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July 12th, 2019 | EarthBound 64, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 10 Comments

A video surfaced showing a tiny morsel of new footage from MOTHER 3 for the Nintendo 64 (usually referred to as EarthBound 64 outside of Japan). Most of the clips from the video have been known about since the turn of the century, but the one small part of the forest/jungle area is brand new to most fans: This is a small snippet of a show called Game Catalogue 2 that aired in Japan in De...Read More »

 

February 26th, 2019 | Hacking, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 7 Comments

lorenzoone, who headed one of the Italian MOTHER 3 fan translations, has been doing lots of work with the game’s programming, including fixing bugs in the original game and uncovering unused/missing content. This latest video shows off how the MOTHER 3 debug room was actually intended to work: there’s actually more than one room in the debug room! The video also shows some unused sprit...Read More »

 

January 24th, 2019 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 6 Comments

CWillyHD recently documented a way to skip ahead to Twoson well before you should be able to visit it. It’s more intended for speedrunners and just for fun, but it’s really cool to see: I never even imagined that this sort of trick was possible, but I bet it could be used for all kinds of other tricks, although none will probably be as useful as this one. I’m always amazed at ho...Read More »

 

October 25th, 2018 | MOTHER 2, Uncommon Knowledge, 日本語 | 13 Comments

There’s a show about video games in Japan called Yusha AAAA. A few weeks ago, Mato & I happened to catch an episode centered around MOTHER 2. There were five people invited to the show, three of which were real MOTHER 2 fans. The other two were lying. Could the hosts figure out who was who based on their answers? I gave them numbers to make it easier. Question 1: What’s your favori...Read More »

 

October 17th, 2018 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 3, Rumors, Uncommon Knowledge | 6 Comments

Today is the 10th anniversary of the MOTHER 3 fan translation. To commemorate, Mato wrote a huge article documenting the cycle of hope, hype, and disappointment that surrounds the demand for an official MOTHER 3 translation from Nintendo. Some fans have been on this rollercoaster ride for 23 years and counting. For older fans, this article is a strange, funny, and heartrending trip down memory la...Read More »

 

July 31st, 2018 | EarthBound, Hacking, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 10 Comments

A YouTuber named Chaz recently conducted a full-scale investigation to figure out why the Mole Playing Rough in Dusty Dunes Desert appears where it does 100% of the time. He dove deep into EarthBound’s complicated code and explained everything in this easy-to-understand video: The video also contains information on the Shattered Man and Invisible Man glitches, random vs scripted battles, an...Read More »

 

November 28th, 2017 | Images, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 16 Comments

A reader sent in an e-mail a few weeks back about something I’d never heard of before – there’s possibly a secret message near the end of the game, spelled out using a cave’s layout! do want to make it clear that I did not make this discovery, but I know the person that did (KonekoFire) and they deserve full credit. I’m doing this as a favor for them. Anywho, KonekoF...Read More »

 

February 21st, 2017 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 5 Comments

I just recently learned that there’s a neat YouTube channel dedicated to showing off things that you can’t normally see in video games, and the most recent video is about EarthBound! Check it out here: The video covers all sorts of things using the walk through walls code, as well as some unused content and some battle stuff. I especially like how it shows how the game’s maps we...Read More »

 

December 21st, 2016 | EarthBound, EarthBound 64, Images, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 7 Comments

A reader named Ed sent me some scans of MOTHER series articles from a Korean gaming magazine called “Game Champ”. I don’t speak or read Korean, but it’s still cool to see all of this. It looks like they even gave MOTHER 2 a pretty good review score! #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align...Read More »

 

November 24th, 2016 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 22 Comments

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 re...Read More »

 

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