Mother 3! The sequel to Earthbound!

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4/20 in Japan, for GBA

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kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 06:49 (fourteen years ago) link

more info from the obsessive fanboy page/forums here

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 07:10 (fourteen years ago) link

For english-speakers, Lik-Sang will be releasing a special version which comes with Langenscheidt's yellow vinyl Japanese-English dictionary and a quick-reference Katakana-Hepburn romaaji chart for those tricky loanwords. Fansubbed roms are planned for illegal P2P distribution in Q4 06, and the official professionally localized version will come out as part of a Mother Series 3-pack downloadable only by Golden Fanboy Revolution subscribers. In 2009.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 24 January 2006 17:56 (fourteen years ago) link

planned for illegal P2P distribution

hee hee. it's like they have gantt charts & everything.

"And on THIS month, we'll be releasing the following:..."

kingfish kuribo's shoe (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 20:01 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Makes me wanna get a GBA...maybe...

Colin Cassidy (Colin Cassidy), Saturday, 25 February 2006 17:54 (fourteen years ago) link

screenshots are posted here

kingfish has gene rayburn's mic (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

also, the game will have toilets.

kingfish has gene rayburn's mic (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

and some folks have remixed Earthbound's music

kingfish has gene rayburn's mic (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 07:33 (fourteen years ago) link

omg omg omg omg omg

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 1 March 2006 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Those remixes are nothing compared to these songs that came with the original Famicom Mother. I'm especially keen on "Pollyanna."

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 1 March 2006 17:02 (fourteen years ago) link

why is this game for GBA and not DS? why do people make GBA games anymore?

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 17:27 (fourteen years ago) link

why do people make GBA games anymore?

for the same reason they made GB/GBC games for 12 years, prolly. Established user base?

still, I'll probably be picking up a DS sometime this year(assuming I get this new job), so's I can play it.

kingfish has gene rayburn's mic (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 17:45 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
http://1101.com/MOTHER3/monster/m_07.gif

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 07:24 (fourteen years ago) link

http://1101.com/MOTHER3/monster/m_13.gif

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 19:55 (fourteen years ago) link

http://1101.com/MOTHER3/monster/m_12.gif
:D

sleep (sleep), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 20:22 (fourteen years ago) link

the kangaroo/hammerhead shark is teh roxxorz.

Christopher Costello (CGC), Thursday, 30 March 2006 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

jack-o-turnip rocks.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 30 March 2006 01:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't help noticing how much Mother 3 is going to kick ass compared to FFXII.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Thursday, 30 March 2006 01:48 (fourteen years ago) link

new screenshots posted

kingfish ubermensch dishwasher sundae (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 05:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Please note when this gets an okay for US Release; looks funnables.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 4 April 2006 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Game's out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA4aJnYOChE

kingfish doesn't live here anymore (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 20 April 2006 05:25 (fourteen years ago) link

robo-dinos take on cowboys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJFlOLTp2aM&search=Mother

kingfish doesn't live here anymore (kingfish 2.0), Thursday, 20 April 2006 05:29 (fourteen years ago) link

LOCALIZE IT. I'LL ADVERTISE IT.

TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Thursday, 20 April 2006 11:31 (fourteen years ago) link

What happened to the sweet sub-Aphex Twin soundtrack?! :(((

I'LL STILL BUY IT THO.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Saturday, 22 April 2006 01:53 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/5794/eb24na.th.jpg

the untranslated r0m is out there, tho, if you know where to look.

kingfish doesn't live here anymore (kingfish 2.0), Saturday, 13 May 2006 07:14 (fourteen years ago) link

December :(

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Saturday, 13 May 2006 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

better late than never, imo! i hope i'm not too busy playing with my wii to grab this one.

yeah, i said it. also, if they call it "NWii" for short, do you pronounce it like ennui? It might open a whole new avenue for puns if the big names start calling it the NWii (a la NGC, PSX, etc)

Will M. (Will M.), Sunday, 14 May 2006 19:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, I got it the day after it came out. I didn't
have any time to play it during Golden Week because my
mom came here, so I'm still working through it. It's
awesome. It's Mother 2 leveled up. They kept
everything that was awesome about Mother 2, and they
added a lot of new stuff. The story is much more
engrossing this time around.

