18 posts tagged shigesato itoi
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!
How adorable is this Hobonichi Techo video? ⊟
This stop-motion animation is a million times adorable, produced by Tsuneo Goda, whose Domo-Kun character you might be familiar with. I love that even though Namaiki Volc ruined these pages with chocolate, he still managed to turn those smudges into an appropriate journal entry. That’s the nature of the Techo; anything goes.
Even though we’re already three months into 2014, you can still buy a Techo (and some stencils!) from 1101, the company headed by Earthbound/Mother series creator Shigesato Itoi. Make sure to get yourself a planner — and one of these special embroidered covers if you have the cash — before Japan increases its sales tax in April (and before 1101 closes the shop temporarily due to the increase later this month).
Last day to enter our Hobonichi Techo giveaway ⊟
Don’t forget to enter our contest to win a Hobonichi Techo 2014 planner, desk calendars featuring Earthbound/Mother series creator Shigesato Itoi’s dog, and Techo accessories!
Just think of all the awesome things you could do with a Techo — like Megan Baehr here, who is using her planner to plot out her graphic novel The Lore Keeper. Follow the Hobonichi Love Tumblr for more Techo ideas!
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!
Want a Hobonichi Techo planner, a desk calendar filled with photos of Itoi’s dog, & other goodies? ⊟
We have several of those to give away, thanks to the kindness of 1101 — yes, that same company led by Shigesato Itoi, creator of the celebrated Earthbound / Mother series.
Here’s what we want to give you:
- The 2014 edition of the Hobonichi Planner we lauded to the ends of the Earth last year (seriously, best planner ever — WATCH THIS)
- Desk calendars featuring photos of Itoi’s super cute dog Bouillon (comes with a whiteboard marker you can use with the calendar)
- Techo covers (including the expensive leather Arts & Sciences cover), various stencil sets, these sticky things, and other accessories!
The contest is the same as last year: just post a reblog or leave a comment telling us what you’d do with your Hobonichi Techo and/or the calendar if you won them. Make sure to use your real email so we can contact you if you win. We’ll pick the best answers a week from now!
Auction for Itoi-signed Earthbound cart ⊟
As part of its “Earthbound Bash” charity event, Fangamer is auctioning off this unique Earthbound cartridge signed by creator Shigesato Itoi.
"The cartridge originally belonged to James Hensiek, who gave it to his coworker Ben Bizzle as a gift. When James was later diagnosed with cancer, Ben decided to auction the cart and donate the proceeds to James.
Ben reached out to the community with his story in late 2012 with a post on the Starmen.Net Forum. After several months of calls, emails, logistics, and help from Lindsay Nelson, the cart was handed off to the staff at Fangamer and then passed along to Hobonichi, the office of EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi.”
The cart, part of a complete Earthbound package, will be auctioned at the end of a live gameplay marathon, “after they defeat Giygas on the last day of the EarthBound Bash (around 8pm Eastern on Sunday, December 1, 2013)”
For maximum fundraising, ALL bids will be collected, not just the winning one! It’s for a good cause, and you could get a totally one-of-a-kind item.
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.
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.
Shigesato Itoi + Satoru Iwata
I know that a number of you have crushes on these middle-aged Japanese men, so I’m sure you’re squealing over this photo of them together, thumbs barely touching, two hearts becoming one.
Mother 2 releases on Japan’s Wii U Virtual Console this week, which means we get this great photo of Nintendo’s boss and Mother's creator introducing a conversation between the two today (hoping for a translation soon).
"Ahh Ahh Can you hear me? This is Shigesato Itoi. Please give me something. Please give me Test Test"
"I’m about to eat a banana that’s been sitting in 50 degree celsius water for 15 minutes straight. ….Yum! Mother 2 is nice, but so is this banana.”
On a related note, awesome Japanese design site PingMag is back — here’s a great interview they had with Itoi about advertising and t-shirts from seven years ago.
This is one of many lovely quotes from Earthbound/Mother creator Shigesato Itoi featured in his company’s Hobonichi Techo 2013 planner, which we published a praising review for earlier this week.
Also published online earlier this week: a translated interview between Itoi and Sonya Park of Arts & Science, the company charged with localizing the popular planner. It not only provides insight on some design decisions behind the English edition, but also goes into the Techo’s origins and early challenges, as well as Itoi’s career switch from advertising to making/writing all the wonderful stuff he puts out now.
Tiny Review: Hobonichi Techo 2013
It might seem odd for Tiny Cartridge to review a daily planner, but I’m always curious about anything Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi is involved in, whether it’s his copywriting work, his appearances on Iron Chef as a judge, or even his free DSiWare app for tracking your health.
Plus, when I shared the news last month that Itoi’s company Hobonichi released its popular Japanese planner in English for the first time this year, many of you showed interest in importing a copy. Hobonichi was kind enough to send a Techo (planner) over for us to review, so now you get to hear why you should (or shouldn’t) buy the planner.