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November 28th, 2012 | Itoi

In his latest daily post on his site, Shigesato Itoi quickly touched on the MOTHER series and the attitude he had toward it when working on it. I don’t have time right now to do a full translation, but a quick summary is this:

  • After the MOTHER 2 live concert event that was held, Itoi spent a lot of time yesterday tweeting to people about the MOTHER series and reliving memories of those old days.
  • He thinks the MOTHER game was the first time in his life that he went into a job with the feeling of, “Please let me do this!” All other work he had done before was of the “Please do this for us, Mr. Itoi” variety, but the MOTHER games were the first where HE wanted to do something – to the point that even if he had been turned down he would’ve figured out a way to make it happen somehow.
  • Even when doing his ad work and competing with others he never really felt the “please let me do this” vibe. If things didn’t work out he’d just move on to another ad project.
  • The only other thing he’s really had this “Please let me do this!” thing with was his Hobonichi site many years ago.
  • When he has that “please let me do this” attitude, he can get super serious about his work and stick to it no matter how hard things get or however may setbacks he has. This was true when he worked on MOTHER. And when working on Hobonichi too, of course.

His daily posts are never archived, so after today the post will be gone. If I can, I’ll try to post a full translation at some point, but the above summary should cover most of what he said. For reference, his post will be here for the next day or so.


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7 Comments to Itoi Looks Back at MOTHER

neonix said on Nov. 28, 2012

He must be one free and liberated fellow to not feel the need to archive EVERYTHING! Haha

MrSaturn03 said on Nov. 28, 2012

Itoi, did you know you are awesome?
Okay, just checking.

Burglin Pork said on Nov. 28, 2012

Please tell me you saved that page as a .html file!

Apple Kid said on Nov. 29, 2012

Mr. Itoi seems to be looking back at the Mother series more often than usual. I wonder what the sudden emotion is all about. I mean, of course he gives it recognition but this is a new level compared to Itoi’s reaction on a normal day.

Derik Flensburg said on Nov. 29, 2012

I think he is happily making the connection/realization that something he truly cared about and pursued with all his heart is one of the things that comes back to him with positive results in unexpected ways. If I were him, I’d be greatly encouraged.

Crav said on Nov. 29, 2012

You know, Itoi has always struck me as a fasinating individual. Even without the connection to the series we all love, every time I hear about what he gets up to, I find myself thinking he would increadibly interesting to just have a conversation with.

The Man With No Name said on Nov. 29, 2012

I agree Crav, that was one thing in life I’d like to do if I could speak Japanese.

Maybe Itoi is starting to really realize that people didn’t just “play” mother like a video game but appreciated it as a cultural pop art time capsule that it is. As well as the many layers that extend with each game, all the little loving touches that were noticed and even stuff that crazy fans were inspired to make up. But who really knows but him…


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