JW (ex machina), Monday, 15 May 2006 17:08 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

When the hell is this happening?

Abbott, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

12th of never

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 02:32 (twelve years ago) link

the two groups working independently decided to join forces, so it's continuing. Nintendo still won't port the thing.

kingfish, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 04:36 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.joystiq.com/media/2006/01/DSPrintsMoney.jpg

funny farm, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 06:30 (twelve years ago) link

there's an animated gif of that

marmotwolof, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 06:46 (twelve years ago) link

Sadly, a huge number of fan translations never see the light of day, and I still don't actually think I've seen one for the Nintendo DS... I really, really want to see this happen. See also: Mother 1+2 NA release. Seriously, Nintendo is silly for not doing this. If I were Nintendo, I'd watch the fan translation closely and when it's done send Shigeru Miyamoto himself to their houses and offer to buy the translation for a pittance. Their fanboyism will take over, they'll sell it for maybe a 4- or 5-figure sum, and they can release it over here for virtually nothing.

Will M., Tuesday, 24 July 2007 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

Err, by NDS I meant GBA.

Will M., Tuesday, 24 July 2007 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

more importantly when is earthbound going to show up on virtual console

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

Seriously! The kicker is that it will cost them like negative-zero dollars to release, and they'll see how many people are willing to pay for Earthbound. Urrrgh.

Will M., Tuesday, 24 July 2007 14:53 (twelve years ago) link

I really really reeeeeeally want to play this :( It's like the only video game I'm interested in buying now

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 22:28 (twelve years ago) link

hey at least you'll be able to get a glorified bathroom scale for your Wii. good going Nintendo, you know what we really want.

marmotwolof, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

who is this we?
prediction : wii bathroom scale would outsell mother 3 by a huge margin

zappi, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 23:48 (twelve years ago) link

no shit, sherlock

marmotwolof, Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:32 (twelve years ago) link

who is this we?

zappi, Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:49 (twelve years ago) link

whose is this wii?

zappi, Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:52 (twelve years ago) link

wtf, you are loopy

everyone on this thread except you wants Mother 3, probably even more than Wii Fit, believe it or not.

marmotwolof, Thursday, 26 July 2007 01:27 (twelve years ago) link

i want fft

webber, Thursday, 26 July 2007 06:37 (twelve years ago) link

everyone on this thread is not a clear litmus test of nintendo's target audience. I want mother 3 too but we all know that what they're doing now will make them more money. Still, I think it'd make them a BIT of money to get translators to do Mother 3, surely? Is more money NOT more good or something?

Will M., Thursday, 26 July 2007 15:45 (twelve years ago) link

I don't even care about mother 3, I barely touch the DS anymore as is, I just want Earthbound on the VC.

El Tomboto, Thursday, 26 July 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

any and all levels of amusing Japanese weirdness tbh

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 19:46 (four years ago) link

Fair enough. That's what I liked about the PS2 & Dreamcast, as it seemed they were great for importing such rich veins of barely translated Japanese insanity into domestic consoles.

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 20:28 (four years ago) link

What are yr fav examples of these things?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:38 (four years ago) link

LSD? Seaman? Incredible Crisis?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 11 November 2015 21:41 (four years ago) link

I've played Undertale twice now, and got two different endings. I don't know if I have it in me to play the "genocide" route.

One PS2 Japanese import I loved was Gregory Horror Show. The actual gameplay in itself was perhaps a little repetitive, but it didn't matter because it was fun to just hang around and spy on the crazy tenants going about their daily routines.

Duane Barry, Friday, 13 November 2015 01:18 (four years ago) link

yooooo how do I play that (w/o dropping stupid coin on a mod-chipped PS2 and shipping an import game overseas)?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 13:25 (four years ago) link

Can't help with that, sorry. I live in a country where it was released!

