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May 15th, 2010 | EarthBound 64, Interviews

Part 2 of this!

Awesomely awesome Chewy managed to get ahold of the EarthBound 64 staff member, but she’s not sure what to ask him now. So let’s come up with some questions! Remember, the guy only did the monster designs for EarthBound 64, and even that was a long time ago, so it’s best to keep questions in that area.

Quick disclaimer: there’s still a chance he might not want his interview posted or that there’s still NDA stuff preventing him from talking about stuff without permission. But hopefully it’ll all work out 😀

BTW, in case you missed it, check out Chewy’s MOTHER 2 novel translation blog!


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128 Comments to Let’s Come Up with EB64 Questions!

sticktendo said on May. 15, 2010

I got one: What other kinds of characters were planned, but didn’t make it?

Jeagle101 said on May. 15, 2010

Hmm… How about this:

What types of enemies were to be in EB64, but weren’t put into MOTHER 3 that you are aware of?

Nin10dude said on May. 15, 2010

What were some of your favorite sources of inspiration, and which characters did they inspire?

EdgarMendez said on May. 15, 2010

Did EB64 have the same rhythm, combo attack system?

TrevisimoTheGreat said on May. 15, 2010

How bout this one: If the game was made and was successful, would you make a sequel?

Jonathan Bourdeau said on May. 15, 2010

Do you guys consider Earthboud to be underrated compared to the other nintendo games?

PK Mt. Fuji said on May. 15, 2010

Did you have a favourite monster in the game? If so, than which one and why?

Adam said on May. 15, 2010

What is the third dimension like? Is it scary?

Also, was there any particular monster that was your favorite?

Anonymous said on May. 15, 2010

Was there going to be more character customization?

BottleRocket said on May. 15, 2010

Here’s a few: “Which of the enemies you created for the game were your personal favorites?” & “Do you recall what the story behind the two-headed Kraken and Hade Hebi, the forest snake were and where they fit into the game?”

xTrapzx said on May. 15, 2010

I have one: if this game was successful, would you have more and different characters?

Botalisko said on May. 15, 2010

Did you have any plans that didn’t make it to Mother 3 on GBA? What were those, and why were they taken out?

Commander said on May. 15, 2010

Who was the planned Final Boss?

KingDarian said on May. 15, 2010

* What was that big blue thing with the wide mouth supposed to be?

* Did any of the original designs carry over to the GBA version?

* Do you have any footage that has never been released? :O

* Do you have any sketches that have never been released? :O

* How many enemies were planned for the N64 version?

DanTheEnigma said on May. 15, 2010


Dokapox said on May. 15, 2010

Ask them about the different scripts, mother 64 DD and mother 64 both have different scripts, and both are different than mother 3 script. ask about what was cut from the 3D versions in order to make it a pocket game. ask why did they decide to change the game from a “everyday life RPG” to a common magical story rpg.
ask what are those weird unused claus battle bg screens, and if they’re related somehow to the old game script.
ask about the ending, what was it going to be like originally

Poko said on May. 15, 2010

Tell him that his boar monster from mother64 is too cute!! XD

TMF128 said on May. 15, 2010

Do you know of anything that was cut out from the story?

meleemario said on May. 15, 2010

Ask them this… “If Earthbound 64 was ever completed, and made it to America, what do you think America’s perception of the Mother/Earthbound series would be compared to how it is now?”

Chosen4 said on May. 15, 2010

What was the story behind the character that looked like Ness

kenisu said on May. 15, 2010

What was the Lucas and Claus mine cart ride all about?

Lucas200x said on May. 15, 2010

Would Porky age be the same as in Earthbound or would he have been aged hundreds of thousands of years like in the final version of the game

Kyoo said on May. 15, 2010

where Chimeras a huge part of the enemy line up?

Chosen4 said on May. 15, 2010

Ask if theres an unreleased beta that they could release onto the internet

Chosen4 said on May. 15, 2010

Ask what the expansion disk would be like

Mario said on May. 15, 2010

How did u think of Mr.Saturn

ShirowWolf said on May. 15, 2010

-What was the ice cream cone tank supposed to do, and…why was it shaped like an ice cream cone? .___.

