23 posts tagged earthbound
Earthbound will be on Wii U’s Virtual Console in the West this year
itshappening.gif, guys. itshappening.gif. Nintendo of America has not only acknowledged that a game called Earthbound exists — it has decided that humans in North America and Europe should be allowed to play this game on a modern console. We did it.
Also, I love this fanart from Sakusama.
Let’s watch some Earthbound
There are two new and awesome Earthbound/Mother 2 playthroughs you can watch this weekend:
- Shinya Arino plays through Mother 2 in this Game Center CX episode subtitled by Last Continue GCCX - you can download it or stream it
- Series creator Shigesato Itoi recently played through Mother 2 too — watch the 4+ hour broadcast here
Shout outs to Maple Leaf for the Mother 3 GIF.
Satoru Iwata’s killer Mother 2/Earthbound jacket
Before we get into this amazing piece, here’s a real quick follow-up to yesterday’s Japanese Mother 2 interview — someone’s translating it! They’re translating the interview, that is, not localizing the Wii U Virtual Console release. Just want to make that clear.
Anyway, Nintendo’s CEO and president tweeted this photo last night of a special gift he (and the rest of the Mother 2 team) received after working on the RPG. As you can imagine, this is an extremely rare item, but one actually showed up in an online auction a few years ago!
I’m envisioning Iwata spending the evening cruising through Shinjuku streets, wearing this jacket and a pair of leather gloves to complete the Ryan Gosling/Drive image. Iwata’s giving you a night call to tell you how he feels.
Need this: Planners from Itoi’s company
This is going to be the year, right? This is going to be the year when you finally get your shit together, when you get your life organized and make a mark on this world. This is your breakout year.
All you need are some GTD tools to make it happen, you tell yourself. And it just so happens that Hobonichi, the Japanese company headed by Mother/Earthbound series creator Shigesato Itoi produces a popular planner, and it’s now available in English.
The Hobonichi Planners are like a combination schedule book, diary, notebook, and scrapbook, and they are filled with eclectic quotes and “fun items of interest about Japan and countries around the world.” And come December 31, you can pop the book on your shelf, and pick up the next year’s planner, creating a multi-volume chronicle of your life.
The planners run for around $29, but the fancy leather covers cost $168 — that’s how they get ya. Shipping will set you back another $14 to $17, too. There are also fancy limited edition covers on the Japanese site, and some of them even let you slip in a custom design like the official Mother 3 jacket.
Lindsay Nelson, who helped translate the English edition, has put up some handy instructions for the ordering process.
Cryptic tweets from Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi about a new project he’s working on for the series. Earthbound Central, which translated and posted the tweets, warns fans not to get too hopeful, but I think it’s pretty clear that an enhanced port of Mother 3 is finally releasing in the West through the eShop.
There’s also an update for the fanmade Mother 3 GBA English patch on the way, though it may see a delay depending on whatever Itoi’s working on (Mother 3 on U.S. eShop).
Isaac’s plans for Labor Day — what are yours? Assigning immature names for game characters never gets old…
Buy: Earthbound See also: More Mother/Earthbound posts [Via xx]
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, after he was asked about Mother 3’s chances of coming to the West.
Buy: Earthbound See also: More Mother/Earthbound posts
“And we never got tired. And we never got old. We just ran through the streets forever. And everything was perfect.”
Nintendo comic maker Zac Gorman is selling 13”x19” prints of his moonstruck Earthbound comic, but he’s only making 50 signed and numbered copies ($30 each), so order one before this sells out in the next hour.
So, uh, did I mention my birthday is next week?
See also: More Zac Gorman comics
It likely won’t receive the attention that the Mother 3 fan translation enjoyed, but Tomato has put out an English patch for Mother 1+2, Nintendo’s Japan-only compilation released for the Game Boy Advance in 2003.
Though Mother 1 has an English NES prototype floating around, this version, this version features a retranslated script, bug fixes, and various tweaks, as well as some enhancements by Tomato. The Mother 2 script is still in Japanese (menus have been translated), but it’s not like you can’t already play it in English with Earthbound.
You’ll need a copy of Mother 1+2’s ROM (one you acquire through relatively legal methods, we hope) to install the patch before running it on a flashcart or emulator.
Import: Mother 1+2
See also: More Mother/Earthbound posts
Ness nerds, Lucas lovers, and Ninten-thusiasts: The awesome merch company Fangamer is hosting a two-month-long “Earthbound Fanfest,” during which fans are invited to play Earthbound on SNES along with live video footage of Fangamer staff playing. Meanwhile, themed fanart/fanfic contests are being held, with Fangamer EB swag as prizes.
Maybe this is just the push you need to start playing an old SNES game again instead of all that new stuff coming out! Save all those games for their own fan events in 15 years.
And while you’re there, Buy: Fangamer products
Mr. Saturn plush! Banpresto is releasing these delightful little Mother mascots as arcade prizes in Japan next month. They’ll be available from UFO catchers and similar machines, of course, as well as through random giveaways to survey respondents.
Meanwhile, in the rest of the world, 2006’s Mother 3 has yet to be officially released and arcades are a rare and dying breed.
See also: More Mother 3 posts
Negative Man figures by Camille Young. Presumably, this signed and numbered set for the downtrodden Mother 3 enemy will show up for sale on Fangamer.net.
Negative Man is one of the most pitiful characters you can come across in any game, even more so than Pokemon’s notoriously puny Magikarp. At least Magikarp can look forward to one day evolving into a fearsome Gyarados. With Negative Man, “it’s always the same…”