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November 24th, 2016 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos

The crazy idea I had for years is finally real: I wrote a book about EarthBound’s localization, and it released yesterday!

If you’ve visited my old MOTHER 2/EarthBound comparison site in the past, you know a lot of work into it. Even so, I threw almost everything out and started from scratch this time, researching new topics, discovering new things, and interviewing key people. The result: a book that’s completely different from the site and even puts the site to shame – almost every page is filled with info that even I didn’t know until this year! You can get a taste of what I mean from these sample pages.

The book is 432 pages, hardcover, and has foil stamping. It also comes with a reversible obi with a series release timeline on the back, as well as a scratch-n-sniff history card/postcard hybrid. There’s also an accompanying video that showcases things that can’t be conveyed in print form.

The book is $36, and until Nov. 29, 2016 there are some big shipping deals at Fangamer: free shipping within the U.S. and 50% off IPA international shipping. And they’ll even give you free gift cards the more you buy. Basically, if you’re like me and prefer to wait until stuff goes on sale, I don’t think you’ll ever get a better deal than this!

Like with last year’s Zelda localization book, I also made a companion booklet called the “Passport to MOTHER 2“.


When I first started studying Japanese long ago, I really wanted to play the Japanese version of EarthBound for some reason, but there were two obstacles: I couldn’t find a way to import the game, and I barely knew any Japanese.

I vividly remember how that felt, so I wrote the Passport to MOTHER 2 with the second thing in mind: even if you know zero Japanese, this booklet will teach you two Japanese writing systems, basic grammar, reading tips, and a whole bunch of MOTHER 2 terms. By the end, you’ll be able to read, pronounce, and even translate some simple lines in the game – and even with more complicated lines, you’ll still be able to pick up some general info.

If you’re starting to learn Japanese or ever once thought, “It’d be cool if I knew some simple Japanese” then definitely check this out. It also contains tips, tricks, and other non-language info for getting more out of the Japanese version of EarthBound.


The passport is normally $9, but if you get it and the main EarthBound book together, you get a $3 discount. Also, even though the EarthBound book already comes with signed bookplates, if you’d like the book signed directly, ask for it in the order form and the guys at Fangamer will set it aside for the book team to sign. It might take a little extra time to ship it out, of course 😛

Anyway, this is all sounding very much like an infomercial, but I do want to thank everyone who’s ever supported my comparison projects over the past 17 years. I never thought anyone would want this sort of book, and if it hadn’t been for your encouragement and support it would still just be a “wouldn’t it be neat” dream. So thanks, EarthBound fans!


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22 Comments to The EarthBound Legends of Localization Book is Here!

Anonymous said on Nov. 24, 2016

Is there a way we can get a digital version?

Mato said on Nov. 24, 2016

There aren’t any plans for a digital release at the moment. Although I imagine that could change in a year or two.

PrayerForSafety said on Nov. 24, 2016

Looks really nice. I love that you included scratch and sniff cards.

KyleRXZero said on Nov. 24, 2016

Eagerly awaiting my copy from the YANEB kickstarter. It’s freaking over 400 pages! Can’t wait for this awesomeness to arrive. 🙂

Ranbooob said on Nov. 25, 2016

I am buying this right freaking now.

Nick97 said on Nov. 25, 2016

I love your writing style. It’s a perfect blend of light-hearted snark and a “hey, I found this really neat thing and I want to show it to you” sort of feeling.

And, judging by the sample pages, you’ve dug up a lot of neat things.

Anonymous said on Nov. 26, 2016

Christ Tomato, 400+ pages? You exceeded my expectations.

I backed the kickstarter so my copy is coming I imagine. Can’t wait

Pichu said on Nov. 27, 2016

The only good thing about 2016… I cant wait for my copy ^,^

Castaway said on Nov. 27, 2016

I bought this right away! Can’t wait for mine to come in. I do have a concern, though. It says my order went through yet I accidentally used my old card (the only difference is the expiration date is 2 years earlier). Will it still go through? It still says they’ll notify me when it ships.

James said on Nov. 27, 2016

Not to be that guy, buuuuuut–“fan-uh-tic.” I guess someone over at Fangamer had a little brain fart. THAT SAID, I’m excited for this, as well as the rest of the Kickstarter package.

Kasumi said on Nov. 28, 2016

Or maybe it’s wordplay. EARTHBOUND FAN-atic rather than Earthbound Fanatic

SaturnValley said on Nov. 30, 2016

Amazing! I love the 90’s aesthetic. This is perfect timing since I was planning on getting this for Christmas, really hope it doesn’t sell out!

Jeff Shot First said on Dec. 1, 2016

Can I just say wow. This is incredible. I loved the first book on Zelda, and this is something even more special. I cannot wait to read it. Bravo Tomato. Bravo.

Lochy said on Dec. 4, 2016

This looks awesome. Hopefully I can buy it as an after christmas present for myself. What an absolute treat!

TanukiDan said on Dec. 5, 2016

I can’t wait to get it! Would you mind if I talked about it on my lame youtube once I get it?

Jeff Shot First said on Dec. 8, 2016

My copy arrived today! It is… amazing. I haven’t put it down yet.
I don’t really know what else to say. I think this is one of those moments in EB/mother history when something really special has happened. A milestone to put it mildly. Thank you Tomato. You honor this game with your work.

Mike said on Dec. 10, 2016

I just received my copy this week, and it is amazing.

The fact that you didn’t just throw a bunch of Earthbound localization facts, but put so much time and care into explaining the concept of localization, and your own journey (cool!) at the beginning really made this feel like something that transcends a normal book.

The entire time I was reading the intro – it’s so big it’ll be weeks before I make it through all the content – I was thinking, it’s so incredible that you were able to capture this part of yourself and the community into something permanent.

Thank you for doing this.

Mike said on Dec. 10, 2016

Also, I have to post once more to say: The cover texture effect is incredible and so Earthboundy. So many details like that make this utterly unique and tied to Earthbound.

Anonymous said on Dec. 14, 2016

My copy is almost here! I can’t wait!

CookieC said on Dec. 21, 2016

You cant print gifs… yet.

Anonymous said on Jan. 3, 2017

“…while EarthBound is just a game, it’s one of those rare games that brings out the best in people.” <– I've been saying this since I first played this wonderful, beautiful, magical masterpiece in 2008. It's such a grand, cohesive experience, and to think you're able to experience it on a Super Nintendo of all things!!!

Jamie said on Jan. 24, 2017

Hey there, I once had EarthBound complete with the game guide some eyars back, but just after I started playing the game, I had to sell it off with a ton of other precious games due to space issue and financial responsibilities.

Since then, I was able to purchase it again on the Wii U (thank god), but I just couldn’t bring myself to play it without the original game guide which cost waaay too much on eBay. But today, I came across your EarthBound Central site while search for a good price for the manual. Low and behold, it pulled up your link to the PDF guide.

As a token of my thanks, I decided to purchase your EarthBound Legends of Localization book from Fangamer. I liked the sample pages I read and look forward to reading it after I play through EarthBound. We really appreciate your hard work.


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