24 posts tagged mother
More Earthbound love ⊟
The adorable GIF comes from Thilink, and is one of many lovely tributes to the Mother series I came across today. Check out these other awesome Earthbound pieces from Layeyes, KurkoBoltsi, and Melissa King.
Happy 20th anniversary, Earthbound! ⊟
The SNES RPG released 20 years ago today in Japan, where it came out as Mother 2. Where did all those years go? Why isn’t there an English portable version of this? How am I going to justify buying a Mr. Saturn haramaki?
The series’ creator Shigesato Itoi posted this message today:
It’s been 20 years now since MOTHER 2 came out.
…Are you happy?
・Yes → Me too.
・No → Be happy!!
Thanks to @pimoji for the anniversary photo and artwork.
Earthbound creator and Nintendo collaborate for another fun thing ⊟
Hobonichi, the Japanese company headed by Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi and the maker of fine daily planners, has teamed up with Nintendo for a cute, unexpected product: Super Mario Bros. and Mr. Saturn haramaki belly warmers.
"The haramaki was once strictly functional underwear that had a grandpa-image similar to yellowing long johns. In 2001, Hobonichi reinvented them as fashion items to layer with your clothes.
You know those everyday momentary chills you get when you bend over and your shirt rides up a little? Gone. I see London, I see France, I see someone’s wearing a super handsome belly warmer over their pants. Studies have proven that wearing this thick, extra layer around your stomach keeps the rest of your body warm in the winter. It’s also great in the summer when trapped inside all day under a blasting air conditioner.”
You can find instructions on how to purchase a haramaki from Hobonichi’s Japanese site here. More photos after the break!
This is the adorable calendar 1101 put together with photos of Bouillon, the Jack Russel Terrier belonging to Mother/Earthbound series director Shigesato Itoi. I put one in my cubicle this week, and I love it.
We’re giving away four of these desk whiteboard calendars — along with several Hobonichi Tech 2014 planners and accessories. Details on how to win one (it’s really easy) here!
Limited edition Zelda 3DS & Earthbound labels for… NES controllers? ⊟
This is weird but neat (a common theme for our site): that gold/black design Nintendo used for its limited edition Zelda 3DS and Wii U systems can now be purchased as a skin for an NES controller. There’s also a Mother/Earthbound design — red buttons/pad presumably not included!
GamerGrafx says the peel and stick decals are “precision cut to the exact dimensions of the original NES controller” and feature “a weatherproof glodd polyester material.” The labels are $9.99 each.
Laser-etched Earthbound/Mother 3DS shell ⊟
Did you see the new trailer for the fan-made Mother 4 PC game yesterday? If not, I have it for you past the break:
What is the video game, Earthbound?
Even today, it’s so hard to answer that question.
It was like a group of children taking dolls from a toy chest.
Old dishes no longer used in the kitchen.
Nuts and bolts found inside a toolbox.
Little flowers and leaves from the backyard.
And they were all laid down on the carpet with everybody singing made-up songs.
Ready to talk all day about that world they just made.
That, I think was how Earthbound was made.
Earthbound is on Wii U’s Virtual Console, guys
It’s $9.99, a couple bucks more expensive than the typical SNES download, but Earthbound will be on the Wii U Virtual Console today for the U.S. (releases around noon) and Europe. Nintendo is also making the game’s original Player’s Guide available online, and has optimized it for viewing on the Wii U GamePad. Let’s all complain about something stupid, like the absence of any advance announcement for the release date, instead of enjoying this beautiful thing that is finally happening. Credit to 3 for the pic.
The 3DS eShop is going HAM too: Attack of the Friday Monsters? Shantae (GBC)? Have you ever felt so alive? Has the future ever promised so much?
Next week’s big E3 announcement …
In a perfect world. Unfortunately, if it wasn’t clear from all the conflicts tearing apart countries right now or from the lack of remappable buttons for 3DS Virtual Console games (both equally troubling challenges our generation faces), we do not live in a perfect world.
We do not live in a world where Nintendo will unveil a Mother/Earthbound compilation and limited edition 3DS system for North America at E3 — just one where people like Mother Mazza will mock-up these fantasies for people to post on Tumblr. The artist also created a mock-up for a Sonic the Hedgehog comp and portable, but it’s not like the 3DS isn’t already getting a butt-load of Sonic games.
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.