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October 25th, 2018 | MOTHER 2, Uncommon Knowledge, 日本語 | 11 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 favorite MOTHER food?

1 – (I couldn’t quite make out what he said)
2 – (said a line from the game)
3 – “Corn pizza”
4 – “Ramen”
5 – *excitedly pulls all sorts of MOTHER 2 merchandise out of her bag and starts showing everything off*

She even has a boxed copy of EarthBound!

I asked Mato, “Do you think she’s tricking them?” He replied, “That’s a really expensive trick.”

Question 2: What’s your favorite scene from the game?

1 – “Grapefruit Falls” (He liked that you can go there with Paula at the end of the game.)
2 – “The five moles underground. They’re all the third strongest.”
3 – “Magicant and the Flying Men. If one dies, there’s a grave. If another dies, there’s a grave. The last grave just says ‘grave’.”
4 – “Mr. Saturn. The coffee break is very soothing.”
5 – (She’d been giving trivia to go along with people’s answers the whole time. She said her first favorite scene is how the hotel newspaper changes after every event. She kept talking for 10 minutes but they cut the rest of her answers out. Boooo!)

At this point, the hosts had concluded that #5 was a true fan, so they focused on trying to see which of the remaining four were just pretending to be fans.

Question 3: What’s your favorite food item in the game?

1 – (He liked the condiments and how they change food stats based on how well they go with the food you’re carrying.)
2 – “You start throwing away cookies after a while.”
3 – “Hamburger”
4 – “Grilled butter porridge”

Mato, myself, and the hosts became very suspicious of contestants 3 and 4.

Question 4: Hum your favorite song.

3 – (He hummed something, said it’s the Magicant theme. It doesn’t sound like Magicant.)
4 – (She hummed something that doesn’t sound like anything. Said it’s the “taking a bath” song in Saturn Valley.)

Question 5: What’s the town you want to visit the most? Name the 3 best towns.

4 – (She couldn’t think of an answer, so #2 started helping her. They teased #2 about having a crush on #4.)
3 – “Onett, Twoson, Threed”

Me: “He just knows that the towns are numbered!”

It’s obvious now that numbers 3 and 4 are the fakes, so the hosts asked #3 what he did to prepare for today. He said he looked at a few YouTube videos before coming in. And #4 said her real hobby is shopping, not video games.

The hosts were so impressed with #5’s passion that they invited her back to talk about MOTHER 3 on a future episode. That episode aired recently, so we’ll have another report for you soon!

– Poe


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 lane. For newer fans, this article sheds light on how the cycle has been happening forever.

For me, it’s weird to see things go from magazines talking about EarthBound 64’s definite upcoming release in the late 1990s, to corporate Twitter accounts begging for MOTHER 3 and signs showing up at WWE wrestling events in 2018.

Brew some tea, grab a snack, and set aside a good chunk of time to enjoy this article.

Read MOTHER 3’s Timeline of Hope.

– Poe


October 8th, 2018 | EarthBound, Fan Games, Hacking | 5 Comments

Look out! It’s the Haunted Hoopster!

Wanna experience EarthBound in a totally new and weird way? pickfifteen recently released an updated version of the EarthBound Randomizer. The URL’s easy to remember, too! It’s earthbound.app

There are 3 modes to choose from: Normal, Keysanity, and Ancient Caves. “Normal” is the vanilla game with many things randomized, like gift contents, backgrounds, shop items, enemy stats, etc. “Keysanity” is like “Normal”, except all the key items are shuffled around. You’re given PSI Teleport and all teleportation locations are unlocked in this mode so you can progress through the game if you get stuck without a key item. “Ancient Caves” is the bonkers mode where you play through multi-level mazes with doors and rooms shuffled around.

Here are some screenshots of my short trek around Onett:

Give the new EarthBound Randomizer a try! Share your funny screenshots on Twitter with #EBrandomizer so we can all see them 😀

– Poe


October 1st, 2018 | MOTHER 1, Music Talk, Videos | 1 Comment

insaneintherainmusic recently posted a jazz/funk cover of “Pollyanna” from the MOTHER soundtrack. He’s joined by FamilyJules, Adrisaurus, and Sab Irene, making this an incredibly uplifting collaboration:

The song is also available on all sorts of digital music services (check the YouTube description for more info).

