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December 31st, 2010 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge | 22 Comments

Komaru recently sent in this scan from the UK magazine Retro Gamer that talks about anti-piracy measures in video games. EarthBound’s anti-piracy measures are almost infamous by now, as you can see: (click for full image) There are a few tiny facts off in the article, but I can understand why they were made – in my original article here I didn’t mention that each start-up check ...Read More »


December 27th, 2010 | EarthBound, Videos | 15 Comments

Gaven recently sent this in – users of Android phones will probably get a kick out of it: Android has a concept of “live wallpapers,” which are basically backgrounds that move. So, I applied the concept to the Earthbound battle backgrounds. You can check it out here. You can see a video of it in action below. It was recorded using an Android emulator though – the backgrou...Read More »


December 26th, 2010 | EarthBound, Fan Games, Hacking | 44 Comments

Been a while since I last posted about an EarthBound hack! This latest one is called “Colinbound Infina’s Invasion” and is a pretty-heavily hacked version of the game – nearly all of the plot and text has been changed, not to mention the usual stuff like new enemies, places, events, etc. It took DarkUmbreon a few years to complete it. Here’s a short video of the game ...Read More »


December 23rd, 2010 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge | 25 Comments

Some years ago, maybe a few months after MOTHER 3 was released in Japan, a fellow by the name of Brendan Sechter approached me and Reid about working together to get a license to translate and sell MOTHER 3 in English. It was kind of cool, because he had actually helped out with the game’s development in a small fashion – he’s even listed in the credits! Sadly, that plan fizzled ...Read More »


December 21st, 2010 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Videos | 15 Comments

Remember that EarthBound charity auction a few weeks back? All of the plushes were courtesy of a nice fellow in Japan named eagle0wl. eagle0wl is super-skilled at winning stuff from those crane games in Japanese arcades and even posted a video of catching them: There are lots of different types in different arcades, so if you come across one in Japan it might not be exactly like these ones. I wis...Read More »


December 20th, 2010 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 27 Comments

In an old issue of Nintendo Power (Volume 82 to be exact) there’s a quick mention in the Epic Center section about EarthBound: For instance, Nintendo spent about $50,000 just for the game translation of EarthBound. $50,000 in 1995 is equal to about $70,000 today, after calculating inflation. Even being a professional translator myself that seems pretty high, but I’m guessing they fact...Read More »


December 18th, 2010 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Videos | 10 Comments

We’ve seen pics of some insane EarthBound collections in the past (like this and this), now here’s a cool video about a fan’s EarthBound collection: Man, there’s some specially rare stuff in there 😯 ...Read More »


December 16th, 2010 | EarthBound, Hacking, Uncommon Knowledge | 19 Comments

We EarthBound hackers have known about a couple different debug menus in EarthBound for years now, only just the other day was it discovered that there’s an actual, usable battle debug menu too. I don’t know much about the order of things, but I think it was the Fangamer guys who ran into it first, as explained by Reid: Hey guys, we’re working here at the Fangamer office and Jeff dec...Read More »


December 15th, 2010 | EarthBound, Polls, Uncommon Knowledge | 26 Comments

This month, some official Runaway Five figures are being released, and that’s brought up some questions about the members’ names. This was always a bit of a fuzzy area for me, since I’ve heard conflicting info but never looked into it much. Here’s a quick rundown of their names though, for the especially die-hard fans! (more…) ...Read More »


December 11th, 2010 | EarthBound, Images | 15 Comments

Catterick sent in some scans from UK gaming magazines the other day: I saw you were looking for scans from magazines relating to Earthbound, so I thought I’d send these. They’re from Issue 132 of Nintendo Official Magazine UK (later renamed Official Nintendo Magazine) and date from September 2003. They did a preview on Mother 1+2, though you can see they didn’t have much hope for...Read More »


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