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Tips for Buying EarthBound

May 9th, 2013 | EarthBound, Misc.

Josh recently sent me this e-mail about visiting Japan:

Hello, Mato!

I am a long-time fan and reader of your work (over a decade now), and my friend and I will be taking a trip to Japan this summer. We are both big Earthbound fans. I know that you have some experience with Japan and Earthbound, so I was wondering if you might recommend anything Earthbound-related for us to see while we’re there. We’ll be in Tokyo and Kyoto.

I understand you’re busy and of course, if you can’t get to this, I will understand. Still, I would be interested to hear from you. Thank you very much!

This is a topic that I’d always hoped to compile info about but never got around to it. The only locations that I can think of off the top of my head are:

Other than that, I can’t really think of any locations that an EarthBound/MOTHER fan might want to visit. Does anyone have any feasible suggestions or places you think would be good to include in a tour like this? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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10 Comments to Touring Japan as an EarthBound Fan

Zup said on May. 9, 2013

Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto is really cool – actually, scratch that, it’s just an office building they won’t let you in. But still, I made that pilgrimage when I went and I didn’t regret it. Not the most scenic part of town or anything, but yeah.

Gooptek said on May. 9, 2013

Well, EB was based around Dragon Quest, so some EB fans might also like DQ. In Japan, there’s a place called Luida’s Bar, which offers DQ-themed decoration and food, but I forgot where it is in Japan.

Straw Hat Gamer said on May. 9, 2013

Yeah, Luida’s Bar is legit. I can’t also recommend enough going to Fuji TV Station in Odaiba (if only to see some Game Center CX stuff ((somewhat EB/Mother related))), but a trip to Akihabara is a must! If they’re looking to try and score some Mother swag, the many game stores there should have some sweet merch. Super Potato is the big one, but there are several others there in Akiba. I wish I could remember the name of the store but there is a used goods store that also has an English webpage that sells a good number of Mother merchandise (I got my Mother 2 figures from there for a good price). If I can think of any others I’ll post ’em.

HpBoost said on May. 9, 2013

I will be following this conversation closely, add it is super useful info for future trips!

Hayesey said on May. 9, 2013

Hey mato, not sure if you saw this but you got a shoutout from BITF on teus. , and i didnt know if you saw it. heres the link. http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/
(sorry if this isnt the best way to contact you, just didnt know a better way.)

Arturo said on May. 10, 2013

It would be pretty neat to go to those arcades where Mother 2 and Mr. Saturn figurines can be acquired through UFO/Crane machines. I wonder if there are still those machines, and where they must be.

UbaNess said on May. 10, 2013

The restaurants were cool but I’d be WAY more interested in knowing any locations that sell Earthbound/Mother merchandise. We obviously can’t find much of it here.

Hill said on May. 11, 2013

I live in northern Japan (Misawa AFB). There is a thrift store like chain called “Game Souko” that sells a lot of used merchandise, particularly video game’s and video game memorabilia. Haven’t seen any figurines or plush toys yet, was able to snag a boxed copy of Mother 1+2 and Mother 3 for 2,000 yen a piece. Not sure about the Tokyo or Kyoto area, but I’m pretty sure they have a Game Souko in both cities if you ask around.

Matteomax said on May. 11, 2013

I’d say, check out some Japanese arcades, as some may have Mr. Saturn plushies in the Crane Machine/UFO Catchers.

Straw Hat Gamer said on May. 12, 2013

Ahh~! I just remembered the name of the place! Mandarake! They sell MOTHER goods on a pretty regular basis, both new and used. They are definitely worth checking out. Like I said in my earlier post, Super Potato is a must see, but their stuff can be a bit more expensive than they should be.


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