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March 7th, 2010 | MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos

As you may remember, an EarthBound Zero prototype cart was put on eBay last month and was won buy our own fellow fan Roo for $1100. Roo is also an avid researcher and video-making guy, so naturally he made a detailed video about the prototype and information about all the EB0 prototypes. It’s interesting stuff, check it out!

For $1100, I would’ve hoped the prototype could also clean your house and make breakfast and stuff. Also: cat boxes are not good storage places for rare games 😛


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31 Comments to Hands On with the EB0 Prototype

Ginrei said on Mar. 7, 2010

Wow, how informative! I’ve always wondered what all the pieces on the circuit board were. =) And GOLLY I’d love it if someone could help him dump the data… I have no idea how to do that sort of thing, but it would be super-fun to have a Lets Play of it! Excellent job, Roo!

Mato said on Mar. 7, 2010

Assuming that cart dumps come out the same, it’d be trivial to find any differences between a dump of this and the original dump just by comparing the files and seeing where any different bytes are. And since the game’s internal coding and data has been mapped out pretty well, it’d probably be easy to tell what those different bytes do.

Duster said on Mar. 7, 2010

HOLY MOTHER OF CRAP THAT IS……..COOL. Rope snake:what duster said oh by the way….have a good new year. Duster: 1TH reply SUCK IT!

Roo said on Mar. 7, 2010

Thanks guys,

And Mato, that makes so much sense I don’t know why it never occurred to me. Probably because I’ve never been elbows deep into the actual code of a video game before. How did you get so much experience in such matters? 😛

Haurspex said on Mar. 7, 2010

Fantastic to have such a thoughtful owner of one of the prototypes. This is the first owner to make a video and openly make the resource available, in a sense.

starstormer said on Mar. 7, 2010

Finally. I’ve wanted to see someone post something about these carts for a while. Thanks Roo.

Ninji said on Mar. 7, 2010

I praise you Roo! THANK YOU FOR REVIEWING THE GLORIOUS EB0 CART! You are now on my hero list 😀

BottleRocket said on Mar. 7, 2010

Thanks a ton for that video, Roo, it was really comprehensive! It’s good to see one of the protos finally in the hands of an EarthBound fan.

Elobo said on Mar. 7, 2010

Great feature Roo. Glad the cart’s with someone enthusiastic.

Kyoo said on Mar. 7, 2010

I loved watching your video Roo(as always). it’s like educational school. and at the same time. like an XXX rated film for earthbound fans. ooooooh… yeah take it off. show me the chips. mmmmm yeah…. maybe it’s just me? thanks. thank you so much

Demi said on Mar. 7, 2010

Great videos Roo! Watching this really took me back. I’ve started to contact some of my old sources to see if one of us can get this thing dumped for you. As I remember it, it was tricky to get this thing dumped the first time, but hopefully we’ve learned from our experiences.

kman said on Mar. 7, 2010

r u telling me that an EBzero prototype was in my home state of Indiana?!! 😀 HAPPYYYYYYYYY YEAH!!!!

R7038XX said on Mar. 7, 2010

What a nice guy. That was quite informative.

MoonSide said on Mar. 7, 2010


I’m living in the state where one of the EB proto is.

P Philosophy said on Mar. 7, 2010

Thank you Roo for the videos! Nice to see the game went to a wonderful home. Hope you make every time you play the game a memorable experience. And if you feel someone peering through your window while you play it, don’t worry. …just a bird. Hee hee…kidding! Thank you again for the videos!

LakituAl said on Mar. 7, 2010

Awesome! You have the prototype AND an NES that does not flash! Just thinking about it tickles… >w<

BroBuzz said on Mar. 7, 2010

*Puts Roo on a epic peoplez list* Sweet! I’ve wondered what an EBO proto looked like from the inside!

Ninten Ness Lucas said on Mar. 7, 2010

this guy needs to learn how to get to the point. WE DON’T NEED YOUR LOGIC MILES EDGEWORTH!!!
p.s. mato do you if m2 is translated on m1+2 can you have like an earthbound version where it has the censored stuff,

FinalstarmanDX said on Mar. 7, 2010

Ah, amazing stuff! now if only we could get our hands on the fifth cartridge inside NOA.

mitch said on Mar. 7, 2010

Wow! Glad to see that my sleuthing contributed to the lore of these in some capacity. 😀

Roo said on Mar. 7, 2010

Wow, thanks Demi. That’d be great if we could figure out a way to make that work. And also thanks for dumping and debugging the code in the first place, since if you never did that, we probably still wouldn’t be able to play EB0 in English!

shibaru said on Mar. 7, 2010

Right when I heard “Let’s play” in the video I was like CHUGGACONROY and then I heard “Chuggaconroy” in the video and was like OMG ECHO
That was a LOT of information O.o

santiagoff said on Mar. 9, 2010

Shigesato EEtoy XD

Joshua Johnson said on Mar. 9, 2010

wow, I thought a video with an actual prototype cart would never see the light of day..

I am so jelious of you. but then again, that is a 11 hundred dollars just for an nes game… so, it’s like half and half. it’s worht it, but at the same time, not worth it.

Schlupi said on Apr. 10, 2011

Damn. I would LOVE to buy that from you, Roo, but it looks like you don’t want to get rid of it. =(

My price would be high, too. I’d give my whole collection for it.

Anonymous said on Apr. 15, 2011

Jeez Roo, Youre so smart! 😀

Anonymous said on Apr. 17, 2011

Holy crap!! Itoi played this copy!!

Casey Corrigan said on Sep. 26, 2011

Hey everyone,

I have stumbled upon a ROM of the Earthbound prototype cart. It’s actually been in my collection for many years, and I forgot I even had it. I have no info about where it came from, but it looks to be a legitimate dump of the prototype. This is not Earthbound Zero, no hacks/modifications. It looks and runs exactly as the one in Roo’s excellent videos does.

I see that a ROM of the dump used for Earthbound Zero is available online, and I am curious as to if this ROM is that specific dump, or something different. Right now, the only way I know of confirming that is by playing through it to see if I get the black piracy screen. I plan on playing through it anyway, so I’ve got no problem with that, but if anyone has any other info on this, I’d really appreciate it if they could share it with me. Thanks!

Giygas's failure said on Oct. 3, 2012

Wow Roo thats amazing. Just amazing… I suggest you keep it it’s quite rare.

Anonymous said on Oct. 18, 2012

Shouldn’t the video be called “Hands On: Earth Bound (NES) Prototype” instead of “Hands On: EarthBound (NES) Prototype”?


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