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April 11th, 2013 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 19 Comments

A few years ago, while working on the MOTHER 1+2 translation, I made a hack that turned my custom Easy Ring into a Hard Ring. Reid then played the game live for everyone to see here. It was a lot of fun to see in action! I realized that I never released a patch with the Hard Ring enabled, so here’s the latest build of the MOTHER 1+2 translation with the Hard Ring stuff activated. To use it, ...Read More »


March 28th, 2013 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1+2, Uncommon Knowledge | 17 Comments

Earlier today I remembered that when MOTHER 2 was ported to the Game Boy Advance, Itoi didn’t make many changes to the text at all. For instance, he made the decision to leave date references alone, like 199X and having to return the library map by 2001. That said, there WERE some slight text changes though, and one of them has to do with a baked goods seller in Burglin Park. Here’s ho...Read More »


November 15th, 2012 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3, Q&A | 52 Comments

Wowow, I finally made it to the other side of my move – I went from Old People Town, Florida to Tucson, AZ. It’s been crazy busy buzzy but a lot of fun – probably the highlight was getting to visit the Fangamer office and hang out with everyone. I’ll probably talk more about all that stuff later on, for now let’s get to the questions! (Also, if you’re just now t...Read More »


November 10th, 2012 | Misc., MOTHER 1+2, Q&A, Smash Bros. | 27 Comments

Currently my main computer and 99% of all my possessions are now being moved across the country, which makes it a bit harder to do EB Central updates. So, for the next week or so I thought I might do some question and answer-type updates to tide us over for a while. Basically, if you have any questions about EarthBound, MOTHER 3, MOTHER 1, EB Central, or whatever else, let me know in the comments ...Read More »


September 23rd, 2012 | Audio Stuff, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3 | 58 Comments

The other day I posted about some hacking progress with the MOTHER 1+2 and MOTHER 3 music formats (see here). The problem with the GBA music (particularly MOTHER 3) is that the hardware limitations produced a sort of soft “fuzz”. But now you can play the music on your computer without that fuzz! For example, here’s the Love Theme from MOTHER 3, as it sounds on the GBA: Audio clip...Read More »


September 3rd, 2012 | Audio Stuff, Hacking, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3 | 25 Comments

A few months ago Bregalad released a utility called GBAMusRiper that rips the music from many GBA games into MIDI format with accompanying sound font files. Apparently it even works with MOTHER 1+2, but only the MOTHER 2 side. And it works with MOTHER 3 too – apparently to the point that a hacker by the name of LuigiBlood was able to do some basic music insertion. Here’s a sample: And...Read More »


July 9th, 2012 | MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3, Rumors | 7 Comments

I was browsing Starmen.Net’s archives from 10 years ago this month and realized that it was about 10 years ago exactly that the first rumors about the MOTHER 1+2 port and the MOTHER 3 GBA release started to leak out. Here’s the first one we heard of, posted on July 3, 2002. It’s from the old Japanese “Famitsu Cube” magazine: Miss Rumor: I’ve heard that one game...Read More »


May 5th, 2012 | MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 33 Comments

A nice fan e-mailed me the other day with some typo/error reports for the MOTHER 1+2 fan translation, so in the near future I plan to fix those and release an updated patch. But while I’m at it, I thought I’d make a public call for error/typo reports – so if you’ve found any typos in the latest patch or run into any problems, let me know! Now for some other questions: A f...Read More »


April 23rd, 2012 | Images, MOTHER 1+2, MOTHER 3 | 13 Comments

The other day girl034 sent this to me: Dear Mato, Yesterday I found an article about “Mother 1+2″‘s release in a german magazine called “Gamepro”. (the magazine is from 2003) It also claims that Mother3 will soon be coming out. I hope you haven’t gotten any messages about that yet. Greetings. I’m not sure what it says, but it looks short enough that it...Read More »


March 19th, 2012 | Auctions, Merchandise, MOTHER 1+2 | 10 Comments

I’m in a super rush this morning, but before I forget to mention it, here’s a rare Starman SMAAAASH T-shirt I’m selling off: There’s some more info about them here for reference. I must go now, my planet needs me. ...Read More »


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