-Were any recurring enemies from other Mother games due to make 3D appearances? Which ones, and why, if so?

steinmitz said on May. 15, 2010

How did the parts appearing to show Onett and Fourside fit into the game ? What was the water pipe going through the forest meant for , and why was it taken out of the GBA version ?

Chosen4 said on May. 15, 2010

sorry when i said unreleased beta i meant unfinished

Roo said on May. 15, 2010

As an insider, I’d like to know what problems he believed contributed the most to the game’s delays and eventual cancellation.

Oh, and awesome work Chewy, by the way!

steinmitz said on May. 15, 2010

I don’t mean to comment again , but I just realized what was said about this guy only being an enemy designer and that the questions should be directed in that area . What I’d like to know in this regard , then , is how many of the enemies’ attacks and battle actions were conveyed through animation , and how much simply in text ?

Shoopster said on May. 15, 2010

Did the original team making EB64 come back for Mother 3, or was the team scrapped?

What were some details of the ending that would make it necessarily “darker”?

Do you feel the characters translated from 3D to 2D without much change?

Why did EB64 fall through, while many other 64DD games, such as “Paper Mario”, “Pokemon Stadium”, and the infamous “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”, went on to be classics in the 64-bit era?

Do you think the Tanetane Island would be scarier in EB64? If so, in what ways?

Do you think moving from 3D to 2D made characters and enemies better or worse? Why?

Compilation? Any time soon?

Ninji said on May. 15, 2010

Was a prototype of the game made? And, if so, did you happen to own one?

Everdred said on May. 15, 2010

1.Who were the main playable characters?
2. Who was the Ness looking boy in some screens?
3. Ws Flint going to be in the party for the entirty of the game?
4. What were the strange ruins of Onett and Fourside?
5. What were the enemies originally planned for this but didn’t make it into Mother 3?
6. What were the roles of the Kraken and the Hebe Hedi?
7. Do you know what were the original Tanetane Island and ending sequences were like?
8. Who was the final boss in this version?
9. How large was Porky’s role?

Chiz-it5 said on May. 15, 2010

What didn’t make it into the gba mother 3

LakituAl said on May. 15, 2010

Which enemies were the hardest to design?

mr.yoshiboy64 said on May. 15, 2010

could you name some of the enemeys in the game?

OtherJosh said on May. 15, 2010

Ask him this: If Nintendo planned to “re”-make Earthbound 64 for the DS, would he be on the development team if asked?

I also second Ninji’s comment. Adding to Ninji’s question, do you know how many prototypes are possibly in the world and their whereabouts? And also, was there ever a completed version of the game? (I doubt this, but hey, you never know.)

Onion said on May. 15, 2010

When you designed monsters, did you let your imagination go wild or did you try to imagine them within the limits of the N64 hardware?

Did you design in 2d first or with 3d in mind?

Aaron said on May. 16, 2010

Is there a possible chance that you might release the game?

Pigmask Private said on May. 16, 2010

Ask him if he has one of the demo kiosks from SpaceWorld at his home.

PKSTARMAN said on May. 16, 2010

Damn, I don’t know how to respond to all this questions… But one thing is sure… Ness traveled to the future, that guy was really Ness.

8BitWalugi said on May. 16, 2010

^What are you trying to pull? No one is buying that.

Anyway, I’d like to know more about the Oness/Fourside ruins. That and I’ve never actually seen the screens.

Sam said on May. 16, 2010

Shigesato Itoi mentioned that the ending was going to be much darker in the Earthbound 64 version of Mother 3. Were you involved in creating the “dark” part of it, and, if so, is it possible for you to mention (or at least hint) as to what was going to happen in the end?

TheLawrence said on May. 16, 2010

Oh. My. Goodness. This is a dream coming true!

Was Claus the Masked Man? If yes, was the Masked Man’s design much different?

What did Porky’s spider mech look like?

Were the Magypsies present in the game?

Was Kumatora going to have her own chapter?

Batandy said on May. 16, 2010

@ What’s your opinion about the lack of Earthbound on the VC?
@ In the 64 version,did you’ve planned some items that didn’t make in the GBA version?

Arutoa said on May. 16, 2010

Were there any major changes in the music?

ha said on May. 16, 2010

What teams/how many people took part in EB64 development?

Satsy said on May. 16, 2010

Only questions I got are very likely already suggested here 😉

– When you saw Mother 3, how many of the characters did you recognise?

