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June 30th, 2015 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 1 Comment

We held another EarthBound Central Live stream last night, and it was lots of fun! If you missed it, don’t worry – you can now watch it on YouTube here! There was almost an unintended theme to this episode – lots of fans had sent in e-mails about reproduction cartridges, how to spot legitimate EarthBound cartridges, EarthBound prototype cartridges, EarthBound Zero prototype cart...Read More »

 

June 29th, 2015 | Interviews, Itoi | 8 Comments

During last year’s MOTHER 3 translation notes & beta testing streams, we talked occasionally about Shigesato Itoi and how he’s been doing all sorts of projects to help restore the areas of Japan affected by the 2011 tsunami and ensuing disasters. And one of those projects involves building tree houses! If this is news to you, you can read all about it in this translated interview...Read More »

 

June 20th, 2015 | EarthBound, Itoi, Merchandise | 5 Comments

There’s been a lot of big EarthBound series news lately, and here’s one that I’ve quickly covered on the past few live streams: a Saturn Valley-themed Hobonichi Planner cover will be released this September! Here’s a look at the current sample: Itoi’s company, Hobonichi, already released an Onett-themed cover for last year, so it looks like he’s hoping to make ...Read More »

 

June 15th, 2015 | Events, Itoi, MOTHER 1, Videos | 32 Comments

A lot happened yesterday! The super-big news is that the game before EarthBound – which most of us call EarthBound Zero – has been officially released in English on the Wii U Virtual Console! The game costs $6.99 in the U.S. and £6.29 in the UK, I’m not sure what it costs in other regions, though. The game appears to be exactly the same as the prototype ROM that we’re all ...Read More »

 

June 11th, 2015 | Images, Itoi, MOTHER 1 | 7 Comments

A couple years back I posted about how Shigesato Itoi and MOTHER 1 were referenced in the Gintama manga. Well, the anime has since caught up to that point – meaning those drawings and references are now in moving color! Here are two quick screenshots for reference: There are actually a lot more – you can find them here courtesy of Eraserstatue, but some of it might not be considered ...Read More »

 

August 26th, 2014 | EarthBound, Events, Itoi | 10 Comments

Shigesato Itoi updated his site’s MOTHER section with a Mr. Saturn message about MOTHER 2’s 20th anniversary! Here’s a translation of the text, courtesy of good ol’ Chewy: It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out. …Are you happy? ・Yes → Me too. ・No → Be happy!! (And Mr. Saturn proceeds to use untranslatable Japanese of course) “Desu noda...Read More »

 

August 13th, 2014 | EarthBound, Merchandise | 7 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted about some of the latest – and very unexpected – MOTHER 2 merchandise: Mr. Saturn belly warmers! To try to help explain what these are, why Itoi’s company is selling them, and how to order them, good ol’ Chewy made a page full of info: What’s a Haramaki and Why is Mario On It? If you’re on the fence because you’re worried it won...Read More »

 

June 5th, 2014 | EarthBound, Itoi, Merchandise, MOTHER 3 | 14 Comments

Besides the Hobonichi Techo planners, Shigesato Itoi’s company also makes a popular brand of Japanese “belly warmers” in Japan. In fact, it sounds like his company is largely responsible for its renewed popularity in Japan. Anyway, I don’t know much about Japanese belly warmers, except that they’re supposedly really good at regulating body temperature, so they’...Read More »

 

April 23rd, 2014 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, MOTHER 1 | 15 Comments

Shigesato Itoi’s company’s biggest success is its planners, and one of the many features these planners have is a daily-or-so quote, usually from an interview or something. Anyway, the other day featured a quote from Itoi talking about MOTHER games! Mother’s protagonist is just an average kid, so fleshing out his enemies and the opposition was important in making him a great her...Read More »

 

March 24th, 2014 | Itoi | 57 Comments

I was thinking the other day, “You know, what would I say/do if I ever got the chance to meet Shigesato Itoi?” But I couldn’t really think of anything, so I’d probably just end up saying, “Hey, I like your stuff. Thanks for making it.” But I’m curious to know – if you had the rare chance to meet Itoi for a few minutes, would you say/do/ask? In fact, ...Read More »

 

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