Please make more stuff like this! It’s lovely <3

– Poe


September 8th, 2018 | EarthBound, Merchandise | Post a Comment

A group of EarthBound fans and friends recently got together to design and produce a 2019 calendar filled with EarthBoundy goodness. Called the Batter’s Almanac, it’s… already funded on Kickstarter! And it only launched yesterday. 😮

The Batter’s Almanac not only features gorgeous artwork for each month, it also lists dates and holidays that EarthBound fans care about. Stuff like Shigesato Itoi’s birthday, the release dates of the games, and even National Cheeseburger Day.

Head on over to the Kickstarter page to secure yourself a copy. There are lots of additional rewards like stickers, posters, and an opportunity to have your face illustrated on the calendar’s cover!

– Poe


August 20th, 2018 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again! Shigesato Itoi’s website, Hobonichi, is getting ready to release their signature planners for 2019. Continuing the trend of the past few years, there’re some EarthBound-themed covers to choose from:

They got really creative this year. The Pixel Patterns cover is pleasing to the eyes and I like that they did more than stick unedited sprites next to each other. But the clay model ones — WOW! They used the actual clay models from way back when the game was launched, then they created extra stuff (like the Milky well and the Saturn props) to make the scenes very special and nice.

And then there’s the Blue Marble cover:

It’s not technically EarthBound-related, but the MOTHER logo uses this famous photo, just upside-down:

The covers go up for sale next month! Keep your eyes on these pages:

Oh yeah, the three EarthBound covers each come with this cute mini envelope too!



I just noticed these clay model pencil boards in the accessories:

There are 2 sizes: one for the original A6, and one for Weeks. Pick those up here!


August 14th, 2018 | EarthBound, Smash Bros. | 2 Comments

The SSB Ultimate Direct last week surprised everyone with new characters from the Castlevania, Metroid, and Donkey Kong series, along with a deluge of other news. Did you miss it? Watch it all here:

In EarthBound news, the Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom is an item now! And it does exactly what you’d expect — it reverses people’s controls >:)

I’m looking forward to using the evil lil’ mush to mess with people~

– Poe


August 8th, 2018 | EarthBound, Videos | 7 Comments

EarthBound? More like NOT bound… to Earth.

14-year-old Ronnie Doyle and a group of high school kids from Earth to Sky Calculus recently launched a copy of EarthBound from California to the edge of space with a helium balloon. You can watch the game’s amazing journey in this video:

This was thanks to Ronnie’s grandfather, who made a donation to the Earth to Sky Calculus group and allowed Ronnie to send an object “smaller than a lunchbox” into space. And the game still works!

Thanks to Chris Kohler over at Kotak for breaking the news 🙂

– Poe


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, and event flags. It’s very interesting!

– Poe


July 2nd, 2018 | Audio Stuff, Hacking, MOTHER 3 | 16 Comments

Back when we worked on the MOTHER 3 fan translation 10 years ago, we had reidman and Meeellla record themselves saying “Ready, set, go!” for an audio clip that plays in Chapter 4. If you don’t recall, it plays when Lucas and a character named OJ are about to do a rock-paper-scissors sort of game.


Recently, a fan named Karmageddon asked the official English voice actress for Lucas in the Super Smash Bros. games to say “Ready, set, go!” to be used as an alternate voice clip. He also recorded himself as the voice for OJ. Here’s what it sounds like in action:


For anyone who’s interested, I’ve made an alternate patch that includes this new voice clip here. Only the voice is changed – everything else is the same as Version 1.2 I think.

There are instructions in the zip file on how to use the patch – basically you just take the main fan translation patcher, replace the “mother3.ups” file in it with this new file (and rename the new file mother3.ups), and then run the patcher like normal. If you have difficulties with it, though, fellow fans can help you out here.

Also, speaking of alternate patches, if you haven’t tried it out yet, a fan did a script rewrite of the translation a few years ago to make things sound more natural. If you missed it, read more here!

I should note that if any translation patch updates get released in the future, these alternate versions will probably stay separate. But if you’re a diehard fan of MOTHER 3 and want to try the game with some slight differences, these might be right up your alley!


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