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April 28th, 2010 | EarthBound, Events | 20 Comments

Super EarthBound fan Chewy recently e-mailed me about her translating the MOTHER 2 novel during Golden Week in Japan. Here’s what she says: As some of you know, this week is Golden Week in Japan. The entire country puts down its tools and enters what is basically a week-long national holiday. What this means is that I can’t fly home to America for anything less than $2,500, and that any t...Read More »


February 5th, 2010 | EarthBound, Itoi, Uncommon Knowledge | 5 Comments

I covered this topic before in this update debunking a myth about the “demon baby” story in EarthBound, but fellow EarthBound fan and translator Chewy recently posted an article giving some more info about the subject and the book “Let’s Meet in a Dream”. Check out her article here! ...Read More »


January 15th, 2010 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 19 Comments

It’s no secret that when Shigesato Itoi created the games in the MOTHER series, he used ideas inspired by all sorts of books, movies, music, and whatnot that he liked. I’ve listed a few of these inspirations before (I really should make a page that lists them all), but here’s a look at two more. The other day PK Coffee posted on the Starmen.Net forums, asking about “The Sir...Read More »


November 14th, 2009 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 23 Comments

A long time ago I wrote up a very quick summary (more like jotted-down notes) of the first chapter of the official MOTHER 2 / EarthBound novel. Then many years passed. Longtime fan and Japanese-knowing guy Kyosuke recently decided to do a summary for Chapter 2. So here are the first two chapters summarized! I think Kyo plans on writing more summaries on a regular-ish basis, so that would be good ...Read More »


August 26th, 2009 | EarthBound, Misc. | 18 Comments

This is probably old news for a lot of people, but a few days ago Reid and friends finally released an online version of the EarthBound Anthology. You can see it here. I don’t think any explanation I try to give would do it justice, so if you don’t know what the Anthology is, check out the site. People have been asking for an online version of it for years now, so it’s cool to s...Read More »


March 20th, 2009 | EarthBound, Itoi, Uncommon Knowledge | 30 Comments

In EarthBound, you can buy a house in Onett if you’re willing to pay enough money. But when you go in, you see that it’s a really crappy, rundown place. It’s so bad that it’s even missing a wall! The only good thing about the place is that there’s a magazine in one of the drawers. Here is what it says: “My Secret Life, chapter three.” (Story from the previ...Read More »


March 10th, 2009 | EarthBound 64, Merchandise, MOTHER 3 | 28 Comments

The Notebook, The Proof, the Third Lie By Agota Kristof Find on Amazon (~$11) Find on eBay It’s not too widely known, but MOTHER 3 was inspired in part by a book called “Le Grand Cahier” by Agota Kristof, which was released in English as “The Notebook”. It’s the first book in a three-part series. Itoi first mentioned this fact way back when working on the ...Read More »


June 16th, 2008 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Uncommon Knowledge | 17 Comments

Okay, finally got time to sit down and read some parts of this book. For those just joining us, in the 2002 novel The Three Natagiri Women (what is natagiri? anyone know? I see some possible definitions, but they don’t make sense), the very first chapter is about three women who randomly play MOTHER 2 one day and get addicted. Anyway, I’d like to translate this chapter someday, but won...Read More »


May 30th, 2008 | EarthBound, Merchandise, Uncommon Knowledge | 2 Comments

Wow, been a long time since I posted here. So busy with work and that Mother 3 translation. Why won’t those stupid guys hurry up already, god! Anyway, I’ve been considering it for a while, but just now I decided to order this one slightly older Japanese book. It’s nothing too spectacular or anything, though. Supposedly, it’s a fictional account about the daily life of three...Read More »


January 29th, 2008 | MOTHER 1 | 4 Comments

It seems that I only ever update this thing once a year. Today marks the one year anniversary since my last update of it, so I was obligated to do another update today 😛 Anyway, I’m talking about the MOTHER 1 Novel Summary thing I’ve been working on for some time now. Basically, I summarize each page of the novel with a short sentences or two or three. It misses a lot of the detail,...Read More »


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