– What other things do you normally work on and how different are they all?

– What’s your design process? When coming up with monsters do you find references first or…

– Of all the series and IPs you’ve worked on over the years, which one was your favourite?


I don’t think they all need to specifically be mother related since I’m sure there are other interesting parts of his life, too. :3

dimo2 said on May. 16, 2010

What was it like to work on EB64?
What’s his optinion on the GBA-Version?

random guardian said on May. 16, 2010

hey was the un-used enemys Tiny Forest and Alkaline Man going to be used in the 64DD version?

santiagoff said on May. 16, 2010

Did you enjoy working in the game?

SHYKOOPA said on May. 16, 2010

Was the Ultimate Chimera in the game? Or was it just an idea that came up in the GBA game?

Callinn said on May. 16, 2010

Does he have any screenshots or content from the game that was not shown to the public?

nikon57 said on May. 16, 2010

Are you still in contact with any of the other members of the original mother 64 team? (We sure would love to interview them if we could as well!)

Posiedien said on May. 16, 2010

Did the monsters you designed make it into The GBA Version of Mother 3 as well?

yut said on May. 16, 2010

were the unused bosses (lucases nightmare) going to be used in N63M3? if so what did they represent?

Starstormer said on May. 16, 2010

Why is PSI refered to as Magic in the demo?

PlooKon09 said on May. 16, 2010

1. What was going to be the ending for EB64?

2. What was that tiny chompmonster supposed to do?

3. What were the differences between the pigmasks in EB64 and Mother3

HAK2 said on May. 16, 2010

what differences were there in storyline between the 64 and GBA versions?

Shann said on May. 16, 2010

Mother 3 is already a pretty far departure from Mother and Mother 2. From what we fans already know, Mother 3 version 64 was even less similar to the first two. Are we correct, or was it actually pretty similar?

I said on May. 16, 2010

Was giygas goning to be in the game

Kyoo said on May. 16, 2010

is mewtwo really giygas?

Hyperstar96 said on May. 16, 2010

Were any characters from Mother 1 and/or 2 going to be in EB64?

Kyoo said on May. 16, 2010

where there clay models used in mother 64?

adrian said on May. 16, 2010

1.who were the other main charaters that were not shown to the public
2.what was the ultimate chimera going to look like
3.was it hard to design the enemimes in the game
4.what roles did claymen,the main playable charaters,porky,mr.staturn, and dr.andounts had
5.how did you feel when it got cancelled

Ness said on May. 16, 2010

Heres one, how different do the Pigmask Soldiers look from EB64 and Mother 3?

Kyuuchan said on May. 16, 2010

do you have anymore music from EB64 up for downloading?


what were claus and lucas’s role in the story gonna be like (since flint was originally gonna be the main character.)

LakituAl said on May. 16, 2010

This will be really off-topic, but, has anyone noticed that Earthbound cart with a price of $0.01 in the auctions?

@Sam with spoilers

I always supposed the ending in EB64 would actually be a regular battle, in which it is revealed that Claus was the Masked Man just after Lucas killed him (and yeah, I suppose the concept of kill would have been used,instead of defeat). What’s darker than accidentally killing your own brother?

DoseiSan said on May. 16, 2010

Does the current ending differ from the original?

skyrunner14 said on May. 16, 2010

I was going to think of some questions, but most of the ones here are already pretty solid. Can’t wait to see the guy’s responses! 😀

Robert said on May. 16, 2010

I got one: What was your favorite part on working on the Earthbound64 project?

Pk Epic Win said on May. 16, 2010

“Why did the Pork Army look so different compared to the GBA version?”

DoseiSan said on May. 16, 2010

Ah… sorry, I kind of strayed from the Monster Design question.

My new question is- did the shape of the Pig Mask’s suits vary by rank? Did any of the higher ups look like the later version?

salsa said on May. 16, 2010

id just wana know how much the battle system changed from 2d to 3d cuz the battling style is what i like about the mother series. i would think it would b hard to replicate it into 3d while still having a mother look

DylanYoshi said on May. 16, 2010

Could you tell us some things that greatly differ in the plot of the Nintendo 64 version from the Gameboy Advance version?

