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November 8th, 2011 | Auctions, EarthBound, Merchandise

A long while ago I remember seeing a strange MOTHER 2 VHS tape on a Japanese auction site. I guess I completely forgot about it until now, because now it’s showed up on eBay!

Apparently this video was played in Japanese game stores to promote MOTHER 2 way back in 1994 or so. I’ve never seen what’s on the video, hopefully someone here with some extra dough can win it!

Thanks to amour for the tip!


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35 Comments to MOTHER 2 Promo VHS Tape for Sale

Bread said on Nov. 8, 2011

Woooooooooooooooooow! I am getting this!

Poe said on Nov. 8, 2011

I’d really like to watch that video, but NOT for that price. Cut that in half and maybe the seller would have a better shot at getting rid of it.

Zoom! said on Nov. 8, 2011

A must-have!

Roy said on Nov. 8, 2011

If someone gets this, i hope they digitalize it and post it on youtube so that we can see if there is anything intereasting on it

KingDarian said on Nov. 8, 2011

I’d love to get my hands on this, but not at that price. I wonder if it contains any of the MOTHER 2 commercials.

The Great Morgil said on Nov. 8, 2011

Hopefully whoever wins it will upload it to youtube.

ben said on Nov. 8, 2011

well SOMEONE bought this…
congrats, Bread

Poe said on Nov. 8, 2011

Whoa. Did anyone here buy it?!

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Nov. 8, 2011

I remember when I had a VHS player… That thing was my LIFE!

anon said on Nov. 8, 2011

yay you made an article about the email i sent you :3

Anonymous said on Nov. 8, 2011

i wonder if he uploads what is on it to youtube, i’m very curious.

Carl said on Nov. 8, 2011

I purchased this video. I will report back on exactly what it contains, and see what I can do about uploading it to Youtube or something.

Zoom! said on Nov. 8, 2011


b said on Nov. 9, 2011

the seller has a lot of these video tapes btw, he said he “make them”

anyway make sure you use a video capture card so we can see the trailer or just video tape your tv with a phone or camera and upload it to youtube

KingDarian said on Nov. 9, 2011

*puts tape into VCR*

*it plays Sim City and Mario Paint content*


man said on Nov. 9, 2011

@KingDarian Hoho.

Zoom! said on Nov. 9, 2011

Ha the seller calls it Earthbound 2

Mato said on Nov. 9, 2011

Whoa, awesome 😯 Did you get it for your collection, or did you get it to see what’s on it? You could probably get a good deal of your money back selling it to another collector if it’s the latter. Either way, woo!

Poe said on Nov. 9, 2011

Hooray Carl!! Can’t wait for your report πŸ˜€

Bread said on Nov. 9, 2011

Hey Carl are you going to put it on youtube
and if you do whats your account name?

Carl said on Nov. 9, 2011

I bought it partly because of its collectibility and partly because of my curiosity. I’ll probably just hold onto it, ultimately.

I’m pretty sure I have the hardware necessary to rip VHS tapes onto a computer, but I’ve never actually tried doing so before. I’ll definitely try getting it up on Youtube, though.

Willie Lawrence said on Nov. 9, 2011

At first glance I thought that the header said “MOTHER 2 Porno VHS Tape for Sale” I mean, with the pink in the background and the japanese characters-it just really threw me off

Poe said on Nov. 9, 2011

Practice on a VHS you don’t care about first, Carl. Wouldn’t want to accidentally screw up the MOTHER tape D:

ness-kun said on Nov. 9, 2011

i hope the footage contains new stuff

Zoom! said on Nov. 9, 2011

Who knows? Probably will though.

Zoom! said on Nov. 9, 2011

The suspense is killing me!

RadicOmega said on Nov. 10, 2011

@ness-kun MOTHER is full of surprises πŸ˜‰

Onett Resident said on Nov. 12, 2011

@RadicOmega: I have never agreed more.

Matteomax said on Nov. 13, 2011

Carl got it. Now he can post a video of it and we can see all of its secrets! Mwahaha! Congrats.

Zoom! said on Nov. 13, 2011

It’s been 4 days. Carl? Carl? CCCAAARRRLLL!! (MGS reference lol)

Mato said on Nov. 13, 2011

Calm down, eBay stuff takes a while, plus I’m sure he’s plenty busy as it is.

Zoom! said on Nov. 13, 2011

I know, I was just trying to make a joke. Not a very good one though… πŸ™

RadicOmega said on Nov. 13, 2011

@Zoom! I laughed at it! Seemed funny to me! Then again I have a very good sence of humor and laugh at everything

Carl said on Nov. 22, 2011

The video arrived last week, but I’ve been out of town so I didn’t have a chance to look at it until last night.

It is indeed some kind of in-store promotional video, only about five or six minutes long but it repeats when it’s over. It’s basically just gameplay footage with Japanese narration over it, and it’s divided into several sections about towns, characters, enemies, etc.

I don’t plan to even attempt to rip the video until some time next week at the earliest, but it’s definitely on my to-do list.

Knux said on Dec. 21, 2011

So… Did you do it yet?


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