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May 28th, 2014 | MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 7 Comments

Way back during the MOTHER 3 fan translation, I was always coming across lines of text that I never recognized or map locations that I never saw in the actual game. I’ve showcased some of these in past updates, and here’s a small bit to add to that list: Thanks to birby100 for documenting these! If you ever get bored and want to peek at MOTHER 3’s script, I posted the text block...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 »


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 »


March 25th, 2013 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge | 5 Comments

A long while ago while working on my MOTHER 2 / EarthBound comparison stuff, I found myself accidentally missing getting a screenshot in the Lost Underworld in MOTHER 2. It would take me a looooong time to get back there, so I never got the screenshot: I’ve been working on revamping and moving my EB comparison stuff, and I decided it was time to finally get that screenshot. But, again, it w...Read More »


February 22nd, 2013 | EarthBound, Images, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge | 40 Comments

Before EarthBound’s title screen is a picture of some sort of small town being invaded by flying saucers. A question that comes up sometimes – and that’s currently being pondered on the Starmen.Net forums – is where, if anywhere, this image originates. Is it taken from somewhere, drawn by hand based on something, or is it all just an original creation? For reference, here&...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 »


March 30th, 2012 | MOTHER 1, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 12 Comments

A good while ago, BB Gang Zombie informed me that there are two entries in EarthBound Zero’s enemy data that are unused – one for what we now know is Pippi (thanks to the recent, official figures) and one that is a pillow or something. Due to how EarthBound Zero’s enemy data and enemy group data works, some stuff will remain a mystery, like what these enemies’ names were, w...Read More »


January 30th, 2010 | EarthBound, Itoi, MOTHER 3, Uncommon Knowledge | 64 Comments

I often see a lot of misconceptions and false info about EarthBound-related stuff going around, so from time to time I think I’ll cover a few of them. Giygas There’s a lot of incorrect info out there about Giygas, much of it stemming from part of an interview with Shigesato Itoi (see here). In it, Itoi uses similes to explain his inspiration for Giygas, but Western fans seem to take th...Read More »


November 7th, 2009 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 28 Comments

Probably most people here know about this by now, but I thought I’d make a video out of it since that seems to be more easily shared. Basically, there’s a whole load of unused text in EarthBound. Some of it is just loose scraps that isn’t fully implemented into the game anymore, but there are some lines of text that work perfectly except for simple programming bugs that prevent t...Read More »


July 13th, 2009 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge, Videos | 18 Comments

The other day, master programmer Rufus decided to take a look at how the EarthBound intro stuff was programmed. He found a lot of useful info for people who are wanting to hack the game, but he also found two parts of the intro animation that went left unused. So I made a video showing the final animation + the two unused ones: The reason the party walks through a character and walks into a fence...Read More »


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