How Earthbound Was Saved by Former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Matthew Byrd Jul 23, 2019

In a new book, Earthbound's creator recalls how Satoru Iwata stepped in and saved the project.

In a new book called Iwata-san, Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi recalls how Satoru Iwata helped save Earthbound from a rough development cycle.

“I think it was in Tokyo at Ape Inc, the studio where we were developing Earthbound, where I first met Iwata,” said Itoi in the book (quote provided by IGN). “We were facing severe difficulties with the development of Earthbound. It had become so difficult that we had to ask Iwata’s help."

This was actually an interesting period in Iwata's life. He was still serving as one of Earthbound developer Hal Laboratory's most gifted programmers, but he was also named CEO of the studio by then-Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi after the developer encountered some financial troubles. In an old quote, Iwata recalls that the
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Nintendo Rejected a Namco Pitch for a Bizarre GameCube EarthBound Game

Matthew Byrd Jul 11, 2019

It looks like Nintendo was interested in a new EarthBound game for GameCube but ultimately rejected this bizarre concept.

Yasuyuki Honne revealed on Twitter that he was once part of a negotiation between Nintendo and Namco that would have seen the later studio develop an EarthBound game for GameCube.

Honne's tweets seemingly came in response to the release of a new book about former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata which was published by a company founded by EarthBound creator, Shigesato Itoi. That occurrence prompted Honne to recall a time when Namco and Nintendo were discussing the possibility of Namco developing a new EarthBound game for the Nintendo GameCube.

The highlight of Honne's concept for this project was a bizarre "felt-like" art style for the game The style is being compared to what we've seen in games like Kirby's Epic Yarn, but the screenshots that Honne shared suggests
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Rushes. New Trailers, Masterclasses, and Restorations

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended Viewinga light and bright start: here's the first trailer for Andrew Bujalski's marvelous workplace comedy Support the Girls. We cannot recommend this movie enough.The ecstatic first trailer for writer-director Josephine Decker's avidly anticipated Sundance hit, Madeline's Madeline. Andrei Tarkovsky's sophomore masterpiece needs no further introduction—here's the trailer for the sublime restoration of Andrei Rublev (1966) by Janus Films. Finally, the long awaited restoration for one of the most seminal films of the 1970s is here: Barbara Loden's Wanda, which by our estimation is a zenith of independent cinema.Yet another restoration we're thrilled by: Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo's sly alternate history It Happened Here (1965). Here's a refreshed version of the original trailer.Furthering the topic of restorations, here's Martin Scorsese in conversations with Italian filmmakers Jonas Carpignano,
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E3 2015: Nintendo World Championships 2015 Crowns John Goldberg from Queens, New York, as Winner

In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Nintendo World Championships 2015 contestants are cheered on by fans as they go head to head in Splatoon for the Wii U console. The Nintendo World Championships, which were last seen in 1990, is a video game competition featuring games from the past, present and future of Nintendo, and kicks off the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nintendo)

Returning after a 25-year hiatus, the Nintendo World Championships 2015 concluded last night in Los Angeles with a new world champion: John “John Numbers” Goldberg of Queens, New York. Goldberg defeated Cosmo Wright in a tense final round playing the upcoming Super Mario Maker game for the Wii U console. The new champion emerged victorious after a multi-round competition in games from Nintendo’s past, present and future, including The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Metroid for the Super Nes,
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NXpress #10: ‘Earthbound’ 20 Year Anniversary & ‘Adventures of Pip’

The Snes is arguably home to some of the best Japanese role-playing games ever made, but even among such revered company, Earthbound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) stands as one of the most memorable games released on the system. Here to help us discuss Shigesato Itoi’s masterpiece is guest host, Chris Miller. Before we get to the main event, we discuss The Adventures of Pip, a beautiful tribute to the 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit era that used to be. Closing the episode is our interview with Jeff Hansen, winner of the 1990 Nintendo World Championship. All this and more.

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00:00: Intro

00:30: Nintendosage: Review of Adventures of Pip

19:00: Sears Super Nes commecial

20:00: Earthbound theme song

21:00: Main Event: Earthbound review

78:00: “Mother” – John Lennon

79:00: Earthbound music

80:00: outro

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‘Earthbound’ 20 years later: The greatest story ever told in a video game

Earthbound turns 20 years old today, so let’s discuss the cult classic.



