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Tips for Buying EarthBound

August 21st, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise

I’ve posted before about how the flagship item that Shigesato Itoi’s company sells is a planner. One of the neat things about his planners is the amount of customization and the number of options available.

For example, one of the recently-announced covers for the newest planner is targeted directly at EarthBound/MOTHER 2 fans:


Here’s an official description of it:

This very special cover is modeled after Shigesato Itoi’s 1994 Super Nintendo game, MOTHER 2 (EarthBound in North America). The design features the townscape of Onett, including the scenic Beak Point on the west side of town. The cover interior and bookmark charms are bright yellow, the bookmark strings are green, and the pen holders feature Onett’s forest and sea. The cover showcases all the bright colors of the game to make you feel as if you’re sitting in front of a Super Nintendo, and included with every cover is a red Mr. Saturn pencil board.

Customizing these planners is such a big deal that you can actually buy full-size books about all your options – here’s a peek at the section about this MOTHER 2 stuff, in fact:


I don’t think these Onett planner covers are available for order yet, but as soon as I have more info I’ll post it here on EarthBound Central.

As always, good old Chewy is involved with much of this stuff, since she works closely with Itoi and his company on this stuff. I bet she’s been sitting on this particular secret forever 😛

Update: These will become available on August 31st, and yes, you can order them from outside of Japan. When August 31 rolls around, be sure to visit this site for more info on the new releases.


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30 Comments to Shigesato Itoi’s EarthBound / MOTHER 2 Planner

BoaTransistor said on Aug. 21, 2014

Mr. Itoi retweeted something about this earlier today, with a source link: http://www.inside-games.jp/article/2014/08/21/79668.html

Disclaimer: the following is the result of very brief, lazy research…

The planner should be going on sale on September 1 at 11:00 Japan (2:00 GMT), but it appears they will be announcing the “lineup” of options on August 22.

Based on 1101.com’s URL for 2014’s planner (http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2014/planner/) I might expect it to go live at http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2015/planner/ (which is currently a 403 Forbidden result)

Good luck!

Chewy said on Aug. 21, 2014

Covers can sell out pretty quickly, so I’d recommend checking out the store as soon as it opens at 7 PM PST on August 31st for those interested in buying one. 🙂 It’d also fit any A6-sized notebook, even if people don’t use a Hobonichi Techo book.

Chewy said on Aug. 21, 2014

Also the store link has a redirect URL of http://www.hobonichiplanner.com so you can just go there to access the store!

2Sang said on Aug. 21, 2014

Give me 10

Chivi-chivik said on Aug. 22, 2014

I need to know how much does this cost so I can get one O_O

BoaTransistor said on Aug. 22, 2014

Chivi-chivik, the listing is now up on the techo site: http://www.1101.com/store/techo/2015/detail_cover/c_p_mother2.html

The MOTHER2 cover alone will be JPY 2,592 (about USD $25.00 or EUR 18.83), while a combo of the cover and the planner will be JPY 4,752 (about USD 45.82 or EUR 34.53).

I don’t know their current EMS overseas shipping rates, perhaps Chewy could answer that.

Now that the listing is live, there are more images of the cover. It looks fantastic and while I don’t really have use for a day planner, I may get one.

UbaNess said on Aug. 22, 2014

Would love to buy one of these!

Anonymous said on Aug. 22, 2014

Sorry for the stupid question, but what is a planner?
I’m not a native English-speaker, and that’s the first time I encounter that word.

Pigmask Private said on Aug. 22, 2014

It’s sort of like a journal but for writing out what you’re going to do each day.

It’s like a schedule keeper.

BusterTheFox said on Aug. 23, 2014

“The MOTHER2 cover alone will be JPY 2,592 (about USD $25.00 or EUR 18.83), while a combo of the cover and the planner will be JPY 4,752 (about USD 45.82 or EUR 34.53).”

My heart skipped a few beats there. Looks like I’ll be sitting this one out, guys! 🙁 Really bummed, too!

Chivi-chivik said on Aug. 23, 2014

I’ll try to get one! *w*

Corbin said on Aug. 24, 2014

So, can I buy one and have it shipped overseas?

Mato said on Aug. 24, 2014

Yeah, although they aren’t available until August 31 or so. Check out this site when the time comes: http://www.hobonichiplanner.com/

DarklingDragon said on Aug. 24, 2014

Sweet. I bought one of his planners this year to help me keep organized and take notes. I use to use weekly planners and never had enough room.

I was planning to get a new one for next year and was debating on getting a new cover. I will definitely pick up one of these.

An E and two 8 said on Aug. 25, 2014

I’d love to have that cover for two reasons:

1- I have a good bunch of random papers lying around and I think having it would be a good solution for that problem.

2- Onett is my favorite town of the game. 🙂

But… Oh, the money… It’s always money what I lack. :/

2sang said on Aug. 25, 2014

Tomato the devil car from mother 1 is confirmed for smash run in the 3ds version.

Fukuokaman said on Aug. 31, 2014

Any updates on this today? Right now not available for purchase, but nothing seems to be. This site isn’t laid out very well. Classic Japanese Web Design.

Fukuokaman said on Aug. 31, 2014

A’ight they definitely are on sale tonight. Sorry for any confusion. : )

Corbin said on Aug. 31, 2014

I’m trying to buy one but I don’t know how to add it to my cart or whatever!

chase said on Aug. 31, 2014

wow, 3 hours in, sold out already. Laaaaame

Corbin said on Aug. 31, 2014

Will they get more?
I hope so…

Chase said on Sep. 1, 2014

There is a note now on the web page for it that says “we are expecting a restock on this item soon, check back to this page for more info” so that sounds good

snesdude7 said on Sep. 1, 2014

You can buy them again now! I just ordered one!

Ness1985 said on Sep. 3, 2014

BULL! It was in stock yesterday and didn’t get my money til today and now it’s out of stock again 🙁

Tis’ a sad day.

DavemanDeluxe said on Sep. 4, 2014

I got an order in before it sold out. I’ll post some pictures when I get it!

Ness1985 said on Sep. 5, 2014

So we can buy again on the 10th of September right? I think that’s what the site says, hopefully I can get one.

Ness1985 said on Sep. 9, 2014

I just ordered my cover! It came in 10 minutes early 🙂

LK said on Sep. 10, 2014

I’m so happy… I missed out on buying these the first time around, but I managed to nab one when they restocked. Can’t wait ’til mid-december when it ships! * o *

DavemanDeluxe said on Sep. 12, 2014

My cover came in today! You can see it was shipped neglected-class by the way the box came in. Feel free to have a look if you want, I’ll leave the pictures up for a few days.


MostStrange said on Jan. 5, 2015

I did a mini review of the planner/cover :). *SPOILERS* It’s pretty wonderful :3



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