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May 9th, 2015 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 17 Comments

About four years ago I posted about why I translated the MOTHER 1 side of MOTHER 1+2 but not the MOTHER 2 side – basically, MOTHER 2 and EarthBound have a really messy text system that would’ve taken me forever to untangle. Jeffman’s been plugging away at the problem for the past few years, though, and finally things are looking up! If you recall, I did a basic menu translation f...Read More »


November 6th, 2014 | Hacking, MOTHER 1 | 73 Comments

DragonDePlatino has released a new ROM hack for EarthBound Zero that changes the game in many neat, interesting ways! Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition aims to make Mother much more enjoyable for both Earthbound fans and those playing it for the first time. All enemy graphics, NPC sprites and tiles are be redrawn from scratch to be more faithful to the clay models. The goofy enemies are goofier a...Read More »


September 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 30 Comments

A few years ago I released a ROM patch that translates the MOTHER 1 part of the GBA MOTHER 1+2 release – you can check it out here. After releasing it, I got a lot of questions about translating the MOTHER 2 side too, but I explained that it would take a LOT of time and work and that I’d prefer to let someone else take on the challenge. For the past few years since that post, an EarthB...Read More »


August 19th, 2014 | MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2 | 10 Comments

Longtime fans of Starmen.Net and/or EarthBound Central probably recall the name Stephen Georg/xfis – he’s the guy behind so many amazing EarthBound projects over the years. He was even part of Fobbies Are Borange, which was a radio play of EarthBound, as well as the EarthBound Zero spinoff, Loids Are Not Christmas. The thing about Loids Are Not Christmas was that Stephen hadn’t r...Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


July 2nd, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 8 Comments

Rock has released a Latin American Spanish translation of my MOTHER 1+2 translation – you can check out the site here! Apparently it’s not 100% completed – some graphics still need to be edited and testing isn’t fully done, but you can check out the version 0.99 patch if you’re interested. Update: Here are some screenshots: ...Read More »


June 3rd, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 18 Comments

A number of other translations of MOTHER 1+2 are finished or nearly finished, here’s an update on two others. Brazilian Portuguese: 100% complete! This was done by Foffano and the other folks associated with EarthBound Brasil. I swear, that site impresses me more and more each time I check it 😯 Check out the site here, you can download the MOTHER 1+2 patch on the right sidebar. Mexica...Read More »


May 29th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 27 Comments

domflo just sent me his German translation patch for the MOTHER 1 side of MOTHER 1+2. You can download it here. I don’t speak German, so I can’t say anything about the quality one way or the other, but it looks pretty good from what I can tell. UPDATE! It sounds like a new version of the patch has been released, so check the description of the above YouTube video for the latest ve...Read More »


May 1st, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 65 Comments

Just wanted to mention that thanks to help from everyone who’s sent me reports (seriously, thanks!), I’ve fixed a handful of typos and formatting issues in the MOTHER 1+2 translation. I just put up the new version of the patch (v1.01) on the project site here. Hopefully that should take care of most (if not all) of those issues, but if you come across any other stuff or come across any...Read More »


April 30th, 2011 | EarthBound, Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 129 Comments

The question’s come up a lot since I released my MOTHER 1+2 translation the other day, so I should try to explain why it would be a lot of work to fully translate the MOTHER 2 side of the game too. (more…) ...Read More »


April 30th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 76 Comments

If you’re playing the Mother 1+2 translation I just released and run into any bugs, post about them here, it’ll be easier for me to keep track of them all when I go to make an updated patch someday. The currently known-for-sure problems are: #buglist li { margin-bottom:20px; } Choosing the fastest text speed in battle will make it say it’s the second-fastest speed on the file-lo...Read More »


April 29th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 206 Comments

It’s taken quite a while, but at last my MOTHER 1+2 translation patch is done and ready for downloading! Check out the page for it here: The MOTHER 1+2 Fan Translation You can download the patch there of course, and you can also download all the tools, files, and source code I used to create the patch. With these, you can create translations into other languages or create text-based hack...Read More »


April 21st, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 154 Comments

Today I finished my final text-polishing phase and test playthrough of my MOTHER 1 retranslation in MOTHER 1+2. Barring any unforeseen catastrophes, the patch should be out before the end of the month. I still gotta do a few last things, try it out on real hardware, write the readme, package everything up, etc. but it’s pretty much almost ready to go now. For those just joining, here are som...Read More »


April 13th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2, Uncommon Knowledge | 96 Comments

Over the last few days I had a little bit of free time, so I used it to get a bunch of text checking/polishing done with my MOTHER 1 retranslation. Of course, it’s important to note that since this was a Famicom game originally, the original text wasn’t as snappy or interesting as the later two games. Still, I think the final patch will make the game a lot more enjoyable to players tha...Read More »


April 2nd, 2011 | Events, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 35 Comments

