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August 14th, 2010 | MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge

This is something most people probably know, but just for those who don’t, the cover of the MOTHER 3 Handbook is based off of the U.S. Army survival manuals:

It’s obvious Jonk put a ton of work into designing the handbook, even down to the cover.

Incidentally, I recommend checking out both books, they’re both filled to the brim with interesting info!


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24 Comments to MOTHER 3 Meets the Army

wiimotemaster said on Aug. 14, 2010


Earthbound_X said on Aug. 14, 2010

Those Mother 3 handbooks are the best fan made product I’ve ever owned. I bought three of them when they first came out. One to actually use for the game, and two to keep in great condition.

LucasTizma said on Aug. 14, 2010

I have a very, VERY critical eye for production value and small details, and I can honestly say that Jonk, Reid, et al. are tremendously professional in everything they release. Extreme talent goin’ on.

Komaru said on Aug. 14, 2010

Heh, I’m especially loving ‘Make a Dakota fire hole’ on the actual guide.

MG said on Aug. 14, 2010

I wish they still had those handbooks in stock. If they did right now I’d buy one in a heartbeat. And I actually could buy it right now, for the first time.

Antiaverage said on Aug. 15, 2010

Mine is still in its bubble wrap that it ships in

random guardian said on Aug. 15, 2010

ha! make a dakota fire hole! I am now promptly going to google search it!

random guardian said on Aug. 15, 2010

awwww its quite a serious fire making skill 🙁

neonix said on Aug. 15, 2010

I didn’t know the Handbook was out of stock. They’ll probably do a second printing if enough people sign up for the email alerts – which shows interest in buying a reprint.

_oMeGa_ said on Aug. 15, 2010

Also like the Mother 3 guide cover, the Army manual cover has a poster with clay models of all the bosses on the other side.
Wait, what

Starstormer said on Aug. 15, 2010

I never noticed that, then again I never really looked at the US army book.

Jeff said on Aug. 16, 2010

I own two copies of the guide, for no rational reason. It’s just that good.

Violet said on Aug. 16, 2010

So at least two people here have bought more than one, one of which has actually bought three (no doubt planning to sell one on for a stupid amount to some poor soul). No wonder they’re out of stock.

Pigmask Private said on Aug. 16, 2010

^And even if they were, there’s no need to be such an ass about it.

Either way, it’s cool to see the similarities. When I got my fourteen handbooks, I figured the design had to be based off of something military.

neonix said on Aug. 16, 2010

There is nothing wrong with stocking up on good merchandise. This is perfectly normal and acceptable to buy three in a world of collecting. One for the love of the thing to tear through, one to keep mint for years to come, and one to maybe sell if it becomes very valuable one day. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. There were a LOT of handbooks printed and they didn’t sell out for a long time. The great majority of people who wanted one had plenty of time to find $20 and buy one. Some people may have missed out, but that’s life. The law of supply and demand, learn it.

Violet said on Aug. 16, 2010


And that’s why EarthBound games are impossible to buy for any normal people these days. Huzzah for supply and demand! Its win-win for everyone!

Justify it all you like, its greed, don’t pretend it isn’t.

Lothis said on Aug. 17, 2010

I always thought the MOTHER 3 Handbook did resemble the PMD and PMS books for UH-60’s… Guess it was no coincidence after all.

Jeff said on Aug. 17, 2010

To those complaining about not being able to buy a copy now “because” some bought multiple copies:

First, I bought my two because I love the game, love the fan community who put in such hard work into the guide, and love the book itself. I don’t plan to eBay it (or my awesome *2* Courage badges!) for profit. I didn’t buy two for any cynical motive.

Second, increasing demand increases the likelihood of later supply. They would have sold out anyway, so sooner or later some late “worthy gamer” is going to get “screwed by the greedy collectors.” But by buying two, I may have helped show Fangamer that there was enough demand to justify another printing by showing earlier consistent demand.

Rather than get pissed because early fans didn’t “leave a copy for you,” you should kick yourself for not getting their early enough. It’s easy to blame those who are more fortunate, but not justified if they are more fortunate because they simply cared enough to follow the translation progress and act sooner. If anything, thank the collectors that showed consistent demand for the book, because that demand may help you actually get a copy in the future.

Violet said on Aug. 19, 2010

That’s twisted logic, you know.

That said, if you bought two just because you wanted to support them, fine, that’s unusual but its at least for a good cause. My issue is with people who bought THREE or bought a second copy just to keep it so they can sell it later.

Oh, and apparently the only fans that matter are long-term ones, and ones with money at the time? People have lives you know, not everyone is acutely aware of Mother 3 yet, doesn’t mean they can’t be a bigger fan than you when they do find out about it and play it. If you go down that logic, you’re not a worthy enough fan if you weren’t following the release of the original Mother.

That, and not everyone can throw away money at the drop of the hat. Saying “oh, too slow, tough luck, I bought the one you were saving up for” is just being an ass.

yetikirby said on Aug. 22, 2010

wow looks cool!

OctobotFire said on Oct. 9, 2011

@mato When will another copy of the mother 3 handbook be released?

Mato said on Oct. 9, 2011

I don’t know. I hear a reprint is in the works though.

OctobotFire said on Oct. 30, 2011

PLEASE HELP ME! I wanted to make a pork army survival guide. The only thing is I need to know how to survive as a pigmask. Could someone share there ideas with me? I have some of my own, too.


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