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April 23rd, 2010 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge

A good while back I posted some pics of what EarthBound carts look like on the inside. Now here’s what MOTHER 2 carts look like!

Hard to believe that something so bland and circuit-y secretly contains such awesome stuff inside!


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25 Comments to The Guts of MOTHER 2

Sisto said on Apr. 23, 2010

It is intriguing how much they can fit in one of those.

Gon said on Apr. 23, 2010

I always prefered the look of super famicom carts compared to SNES carts.

Mother 2 kirby said on Apr. 23, 2010

I noticed that the circuit board of Mother 2 is different than Earthbound’s circuit board.

neonix said on Apr. 24, 2010

I love the design of the SNES carts. The square corners, the lines on the edges, everything about them had that classic Nintendo style and feel that I always liked.

KingDarian said on Apr. 24, 2010

Looks like a lot more chips than the EarthBound cart. Were there multiple revisions of MOTHER 2, like EarthBound(with/without debug, etc.)?

Halloween said on Apr. 24, 2010

Mother2Kirby: Maybe the extra chip on the SF cart is for all those extra Japanese characters!

starstormer said on Apr. 24, 2010

Wow, that looks a lot different than US snes cart boards.

Fiesty Panda said on Apr. 24, 2010

It only looks bland if you don’t know how it works, I think it looks like magic.

LucasTizma said on Apr. 24, 2010

Ah, I almost bought this YAJ item when I saw the picture, thinking it was perhaps a prototype or something. 🙂

Ninji said on Apr. 24, 2010

The circuit board is a few inches bigger than EB’s circuit board :O What did NoA do to the poor thing, EB looks butchered down compared to M2! 😛

Roo said on Apr. 24, 2010

Hmmm, curious. Does anyone who’s familiar with the innards of SNES/Super Famicom carts know why there’s an extra 28-pin chip in the center right part of the Mother 2 board that seems to be missing from the EarthBound one?

Violet said on Apr. 24, 2010

It’s the Success At Retail chip. NoA forgot it.

Kyoo said on Apr. 24, 2010

@violet, oh that’s why they didn’t sell in the USA now it all makes sense, they forgot the success chip. and here I was blaming the poor marketing and the large book, and price tag.

how silly of NOA to forget the success chip

Roo said on Apr. 24, 2010

They learned their lesson and made sure to include the “It Prints Money” chip once they started selling Nintendo DS’s

LucasTizma said on Apr. 24, 2010

NoA’s marketing department just sucked a big one when they “planned” EarthBound.

TheMetroidMan said on Apr. 24, 2010

@Violet, I just literally lolled at that statement. Best. Answer. Ever.

Chico Suave said on Apr. 25, 2010

Is it just me or does the board itself vaguely resemble the ingame map of Onett?

Violet said on Apr. 25, 2010

@TheMetroidMan, that’s awesome, why thank ya!

Crocodile Puncher said on Apr. 25, 2010

I don’t really know any of you, or whoever writes this blog, but I hate you for calling that circuit “bland”.

neonix said on Apr. 25, 2010

^So how the hell did you end up here? O_O

Mato said on Apr. 25, 2010

I used to study electronics and chip design and all that, so I think I’m allowed to state my opinion. Plus, to be honest, all the fun isn’t even in the circuit stuff but the ROM chips. Which look bland 😛

Ninji said on Apr. 25, 2010

@Crocodile Puncher, you’re kinda being a dick at Mato you know, he’s aloud to state his opinion, and all the fun doesn’t come from the circuits, but from the game itself!

Crocodile Puncher said on Apr. 25, 2010

Nah, I’m just playing around. I grew up with lots of this kind of stuff around so it all just looks awesome to me.

Besides, it just looks lovely.

Crocodile Puncher said on Apr. 25, 2010

Oh and I was just altering the truth from effect. I do know who you are.

Ninji said on Apr. 26, 2010

Oh, well, I take back everything I said! 😛


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