Last night the Starmen.Net/Fangamer guys kicked off a MOTHER 1 Fanfest (site here). A little bit before it started, Reid was like, “Hey, is your translation far along enough that we could play it for everyone watching?” So I sent him the current beta build of the translation patch. He and his cohorts played through from the start of the game all the way to saving Pippi, so if you want...Read More »


March 24th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 161 Comments

My retranslation of the MOTHER 1 side of MOTHER 1+2 is nearing completion, and when I do release the patch I want the MOTHER 2 side to at least have basic menu translations. So after a bit of work I think I’ve gotten that taken care of. If you have time, it’d help a lot if people could play through the MOTHER 2 part of the game with this beta patch. Mostly I want to see if anything...Read More »


March 12th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 125 Comments

Over the last few days, I managed to pretty much finish off the rest of the to-do hacking for the MOTHER 1 portion of MOTHER 1+2. I might still need to fix some bugs and maybe add an intro screen, but I’m hopefully done with hacking the game. Now I just need to polish the text up, do lots of testing, and package everything up nice and neat, possibly with some extra goodies like we did when w...Read More »


March 6th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 123 Comments

I’d kinda been putting it off since I thought it was pretty much impossible or at least WAY too much work, but in a few hours I managed to implement an auto-wrapping function into the Mother 1 battle text. Most games (especially old ones) tend to use pre-formatted text, always taking into account what the longest possible name is for something. Basically, it’s why text in most games go...Read More »


March 4th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 38 Comments

Been a busy week this week, but today I managed to get a lot of stuff done on this project, so a lot of stuff’s been crossed off the to-do list. First, I made some suggested font changes and created this, which I hope will be the final font now: If you think any of the international characters still need tweaking, let me know soon! I’m not sure, but I think I might’ve fixed the ...Read More »


February 24th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 99 Comments

Managed to find time to finish a few more things from the translation to-do list. This time I finished the font and added lots of characters for foreign languages, mostly so that it’ll be easier for people to translate the game into their languages with font support already in place. The naming screen is a huge pain to hack, so having it all done like this will save future translators a ton ...Read More »


February 20th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 124 Comments

Got a few more big things crossed off of the MOTHER 1 translation to-do list. The most interesting stuff is that I tracked down a lot of loose pieces of text that would’ve been easily missed and that I also bit the bullet and remodeled the character naming screen. I really liked the way the Japanese screen was laid out in the GBA version, but it just didn’t give enough room for the s...Read More »


February 17th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 79 Comments

Over the past few days I managed to get a little bit of stuff done on the M1+2 project, and the to-do list gets smaller and smaller. Some of the recent stuff I got done is: (more…) ...Read More »


February 13th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 135 Comments

Got some time to work on some more stuff today. First, I finished up the selection screen stuff thanks to a few helpful site visitors. Many thanks, I’ll be sure to add you guys to the readme! Now I can cross those off of the to-do list. Next on the list was font-related stuff. I’ve been dreading this for a long time, but I figured it was finally time to deal with it. I’ve alway...Read More »


February 13th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 92 Comments

I’d always vaguely known that when they localized EarthBound Zero, they had changed part of the Magicant caves. I had always heard they made it harder, but I guess I remembered wrong – they made the room a lot less complicated. So just now I decided to go and see how different they are for sure. Here’s what they’re laid out like: Original Famicom version on the left, NES ...Read More »


February 12th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 25 Comments

I’m working my way through the rest of the Mother 1 retranslation to-do list, and right now I’m turning the “Which game will you play?” text on the main selection screen into English. There are actually two types that are used, the normal font one and then I guess at some point when you play enough of the MOTHER 2 version it’ll switch to the Mr. Saturn font. I’m...Read More »


February 12th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 70 Comments

Update: the patch is now out! See here! A couple people have been asking me to update the to-do list for the retranslation project, so a little while back I played through the game with battles off to speed through it and see what still needs attention. Then I compiled a list. I’ve already taken care of a few of the items already, but here’s everything I came up with. I’ll up...Read More »


February 10th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2, Polls | 93 Comments

I’ve been curious about something lately, so I thought I’d make a poll about it here. Basically, I’m curious to know how people see MOTHER 1+2 in regards to translation. What interests you more, playing the MOTHER 1 part of MOTHER 1+2 with my retranslation/extra features/uncensoring, or being able to play the MOTHER 2 part of MOTHER 1+2 in English? Click here to vote! I’ve ...Read More »


February 4th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 119 Comments

Disclaimer: this is not a beta patch of the translation, it’s for testing some of the other features that will be included in the final translation. I’ve posted about it before, but my translation of MOTHER 1 in MOTHER 1+2 will feature an item called an “Easy Ring”, which greatly increases the money and experience you gain from enemies while also decreasing the amount of ...Read More »


January 29th, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2 | 61 Comments

Not everything in a translation project is exciting or especially interesting, but I figure it’s better to show progress than show nothing 😛 For the last couple days I’ve been working on a lot of the simpler hacking that needs to be done – in particular I’ve finished up the file load/select/create stuff. The original Japanese screen has very small windows, which wasnR...Read More »


