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June 9th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge

A while back on Twitter, ChronoMoogle shared this scan of an old MOTHER 2 preview in an early 1993 issue of Hippon Super:


And here’s a quick translation of what it says:

Is Nintendo’s Eagerly-Awaited New Game Nearing a Release Date?

SFC MOTHER 2: Gyiyg’s Counterattack
*Nintendo *Release Date TBA *Price TBA

It’s been half a year since screenshots of MOTHER 2 were released. Many people are eagerly waiting for it, wondering when it’s going to hit store shelves. So we asked Nintendo about the game’s current development status.

“The current development status? Well, Mr. Itoi’s work is already complete. Programmer-level issues are all that remain now. Currently, it’s looking like it might be released in May or later, but there’s a chance it could be delayed even further.”

Interesting. It also sounds like some new details, along with a projected release date will be shared at the end of March. We’ll just have to wait for future updates.

(Caption) The main character rides a bicycle. What other kinds of vehicles will appear in the game?

MOTHER 2 had actually been in development for a long, long time, and it almost got cancelled at one point until Satoru Iwata took over the programming and saved the day.

This particular magazine piece was published in early 1993, which is about a year and a half before the game actually got released, so it was probably around this time that Iwata showed up to take over the programming duties.

In the screenshot itself we see Ness in Twoson, but this area of Twoson doesn’t seem to be in the final game. Some of the old beta screenshots often had Ness without a backpack, but it’s hard to tell from this scan if he has a backpack or not yet.

For more early screenshots and videos of MOTHER 2/EarthBound, check out the old previews here!


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5 Comments to Early MOTHER 2 Preview in Hippon Super

Mr. Tenda said on Jun. 9, 2014

I never thought about it, but it makes sense that at some point Itoi’s work would be “done” before the rest of the game was, meaning that Itoi might not have been always around near the end of development.

SuperStarmen said on Jun. 9, 2014

That looks like where the school is placed in the finished game. Maybe it was a placeholder? Or the school could have been in a different area near the beginning.

FireflyMelody said on Jun. 9, 2014

Like I always say, always pretty cool to learn something new about this series.
We only need our trilogy, we’re not done cracking its codes just yet.

2Sang said on Jun. 10, 2014

Mato, they teased mother 3 fans in the e3 presentation today.

Flint Polestar said on Jun. 10, 2014

so why nintendo refused EarthBound 64?


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