Vista.

Omnomnominous said on Apr. 6, 2010

@Mr. Saturn

Same here – I’m running Vista Basic and when I tried to use the Onett font for something, it made Photoshop crash.

Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 6, 2010

I have Paint and Paint.NET on Vista Home Prenium.
The Onett Twoson Fourside and Earthbound Zero don’t even show up on paint.NET and if I use Paint a bland font appears and if I close the text box with one of those fonts and open text again it makes Paint crash.

Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 14, 2010

Also, if you use Japanese in the fonts, it looks like Arial Japanese.

Sophie said on May. 29, 2010

I downloaded them, but for some reason, I can’t get rid of them now, and any other programs I downloaded keep crashing because of this. Does anyone know what to do?

dr-andonuts said on Jun. 18, 2010

In the “Apple Kid” font, the dollar sign doesn’t work.

Also, there is no dot point character (you know, the centred dot thing that appears in text boxes?)

dr-andonuts said on Jun. 18, 2010

…it actually (the dollar sign) does work, but it’s not complete.

keyking7 said on Jun. 23, 2010

can’t get it to download

iPhone!!! said on Oct. 2, 2010

Could you make this as an iPhone or iPod touch font or language?

l0rd0ct0d0rk said on Oct. 7, 2010

good job!

PokemonMasato said on Nov. 9, 2010

Any of the Title screens would be awesome!

Breakin' Benny said on Dec. 11, 2010

I wonder, what about the Hiragana, Katakana and the Roman alphabet in the MOTHER 2 version?

Breakin' Benny said on Dec. 11, 2010

I wonder, what about the Hiragana, Katakana and the Roman alphabet in MOTHER 2?

Dark Kirby said on Mar. 11, 2011

Uh i thought it was a font file
so you have to install it.
but i realized it was a picture file.

Floridian said on Mar. 24, 2011

How do I remove the Onett, Twoson, Fourside, and Earthbound Zero fonts!? I need them off! They’re invisible!

Disco said on Mar. 31, 2011

Yeah, I am also having a problem with the outline fonts. They are installed and not functional and they show up in menus but they’re not in the font folder, so I can’t delete the, HRRRRG.

TheBeatlesPkmnFan42 said on May. 5, 2011

Same with others on the site, I’m having problem with Onett, Twoson, Fourside and EB0. Anyone know how to fix this?

kmeisthax said on Jun. 25, 2011

Anyone wondering where to get that Windows 7 background featured in the post icon used in other pages, I posted it on deviantART a while back:


This is a much better version than the one used in the post icon.

Zoom! said on Aug. 11, 2011

The font against giygas samples are hilarious

Zoom! said on Aug. 13, 2011

Where can I get that desktop background? It’s awesome!

Zoom! said on Aug. 13, 2011


And0nutsandbolts said on Oct. 17, 2011

The font problem we’ve all been having is fixed by dragging the fonts into the fonts folder, and the font size has to be size 23 or higher.

MotherBound said on Oct. 22, 2011

Cool! May download it soon, imaging it now XD

Lukumadustaney said on Nov. 17, 2011

the Onett, Twoson, and Fourside fonts don’t work.

Kiptoke said on Nov. 25, 2011

I have the same problem.
EarthboundZero, Onett, Fourside, and Twoson don’t work for me. It almost looks like a typewriter.
But, good work! i especially like Saturn Boing and Apple Kid. Luminine Hall looks amazing!

KingOfSwords said on Mar. 26, 2012

I have a few problems with the fonts…

-I only installed the Apple Kid, Mr. Saturn, Curtain Call, and Lumine Hall fonts so far. When I tried using the awesome-looking Lumine Hall font for the first time, it crashed Microsoft Word. Since then it’s been working OK, except that if you choose the font, even if you don’t type anything with it, you end up with a piece of the font that looks really ugly on smaller sizes and is annoying to get off.
-Is there any way to rename the fonts? International Font of Mystery is pretty long and I had a better name in mind for it.

CarolineJohnson said on Jul. 3, 2012

I’m having the same problems with Earthbound Zero, Onett, Fourside, and Twoson. Does anyone know how to delete these fonts when they don’t show up in C:\Windows\Fonts?

993120679 said on Sep. 8, 2012

I have the same problem as well.
Earthbound Zero, Onett, Fourside, and Twoson fonts show up blank when I open them. Also they don’t show up in the Fonts folder on Windows 7. Any suggestions?

Ness is the best said on Sep. 9, 2012

Where is that windows wallpaper?

"Saturn Jr." said on Dec. 5, 2012

My perants blocked uploads and they wont let me ;(

"Saturn Jr." said on Dec. 5, 2012



Sky said on Dec. 11, 2012

Oh man, I was hoping that Apple Kid would have the “battle font”, you know, alpha/beta/gamma/omega. Mostly because I have this weird fascination with the way gamma looks in EB and I WANT IT.

Sky said on Dec. 11, 2012

Sadly Orange Kid has all of the greek letters even if they stupidly labeled lowercase gamma as delta. 😛

So I guess I’ll be using that. I don’t see much of a difference between the two simply typing in Word and whatnot.

Sky said on Dec. 11, 2012

Okay, last post! I found this:


It has the greek letters that are easily accessible (Shift+6, [, ], shift+- etc)

It also has THE DOT YESSS.

Kaabii said on Mar. 30, 2013

Hey, I need help…

Some fonts aren’t showing up, and i need to uninstall them…

(Onett, Twoson, Fourside and Earthbound Zero)

They aren’t showing up in my fonts… O.o But I installed them and i cant remove ’em! Help!

Kaabii said on Apr. 16, 2013

Can someone help me? The Onett, Twoson, Fourside and Earthbound Zero fonts aren’t working! I installed them, and they wont show up in my fonts folder. also, i can select them in Paint, Notepad, and other programs but nothing shows up when i type! also, they’re blank in the font previewer! i really need to uninstall them because i’m having issues…

Ness Johnson said on Oct. 24, 2013


Danny said on Feb. 1, 2014

Found the way to remove them, the only way to remove them is a System Restore, if it’s not too late.


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