January 21st, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 65 Comments

I had a little bit of free time tonight so I did some quick work on the MOTHER 1+2 translation project. I fixed the final battle menu so that it’s in English now – apparently some of the other existing patches kept it in Japanese on accident. I also did some quick work with the graphics, mainly just copying the graphics from the Famicom game into the GBA version to undo a lot of the ce...Read More »


January 16th, 2011 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 63 Comments

A little bit each day for the past few days I’ve worked on the M1+2 project a tiny bit more. It’s not much, but here’s a small update. The big news is that I finally played all the way through the game with the current alpha script. Along the way, I fixed the text wherever possible – a lot of it was mostly context issues because the game’s script is pretty much in ran...Read More »


January 3rd, 2011 | MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 79 Comments

Yikes, it’s been a long while since I made a post specifically about the MOTHER 1+2 project 😯 Like I’ve mentioned in lots of past updates/comments, I’ve been really busy these past many months and can’t really afford to put much time into hobby work anymore – I haven’t even had time to update EB Central as much as I used to 🙁 So my M1+2 project’s bee...Read More »


November 10th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 92 Comments

As I’ve mentioned several times in previous posts, I’m quite busy with work and work-related stuff at the moment, so progress on my MOTHER 1+2 project has been very slow. It’s going to stay this way for a few months more at least, but I thought I’d give a quick status report and a small patch for testing. Right now there isn’t a whole lot of hard work left on the patc...Read More »


September 11th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 48 Comments

Right now, the MOTHER 1+2 translation is very low priority for me, but I still work on it when I get the chance. At the moment, I’m playing through the game with my retranslated and edited script, fixing up context issues and logging bugs that need to be fixed. I’ve also been playing with the new Easy Ring on, which increases money and experience you get from enemies. It was smooth sai...Read More »


August 22nd, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 112 Comments

I finished a bunch of text-related stuff for the MOTHER part of MOTHER 1+2 and now I’m playing through the game to polish up text and fix things to fit context better. I just got Loid/Lloyd, and then I noticed something: this is where I always stop playing the game. Indeed, that’s where I stopped playing yesterday and I don’t have much enthusiasm to play more at the moment. I don...Read More »


August 16th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 39 Comments

Just a very quick update today – I usually post mini-updates during the weekly roundups and on Twitter, but I know not everyone pays attention to those so here’s something here. Basically, I spent a bunch of time editing and formatting the MOTHER 1 script and now the main text and enemy descriptions are done. Next, I’ll finish up some battle text and the final battle text and for...Read More »


July 15th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 70 Comments

I’ve been slowly making progress with the text editing/translation-checking stage of my MOTHER 1 translation. I’ll give a progress update sometime soon-ish, but I wanted to make this post separate. Basically, I find the default font in EarthBound Zero/MOTHER 1 very ugly and harder to read than it should be. For short bits of text it’s fine, but when reading lots of dialog and suc...Read More »


May 23rd, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 187 Comments

Been a while since the last real update about the MOTHER 1+2 translation. I have been making small mini-updates about it and other stuff during the weekly round-ups, so if you usually don’t read those things, maybe you should 😛 Anyway, current status. First draft of the main script is now done. Here are some pics. (more…) ...Read More »


March 1st, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 65 Comments

I’m insanely busy as usual, but I’ve been putting in 5 minutes here, 3 minutes there on the script for the MOTHER 1 part of the 1+2 GBA compilation. It’s hard to say exactly how far along I am, but I’d wager somewhere around 20% of the first script draft done. Right now I’m starting on a lot of Magicant-related text. As much as it pains me to admit it, the last time...Read More »


February 11th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 98 Comments

This hasn’t been a priority of mine at all, so right now the first draft script of the MOTHER 1 part stands at about 15%. It’d be easy to finish this thing quickly, but I want to take my time with it. I don’t feel like there’s as much a rush, since people can play the NES ROM any old time, and my EarthBound Zero easy mode patch does what the Easy Ring in this M1+2 translati...Read More »


February 5th, 2009 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 30 Comments

I’m not sure how many people know this, but there already exist two different patches for MOTHER 1+2, made years ago by different groups. The problem is, EarthBound and MOTHER 2 are very complicated games programming-wise, so nobody has ever done much more than menu patches, and even then they’re incomplete menu patches. But I thought I’d show them now, for people who want to try...Read More »


December 19th, 2008 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2 | 28 Comments

Just a small update about the MOTHER 1+2 translation, since it’s been a few weeks since I announced I was working on the MOTHER 1 part of the game. (more…) ...Read More »


November 30th, 2008 | Hacking, MOTHER 1+2, Videos | 98 Comments

A couple weeks ago I still had the itch to do some light GBA ROM hacking, so I gave the MOTHER 1 part of MOTHER 1+2 a look. It’s been a breeze to hack, and I got most of the hacking done in a few days. I plan to do a retranslation of the game from scratch, plus a few other improvements, some of which are already seen in these screens and video. Some of the things you can expect from th...Read More »


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