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March 28th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge


Many EB Central regulars know that I relatively recently started a new site called Legends of Localization in which I dig deeply into the localization and translation differences between various video games.

For years I’ve had my EarthBound/MOTHER 2 comparison here on EarthBound Central, but now it makes more sense for me to put it over on LoL (don’t laugh!). It took a while, but now the stuff has been moved over! Check it out here!

Rather than just move everything over as-is, I also gave the EarthBound/MOTHER 2 comparison a better layout and made it consistent with the other games I’ve compared. While I was at it, I fixed some small details and added a tiny bit of new content – not much, but just a few things. For instance, I point out that Starmen are apparently hired killers/assassins, which is something I didn’t mention before.

In fact, the whole first half of my EarthBound analysis is pretty thin – just compare one early page with any of the other games I’ve compared. So I’d love to go and add lots more content someday, but I think I might save all that as extra stuff for a book version.

Anyway, now that I’ve got the new site up and everything moved over, I can hopefully get on with my Final Fantasy IV and MOTHER 3 stuff!

To be completely honest, deep down I’d much rather start on a MOTHER 1/EB0/MOTHER 1+2 comparison before getting started with my MOTHER 3 notes again, but I also feel bad for neglecting the MOTHER 3 notes so many times for so long 🙁


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13 Comments to Legends of Localization: EarthBound

EnnuiKing said on Mar. 28, 2013

“I point out that Starmen are apparently hired killers/assassins”

You’ve just shaped the new face of MOTHER fanworks for years to come with a single sentence.

Chewy said on Mar. 28, 2013


skyrunner14 said on Mar. 28, 2013

Like I’ve said many times before, my favorite game in the series is the first, so I’d personally love to see that first. And this is coming from someone who LOVES reading your analysis on Mother 3… I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer if it means you’ll discuss Mother/EB0.

Ness1985 said on Mar. 28, 2013

Hey Mato, since stuff has settled down a bit. When are you releasing the Mother 3 patch?

Mato said on Mar. 28, 2013

Since the Mother 3 notes have sort of helped me dig deep into the translation again, I’ve found a lot of little things that I’d like to improve. So I’d prefer to wait until after the Mother 3 notes (which at this rate should be in 2049) to release an updated patch.

Jeff and I will probably still release the source code, files, and stuff at some point much sooner though. That’s something that I really want to do so people can translate the game into other languages without needing to rely on us.

Gorgon said on Mar. 28, 2013

Hey Mato,

Just wanted to let you know that we greatly appreciate your taking the time to do this – and should you release any books on EB/Mother 3 I’d buy two copies. One for me and one for my next of kin.


Mr. Tenda said on Mar. 29, 2013

Your LoL site is really great looking.

Would it be too much to ask what other changes there are for EB?

Mato said on Mar. 29, 2013

There aren’t many, the big ones I remember off the top of my head are the Starman one and some talk about Mr. Saturn speech. There were probably 3 or 4 other little additions too.

Ness1985 said on Mar. 29, 2013

Thanks Mato, I look forward to 2049 😛

Opinionated Vector Chimera said on Mar. 29, 2013

The first Legends of Localization post in a while? lol

But anyways, I really love this change. It maintains consistency with the other projects.

Buster The Fox said on Mar. 29, 2013

I would personally prefer the original Mother comparison first. I guess just because it was always first chronologically (HOW did I spell that word correctly on the first try?!). xD I’ve been wanting to play through that one again recently too, but GBA games are the one medium that I don’t have any really great way to play them on. I play Earthbound on pseudo-VC using a modified version for the Wii (You tweeted about that recently!), but I don’t like using my keyboard to play on an emulator…

Darien said on Mar. 30, 2013

Buster: There’s a version of Visual Boy Advance that runs on the Wii. If you’ve already hacked it to run Homebrew Channel, you should be good to go. I’ll refrain from linking since I can’t recall offhand if Mato appreciates links to emulation sites on his blog, but you can find it simply enough.

Esper said on Mar. 31, 2013

I wouldn’t mind at all you switching the the Mother 1 comparison.


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