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March 20th, 2013 | EarthBound | 10 Comments

A lot of stuff happened yesterday that I wasn’t able to keep up with, so now it’s time to play catch-up little by little. First, if you’re a fan of Game Center CX (also known as Retro Game Master) then you’ll be happy to know there’s a new Wii U Virtual Console video of Arino playing MOTHER 2! I haven’t watched it yet but I’ll update this post later with ...Read More »


March 13th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 22 Comments

After you defeat Giygas in EarthBound, if you go back to Onett and talk to Ruffini the dog, he’ll tell you to mail your thoughts on the game to a certain real-life mailing address in the United States. In fact, one of the earliest EarthBound community projects was Project Ruffini! Anyway, in the Japanese version of the game, Ruffini (or Itako Dog as he’s known in MOTHER 2) also tells ...Read More »


December 24th, 2012 | EarthBound, Images | 13 Comments

While browsing Japanese sites this time of year, one thing I often see is Mr. Saturn in snowman form! So here are just a few I’ve come across: #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { m...Read More »


December 23rd, 2012 | Images, Itoi | 10 Comments

Lately there’s been some rumblings in Japan of building up an army again, which has lots of people there worried, of course. As a result, an old anti-war ad by Shigesato Itoi from the 80s has been making the rounds on Japanese sites again in this new context: It says: “After you, Prime Minister.” (lit: “The Prime Minister shall step up to the front-lines first.”) The ad was designed...Read More »


December 21st, 2012 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 60 Comments

The Internet has been abuzz with news about Shigesato Itoi’s announcement of something MOTHER-related in the works. While checking out Japanese fans’ reactions I thought it might be interesting to share some of them here, so below are some Japanese comments that I’ve translated into English: Wh-what?! C’mon, save big stuff like that until you can actually give more detail...Read More »


December 11th, 2012 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge | 13 Comments

A few weeks ago I spotted an issue of Family Computer magazine up for auction, except it was quite a bit of money. But jrronimo on Twitter was like, “Hey, I’ll totally get it for you and send it to you for free!” And then I was like, “Whoa, you rock!” Yesterday the magazine finally arrived at my lair and what I found was really interesting. This is the June 3, 1994 is...Read More »


October 29th, 2012 | EarthBound, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge | 39 Comments

Rina sent this in a while back: I was wondering… Would you ever do an article about how the Mother series are seen nowadays in Japan? Reading through Japanese forums on the internet, it seems like the Mother series is one that has a not very large but extremely faithful set of fans rather than a game everyone knows and likes in general. Similar to the way it is in North America. Also, it se...Read More »


October 17th, 2012 | EarthBound, Images, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 3 Comments

While cleaning out my closets I came upon a big stack of Japanese game magazines from around the time of MOTHER 3’s release in 2006. A bunch of them I’m just gonna toss out, but before doing so Poe took pics of any MOTHER-related stuff that was in them. Here’s a look: #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; ...Read More »


August 24th, 2012 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, MOTHER 1 | 21 Comments

A couple weeks ago a Japanese fan released a new fan-made MOTHER album at the most recent Comiket. It’s called “Mother Notes” and has arranged music from the first two games. I don’t think it’s for sale anymore – I think it was only available at Comiket for 500 yen. But you can hear a sample of the music here: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above)...Read More »


November 2nd, 2011 | Images, MOTHER 3 | 18 Comments

Rina (or possibly Lina) sent me this recently: Hi! I can speak english too, actually. Recently I found a couple bits of japanese fan art and manga that I thought was pretty funny. Link : http://www.tcat.ne.jp/~mu-ko/mother3.html Maybe it’s something you’ve already seen before..? I realize it probably won’t be much interesting to most fans of this site since it’s in Engli...Read More »


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