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April 17th, 2012 | Images, Merchandise, MOTHER 1

After I posted about the details of EarthBound cartridges, Stanley sent me this e-mail:

Hey Mato, I saw your post today and thought you may find interest in this. I have had maybe 5 Mother famicom carts pass through my hands and all of them have had the sticker pictured on the right (on the attached picture). However, I recently got one that has a different sticker on the back. I was just wondering if you might know what’s up with this. Also, the two on the right have “00” imprinted on them, whereas the other cartridge has nothing printed. Have a good one!

Here are the pictures in question:

The one cart with a different label says “Nationwide Chain – Chameleon Club”. My only guess is that it’s a label added by a chain of used game stores or something, but I really have no idea. Does anyone else know the answer to this mystery?

Also, does anyone with a copy of MOTHER for the Famicom have any different stuff than what you see here? Let me know!


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8 Comments to Mysterious MOTHER Labelage

NattyBumppo said on Apr. 17, 2012

It’s gotta be from this games dealer:


toaker said on Apr. 17, 2012

My Mother cart has a diffrent label which i think is from a used game shop too, it says “Top Boy Famicom Shop” with the Dragon Quest III hero as the mascot with the standard warning about taking out the cartrige without turning off the power standard stuff

pk_stan said on Apr. 17, 2012

Stanley… >_<

Jason said on Apr. 17, 2012

I’ve been to Chameleon Club many times.. they were pretty common throughout Yamaguchi prefecture (not sure where else). They were a seller of used games, manga, and other collectibles (figures and stuff).

So yeah.. that’s all it is!

DJMankiewicz said on Apr. 17, 2012

In other words, if this person removes that sticker, the regular one lies beneath, in secret.

Doctor Fedora said on Apr. 19, 2012

http://www.chameleonline.jp/ looks pretty promising as an explanation.

KingMike said on Apr. 19, 2012

It probably is a game dealer.
I have a copy of Dream Penguin Story with the same sticker.

Doctor Fedora said on May. 13, 2012

Yeah, I’ve got a photo of a Chameleon Club I walked past last weekend, if you’d like it. It seems to be along the lines of GEO or TSUTAYA or Takarajima, basically your standard-issue used-game shop.


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