When gamers talk about Earthbound, it’s usually about the quirky nature of the game and how it’s a refreshingly unique take on the JRPG. It definitely exudes charm in its eclectic interpretation of American culture from the vision of writer and director, Shigesato Itoi. But there’s one scene that resonates with me and…
In 2015, the indie record press Ship To Shore Phono Co. put out an officially-licensed pressing of the soundtrack to Nintendo’s beloved RPG Mother, which had just been released that year in the U.S. as EarthBound Beginnings.
It’s a VGChat! I’m here with Kotaku’s editor-at-large Kirk Hamilton to talk about Undertale, which came out for PC back in 2015, but is available today for PlayStation 4 and Vita. Hence our renewed interest.
This year’s Summer Games Done Quick speedrunning marathon finished with Earthbound. In part a charity event raising funds for Doctors Without Borders, viewers were allowed to bid on naming stuff at the beginning of the game. Ness’s favorite thing, for instance, was almost Bepis, beat out just barely by R.N.G. instead…
Another prototype of EarthBound for the NES has been discovered, this time at a garage sale in Portland, Oregon. It seems identical to the prototype found back in the 1990s. Nintendo has since released the game officially on Wii U as EarthBound Beginnings. Just goes to show you what might still be out there at garage…
Knuckle Sandwich is an RPG about day jobs and cults caught somewhere between Earthbound and Undertale. Need I say more?
Clyde Mandelin, a professional translator who runs the excellent Legends of Localization, has released a new book entirely about quirks and cool little features found in Earthbound, aka Mother 2.
Some adventures cannot begin without naming your character. It’s when Final Fantasy Clouds can be Squalls. Or Freds. Some games provide the option to change your character’s name at the start screen. Others integrate protagonists’ intros and renaming prompts in clever ways. These five games do the latter.
People bring all kinds of ridiculous signs to WWE events, but a demand to translate Mother 3? That’s a new one.
You might think that by now, most Earthbound fans know everything there is to know about the iconic SNES game. You’d be wrong. Even the most hardcore of hardcore likely don’t know about this tiny easter egg, brought to my attention this week by Clyde “Mato” Mandelin (best known for leading the fan translation of …
A few weeks ago, Marcus Lindblom logged onto TwitchTV. He found someone playing Earthbound, and he watched them stream for a while. Every time they smiled in the right place or laughed at the right joke, he felt a jolt of vindication. Validation. Eighteen years later, he could finally see people enjoying his work.
It’s been nearly a decade since Nintendo released Mother 3 in Japan, and since then, we haven’t heard a word about an official English release. Until now.
Mother 3 is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan on December 17, Nintendo announced today. That same day, Nintendo is also releasing a Lucas Amiibo in the country.
Using tilesets and the characters from Earthbound, CineFix made a short clip about John Hughes’ classic from the 80s.
So I’ve been playing Earthbound lately. It’s my first go-around. A few hours in, I’m delighted and slightly bemused at how strange Earthbound can be. I’ve never played a JRPG like it.
Did you know that if you press the right buttons in the right order, you can manipulate Earthbound’s random enemies into doing whatever you’d like? No? Now you know.
At Camp Fangamer later this month, there’ll be a very special arcade cabinet in attendance: a custom arcade version of Earthbound.
My annual interviews with Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime are upbeat affairs. He’s always feeling good about the line-up and remains unruffled as I pepper him with as many questions about as many topics as I can squeeze in.