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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
Three covers featuring Mother (EarthBound in North America), a video game series created by Shigesato Itoi returns again this year. This Magicant cover portrays the world inside the mind of the main character Ness near the end of the game by juxtaposing characters and motifs from Magicant into a pattern. Looking through these characters will fill players with nostalgia as they remember all the little episodes that happened in Magicant.
The cover interior is a deep pink with the logo of Mother 2 on the bottom right. The pen holders are in blue and beige.
Included free with this cover is a Mr. Saturn notepad in traditional Japanese vertical style.
Remember, these are actually created by Earthbound's Shigesato Itoi. Looks like there's two more designs to be revealed. We'll show them once they are posted! Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!
Whoever is running the D|XP Twitter account for Disney is doing a great job. Come on, Nintendo...now you have Disney asking for localization! Surely you're not going to turn them down!