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November 7th, 2011 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi

Once again the flood of Itoi interview translation continues as Chewy blasts through her NaNoTraMo stuff!

This time we’re treated to an interview in the January 31, 1997 issue of Famitsu. In it, Shigesato Itoi and Satoru Iwata discuss stuff from the ill-fated Nintendo 64 version of MOTHER 3. Here’s an excerpt:

Nagata Moving on, what’s the deal with the battles that Itoi’s always raving about like a madman?

Itoi How rude! (laughs) I’d like to talk about what it is, but I can’t yet.

Iwata It’s still in the testing stages. For example, MOTHER 2 had the monsters visibly walking around the field map. And when you touched one of the monsters, you entered the battle. So first and foremost we wanted to expand on that. In short, we’d like to allow strategies against the monsters right on the field. Not so battles become obligations, but so it becomes more fun.

Definitely check out the full thing here! And be sure to visit Chewy’s site and cheer her on 😀


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5 Comments to Shigesato Itoi in Jan. 1997 Famitsu

RadicOmega said on Nov. 7, 2011

Sheesh Mato. Your going over board with translating! 0-0. I think you should take it down a bit. You have your self too busy. ALthough Chewy translated this you have been translating a lot.

EBrent said on Nov. 7, 2011

Actually, Chewy did those last two interviews as well. Much thanks, Chewy. The pile of untranslated material is shrinking faster than ever.

But, knowing Tomato, you’re probably right about him being too busy. Hey, Tomato! Where are the last two episodes of Food Fight!?

Actually, if I had access to better quality videos, I would translate the last two (and the maybe the two specials) myself. Too bad all I can find are those crappy Chinese VCDs.  Has NHK put any of their other Saturday drama series on DVD?

Karadom said on Nov. 7, 2011

Reading that reminded me just how great Itoi is as a person.

Nobody5000 said on Nov. 7, 2011

@EBrent I did say that Chewy translates this. Thank you chewy. I do feel really ashamed that I can help translate this stuff but I don’t. I know Japenese pretty well.

OKeijiDragon said on Nov. 8, 2011

Thanks a bunch, Chewy. That interview sure showed a lot of attitude toward the project. Plus, we finally have more info about the concept of the controls for the N64 version. =)

I’m officially in EB64 mode now. Look at me go. http://twitpic.com/7c0yi0

I just wish we had scans of the pages where the interviews originated. I’d very much appreciate to see photos of Satoru Iwata before his time as NCL’s president.


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