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February 26th, 2019 | Hacking, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 7 Comments

lorenzoone, who headed one of the Italian MOTHER 3 fan translations, has been doing lots of work with the game’s programming, including fixing bugs in the original game and uncovering unused/missing content. This latest video shows off how the MOTHER 3 debug room was actually intended to work: there’s actually more than one room in the debug room! The video also shows some unused sprit...Read More »


March 14th, 2018 | EarthBound, Videos | 13 Comments

A couple months back, Nintendo released a miniature Super NES box with a whole bunch of games on it, including EarthBound. I forget how many times EarthBound has been re-released by this point, but it’s actually quite common for re-released games to get minor changes that most people never notice. Part of my job involves hunting for these changes though, so I was eager to see what might̵...Read More »


October 24th, 2015 | EarthBound, Images, Uncommon Knowledge | 16 Comments

A couple weeks back I posted on Twitter about how an unusual copy of MOTHER 2 was uncovered. The details of where it came from are unknown – in fact, the only reason it was posted online was so that the owner could try to learn more about it. It looks like it’s the same sort of unusual cartridge used in competitions like Nintendo PowerFest 94 and in other similar situations: #g...Read More »


January 1st, 2015 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Videos | 2 Comments

After a few weeks away I’m back and have a huge pile of things I need to update about 😯 First, though, is a set of videos published on Double Fine’s YouTube account about each of the games in the MOTHER series: “Programmer on Costume Quest 2 and Mother superfan Ben Burbank shows off selected scenes from the entire trilogy and explains the complicated history of this beloved cu...Read More »


October 20th, 2014 | EarthBound, Images, Interviews, Smash Bros. | 12 Comments

Joe D. sent in a pic from a Japanese magazine that seems to indicate that the Flying Man in the new Super Smash Bros. game was going to be have a 3D model at some point! And here’s a zoomed-up version of the pic in the article: Apparently the developers decided to just do the pixel version of Flying Man, as it felt much more authentic and it also reduced the amount of work the game’s...Read More »


October 20th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos | 14 Comments

Tool-assisted speedrun expert pirohiko recently found a way to glitch MOTHER 2 and complete the game in 4 minutes and 4 seconds, which improves over previous TAS records. Here’s a look at it in action! (And thanks to Zinco for keeping me informed about it!) There’s a big, detailed explanation on how this was all done here, and although it’s in Japanese you might still find it in...Read More »


September 14th, 2013 | MOTHER 1, MOTHER 1+2 | 19 Comments

The other day a friend living in Mexico messaged me with this: so, i got a Reproduction Cartdrige of Earthbound, its the Earthbound Zero (without the Zero Logo) and my Nes is dirty, is a long time that i had not use my console and i got this glitch He wanted to know what the deal was and how this was even possible… so here’s a quick explanation! It turns out that the original MOTHER l...Read More »


March 8th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 24 Comments

In the past I’ve made videos and written plenty of articles about EarthBound’s copy protection. That’s all old news, but recently the question was asked, “How does EarthBound know if it’s on a bootleg cartridge, and why aren’t ROMs affected by this?” Here was my quick answer, which I later realized might be worth sharing here on EB Central. I tried to expl...Read More »


October 15th, 2012 | Hacking, Misc., MOTHER 3 | 28 Comments

As mentioned before, I’m prepping to move so I’ve been clearing things out and throwing away stuff that I don’t need anymore. Yesterday I stumbled upon some old notebooks and thought I’d share some pics. Here’s some stuff from my MOTHER 3 translation hacking notes. I literally have a notebook or two filled with stuff like this. I don’t need it anymore so I deci...Read More »


July 14th, 2012 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 12 Comments

EarthBound was released about this time 17 years ago, so many of the game batteries are probably dead or dying by now. If you want to save your game, you need a working battery, but how do you replace the battery? You can either do it yourself or have someone do it for you. Do it yourself If you want to do it yourself, this article has always been the go-to resource it seems. You’ll need a ...Read More »


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