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Banpresto selling glut of Mother toys in next six months


Jul 20
// Conrad Zimmerman
If you need another, physical reminder that the Mother series gets no love outside of Japan, this story is for you. Banpresto has announced a new line of statues featuring characters from Mother and EarthBound. The first...
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E3 10: Exploring the office of Dr. Andonuts


Jun 17
// Jonathan Holmes
EarthBound/Mother fans know who Dr. Andonuts is. The rest of you don't. If you're one of those in "the rest," I can tell you in brief that Dr. Andonuts is a major character in one of Nintendo's most beloved and maltreated se...
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Mother 3 figurines will make you weep tears of joy


Dec 06
// Matthew Razak
You know that list of top 50 games of the decade that one site did? You know, the one. The one where we had Mother 3 as the third greatest game of this decade. I bet you thought there wasn't a way we could honor the game any ...
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Nepotism FTW: Spirit Tracks has Mother 3's rope snake


Dec 04
// Jonathan Holmes
So I guess the Mother/Earthbound community has been talking about this for a while, but I didn't see the connection until this morning as I was cruising around the Game Watch Impress looking for news. LoZ: Spirit Tracks has b...
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The Memory Card .76: Brotherly love


Nov 19
// Chad Concelmo
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. We all have experienced our fair share of sad moments in videoga...
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Giygas: A psychoanalysis of evil Itself


Oct 18
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The Memory Card .60: Flint's rage


Apr 02
// Chad Concelmo
This is it, kids: the Season 3 finale of The Memory Card. Like always, though, this feature will be back before you know it for a hopefully star-studded Season 4. My love of classic 16-bit era sprite graphics is so strong tha...
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Fils-Aime is a 'big Mother fan,' game still not coming out


Apr 02
// Dale North
Nintendo nerds all want Mother 3 to come out. I get that. Hell, even Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime gets it -- he loves the game. Despite his love for the title, Reggie sets the record straight on this much-wanted game in a r...
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Brownie Brown interested in Wii title and Mother 3 localization


Jan 21
// Brad Nicholson
Brownie Brown is not a hooker, but it's looking for work. President of the studio, Shinichi Kameoka recently spoke to Siliconera about the developer’s desires for the future. Kameoka said that he would “like to tr...

An RPG Draws Near! Mother 3

Oct 21 // Colette Bennett
Mother 3Publisher: Nintendo Released: 2006 Platform: Game Boy Advance With all the pretty new RPGs on the market, what exactly is it about this old GBA game that is worth the trouble of downloading, emulating AND patching in English in order for me to play it? Such methods do not appeal to the lazy, and even fans of all things retro may not understand what it is about Mother 3 that makes it so special to so many people. I had an inkling, but felt I couldn't really understand until I had played it in English. Over this past weekend, I settled down to give it a whirl, thanks to the hard work of the fine people at Starmen.Net. If you've never played a previous Mother title (Mother 2 was released as EarthBound in the US), you don't have to worry: while the games are numbered in order, the stories are stand-alones much like the Final Fantasy series. The thing that ties the three games together are the final bosses, but I leave it to you to find out what exactly those ties are all about. If you have even a scrap of appreciation for older games, you will quickly notice that this game is absolutely charming. If you are positively fed up with wandering around medieval worlds in your RPGs (I certainly am), Mother 3 presents the perfect solution of a Western setting with a slightly Japanese perspective. It's basically the polar opposite of generic, from fights to interaction with NPCs. The story begins by introducing you to multiple characters, all of whom you will either play or interact with during the course of the story. Throughout the game's eight chapters, you will play as Flint, the father, Dustin, a limping thief, Salsa, the monkey, and finally as Lucas, Flint's son. Through their adventures, you discover that Nowhere Islands (the land in which the story takes place) has been invaded by the Pig Mask Army and you must fight to save it. Creator Shigesato Itoi embraces a quirky sense of humor, and it definitely shows in the title. Everything from saving your game by talking to frogs to reports on the inactivity of NPCs that fight with you is absolutely charming, and you'll find a smile plastered across your face while you play more often than not. That's not to say that the entire game is a bucket of laughs. The slogan for the game's Japanese release was "Strange, Funny and Heartrending", and it most certainly is all of those things. Fans of EarthBound have definitely noted that Mother 3 is a darker game despite the humor, and while it balances well, expect to be shaken up. This is not a game afraid to make you feel something (which makes me love it all the more). So how does combat work, you ask? Well, you'll recognize the basic, turn-based format if you've played any RPG, but not only are the battles quick and fluid to move through, but the things you fight are hilarious. Sure, I may have to fight forty dung beetles before I can move forward, but if you can keep me amused while I do so, grinding feels a lot less like a chore. I really appreciate that in a title. In addition, you have an optional method of fighting that is one of more clever twists I have seen in any turn-based title: the Music Combo system. Each enemy you encounter has their own theme, and when you attack, you can score combos by pressing the A button along with the beat of their theme. Sometimes the tempo varies, challenging the player to keep up. Sure, you don't have to use it at all, but considering you can score up to a 16 hit combo by using it, you might want to get your foot to tapping. After spending some quality time with this game, I feel I can honestly call it the antidote to the common RPG syndrome. I love the Final Fantasy series, but since it favors a serious dramatic route, there's rarely room for laughs. The execution of the humor in Mother 3 (and how elegantly it intertwines with more serious events) is truly what makes the game a masterpiece. I don't care if you have to borrow, beg or steal to get your hands on it, but any fan of retro RPGs that has not played this game really must do so. Actually, I do care if you steal -- you should buy a copy and then download the rom and apply the English patch. Much like my Super Famicom copy of Chrono Trigger, you may not actually be able to play and understand the original, but there's a talismanic power immediately granted to all gamers by simply owning that original cartridge. Frame it and put it up in the bathroom. I call that art. Command? >Attack: Immediately. Stop reading this article and go get it right now. As an RPG fan, you should be ashamed of not having the experience of this game under your belt.>Parry: If the same recycled medieval settings are your bread and butter. Even if they are, try to be open-minded and get this game anyway.It's simply not to be missed.
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If you are already a fan of the other games in the series, there's no question why the excitement is so great for the English translation of Mother 3. Maybe you haven't discussed or even heard of the game, and reading all the...

