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November 30th, 2012 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 33 Comments

A few weeks ago I posted about a possible plan to make print versions of my localization comparison projects. The response was far better than I imagined, so I’m pretty confident I’m gonna give a stab at it in the near future. Of course, I’m going to need to consult a lawyer and look at complicated stuff like that, but the first thing I want to do is get an idea of what to start ...Read More »


November 5th, 2012 | EarthBound, Misc., MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3 | 47 Comments

Many years ago I put together a big section that compared EarthBound and MOTHER 2 (see here) and showed how things were changed in the localization, why they were changed, and how it improved (or not) over the original. More recently, I started comparing other games this way, which you can see here. I was thinking recently how it’d be neat to make these into actual books too – for exam...Read More »


August 9th, 2012 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 11 Comments

A reader named Dan recently asked me this via e-mail, and I thought it was worth sharing here: Hey Mato, Just wondering about the creative delivery pun Escargo Express. Was that a localization gag or was it one that Itoi and company made in Japanese too? In MOTHER 2, the company is called エスカルゴ運送, which translates very literally to “Escargot Transit” or “Escargot Sh...Read More »


December 4th, 2011 | EarthBound | 146 Comments

Most fans know by now that in the Japanese versions of the MOTHER games, the special techniques are called “PK”, like PK Fire, PK Freeze, etc. while in EarthBound, these were changed to “PSI”, as in PSI Fire, PSI Freeze, and so on. More info here. Every once in a while I’m asked what they both stand for. “PK” stands for psychokinesis, and “PSI”...Read More »


October 25th, 2011 | EarthBound, Images | 10 Comments

I know it probably doesn’t matter to many people, but if you’re ever looking for screenshots of certain text in EarthBound (or MOTHER 2), then this is for you: EarthBound & MOTHER 2 screenshot archive – approx. 130 MB These are all the screenshots I took while working on my MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound section over the past year. So there’s a lot in there! ...Read More »


September 11th, 2011 | EarthBound | 23 Comments

After a lot of work, the MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound comparison section is finally done. It only took me like twelve years, but it’s done, hurray! I still have to fix various typos and I’m sure I’ll need to make little tweaks here and there, but I don’t plan on there being any more updates. If you haven’t checked out the section recently, I’ve added new stuff to som...Read More »


August 26th, 2011 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 43 Comments

I’m getting very close to finishing up the MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound comparison section, I added some new pages and tweaked some existing ones, and also added a tl;dr version for people who don’t want to read through a million pages of nitpicking 😛 Anyway, I was hoping the fair readers of EB Central could help go over the existing pages and give any last-minute constructive suggestion...Read More »


August 24th, 2011 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 23 Comments

I just updated the MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound section again, this time with a page about the item names, which you can check out here. A few differences here and there, most of them are probably familiar to a lot of fans by now. As I posted the page, I realized I should probably look through the descriptions sometime too, since we’ve seen that at least a couple items have pretty different desc...Read More »


August 21st, 2011 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 67 Comments

It took a ton of work, but I’ve updated the MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound section with a page about the ending, which you can check out here. In all, I wound up taking like 2500 screenshots which took forever to go through, weed out, put together, write up stuff about, and all that. I also think I wound up being extra picky on some of the more minor things, so with all that in mind, be prepared t...Read More »


August 18th, 2011 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 39 Comments

I updated the MOTHER 2 vs. EarthBound section with a page about Giygas and the final battle, which you can see here. Even though we’re now past the final battle, there’s still a lot more work I gotta do until I’m fully done with the comparison stuff. Off the top of my head, I still have to do the entire ending (oh man that’s gonna be a ton of work), item names, adding a lo...Read More »


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