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January 2nd, 2015 | EarthBound, Images

A while back, the assistant game designer for MOTHER 2/EarthBound posted a picture of an Onett-themed New Year’s card that APE sent out presumably in 1994:


The text translates roughly to, “Our best wishes to you all for the new year.”

I never knew this existed until just now, and I’m also amazed that this predates EarthBound flukes by a good four or so years 😛


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23 Comments to Happy 1995 From APE and MOTHER 2!

cheifjerky said on Jan. 2, 2015

I’m guessing ’95 was the year of the pig?

vince94 said on Jan. 2, 2015

It’s so cool to see stuff drawn in the same art style, but not actually used in the game, like those weird pig things, that Saturn snowman, and Ness and Paula all dressed up!

Random man said on Jan. 2, 2015

Cool! If I had the time I would definitely have a go at recreating the sprites used on this card.

Joshua B. said on Jan. 2, 2015

Just for reference, the pigs are actually boars, and if you look, the two in the bottom right hand corner are playing with tops. And it was the year of the boar that year in the Japanese Zodiac, if you weren’t sure.

Huks said on Jan. 2, 2015

I’m loving that Mr. Saturn snowman.

Pinci said on Jan. 2, 2015


David said on Jan. 2, 2015

Wow, I love how ness is in a Christmas sweater. 😀

Mariotti said on Jan. 2, 2015

Oh man, EarthBound Flukes. I forgot about those!

Kodinami said on Jan. 3, 2015

Wow this is a wonderful picture! Onett looks beautiful on a snowy day~~

What I really want to know is what those pig things are… They look a lot like Nruffs from Kirby…

An E and two 8 said on Jan. 3, 2015

What a cute card! It is just me, or that tornado-looking thing walking on the sidewalk next to the explorer and the punk looks like the Unwelcome Gust from Mother 3?

Hatty said on Jan. 3, 2015

Ah, that’s refreshing 🙂

Linkdude said on Jan. 4, 2015

@David: I think that’s a type of yukata or something.

@An E and two 8: Looks to me like Ryan-Woo-Pa (the Master of Mu).

An E and two 8 said on Jan. 4, 2015

@Linkdude: Ah, you’re right! It’s the Master, I forgot that he teleports around in a tornado.

tux said on Jan. 4, 2015

JPEG is too lossy, any chance we get a PNG version of this?

Mato said on Jan. 4, 2015

Unfortunately, I think this is the best version that exists so far.

nesss said on Jan. 5, 2015


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David said on Jan. 6, 2015

By the way, Has anyone noticed the flowers on the top says “1995”? 😀 I JUST noticed it now!

GranTorino551 said on Jan. 9, 2015

I’m thinking about remaking this in Photoshop. It shouldn’t be too hard but it will require some custom sprites.

Hmmm… Challenge accepted.

tux said on Jan. 9, 2015


You are awesome.

Anonymous said on Jan. 11, 2015

Kimono Paula is best Paula

MysterySprite22 said on Jan. 11, 2015

This is pretty dang cool!

Dr.x said on Jan. 28, 2015

I wonder how many of these are still exist.


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