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September 27th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews | 12 Comments

Chewy, the hard-working, butt-kicking, EarthBound-playing fan has translated lots of interviews about Itoi, the MOTHER series, and such over the past many years… but now SHE’S become the interviewed one! She discusses her experience with EarthBound, how the game seemed to American audiences, and how the game eventually led her to work for Shigesato Itoi’s company. Check it all ou... Read More »
 

March 24th, 2013 | Events, Itoi | 9 Comments

When we held our American MOTHER 2 stream event the other day Chewy was in a city a few hours away, but she was like, “I AM GOING TO BE AT THIS EVENT” and then somehow arrived at my house via magic. Then we realized how cool it would be if Shigesato Itoi, who already knew the stream was going on, happened to see her taking part in it too, since they’ve met a few times and discuss... Read More »
 

August 21st, 2015 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 10 Comments

Yesterday I posted about how there are going to be TWO EarthBound-themed planner covers released by Shigesato Itoi’s company in the coming weeks. It turns out I was wrong – there are three! The third design is for a smaller-sized, weekly planner cover and features Mr. Saturn! And here are the other two previously-announced standard-sized planner covers for reference: Note that these... Read More »
 

August 20th, 2015 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 6 Comments

A few months ago I posted about the new Saturn Valley Hobonichi Techo Planner, which should be available to buy next month. (Note – if you’ve never heard of these “techo” things before, I wrote an article about them here.) Out of the blue, though, Shigesato Itoi’s company announced a second EarthBound-themed planner – this one is called “Cast”. It fe... Read More »
 

July 13th, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 3 | 10 Comments

Satoru Iwata passed away recently at the age of 55. Not only was he the president of Nintendo, but he also saved MOTHER 2/EarthBound from cancellation by reprogramming most of the game, he was in charge of the Nintendo 64 version of MOTHER 3, and he was also there when the decision was made to make MOTHER 3 a Game Boy Advance game. Mr. Iwata played a big role in it all. This series, this site, our... Read More »
 

July 7th, 2015 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 4 Comments

Last night we held another EarthBound Central Live stream, and it was a fun one! We talked about so many different things and laughed at a lot of silly moments, it was great. If you missed it, don’t worry – you can check out the archive on YouTube here! As always, the Q&A session covered so many topics that it would be too much for me to list them all, but here are all the other ... Read More »
 

August 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Events, Itoi | 10 Comments

Shigesato Itoi updated his site’s MOTHER section with a Mr. Saturn message about MOTHER 2’s 20th anniversary! Here’s a translation of the text, courtesy of good ol’ Chewy: It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out. …Are you happy? ・Yes → Me too. ・No → Be happy!! (And Mr. Saturn proceeds to use untranslatable Japanese of course) “Desu noda... Read More »
 

August 21st, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 30 Comments

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 spe... Read More »
 

August 13th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted about some of the latest – and very unexpected – MOTHER 2 merchandise: Mr. Saturn belly warmers! To try to help explain what these are, why Itoi’s company is selling them, and how to order them, good ol’ Chewy made a page full of info: What’s a Haramaki and Why is Mario On It? If you’re on the fence because you’re worried it won... Read More »
 

June 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, Itoi, Merchandise, MOTHER 3 | 14 Comments

Besides the Hobonichi Techo planners, Shigesato Itoi’s company also makes a popular brand of Japanese “belly warmers” in Japan. In fact, it sounds like his company is largely responsible for its renewed popularity in Japan. Anyway, I don’t know much about Japanese belly warmers, except that they’re supposedly really good at regulating body temperature, so they’... Read More »
 

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