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The book fetish fairy strikes again: The unofficial Mother 3 Handbook


Oct 20
// Colette Bennett
I was suffering the paroxyms of book fetishist rapture last week after finally getting a gander at the Ninokuni in all its glory last week, but it seems that my day is not over yet when it comes to my hobby. As you may know, ...
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Done and done: Mother 3 fan translation is complete!


Oct 17
// Nick Chester
We told you it was coming, and we just wanted to give you a heads up: the Mother 3 fan translation project is complete!"After more than 13 years of waiting, the sequel to EarthBound is now in English!" writes Tomato...
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Destructoid interview: Starmen.net webmaster Reid Young


Oct 17
// Brad Nicholson
It has been a long journey for Reid Young, webmaster of Starmen.net. For over a decade, he and a band of devoted followers have been fighting a losing battle with Nintendo of America. What Reid (popularly known by his handle ...
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Fan translation of Mother 3 is finally finished!


Oct 15
// Chad Concelmo
Oh my gosh, I can’t believe the day has finally come (and before you yell, yes, I know this news was official a couple nights ago -- you can blame the blind, homeless children I have been reading bedtime stories to the ...
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Free game is free: Fan made Earthbound spin off available now


Feb 08
// Jonathan Holmes
A lot of Western gamers have been sad for years over Nintendo's continued refusal to localize more games in the Mother/Earthbound series (the home of Smash Bros Brawl characters Ness and Lucas). But luckily we have the crazed...
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Surfer Girl: Mother/Earthbound series to hit US, possibly next year


Dec 26
// Dale North
Even after talking to the famed tipster Surfer Girl, we still don't know what to make of her. We do know that she says a lot of things that we like to hear, and on Christmas she said that the Mother/Earthbound series will com...
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To dream the impossible dream: The first ten minutes of Mother 3 now in English


Dec 16
// Jonathan Holmes
 Genesis Starmen.net does what Ninten-don't. For over a year now, their team of dedicated programmers have been plugging away on making a translation hack of the Japanese language only GBA game Mother 3/Earthbound2. And ...
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The Smash DOJO!! recap: Two player co-op is in ... sort of


Oct 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The week started off with a new challenger! Lucas has joined the Brawl and he has made his way from MOTHER 3. Masahiro makes a small mention towards Ness as well in this update. He will more than likely make it back. I made m...
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Been awhile, kids -- it's your favorite Linde, freshly returned from the barbaric wastes of Hungary, where goose liver serves as both key component to every meal and a common substitute for drinking water. Them folks are craz...

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Starmen.net assaults Nintendo of America with envelopes, books


Aug 20
// Aaron Linde
You guys already know the score -- when there's movin' and shakin' in the way of EarthBound or Mother news, I'm usually the nerd on call to give you the skinny. And since almost every ounce of movin' and/or shakin' these days...
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Marathon: Durandal port should come with Dramamine


Aug 02
// Dale North
Bungie's classic Mac first-person shooter Marathon: Durandal is now available for download on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. A mere 800 points nabs you this Freeverse-made remake, souped up in high-definition. It's just too bad t...
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Starmen.net's EarthBound Anthology


Jul 06
// Aaron Linde
Sure, some might stare a bit cockeyed at the EarthBound fan community, but you can't say they're not resourceful, dedicated, and above all, tenacious. Proof positive: over 250 pages of devotion bound in one book, the ...
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Two teams make one in ongoing quest for a Mother 3 translation


Jul 04
// Aaron Linde
Destructoid is no stranger to the myriad Mother 3 translation dramabombs that have dropped since the game's original Japanese (and nowhere else) release of the game, mostly due to my corrupt influence. But now we've g...
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Mother 3 soundtracks available on US iTunes store


Apr 02
// Nick Chester
Hello, people outside of Japan! How are you today? I have some exciting news! You can finally now download your favorite tunes from the Game Boy Advance game, Mother 3! Two soundtracks have been made available -- Mother 3+ a...
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Mother 3 translation actually making progress; take THAT Aaron!


Mar 03
// Earnest Cavalli
Remember when Aaron so somberly wept over the last shreds of hope regarding a proper translation for Mother 3? As it turns out, he wept a bit prematurely.HarassmentPanda (which, we're going to assume is not his Christia...

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