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5:00 AM on 04.04.2014

The eBook Video Game Bundle is out now

The previous videogame-themed collection of eBooks from Story Bundle kept me well read for quite some time, so I'm more than ready to dip into the new 3.0 bundle. There's some really eye-catching titles in the bundle, includi...

Alasdair Duncan


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1:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Fan compiles all three Mother games for Wii

EarthBound (Mother 2 in Japan) holds a special place in the hearts of many, but despite the clamor for it, Nintendo has never officially released Mother or Mother 3 outside of Japan. Mother went through official localiz...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 01.19.2014

Nintendo doesn't want story of Earthbound published

Earthbound stands as one of Nintendo's most beloved cult classics. Known as Mother 2 in Japan, the franchise's loan release in North America is still highly regarded for its unique setting and characters, and, above all,...

Wesley Ruscher

2:00 PM on 01.12.2014

Sup Holmes gets dismal with Lisa's Austin Jorgensen

This week on Sup Holmes we welcome Austin Jorgensen to the program. Austin is a professional martial artist and part time hunk, but that hasn't stopped him from setting forth on developing one of the most unhinged role playin...

Jonathan Holmes



Nintendo squashed Earthbound dev's book plans, and more photo
Nintendo squashed Earthbound dev's book plans, and more
by Jonathan Holmes

Last week on Sup Holmes (now on iTunes), we spent a fast hour and a half with Marcus Lindblom, localization and translation head on Earthbound. Having gotten his start as a tech adviser and game counselor, he was eventually promoted to work on localization and copy editing, with Wario's Woods being one of his first games. From there he moved on to work on Earthbound (writing a lot of the jokes, naming items, and creating new objects like the Eraser Eraser when needed), and eventually to other huge franchises like Destroy All Humans, Evil Dead: Regeneration, and... Halo 4? I doubt you saw that one coming.

With over 20 years in the industry, Marcus had a wealth of insights, opinions and anecdotes to share. We talked about his dreams of making a new Mother game with Shigesato Itoi that focuses on reliving the levity and sweetness found in Earthbound, how he's saddened by the the way certain AAA games seem to have a pre-installed review score of 9/10 or above based solely on their budgets and intellectual properties, how he's quite unhappy with a lot of his work on Earthbound and would love to re-write it, his plans for a new Facebook-based RTS, and so much more.

The saddest, most surprising bit for me was when he revealed former plans to write a book about his experiences working on Earthbound, only to have Nintendo ask him not to go forward with the project. With Earthbound finding new success on the Wii U virtual console (reportedly selling more copies on re-release than it did initially on the SNES), I'd think that Nintendo would want to jump on anything that will help keep the game in the headlines and fans feeling passionate and talkative about the game. I suppose this goes right in line with their attitude towards shutting down Lets Players. I know there are plenty of people within the company that are firmly against that kind of thing, though history would prove that they are often overruled. 

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8:15 PM on 12.18.2013

Fan recreates Earthbound with HD visuals

To say that Earthbound, or Mother as it's referred to in Japan, is a much loved and admired game, is an understatement. From fans creating charity drives, to organized campaigns to get the game on Nintendo's virtual console -...

Alessandro Fillari

11:15 AM on 11.30.2013

Earthbound Bash celebrates Mother for charity

Ben Bizzle is an Earthbound fan. His friend James Hensiek is also an Earthbound fan. James has been diagnosed with cancer. When Ben found out about his friends diagnosis, he got in touch with Fangamer/Starman.net, who in tur...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 PM on 08.24.2013

EarthBound's English editor talks about his masterpiece

With EarthBound tearing up the Wii U eShop and finding its way into some gamers' hearts for the very first time, those responsible for breathing life into that world can look back on their handiwork with pride. Series creator...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 07.30.2013

EarthBound director Itoi reflects on what it means to him

The nearly twenty-year-old cult classic EarthBound means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. On EarthBound's official page, series creator Shigesato Itoi reflects on what the game means to him after all th...

Darren Nakamura

11:00 PM on 07.22.2013

Nintendo comments on EarthBound's pricing

[Art by Zac Gorman] The cult classic SNES game EarthBound was released on the Wii U Virtual Console last week for $10. That's $2 more than most SNES Virtual Consoles games cost. A couple days later, we posted a feature on wha...

Jonathan Holmes



EarthBound: So what's the big deal? photo
EarthBound: So what's the big deal?
by Jonathan Holmes

[Image by Anonymous]

EarthBound was re-released on the Wii U Virtual Consoles this week, with off-TV play and online access to the packed-in strategy guide from the game's original 1995 release on the SNES. Many fans of the game were overjoyed, while many more took one look and said, "You want me to pay $10 for this?!?" They may have grown to love Ness from his appearances in Smash Bros., heard about the game's influence on the creators of South Park, seen the amazing merch from Fangamer, or read one of the many brilliant essays on the subject, but when confronted with the actual opportunity to buy the game, they were left cold. 

The sad fact is, EarthBound isn't any more marketable today than when it initially failed to meet sales expectations back in the '90s. Though Nintendo was wise enough to avoid telling the world that the game "stinks" and is "garbage" this time around, the underlying barriers between EarthBound and the mass market remain the same. It's very hard to see from a distance what makes the game so great. 

Here's my best attempt to give you an up close look at why this game means so much to so many.

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7:15 PM on 07.19.2013

The DTOID Show: Seaman, Strider, & Adam Sessler!

Howdy, folks! Max is off in Hawaii being attacked by giant birds this week, so I got television's Adam Sessler to take his place on today's show. For the record, his hosting skills are impeccable but his drawings c...

Tara Long

12:45 PM on 07.18.2013

Nintendo debuts two mini-Directs today

Today, Nintendo dropped a pair of stealthy mini-Direct presentations that mostly went over information we already knew. Specifically, both videos address the success of Animal Crossing, and talk a bit about Pikmin 3 and Wond...

Chris Carter



Nintendo has listed EarthBound's Wii U release for today photo
Nintendo has listed EarthBound's Wii U release for today
by Chris Carter

[Update: Nintendo has confirmed today's release date and the $9.99 price point. You can find the official Player's Guide here, and the trailer above.]

In a bizarre turn of events, Nintendo may be gearing up to release EarthBound on the Wii U Virtual Console today for $9.99. Thanks to a listing spotted on Nintendo's official website, it appears as if the game will be dropping in multiple regions.

Why Nintendo would release the game with zero fanfare is unknown, but stand by for official word from the Big N anytime now, as I prepare today's issue of Nintendo Download.

Either way, I'm officially freaking out.

EarthBound [Nintendo]

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10:00 PM on 05.24.2013

Too cute! Mega Man, Mr. Saturn, and Samus crotchet dolls

D'AAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!! Etsy member Sam Wilding loves making pixel art. Sometimes, his partner in crime Natasha will take Sam's pixel art and transform them into "amigurumi," crotchet dolls whose sole purpose is to sit there ...

Tony Ponce

1:45 PM on 05.23.2013

Why is EarthBound for Wii U listed on Amazon UK?

After years of waiting, the SNES underdog classic EarthBound is finally coming to the Wii U eShop in America and Europe. EarthBound is the second game in the Mother trilogy, though the other two have never officially made the...

Tony Ponce