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December 26th, 2010 | EarthBound, Fan Games, Hacking

Been a while since I last posted about an EarthBound hack! This latest one is called “Colinbound Infina’s Invasion” and is a pretty-heavily hacked version of the game – nearly all of the plot and text has been changed, not to mention the usual stuff like new enemies, places, events, etc. It took DarkUmbreon a few years to complete it.

Here’s a short video of the game in action:

And a few quick pics:

You can read more about the hack and find the latest version of the ROM patch here. You can also download the current (as of Dec. 26, 2010) patch here:

Sometimes EarthBound hack patches are tough to get working right, so if you’re having trouble getting this patch to work, try using the Easy EarthBound Patcher.

If you find any bugs or if you have any thoughts about the hack, just post ’em here 😀


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44 Comments to New EarthBound Hack: Colinbound

Ratheronfire said on Dec. 26, 2010

Is it odd that I expected to find a hack on this page centralized around Colin Mochrie?

Random Guardian said on Dec. 26, 2010

Is it just me or do the places look exactly the same :/ I hope its a total conversion.

Earthbound_X said on Dec. 26, 2010

Wow! Awesome! There hasn’t been a full hack since Jonbound right? I’ve been waiting so long for another full hack!

NekoKnight said on Dec. 26, 2010

Glad to see enemies from other series make an appearence, that’s really cool.

Anonymous said on Dec. 26, 2010

I believe you mean Hairman.

Earthbound_X said on Dec. 26, 2010

About to fight the “Sharks”, so far the hack seems pretty cool. Only one thing I don’t really like so far, quite a bit of the npcs around “Onett” Don’t have anything funny to say, they just say very generic things.

There are funny npcs, but quite a lot of them aren’t.

blahmoomoo said on Dec. 27, 2010

Map hacking is quite complex in Earthbound… I am guessing that it would have taken quite longer if locations were completely changed. But I’ll definitely check this out.

There is somebody trying to completely change the map in their hack, although it is still under production (no beta patch or anything like that, but there are screenshots of certain map sections). It’s called Unearthed, by the same person that made Hyperbound. See http://hyperbound.net

Earthbound_X said on Dec. 27, 2010

@blahmoomoo Yeah, at one point I wanted to make a map hack of Earthbound, only changing the maps, nothing else.

But then I realized I don’t know enough about hacking, or PK Hack.

I’m really looking forward to Unearthed, it’s gonna be so much more then just a map hack.

Ricardo said on Dec. 27, 2010

Hey, I posted about this a while ago!!!

meleemario said on Dec. 27, 2010

As did I Ricardo. I also emailed the creator of the hack when I discovered a game breaking bug in it, and he updated the patch after I brought it to his attention! \m/

blahmoomoo said on Dec. 28, 2010

@Earthbound_X: Agreed, much more than the map is being changed. It looks like a change in nearly everything about the game, while keeping the graphics in Earthbound’s general style.

Though… nothing has been mentioned about changing the battle system. Then again, I don’t think Hyperbound used the battle system at all. Who knows, as not much has been revealed. We’ll see in time…

Ricardo said on Dec. 28, 2010

@meleemario: It’s not that I wanted recognition for “finding this”, or something. I admit my previous post sounded a bit…. weird, but this is a very well known project by now.
On the other hand, just by emailing the hacker telling him about the bug, you should appear on the staff roll, as a beta tester!!
I’m also looking forward to Unearthed!

Brian2323 said on Dec. 29, 2010

I found a bug…
When you get attacked while climbing, you get on a battle, right?
but AFTER the battle you turn to Ness, try checking it out…
I don’t know though i only saw the bag…

neonix said on Dec. 30, 2010

I’m always down for a good EB hack 🙂

Ness said on Dec. 30, 2010

ColinBound is so funny!

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 1, 2011

Found my first glitch, it’s a tiny one though. If you try to go through the tunnel to Garson on foot, when the rats punt you out of the tunnel, two ghost show up to kick you out, I’m guessing he forgot to change those ghosts in rats.

Colin said on Jan. 2, 2011


Actually, I didn’t forget. I just couldn’t find the ghost sprite.

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 2, 2011

Oh OK, just thought I should mention it.

iwata kicks you know what said on Jan. 3, 2011

For some weird reason, (no a giant pencil isn’t blocking the way!) my internet messed up, and it started playing the video in fast motion!
The hack looks pretty neat! You can tell a lot of hard work and effort went into it.

Gaia Dragon said on Jan. 4, 2011

I am confused as to why the creator has not recieved the PK Hack badge.

