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August 2nd, 2013 | Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 15 Comments

Good ol’ Aquas sent me an e-mail the other day: Hey Mato. I recently discovered blackoak from Shmuplations.com strayed away from his usual vein of translations related to Shooting Game development and translated a small article from Itoi’s point of view on the development of Mother 1. It sounds a bit familiar to some things we’ve learned about the development of Mother, but there...Read More »


July 25th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Uncommon Knowledge | 31 Comments

Marcus Lindblom, the localization director behind EarthBound, has been actively in touch with a lot of folks in the EarthBound community, which is really cool – even I’ve chatted a few times with him online! After the re-release of EarthBound on the Wii U last week, Wired recently published an interview with Marcus in which he discusses the process of localization, some of the choices ...Read More »


June 26th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, MOTHER 1+2 | 11 Comments

The other day I posted an old MOTHER 1+2 interview that EarthBound fan “Iwant” had translated into English (see here). Well here’s a new MOTHER 1+2 interview translation, this time with Kouichi Ohyama, MOTHER 2’s art director! His/Her MOTHER feeling ~ Kouichi Ohyama’s opinion~ Here’s an excerpt: In truth, I still do not understand very well this popularity sur...Read More »


June 11th, 2013 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 1 | 12 Comments

Back in 2003, before MOTHER 1+2 was released, Shigesato Itoi got together with the composers for MOTHER 1 and 2 and asked them to talk about their experiences, as well as suggest a bunch of music albums for fans to listen to after playing through the games. The resulting Japanese article was a lot of text though, so for 10 years nobody really got around to translating it all… until now, tha...Read More »


May 21st, 2013 | Interviews, Itoi | 23 Comments

In a recent discussion about a famous copywriter by the name of Koichi Tsuchiya, Shigesato Itoi quickly mentioned the MOTHER games and his own experience being the writer for them. (The discussion so far has been about readers who have strong reactions to various instances of their writing) Yeah, there’ve been people who’ve responded like that and thought, “I want to be the one s...Read More »


March 30th, 2013 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi, Uncommon Knowledge | 7 Comments

Super translator Chewy recently translated a very big and very interesting interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Shigesato Itoi back before the Nintendo 64 Disk System was released in Japan and while it still seemed like the next big thing for Nintendo. There’s a ton of stuff they cover, including various things relating to MOTHER 3/EarthBound 64 that not even I’ve heard before, so give...Read More »


March 23rd, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi | 21 Comments

Last week a three-part MOTHER 2-related discussion between Shigesato Itoi and Satoru Iwata was posted on Shigesato Itoi’s website. If you can read Japanese, check it out here. If you don’t read Japanese, fear not, for KameDaniRyuu has translated them for English-speakers! Part 1: The Beginnings of MOTHER 2 Part 2: Memories of Many Different Places Part 3: The Quiet Creator of Special...Read More »


March 21st, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Uncommon Knowledge | 16 Comments

The other day during the Fangamer/Starmen.Net/EarthBound Central/Everything Else MOTHER 2 live stream event, Marcus Lindblom, one of the main brains behind EarthBound’s localization popped into the chat and really upped everyone’s excitement. He also answered a number of questions fans had and answered some mysteries as well! Here are quick excerpts of some of the highlights: One thing...Read More »


March 18th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, Videos | 8 Comments

MOTHER 2 is set to be released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console in about 24 hours from the time of this post. In preparation, Shigesato Itoi has posted a video and began posting an interview between him and Satoru Iwata. First is the video! Here’s a rushed translation of what he’s saying: Thank you for all for visiting Hobonichi. MOTHER 2 has finally been revived. People were alw...Read More »


January 22nd, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi | 53 Comments

A while back I posted about how Chewy met Shigesato Itoi and discussed stuff with him, including her experience with EarthBound and how many fans there are outside of Japan. She later discussed her experience and what she talked about with him on the Fangamer podcast (see here). In one of those posts, I said: “Chewy did briefly talk to him about the fans in America and elsewhere, but that’...Read More »


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