From the few beta screenshots and the trailer, it appears as though many character designs were much different than one would expect from a Mother game. Were the Mr. Saturns, assuming they were in this version, any different from their Super Nintendo/Gameboy Advance counterparts?

Greiv said on May. 16, 2010

Do you think that Mother 3 would have made as great of an impact had it been released for the N64 instead?

OKeijiDragon said on May. 17, 2010

* Were there any internal problems within the development team that contributed to MOTHER 3’s cancellation on the N64? (That she is willing to disclose, of course.)

* What were the reasons for the delay of MOTHER 3 on the Nintendo 64 and the 64DD?

* Did you receive any sort of input from the North American branch of Nintendo for you designs?

* Are you willing to disclose and share any of your old designs from the N64 project to the internet?

This one is more unlikely, but it never hurts to ask.

* Do you or anyone you know from the development team, happen to possess a working build of the N64 game?

(I cannot wait for this interview to published! I’d love to mention it on my Shat-Canned Legends documentary!)
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t54L5SBXXhM
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeXUowDWbCw

~Keiji Dragon

bluewind said on May. 17, 2010

If there is a remake of the seris how would u improve the monster design personally.

neonix said on May. 17, 2010

It seems as though in not having anything to ask, Chewy now has an overabundance to sift through and pick just a few, haha. 🙂

What I’d REALLY like to know:
“As a developer, did you interact directly with Shigesato Itoi? If so, was it on a regular basis? Was he determined on certain aspects of character design, or did he give you a lot of freedom?”
(I recall once reading that Itoi was lax and gave developers freedome with either M2 or M3).

Also wouldn’t mind this one getting asked:
“Did you play MOTHER and/or MOTHER 2? If so, before or after (or during?) working on MOTHER 3 (64)? Have you played the MOTHER 3 released on the GBA? What do you think of it–did it turn out anything like what you thought the N64 one would?”

Axl-fox said on May. 17, 2010

just one question

in regards to the final boss

what did Itoi meant when he said that the ending in EB64 was going to be much darker than the actual one in Mother 3?

PKJovis said on May. 17, 2010

Where is all the existing game data for EB64?

Beat said on May. 17, 2010

How was transtioning from 2d to 3d?

xSAMx said on May. 17, 2010

What do you think happened to the prototype and is there anyway we can ever get a hold of it?!

Giovanni said on May. 17, 2010

In terms of character / plot-related stuff, the most worthwhile question that this guy would probably have an answer to is whether Itoi had any concept of the Magypsies in mind since the beginning of the project. Most of these other M64/M3 comparison issues can be inferred from interviews and photos we already have, but the Magypsies are a pretty unique exception in terms of the secrecy with which they seems to have been handled.

It would also be interesting to confirm whether Itoi’s association with Hayao Miyazaki’s projects – Princess Mononoke in particular – is known to have had any significant influence on M64’s development. In particular there are some pretty strong similarities between Yokuba’s design and characterization and the movie’s travelling monk/merchant/mercenary character that probably can’t be entirely coincidental.

questionsleep said on May. 18, 2010

-Need to know if they looked at drawings before making the 3D models: How were they different?
-Was the original 64DD Mother 3 design present? If so, what changes were made with the regular N64 version?
-Overall we need to know [more about] how the N64 game was different from the GBA one.

Ness and Sonic said on May. 18, 2010

Why was the project not moved to Gamecube like Dinosaur Planet?

What elements from the Game Boy Advance Mother 3 were not planned for the Original N64 Mother 3 (if anything)?

What was in N64 version that was removed in Game Boy Advance game?

Was Gyiyg/Giegue/Giygas supposed to be in the N64 version?

Lol said on May. 18, 2010

I know why was it canceled!?

Bruce said on May. 19, 2010

If there is a remake of the seris how would u improve the monster design personally.

Sander P said on May. 19, 2010

This has been bugging me, since some sprites in various game of the N64 era didn’t look all that nice.

“Where there any models that looked significantly better in 3D then as a sprite?”

Gabo said on May. 19, 2010

Please say this:
1. Was Claus supposed to become into Giygas in the ending? If so, What was the Darker part of it?
2. Was Pokey/Porky supposed to die in EB64?
3. What was The Ending?
4. Was the Masked Man supposed to be Someone else or Claus?
5. Did Ness play an important part in the Game?

