EarthBound documentary Kickstarter success leads to convention

The most passionate fan base in gaming strikes again

The EarthBound fanbase is an ever growing blob of sweetness and joy. Just when you think you’ve seen how far it can go, it gets even bigger and even more happy. Did you know that the game was #10 on the Wii U eshop charts last week, beating out awesome games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Shovel Knight, and Super Mario Bros.? Not bad for a turn-based comedy/drama RPG that was once considered a flop. 

As well as the game has done on the Wii U, I’m more impressed with how well its fans have done on Kickstarter. Fangamer‘s upcoming documentary/CD/book/zine project has been a runaway hit, collecting over $200K with about six days of its Kickstarter campaign left. With that $200K milestone, Fangamer has announced they’ll be throwing a EarthBound/Mother convention next summer. It will be a relatively lean and mean event, with a cap at 450 attendees. About 300 of those tickets will be made available to backers first, leaving the rest of to hope that the remaining 150 tickets don’t sell out instantly (which they will). If it’s a big enough success, they may turn it into a yearly thing. 

While crowdfunded games don’t seem to be finding the same success that they used to, crowdfunded things about games appear to be doing better than ever. Maybe Fistshark should plan a convention stretch goal, something that rhymes with Don John perhaps…

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes