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Peronthious avatar 7:32 AM on 10.14.2008  (server time)
Mother 3 Fan Translation by the end of the week

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has finally come. The fine excellent people over at the Mother 3 fan translation have finished their work, testing is wrapping up, and the patch for the game will be released by the end of this week.

Now if you will excuse me, I need to go run around campus sans pants.

In the meantime, for those of you unfamiliar, a quick synopsis.

Mother 3 was released in 2003 for the GBA, and was the highly anticipated sequel to Mother 2 (Earthbound. Mother 1 was for NES and was fan translated as "Earthbound Zero", found in the usual locations). The preceding game is recognized as one of the best parody RPGs, and spoofs everything from basic Dragon Quest mechanics to American culture, of the latter containing gross exaggerations of themes seen in American TV imported to Japan. Starring the above pictured Lucas, Mother 3 parts from the traditional linear framework seen in Mother 1 and 2 in favor of a chapter based story, similar to that in Draqon Quest IV, with each chapter showing different points of view on the story. To quote the wikipedia article, "Mother 3 is set in the Nowhere Islands. Chaos ensues after an invasion by the Pig Mask Army, named after the uniforms, which resemble pigs, and its leader the "Pig King". They slowly construct a police state, while experimenting on the land's flora and fauna, and introducing new technology and infrastructure to the islands. The various chapters record the life of a boy named Lucas and his family and friends, banding together to rid the Nowhere Islands of the Pig Mask Army."

If that doesn't set your quirk alarms off, I'm not sure what will. The story sort of reminds me of a short story about the evil pie kingdom which I wrote in my AP Government exam, but that's another subject entirely.

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