? said on May. 19, 2010

@Gabo: Wadunt geigue what become giygas?

draganada said on May. 19, 2010

was mother 4 ever thought of or did you always know mother 3 would be the last game in the series?

your face said on May. 19, 2010

did ness make a similar appearance in earthbound 64 or did he play a bigger role?

OKeijiDragon said on May. 20, 2010

So what is the status of MOTHER 3 N64’s Monster Designer here?

? said on May. 20, 2010

Why wasn’t mother 4 made?

your face said on May. 20, 2010

what did the kindness stat mean?

PS3D said on May. 20, 2010

Early shots showed something that looked like Onett and a destroyed Fourside. Were those shots actually part of the story?

Afen said on May. 20, 2010

I just want to know if that weird hidden boss was in mother 64.

Tommy said on May. 20, 2010

When did you become aware that this game would not be released?

Tommy said on May. 20, 2010

One of the promos I saw appeared to have a Ness/Ninten character in it. To your knowledge were either of those characters originally slated to star in the game?

Johnnycaek said on May. 20, 2010

I remember seeing somewhere that the game was supposed to have around 14 chapters instead of the 8 in Mother 3. What chapters were dummied out if any and which chapters were simply lumped together? Of the dummied out chapters, what did their storylines involve?

Johnnycaek said on May. 20, 2010

Itoi also mentioned that the initial story was supposedly darker than its finished product in Mother 3, what were these darker elements and how do they contrast to the current storyline?

Kyoo said on May. 21, 2010

does pudding taste better warm or cold?

timmyt333 said on May. 21, 2010

o i got a a good 1 whould eb64 have been multiplayer

TheLawrence said on May. 21, 2010

Oh, another thing. What was Lucas “Call” action command seen in the playable demo used for?

Your Imouto said on May. 21, 2010

What’s working with Itoi-chan like? Is he cool to hang out with, or is he kind of scary?

Cubivore10 said on May. 25, 2010

Was it difficult to design monsters given the limitations of the Nintendo 64? Did you have to make many compromises because of it?

Sam said on May. 27, 2010

@ LakituAl

Hmmm…not a bad idea for a way darker ending…MUA HA HA HA. OOO, OOO! What if that was an alternative ending, where if you whooped the Masked Man too hard he died and Lucas found out who he accidentally killed?? GENIUS.

Ender said on May. 29, 2010

If you were offered the opportunity to work on either Mother 4 or a remake of Earthbound 64 would you?

Lukas said on Jun. 2, 2010

It said EarthBound 64 had 10 main characters, MOTHER 3 only has 7, who were the 3 unused main characters?

Chosen4 said on Jun. 8, 2010

was New Pork City going to be in the game and if so how would it differ from the gba version

Chosen4 said on Jun. 8, 2010

When are we going to get answers

yut said on Jun. 10, 2010

We may or may not, relax.
(Of course NPC was going to be in the N64 ver.!)

Ricardo said on Jun. 10, 2010

NPC was going to be in the N64 version, just as New Pork Island!

Chewy said on Jun. 13, 2010

The e-mail has been sent. I’m waiting for a reply.

KevinServo said on Jul. 4, 2010

My main question is how Earthbound54/Mother 3 was originally meant to end. I wanna know more about this “let the players feel betrayed” ending Itoi had in mind.

no one in particular said on Jul. 29, 2010

I have one, what was with the destroyed Onett picture?

random guardian said on Aug. 23, 2010

is the reply back yet 😛

Mato said on Aug. 23, 2010

Sort of but not really. I need to make a post about it sometime, but nothing much to say.

Anonymous said on Nov. 1, 2010


Pepps said on Jan. 6, 2011

Was Mr.Saturn in the game?

Pepps said on Jan. 6, 2011

Was New Pork city in Earthbound 64?

Anonymous said on Jan. 11, 2011

was porky going to die or live?

Dark Kirby said on Mar. 11, 2011

I know one!
Where did you get the ideas for the monsters
and if MOTHER64/Mother 3 64
was realeased,what date would it probably be

Dark Kirby said on Mar. 11, 2011


Zoom! said on Jul. 8, 2011

Was Earthbound 64:Fall of the Pig King just a working title?

emobook101 said on Nov. 26, 2011

in an interveiw Itoi said the ending was going to be much darker in eb 64… how?


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