Blue Bomber said on Jan. 6, 2011

I found a glitch. In Lockport there is a scene where Keri’s dad runs down the street calling for her, after you leave the motel. After that anytime I try to initiate a text option the game freezes. Anybody else have this problem?

Colin said on Jan. 6, 2011


Yes, I know about that bug and I fixed it. Just download the IPS file off my website again.

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 6, 2011

Can you just apply the fixed IPS to the same ROM file?

PSI Rockin' said on Jan. 7, 2011

I saw that the teddy… Looked famaliar to Pokemon fans…

anon said on Jan. 7, 2011

it would be nice if some one injected this in to the wii’s wad system when its complete

Colin said on Jan. 7, 2011


I don’t know. I’ve never applied this new IPS patch to an old Colinbound ROM. I would suggest you just use a clean, expanded Earthbound ROM. (All I did was just copy over the bugged text with the original text.)

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 7, 2011

OK, I’m past that part where the bug would happen anyway, so I should be fine.

Blue Bomber said on Jan. 10, 2011

Thanks, that fixed it. I really like this hack. Keep up the good work.

TheZunar123 said on Jan. 14, 2011

One thing. Change the Psychic Points to Magick Points. It doesn’t make since that using Magick uses Psychic Points, or at least to me it doesn’t.

NeoNess said on Jan. 16, 2011

Wanna say nice hack you did here, been an Earthbound fan since the mid 90’s. I got some questions: Do you have a strategy guide to with this? I pretty much know where to go based on the original game, but enemies will drop better stuff and some enemies are tuff (which is good). Keep up the good work :), looking forward to other hacks by you Colin and the Earthbound Community.

NeoNess said on Jan. 16, 2011

My bad there is this one bug I run into on a rare occasion and thats where the game would freeze at random times, I am in the desert area (forget name) and only had to kill 1 Warlock in the cave and the game froze >.<

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 16, 2011

@NeoNess I’ve had it freeze once, I just beat Robert, and I was going into the cabin to save the girl(Can’t remember her name off the top of my head) and it froze, though I just loaded a state, and it was fine the next time.

Colin said on Jan. 17, 2011


That’s strange about the freezing, NeoNess and Earthbound_X. I’ve never had such a problem while play-testing my hack. What emulators and OS are you using? (Probably ZSNES and XP, right?)

NeoNess said on Jan. 18, 2011

Yep XP and Zsnes, I had it happen a few more times again. One was in the town where you get the 4th character and I can’t seem to remember the other one

Earthbound_X said on Jan. 20, 2011

I was using Windows 7, and ZSNES. I think it may have froze, because right before I went into the cabin, there were about 6-7 Living Gas enemies outside, which was lagging the game a ton. The next time I went into the cabin, after loading a save state, they weren’t there, and it worked fine.

popkorn said on Apr. 23, 2011

Heh heh heh… Poo’s tool shop. Yay references to the game he hacked!

TheZunar123 said on Jun. 12, 2011

It’s very unique how he kept everyone from Earthbound in the game. Ness is the hint guy, which makes perfect sense because he’s done this adventure; Paula is the replacement of Venus, which also makes sense; and Jeff is the replacement of the weapons dealer, which again makes sense, because he was the only one that could use them in EB.

I have a bug to report, though. I am on Mt, Koi (replacement for Dalaam) and then Dawn (replacement of Ness’s dad) calls. I say no, that I don’t want to quit, but then the text box says Xeria is talking, but it’s supposed to be Lo Wang. You might want to fix that. Also, like I said above, you might want to change PP to MP (also change Psychic Points to Magick Points) and edit the PP on the HP/PP boxes to MP, which I did myself, but the M looks very crappy IMO.

TheZunar123 said on Jul. 9, 2011

Also, I have a glitch to report. The Bazooker’s death text is glitched. You might want to check into that.

eruditebound said on Oct. 12, 2012

PREPATCH th damn thing I’m sorry but I have no clue how to us an ips

Opinionated Vector Chimera said on Feb. 22, 2013

That second screenshot showing three enemies at once…wait, is that a Brain from Final Fantasy II?

JONIBOUND said on Jan. 15, 2014


JONIBOUND said on Jan. 15, 2014

este juego es bueno para los niños no para los adultos porque se veria absurdo ver a un adulto como niño mocoso asi como mi padrastro!!

JONIBOUND said on Jan. 15, 2014

this game is not good for kids to adults because it would look ridiculous to see an adult brat child as well as my stepfather!


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