Duane Barry, Friday, 13 November 2015 15:44 (four years ago) link

ugh, fuckin' Europe

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 16:10 (four years ago) link

how good's your pc? i have emu'd ps2 before to some success

nerd shit (Will M.), Friday, 13 November 2015 16:54 (four years ago) link

it's a 3 year old Lenovo Thinkpad w/ onboard video. I just finished Super Mario 64 w/o any stuttering or errors but idk abt PS2

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 16:55 (four years ago) link

Weird Japanese awesomeness:

That futuristic fishing game including as a demo on one of the OPM discs.

Seaman

Odama

Jet Set Radio

Katamari

Earthbound was like all of this, of course, particularly the tea break and power of collective prayer

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Friday, 13 November 2015 17:13 (four years ago) link

Oh I forgot abt Jet Set Radio!! Ugh Seaman seems impossible to emulate. I've got a Dreamcast lying around somewhere, too. I should just track it down.

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 13 November 2015 17:38 (four years ago) link

did you play cave story?

i made a scope for my laser musket out of some (forksclovetofu), Friday, 13 November 2015 18:10 (four years ago) link

Only the very beginning, and Ikachan on my 3ds

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Friday, 13 November 2015 22:59 (four years ago) link

https://youtu.be/TYud4GeEF-c?t=8m55s

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Saturday, 14 November 2015 01:08 (four years ago) link

Undertale looks awesome but with the Fall Sale looming I feel compelled to wait & see if it gets discounted

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 04:01 (four years ago) link

oh my gosh I love Undertale SO MUCH

cory artangel (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 27 November 2015 16:26 (four years ago) link

two months pass...
two years pass...

y'all I am finally playing thru Mother 3 rn and it makes me so happy that I want to cry
also I feel like as a game this game is better than EarthBound

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:38 (one year ago) link

Please note when this gets an okay for US Release; looks funnables.
― Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Tuesday, April 4, 2006 12:28 PM (twelve years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hahahahahahahahahahahhahaa

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:57 (one year ago) link

this made me irl lol

https://lparchive.org/Mother-3/Update%2010/51-44.png

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:59 (one year ago) link

yeah it's better than earthbound in all aspects imo

ciderpress, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:02 (one year ago) link

i am mr. passion

ciderpress, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:04 (one year ago) link

omg i love mr passion

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:43 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

i'm rly annoyed at how hard Masked Man is and i'm EVEN MORE MAD that when i tried to google battle strategies i got massive spoilers instead

>:(

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 7 December 2018 20:21 (one year ago) link

how are you playing this Stevie?

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Friday, 7 December 2018 22:23 (one year ago) link

I have a translated ROM and I've been bouncing back and forth between an emulator on my Wii and an emulator on my Android tablet (transferring the save file back and forth) but I finally set up my Raspberry Pi so now I'm finishing it on that

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 8 December 2018 03:54 (one year ago) link

oh wow. I'm really hoping they make some sort of ROM I can play on my SNES mini.

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Saturday, 8 December 2018 10:14 (one year ago) link

Doubtful, since it was a GBA game. Have you looked into the Raspberry Pi much? It’s $35 and you can build it out as an emulation box and fit literally every game for every console ever made up through the 16 bit era on a small SD card.

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 8 December 2018 13:16 (one year ago) link

belatedly, this is one of the few RPGs where stat up/stat down spells are not completely useless in practice, and in fact are necessary for most of the bosses

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:14 (one year ago) link

Stat buffs and debuffs are pretty much essential in Dragon Quest games(which is appropriate given how much inspiration the Mother series took from there), less so in Final Fantasy.

