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Copy of Earthbound sent to the edge of space

Think you're all kinds of cool for having an original copy of Earthbound on the SNES? Oh yeah? Well has your copy been to the edge of outer space!? I don't think so, but Ronnie Doyle's copy has! You can see the whole fantastic voyage in the video above. I wonder if that makes his copy just a bit more valuable than all the others!

Nintendo knows you want Mother 3 localized and Animal Crossing on Switch, has no news to share right now

Do you want to see Mother 3 released in the West? How about Animal Crossing on Switch? You would be one of millions that want the same thing. In an IGN interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, the big guy says that Nintendo is indeed aware of your requests, but doesn't have anything to announce.

On Animal Crossing

“When we have something to announce, we will. Fill in the blank of your favorite franchise. Our mentality will be we'll announce information close to its launch date versus teasing people for years on end.

I did see a lot of internet memes with sad faces from the Animal Crossing group. We see tremendous opportunity in using the mobile platform to introduce IP to consumers who may not be as familiar. Animal Crossing is a great example. Tremendous interaction with Pocket Camp. Fans are really enjoying that experience. We're introducing it to new consumers. That bodes well for whenever the next Animal Crossing might come."

Mother 3

“Again, we know, I know there's a fan base for that title. All I could say is we're aware. It's something that we always think about in terms of where there are opportunities to reintroduce IP to fans, to do it in a way that builds new fans, we're certainly aware. No promises, no commitments one way or the other, but we're aware. It's interesting. I show up at the Belasco [theater] and one fan is saying ‘Hi, Reggie!’ and another is saying ‘where's Mother 3?’"

AVGN - Earthbound

This video has been in the works since last October (2017), when I first started the playing Earthbound on the mini SNES Classic. It wasn’t originally meant to be an AVGN episode. It was for myself.

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Itoi's interview on the creation of MOTHER / EarthBound - Now translated into English

Keiichi Tanaka, a Japanese artist, created a quick comic strip based on an interview with EarthBound/MOTHER creator, Shigesato Itoi. The images have now been translated into English, courtesy of this link.



Click here to read the rest of the translated comic strip!

Kickstarter - Mother's Cookbook hits funding goal

With 8 days left on the campaign, Mother's Cookbook hit its funding goal of $10,000. The total is actually sitting just shy of $30,000 right now, showing that Earthbound/Mother fans are quite eager for an unofficial cookbook. We shared this Kickstarter awhile back, and it seems like it really resonated with fans around the world. Now we sit back and wait to see if Nintendo lets the project continue on, or squashes it!

Kickstarter - Mother's Cookbook (recipes for Earthbound meals)

Mother’s Cookbook is a beautifully quirky and tasty EarthBound-inspired cookbook written by Hillary Froemel with original recipes developed by Chef Bryan Connor. We’re excited to be joined by additional professional artists, photographers, and a slew of other collaborators such as Alyssa Browning, Nick Lauer, and Patrick Ryan Deasy.

Kickstarter here

GameChops releases Mother 4 (fan-game) OST

The complete soundtrack to the fan game previously known as Mother 4, a sequel to Earthbound, as composed by Shane Mesa. This OST plays like a tribute album to the SNES era video game music. Included are 8 licensed covers of Mother and Earthbound music, and 56 original soundtrack songs.

Check out all the ways to listen here

Nintendo explains why Earthbound isn't included on the Super Famicom Classic Edition...kind of

The following comes from a Famitsu interview with Kazuyoshi Nishi from Nintendo’s general affairs departmen...

“It’s not simply because it’s Japan that we didn’t include Mother 2, but with the balance of genres, IPs and characters, there were lots of other RPGs we wanted to compile besides Mother 2. The concept this time around was that this was something to be played with kids and friends. Naturally, if it were possible, I’d want to include all of them.”

That's Nintendo's answer, so that's what we have to live with. It doesn't seem to make much sense to me, though. The game was included on the SNES Classic Edition here in the states. I realize Nintendo can't include all SNES games, but they couldn't make room for one more in the Super Famicom Classic Edition?

RUMOR - Inside source claims Mother 3 unlikely to be localized, Rhythm Heaven franchise done with

Our friend Jonathan Holmes is certainly in the know when it comes to some Nintendo topics. He has all sorts of connections, and I definitely trust his reports. That's why I'm so sad to read a recent feature he put together on Mother 3 and the Rhythm Heaven franchise. According to his inside source, things aren't looking good for either.

"You never know what's going to happen, but the way it looks right now, under Nintendo's current administration, Mother 3 will never leave Japan and there will never be another Rhythm Heaven game. Iwata was a driving force behind the Rhythm Heaven series, and a consistent advocate for NoA to at least look at the possibility of Mother 3 finding a new audience in the United States and Europe. With him gone, there is no one at Nintendo pushing for either anymore."

Mother 3 not getting localized is a running gag now for a very long time, but it's disheartening to know we're not any closer to seeing the game released. As far as the Rhythm Heaven franchise goes, that's a real killer for me. I love rhythm games, and the series has been one of my favorites in Nintendo's library. That said, I recognize they're not big unit movers outside of Japan. I sincerely hope this report ends up being wrong, but I fear it's right on the money.