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Mother 25th Anniversary Fanfest Teleports in this 5th July

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Celebrating the Zero fans have always wanted

Many of us caught the bus with Shigesato Itoi's quirky RPG series through EarthBound, but well before that came his first game, Mother. Also known as EarthBound Zero, Mother was released July 1989 in Japan and, unfortunately, nowhere else officially since.

Not one to dismiss a reason to celebrate their favourite series, however, the fanatics over at are throwing a big Twitch party to commemorate Mother's 25th anniversary, and everyone's invited!

Beginning 5th July at 9 p.m. EST and looking to last through the month, the Mother 25th Anniversary Fanfest will livestream the game and other assorted tomfoolery on their Twitch channel. Contests and lots of prizes will also be part of the events, and special merchandise will be available through Fangamer.

A later-coming part of the celebration, expected this winter, will be a remix album of tracks from the original Mother, with artists including The OneUps, I Fight Dragons, and Jake "virt" Kaufman.

More information on the Mother 25th Anniversary Fanfest will be made available on its Tumblr page and by following @mother25th on Twitter. Do you plan on dropping by and honoring the first game in a cult classic series?

(Photo by Bryan Ochalla, via flickr)


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Yoshi said:

C'mon, Nintendo. You have the game. You localized it. Release it on the VC!



Cloud-San-VII said:

Y'know, it's funny.
My last day in the US for 2 weeks before I go to Japan and I'm gonna be spending it reminiscing a Japanese interpretation of the US....



ogo79 said:

here we go...
anyways, ill be there probably. me and my two copies of mother 1.
may have to get that remix album and definitely score some more fangamer shirts, especially if they are mother themed. so instead of stating the predicted above, ill stick to the topic and say yes to the question. ill probably be one of the only ones there...



sleepinglion said:

Not that I'm advocating piracy, but English translations of the Japanese rom are a good bet for US fans. Until it gets an official release.



Grumblevolcano said:

I agree that this should come to Wii U VC, it'll also be nice by this having a NES era game that hasn't already appeared on Wii VC.



sleepinglion said:

Remember the Onett Times Miiverse Community? "Your official source for the latest EarthBound news and information. Posting is restricted to Nintendo representatives, but feel free to add your own comments." And it went on to promptly release NO news =P



OdnetninAges said:

I Fight Dragons? Wasn't that the band that had that Save World Get Girl music video on Nintendo Video?



MAN1AC said:

It makes too much sense for Nintendo to put this on VC in various regions.



TwilightV said:

Has it ever been said that there was more than one copy of the localized Mother ROM? Because i'd really like to know whether or not NOA still has one.



Dpishere said:

Despite now owning a Wii U I STILL have yet to get Earthbound. Gotta remedy that ASAP!



justlink said:

@sleepinglion its only piracy if the game was released in US, so really, Nintendo of America can't say they are pirating they're item. And then we sue them like Philips and be praised by a few people and populate the world with patent trolls. >:]



allav866 said:

I liked the Nintendo Digital Event, but that moment when Reggie sets a guy on fire for asking for Mother 3 kinda ticked me off. I would hope that Nintendo would do something special for Mother's 25th Anniversary. It's weird to think that the game is as old as I am...



SavoirFaire said:

@allav866 I'm one to think that was a hint of some sort. Nintendo did after all just drop Earthbound out of the clear blue sky last year.



AshFoxX said:

Since Wii U is getting GBA games now, localized versions of Mother 1 & 2 and of course Mother 3 would be no brainers. Of course, this is Nintendo we are talking about.



alLabouTandroiD said:

I always wanted to play with your Mother, Nintendo. Now if i only understood what she's saying.
So no, i'm not watching this because spoilers.



komodo182 said:

really hoping that Mother just gets randomly released for Wii U (or 3ds I guess...) on July 5th. Just like "surprise" shut up and get the game



Kirk said:

I always get a special feeling when I see a cool looking old school cartridge like this.

I miss physical cartridges even though I totally and utterly believe we need to move beyond wasting precious resources on plastic carts (as well as reducing physical space required, cutting down on waste materials and reducing overall costs etc too) when we have a whole digital world in front of us.

I'm all for the digital future but if I were making games I think I'd actually offer consumers the option to purchase collectible versions that came on actual physical carts just because I think that would be awesome to have a few special versions of the game floating around out there in actual physical form, as a cartridge with a lovely little bit of artwork on the label etc. I don't think you'd be able to actually play the games (you'd probably just get a code for the digital version with the cart) but they'd just look great on a collectors shelve imo.

I'll keep this in mind if/when I make successful games in the future...



IceClimbers said:

Hope we see Mother 1 and Mother 3 on the VC eventually. Mother 1's already been localized, they don't have an excuse to not release it.

Of course, if they do release both Mother games, then what are fans gonna pester Reggie about?



TruenoGT said:

I read the subtitle as "Celebration that Zero fans have always wanted". I was like, c'mon at least ONE person must have wanted it?!

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