The only way Mother 3 would ever run on a SNES Mini is if you hacked it and installed Retroarch. There are plenty of devices that support GBA emulation though, even a soft-modded Wii will do it sufficiently.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:30 (one year ago) link

i feel like i'm a retropie factory this holiday season. built about 4 so far and about to start saying no

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 21:52 (one year ago) link

waaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh i finished it waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 16 December 2018 00:11 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

So uhhhh how exactly do I go about playing this thing? Does everyone just use computer roms/emulators of the translated version?

I’d love to figure out how I could get it on my 3DS but I know like nothing about homebrew and hacking and shit. (I just finished Earthbound so naturally I need to get on this)

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 3 May 2020 05:44 (one month ago) link

yeah it shouldn't be too hard to find a patched or translated rom, also there are a lot of ppl who sell the eng. translation as a bootleg gba cart on ebay. love mother 3, beautiful game, get in there!

lumen (esby), Sunday, 3 May 2020 05:59 (one month ago) link

3ds can't play gba games at least not from a cartridge so yeah you'd have to do some hacking stuff or get an actual gba or emulate it on pc

ciderpress, Sunday, 3 May 2020 13:19 (one month ago) link

Huh, I googled about cartridges and apparently there are quite a few bootleg English cartridges of the game on Etsy! I think I might go with one of those and just try to find a GBA somewhere. Thank you!!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 3 May 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Apparently they still make r4 cards!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 May 2020 07:02 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

did you ever play this? it's like... better than earthbound

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 May 2020 17:23 (one week ago) link

omg i wanna play this

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 29 May 2020 17:47 (one week ago) link

me too. don't have any real way to do it though, unless ps4 is now an option? or SNES mini

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 29 May 2020 17:50 (one week ago) link

literally it's so fucking good, it has all the charm of EarthBound but where EB was incredibly formulaic in terms of gameplay and narrative and linearity, Mother 3 shakes things up a lot more.

I think you p much have to play it with a GBA emulator on a computer, they still haven't released any official English translation

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 May 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link

this is far from optimal but it works
https://www.playemulator.com/gba-online/mother-3/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 29 May 2020 18:38 (one week ago) link

heard it got cancelled

||||||||, Friday, 29 May 2020 18:47 (one week ago) link

RIP mother 3, too problematic for our modern times ;_;

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 May 2020 19:07 (one week ago) link

one thing you have to watch out for with emulation is that it's really hard to get the audio properly synced. the battle system is rhythm based so you're not going to have a very good time.

you can buy reproduction carts with the translated version on 3t5y and 3b4y then pop it into your beautiful DS Lite

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:10 (one week ago) link

oh yeah i forgot about that, my brain eventually got the hang of it but it was undoubtedly trickier than the real thing. certain emulators are much better than others (I think mGBA is supposed to be good?) and I think there are settings you can tweak to adjust the latency

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:18 (one week ago) link

I wound up ordering a GBA cartridge of the translated version from Etsy. It works extremely well!! They’re only $15 USD plus shipping too. If anyone wants to play it I’d say that’s probably the best way to go if emulators aren’t your thing. I haven’t had any issues with the rhythm battles either

I actually just finished chapter six and, like, holy shit, this thing is incredible. I don’t know how this ends but I’m guessing I’m gonna get emotionally wrecked.

I’m surprised at how different it is from EarthBound actually! The gameplay in EarthBound was dense and the world it created was very strange in the best way, but there wasn’t much of a story. This one, however, has a beautiful story and the world in it is lots of fun to explore. You’ll want to talk to everyone and inspect everything just to read the humourous script. And the music is top notch

Maybe my one complaint about it is that I wish the battles were harder? I didn’t die a lot in Earthbound but the battles in it were so tense and thrilling, whereas I seem to be just coasting through this thing. There is some interesting stuff going on it though — and katherine’s comment up thread about how stats up/down spells are actually important in this game is very true.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:22 (six days ago) link

all of that is incredibly OTM. It retains the quirk and joy of EB but it has many heavy themes that make the overall vibe a little less breezy and lighthearted

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:02 (six days ago) link

I take back my previous comment about difficulty - these last two chapters are tough!!!

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 19:24 (three days ago) link


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