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May 10th, 2015 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos

On YouTube, Beta64 recently posted a 20-minute video showing off a number of beta and unused elements in EarthBound / MOTHER 2:

A lot of the stuff might be common knowledge if you hang around EB Central often, but maybe there’s stuff in there that’s new to you! I don’t agree with all of the assumptions and claims the video makes (butterflies as enemies, for example), but I’m glad that all this info is in one compact video now! Thanks, Beta64!


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8 Comments to Check out Some Unused/Beta Elements of EarthBound!

Shaun said on May. 10, 2015


BusterTheFox said on May. 11, 2015

I wonder if he purposefully didn’t make the “video drug” connection. He said at the start how the battle BGs were called video drugs by Itoi… And then the unused Video Relaxant (Which was indeed Video Drug in Japanese) item? My guess is it was originally going to be an item that let you see the various battle backgrounds whenever you wanted, without enemies on it. Like the kraken screensaver I have on ym PC. :p After all, isn’t the game able to mix and match various BGs together and not glitch up? That seems like the kind of thing they would probably have had to go out of their way to do. The Spiteful Crow AP measure thing notwithstanding…

Theories. :p

BusterTheFox said on May. 11, 2015

Also, he didn’t make the connection between the cave music in EBZero and the unused cave track in EB. :p oooops!

Sable said on May. 11, 2015

I always thought that the Video Relaxant would let you disable the battle backgrounds in case the player found them hard on the eyes.

Sable said on May. 11, 2015

Also, the Magic Butterfly enemy could have been something akin to the Walking Bushie from Mother 3, which heals the party if you guard and let it act.

uguu said on May. 11, 2015

The only way I can make sense of the butterfly as an enemy thing is if it was a trick sort of thing. Like maybe in a specific dungeon they’d have fake butterflies that attack you instead of helping. Kind of like the fake presents that are actually enemies. But even that feels like a bit of a stretch.

Also, the info in the video was very interesting but holy hell was that guy annoying.

EBisumaru said on May. 13, 2015

The Magic Butterfly enemy is dummy data that was never intended to be used. Magic Butterflies are considered as a special case of enemies in the game, as they spawn the same way. You just don’t fight them. However, there still needed to be an entry for that enemy number so the enemy placement could refer to it.

uguu said on May. 13, 2015

@EBisumaru Very interesting! Thanks for the info.


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