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January 16th, 2010 | Merchandise, MOTHER 1+2, Uncommon Knowledge

The other day I posted a picture from the old MOTHER 1+2 event (see here), and someone remarked that they wish they had the Saturn Valley Express newspaper thing that appears in the photo. Well, we’re all in luck, because I have the official PDF version of it from way back when!

Download the PDF file!

I translated some of this a long time ago, but not all of it. I think the hope was that we would translate it and edit the PDF file with the new text, but it was soon forgotten about. Anyway, here’s some of the text in English:

Huge Discovery! A Mountain of Treasure Sleeping in the Basement Storage Room

Shocking news to report: the various figurines used in Mother (released in 1989) and Mother 2 (released in 1994) were discovered in a storage room in Shigesato Itoi’s Tokyo office in Minato Ward.

These figurines are the exact same ones as the ones displayed in the games’ instruction booklets, and their state of preservation was apparently extremely good.

In addition, a large variety of other novelty goods were found, including posters that were never released and rare Mother items. Creator Shigesato Itoi said about the unexpected treasure, “We sure made a lot of stuff, didn’t we?”

Mr. Saturn Missing

Mr. Saturn was missing from the group of re-discovered figurines. A thorough investigation followed, but his whereabouts still remain unknown. Mr. Shigesato Itoi, troubled by Mr. Saturn’s disappearance, ordered that a new one be made immediately. The figurine was completely redone by the previous modeler.

We Did It! Excavated Many Franklin Badges
Large quantity of Franklin Badges dug up

What surprised the staff the most when they excavated the storage room were the Franklin Badges. They were created as special gifts for readers of Shogakukan’s strategy guide, the Mother Encyclopedia. They are extremely hard to find nowadays, much less obtain. Apparently several dozen of these rare badges had been kept in mint condition in the storage room.

Was This Allowed Back Then?
A challenge of MOTHER’s poster

This was allowed back then?!

Also found in the storage room was a gigantic Mother poster. However, it consisted of nothing but the game’s logo on a red background and a number of lines of English: a truly simple design to say the least. Forget the release date, it wasn’t even made clear that the poster was about a game. This overly-dramatic design left the staff shaking their heads.

Mr. Shigesato Itoi Speaks!

Back then, while fighting the game industry’s common sense, we worked extra hard to make all these extras. People used to say it went against that common sense, but the fact that they’re all still here today is an answer to them all. I almost get the feeling that they’re congratulating us on a job well done.

Strip Club Gone!?
We’ve learned that the “Mother 1+2” port has been changed in several small ways. For example, the sign in Mother 1’s Thanksgiving. In the original, it said, “Strip Club Coming Soon,” but in Mother 1+2 it has been changed to, “Special Shop.” We theorize this may be due to excessive moral restrictions, but we decided to catch game creator Shigesato Itoi for details. After talking non-stop about the history of strip clubs and strippers, he simply said, “It’s really a shame,” and fell asleep.

That’s all rough draft stuff I never got around to polishing up, but hopefully it gives an idea of what’s on here. Some of the other stuff that I didn’t translate talks about the crow and its cigarette being removed, a very slight change to the bread seller in Burglin Park (I think they removed the part about the flies pooping on the bread).

On the second page is a bunch of announcements/advertisements for related merchandise, including one T-shirt that I don’t think was ever made. It supposedly listed all of the eight sanctuaries from EarthBound on it.

So there you go! If you want, you can print the file out at a good quality and use it as a poster or something. If you’re that crazy of a fan, anyway 😛


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18 Comments to Saturn Valley Express!

Steak said on Jan. 17, 2010

That’s too bad about Mother 1+2 having to deal with the U.S. changes, it sounds to me that the original was the way it was intended to be.
Wouldn’t it be absolutely perfect to have a translated Mother 1+2 with the script from the original Mother?

PsychedelicStarman said on Jan. 17, 2010

Man, I always love this sort of stuff!

santiagoff said on Jan. 17, 2010

So this actually verifies the location of the figurines used in the pictures of the instruction manuals, right?

Portal-Kombat said on Jan. 17, 2010

“Come on, fxxkin’ Flies?!” Utterly bizarre.

BottleRocket said on Jan. 17, 2010

I remember finding this a while back and wondering what the Japanese parts said. Thanks for translating it, Mato!

SuperTrainStationH said on Jan. 17, 2010

I knew the figurines were on display fairly recently, but I never realized that they were “lost” at any point, which makes for a really cool story!

Mr. Crosser said on Jan. 17, 2010

A cool story, bro

Shoothemoon said on Jan. 17, 2010

I just noticed, but when images are loading on this site, this symbol takes their place:


Is that intentional?

neonix said on Jan. 17, 2010

Awesome! Thanks for posting it Mato! I’m glad you read the comments 😀

Ice Sage said on Jan. 17, 2010


Actually, it does make me wonder what they did with all this stuff. Because I swear that picture of that badge is laughing at me. I wonder if there’s even any point looking for one of them anymore…

Pigmask Private said on Jan. 17, 2010

It’s all too much to handle.

8BitWalugi said on Jan. 17, 2010

Lol@The Strip Club Gone part.

TBird said on Jan. 18, 2010

“Come on, fxxkin’ Flies?!”

They must have interviewed Chuggo.

Komaru said on Jan. 18, 2010

Very strange indeed…
Thanks for the translation though, I suppose it makes a tad more sense now.

Mato said on Jan. 18, 2010

@Shoothemoon: No, I don’t think it is. I haven’t seen that happen myself. Maybe that symbol follows me everywehre I go or something though 😐

Carl said on Jan. 19, 2010

Really cool stuff, thanks for the translation. I’m curious, though: How did you get a PDF version of this?

Mato said on Jan. 19, 2010

I actually don’t remember, it’s been so long. It must’ve been on Itoi’s site or something, I can’t find it anymore though.

Matteomax said on Sep. 1, 2011

I wonder how much those figures Itoi dug up are worth today…


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