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August 18th, 2013 | EarthBound 64, Interviews, Itoi, Uncommon Knowledge | 17 Comments

Back in 2000 (holy crap it’s already 13 years later), when the Nintendo 64 version of MOTHER 3 – aka EarthBound 64 – was cancelled, Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Shigesato Itoi sat down and talked all about the cancellation. It was then posted online over the course of like 15 pages. There was so much text that nobody ever really fully translated the discussion… unti...Read More »


August 2nd, 2013 | Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge | 15 Comments

Good ol’ Aquas sent me an e-mail the other day: Hey Mato. I recently discovered blackoak from Shmuplations.com strayed away from his usual vein of translations related to Shooting Game development and translated a small article from Itoi’s point of view on the development of Mother 1. It sounds a bit familiar to some things we’ve learned about the development of Mother, but there...Read More »


July 27th, 2013 | EarthBound, Images | 24 Comments

meleemario sent me this e-mail: Hi Tomato, So I picked up today’s copy of the Boston Herald, and I was reading through it as normal, when I stumbled upon the Earthbound review by surprise, and I just knew I had to share it with Earthbound Central! It’s been like 18 years since EarthBound got in any print newspapers! Actually, here’s a look at one old article from 1995. It’...Read More »


July 25th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Uncommon Knowledge | 31 Comments

Marcus Lindblom, the localization director behind EarthBound, has been actively in touch with a lot of folks in the EarthBound community, which is really cool – even I’ve chatted a few times with him online! After the re-release of EarthBound on the Wii U last week, Wired recently published an interview with Marcus in which he discusses the process of localization, some of the choices ...Read More »


May 6th, 2013 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 11 Comments

One of my favorite gaming sites is called Hardcore Gaming 101. It’s full of really detailed and interesting information, and I sometimes find myself spending too much time on there reading through all the articles they have. Well, a series of articles about the MOTHER series recently went up – it covers each of the three games in the series in great detail, plus some background inform...Read More »


March 18th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, Videos | 8 Comments

MOTHER 2 is set to be released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console in about 24 hours from the time of this post. In preparation, Shigesato Itoi has posted a video and began posting an interview between him and Satoru Iwata. First is the video! Here’s a rushed translation of what he’s saying: Thank you for all for visiting Hobonichi. MOTHER 2 has finally been revived. People were alw...Read More »


February 18th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 7 Comments

It seems like this past week’s been EarthBound week over at 1UP.com! So many EarthBound-related articles – if you haven’t been by there lately, check it out. There’s lots of interesting EarthBound content that I haven’t posted about yet. One of the big EarthBound things is the podcast – it features an interesting discussion with Reid Young at PAX last year, as ...Read More »


February 12th, 2013 | EarthBound, Polls | 99 Comments

Back when I first started working on EarthBound web sites, EarthBound was a pretty obscure game and it was still that time period where people loved to hate on the graphics, lack of violence, and all that stuff. Among fans and video game enthusiasts, though, EarthBound was regularly called “underrated”. Now things are very different. Well, some things are different, other things aren&#...Read More »


February 5th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos | 20 Comments

I’m a big fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd’s stuff, so this is old news to me but for years one of the most common e-mails I’ve gotten is something like: you know that one issue of nintendo power with scratch and sniff earthbound? it makes an appearance in this episode of AVGN. So, without further ado, here’s that EarthBound mention in his Nintendo Power video! From what I...Read More »


January 17th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos | 35 Comments

The price of EarthBound cartridges and other MOTHER games have been rising over the years, and it’s only natural that fans aren’t happy about it. I stumbled upon this video where a fan tries to express his anger and his reasons for said anger: I don’t want to add too much more to it, but I do think it’s important to point out a few things: Although EarthBound sold about 1...Read More »


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