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October 18th, 2013 | Audio Stuff, EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 4 Comments

Lollta sent an e-mail about the trumpet player in Onett: I’ve listening to old Japanese music name “Ieji” many time. Yesterday I’ve just realized that it sound like the music that Onett trumpet player play especially on 0.20-0.27 of the above clip. I don’t sure that other people will think the same thing or not. Yep, it’s the same music! Both the Ieji song and...Read More »


October 14th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 9 Comments

A couple days ago, EarthBound-hacking expert H.S made a post on Starmen.Net about a graphical glitch I never noticed before – apparently the high-level PSI Thunder animations have a little goof! For reference, here’s a screenshot of it being used: It seems fine, but H.S points out: Well, in one of the frames of the Thunder Gamma/Omega animation, a rectangle erroneously appears at the ...Read More »


September 5th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 21 Comments

A recent question I got on my EarthBound Legends of Localization site was: According to The Cutting Room Floor, there’s two unused items: Video Relaxant (“What the hey is this?”) and Temporary Goods (“A key given to you by a maid who works at the Monotoli building.”), neither of which do anything. The former is listed on your Items page, but not the latter. I’m curious as to what the J...Read More »


August 26th, 2013 | EarthBound | 11 Comments

An old trick that most crazed EarthBound fans know about is the Shattered Man Glitch – basically, there are two Shattered Man enemies in the Summers museum, but if you keep one alive until the end of the game, it’ll still be there even after you defeat Giygas. If you then let it kill you, the game will glitch up and freeze and such. Anyway, a reader by the name of Shugey recently sent ...Read More »


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 »


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 »


July 23rd, 2013 | Images, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge | 19 Comments

Jeffman’s been on a huge MOTHER 3 hacking roll lately! Besides fixing old bugs in the game and documenting the ROM layout for everyone to see, he recently uncovered six ending images that didn’t get used in the final version of the game! Here’s what he says: I think I found some unused scenes from the staff credits. I’ve looked through some playthroughs and they all seem to hav...Read More »


June 26th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, MOTHER 1+2 | 11 Comments

The other day I posted an old MOTHER 1+2 interview that EarthBound fan “Iwant” had translated into English (see here). Well here’s a new MOTHER 1+2 interview translation, this time with Kouichi Ohyama, MOTHER 2’s art director! His/Her MOTHER feeling ~ Kouichi Ohyama’s opinion~ Here’s an excerpt: In truth, I still do not understand very well this popularity sur...Read More »


June 2nd, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 15 Comments

A couple readers sent in a link to a new video about EarthBound and how its “personality” plays a big part of its game design. The video is described with: Earthbound’s greatest strength is its personality, something most modern games seem to lack. But, from a game design perspective, “personality” isn’t something often considered. How does Earthbound use its ch...Read More »


April 5th, 2013 | MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 12 Comments

Back during the MOTHER 3 translation I did some hacking and recorded video of some unused rooms in the game. The video got deleted when my account got deleted years back, so I just now got around to putting it up again: Fans have found tons of other unused stuff since then, so this is pretty simple, bland stuff. But at the time it was really cool being able to walk around in unused areas! ...Read More »


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