Developed by Ape / Hal Laboratory

Published by Nintendo

Available on Snes, Wii, Wii U

The Snes is arguably home to some of the best Japanese role-playing games ever made, but even among such revered company, Earthbound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) stands out as a brilliant satire about growing up and our fears of conformity. It’s anarchy versus conformity only conformity doesn’t stand a chance. This often funny, always poignant coming of age tale, deeply embedded in suburban mores, centers around four kids, off to save the planet by collecting melodies while en route to defeating the evil alien force known as Giygas.

Earthbound didn’t reinvent the wheel, but it sure had fun twisting the usual Jrpg tropes. There’s a princess you must rescue, not once, but twice, who’s really just a child prodigy,
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Fan-made EarthBound documentary announced

Fan-made EarthBound documentary announced
A fan-made documentary on EarthBound has been announced by brothers Jeff and Robbie Benson.

The movie - titled EarthBound, USA - was initially intended for a later reveal, but it was unintentionally outed by EarthBound series director Shigesato Itoi.

"Just finished an interview with some American Mother 2 fans who came to see me," Itoi told Twitter followers (via IGN).

"Some of them were in elementary school when they played it but are now married with children, and still have a love for the game to this day. I've had all sorts of projects in my time, but this game is definitely in a league of its own."

EarthBound USA will debut in 2015, "unless Mother 3 is released" in the West.

Originally released in 1994 in Japan, EarthBound finally made its European debut in 2013.

Watch a trailer for EarthBound on the Wii U Virtual Console below:
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Nintendo News: New Handheld Zelda, Mario Party, and Yoshi's Island; Earthbound Coming to Virtual Console; & Lots More!

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Yeterday Nintendo hosted another Direct video presentation in which they announced a slew of new games coming to the 3Ds, including another Zelda game set in the Link to the Past universe, and another Yoshi's Island. The Wii U also gets some love in an official release date for Pikmin 3 and the much anticipated announcement that Earthbound is coming to the Virtual Console. Come inside for all the details and information.

Perhaps one of the biggest announcements made yesterday was that a new Zelda game is coming to the 3Ds, which is set in the world of one of the most beloved titles in that entire franchise, A Link to the Past. In fact, the Japanese working title is A Link to the Past 2. While it will retain the top down view, the 3D aspect will play heavily into the gameplay.

The other announcement that made old school fans like me very happy,
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EarthBound to return?

News Aaron Birch Dec 21, 2012

The cult classic, EarthBound, may be returning to our screens…

EarthBound (called Mother in Japan) for the Snes is one of the biggest 16-bit cult classics around, and can fetch crazy prises in auction. It’s a top-down RPG-style adventure that has a bizarre storyline and quirky characters.

Earthbound is actually the sequel to the original Mother, which was only on sale in Japan, and was renamed from Mother 2 on its migration to western shores. Nintendo has had issues re-releasing the game due to licensing problems, but in recent twitter post (translated by Earthbound Central), series creator, Shigesato Itoi commented that a Mother project is making good progress.

“Since it’s now okay to blurt this out, here goes: the “Mother republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress” he said.

“It’s not “(Mother) 4″, though! This has to do with making “Mother” playable. I
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My Neighbour Totoro Blu-Ray Review

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Noriko Hidaka, Shigesato Itoi, Chika Sakamoto, Sumi Shimamoto

Running Time: 86 minutes

Certificate: U

Extras: Storyboards, Creating My Neighbour Totoro Featurette, Creating the Characters Featurette, The Totoro Experience, Producer’s Perspective: Creating Ghibli, The Locations of Totoro, Scoring Miyazaki, Behind the Microphone Featurette, Textless Opening & Closing Credits, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer, Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel

In 2002 Studio Ghibli showed that a world dominated by Pixar could still appreciate traditional animation. Spirited Away made history as the first, and so far only, film made outside the English speaking world to win a Golden Bear and Academy Award. Twenty-four years before Hayao Miyazaki released My Neighbour Totoro and defined everything great about Studio Ghibli .

Tatsuo Kusukabe, with his daughters Mei and Satsuki, moves into an apparently haunted house in 1958 Japan wanting to be closer to hospital bound matriarch Yasuko. Youngest daughter Mei’s inquisitive nature leads her to discover the Totoro family – dwarf,
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