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Nintendo Dream magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Mother franchise

Happy Mother Day!

Fans in the states may not have learned about the Mother franchise until Earthbound launched here, but Famicom owners in Japan had already bee long familiar with the series. Believe it or not, its been 30 years since the Mother franchise first debuted. The latest issue of Nintendo Dream pays tribute to the series with a special feature, which is 6 pages long, and takes a look back at the three titles that have been released.

Namco and Nintendo were considering an Earthbound game for the GameCube

This could have been amazing!

Yasuyuki Honne may work at Monolith Soft now, but back in the day he was part of Namco. News of the Iwata-san book coming from Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi gave Honne reason to take to Twitter and share a story involving both Itoi and Iwata from back in the day. According to Honne, the two companies had a pitch session about potentially creating an Earthbound game for the GameCube.

“Looking forward to the Iwata-san book. I met both Iwata-san and Itoi-san in 2003 when Namco and Nintendo were considering to make a GameCube version for Mother (Earthbound). I created a mockup which was showed to Iwata-san. I felt Ito-san wasn’t interested, and suspected so as the conversation continued…

Then Itoi-san said, ‘In any case, perhaps Iwata-kun should come up with the story?’ Everyone in the room gasped. Iwata looked shocked. In the end the conversation drifted, but Itoi-san amused himself with the idea of the ‘felt taste’ that resembled America in the 80s. So this is the picture that I thought would never see the day of light again. My memories of Summer 2003.”

Honne shared the images you see in this post, which were apparently part of the mock-up he put together for the pitch session. Man, what an amazing bit of history to see surface after all these years!

Earthbound creator's company releasing book looking back on Satoru Iwata

R.I.P. Iwata

Japanese journal brand Hobonichi, founded by Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi, is releasing a book all about Nintendo's late president, Satoru Iwata. The book will include a collection of old writings from Satoru Iwata, and will be 7 chapters long. The chapter breakdown is as follows.

- Iwata-san until the time he became the President (of Nintendo)
- Iwata-san’s leadership
- Iwata-san’s personality
- Iwata-san is a person you can trust
- The games Iwata-san aimed (to make)
- Talking about Iwata-san
- Iwata-san is this kind of person

The book, entitled 'Iwata-san,' is due out in Japan on July 1st, 2019. There's no word on a localization at this time.

Professional wrestler Kenny Omega reveals his love of Earthbound and Mother 3, says the game brings him to tears

The Omega Man speaks out

Kenny Omega, a professional wrestler who'll be appearing with AEW later this year, is a die-hard game fan. He's been playing games for years, has based some of his move-set off video game actions, and even has a finisher called the One Winged Angel. There's no doubt about it, Omega is a huge fan of games.

In an interview with Kotaku, we get to find out about Omega's deep passion for the Earthbound/Mother franchise.

“It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Earthbound and its humongous box at my Blockbuster video. I played it and something struck a chord with me and it captivated me. And I played it over and over and over again. My friends and I would try to speedrun it, and we never got sick of it. From then on, I was bit by the RPG bug and loved all things JRPG.

I would play Mother 2 and 3 at least once every year. And I still find something new to enjoy about it. It still speaks of today’s culture in the West and of the East and sort of how they contrast with one another, how one’s perception of the other is kind of comical. I don’t know if you’re an emotional guy, but I can be. I still cry every time I play Mother 3.”

Previously-unseen footage of Earthbound 64 surfaces

If only there were a prototype out there somewhere

Earthbound 64 never saw release, but fans still wonder what it would have been like. Sure, most of the ideas were translated into Mother 3 on GBA, but its still not the same! We want to know how it would have played on the N64! While that will never happen, we can at least enjoy a very quick snippet of footage that was just found on an old, archived video. Ah, what could have been...

Boundary Break - Unused Content Discovered in Mother 3

What secrets await?

One of the most insane 2D episodes for this show ever if not the best episode in this creators opinion period! Sequel to Earthbound. Here is Mother 3!

Hobonichi Techo 2019 'Earthbound Third Sanctuary (Milky Well) A6 Size' techo cover available to purchase

Wrap that planner up in style!

After years of successful Hobonichi Techo cover designs, the Earthbound series makes its return to the lineup in 2019.

This techo cover design is unlike any we’ve done before. It features a photograph of the first three heroes of the game, Ness, Paula and Jeff, standing before the Third Sanctuary (Milky Well) along their journey.

Fans who have played the game back when it first came out may recognize the figurines of the heroes. These famous and precious figurines were used in the photography of the official guidebook originally included with the game. Now, twenty years later, they make their comeback on a Hobonichi Techo cover.

Grab yours here

Official Earthbound-themed pouches available in Japan today

A series of 11 different pouches have seen release in Japan today, and one of them is Earthbound-themed! There are two different sizes for the pouch, depending on your needs. These pouches are all available now in Japan. You can check out more pics of the designs, as well as ideas for pouch usage here.

RUMOR - Nintendo considered releasing Mother 3 in NA/EU, decided against it after re-evaluating the game's content

One of the longest-standing rumors in the world of Nintendo comes from the supposed plans for Mother 3 localization. There was a time there when it seemed like localization was a sure thing, but as we know now all too well, that release never happened. Wondering why that rumored release never came to be? Game Informer Senior Editor Imran Khan shared the supposed inside scoop.

According to Khan, Nintendo was indeed considering localization of Mother 3. It seems Nintendo was quite gung-ho about the idea, until they took a closer look at the game. Nintendo, fearing controversy pertaining to certain elements in the game, decided against localizing the title. Instead of editing/censoring content, Nintendo opted to just leave the game in Japan and move forward.

This rumor certainly raises an interesting question. Would you rather Nintendo release a changed/edited/censored version of Mother 3, or just leave it in Japan?

Thanks to TheDreamingHawk for the heads up!

Earthbound/Mother creator planning to play through Mother 3 'as a player'

Believe it or not, it sounds like Shigesato Itoi, the creator of Mother/Earthbound, has never played through the finished version of Mother 3. He's certainly had is part in developing every single aspect of the game, but apparently he's never sat down to play through the final retail version. He's planning to change that, as Itoi recently took to Twitter to announce he'll be playing through as a player for the first time. I hope he chronicles his adventures!

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