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MOTHER series pin set releasing in Japan

The MOTHERload of merch

There's been an insane amount of MOTHER merch recently, with tons of items seeing release in 2020. The fun continues this year as well, with another new item seeing release in Japan on Jan. 26th, 2021.

The Hobonichi online shop has revealed a MOTHER series pin set that includes 20 different pins. You can find the following characters on the pins.

- Ninten
- Ness
- Lucas & Klaus
- Mr. Saturn
- Paula, Jeff, & Poo
- Ana, Lloyd, & Teddy
- Kumatora, Duster, & Salsa
- Porky
- Ness’ Mom & Hinawa
- Ness’ Dad (The Phone)
- Starman
- Master Belch
- Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom
- Ultimate Chimera
- Pig Mask
- Dungeon Man
- Save Frogs
- Eve
- Flying Man
- Secret

It's certainly a nice set of pins, but it's not going to come cheap. All in all, the box will cost you a rather pricey $100!

Hobonichi releasing series of Earthbound keychains

Enjoy your stay

Hobonichi cranked out some amazing Earthbound merch last year, and it appears they're keeping the fun going for 2021. The company has revealed a series of keychains that are based off the hotels of Earthbound. You can get designs for Onett, Twoson, Threed, Fourside, Summers, and Scaraba. The front of each keychain has a logo for the hotel, and the back features characters and beach chair sprites. Every purchase comes with a hotel logo sticker as well.

New pics give us a look inside Japan's MOTHER pop-up shop heading to Japan

The MOTHERload of Earthbound merch

As we mentioned last month, two official MOTHER pop-up shops were opening in Japan. There are Osaka and Tokyo locations, and they're both filled to the brim with MOTHER merch.

While many of us won't get to visit these locations in person, we can at least virtually snoop around through some pictures. The twitter account above is absolutely flooded with shots of the store and its merch, and you can find a slew of pictures at this link.

Mother: The Complete Scripts hits Japan on Dec. 25th, 2020

Ending the year with the Motherload

The end of the year is bringing one more treat for Mother fans in Japan. Hobonichi has revealed Mother: The Complete Scripts, a collection of dialog from Mother 1, 2, and 3. The book bundle is due out Dec. 25th, 2020, and is priced at 8,888 yen.

While the books will let you relive the Mother series through the scripts of each game, there's some other goodies included as well. Look forward to pages full of colorful sprite art from all three installments. Unfortunately, it seems this collection is Japan-exclusive for now.

Mother Music Revisited album hits Japan on Jan. 27th, 2021

Classic tunes remixed and revisited

Nippon Columbia is releasing their Mother Music Revisited album on January 27th, 2021. There will be both CD and vinyl editions, and they're priced at 3,000 yen and 5,500 yen respectively. The album will include 10 covers of Mother BGMs, all re-arranged by Mother composer Keiichi Suzuki himself. A deluxe edition of the album includes a second disc with the original Mother soundtrack.

Mother 2/Earthbound vinyl soundtrack hits Japan on Feb. 10th, 2021

One of the best 16-bit soundtracks

Earthbound/Mother 2 has one of the best soundtracks on the SNES without a doubt, and it's still highly regarded to this day. Fans can't get enough of those classic tunes, and soon enough they'll have a fancy new way to enjoy them.

The Mother 2 soundtrack is seeing a vinyl release in Japan on Feb. 10th, 2021. It includes 2 records that have 24 songs altogether. The last three songs on the second disc will be PSI Mix arrangements of “Room Number,” “Hula Hoop,” and “ANOTHER 2.” The album is being sold for 5,500 yen.

Mother 2 staff "Sukajan" jacket to be sold in Japan

The motherload!

Back when the dev team on Mother 2 completed the game, they were given special Sukajan jackets like the one above. Now fans will have a chance to snag replica jackets for themselves.

These jackets are part of Shigesato Itoi’s Hobonichi Project, and are due out in Japan Feb. 2020. Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga’s label, Anrealage, will be involved in the creation, while Tailor Toyo will handle the production side. Each jacket is priced at a rather steep 88,000 yen.

MOTHER pop-up shop heading to Japan

Get ready for the MOTHERload

Fans of the Mother/Earthbound series will have something really special to look forward to in Japan. Opening this month and closing shop in December 2020, a MOTHER pop-up shop will open up in both Osaka and Tokyo. These shops will sell tons of MOTHER merch, and also have displays that are meant to tribute the MOTHER series. Expect plush dolls, a Franklin Badge, towels, bead charms, and more.

Hobonichi releasing Mr. Saturn and Master Belch plush dolls

Must-haves for fans

Hobonichi continues to pump out Earthbound-related merch, and their latest items are sure to go extremely fast.

The company has revealed a Mr. Saturn plush, along with a Master Belch plush. Mr. Saturn and the accompanying house are priced at $26, while Master Belch is a bit cheaper at $23. There's also a larger version of Mr. Saturn, which is priced at $32. All of these items will release in Japan on Oct. 14th, 2020.

Hobonichi also announced a restock for the MOTHER Franklin Badge, bead charms, and commemorative towels. Those items sold out almost instantly the first time around, but they'll be back on October 14th, 2020.

Hobonichi releasing Earthbound calendars

Mark it down!

The Hobonichi project continues to pump out unique Earthbound/Mother merch each year, and their next items are set to launch on Sept. 10th, 2020.

The company is releasing two new calendars, with one meant for a desk and the other meant to hang on a wall. The wall calendar is priced at $27, and features 4 months for Earthbound Beginnings, EarthBound, and Mother 3. The desktop calendar is just $15, and focuses solely on Earthbound.

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