Nintendo's cancelled project EarthBound 64 – also known as Mother 3 – began its life in the mid-'90s as an N64 title, and was eventually released as a Game Boy Advance game in 2006.
Although the Nintendo 64 title never saw the light of day, there's still a lot of interest in this axed project. In June this year, new footage of the game from Space World 1996 was shared online, and now Source Gaming translator Kody 'NOKOLO' has found some previously undocumented information about the cancelled release in archived issues of Dengeki Nintendo 64 magazine (via Japan's National Diet Library).
Between 1996 and 2000, this magazine contained monthly sections called the 'Mother 3 Times' covering the 64-bit version of EarthBound. Source Gaming explains how many of the ideas and beta elements from the Nintendo 64 game were either reworked or cut entirely in the GBA release. Each of these issues sheds some light on the characters, locations, and generally helps set the scene within the universe. There's also "new pictures" of the game on display.
The first issue translated is Volume 21 and was written on 21st May 1999. This starts at the 1 minute 18-second mark in the video below and is followed up by Volume 22, published on 21st June 1999. The first volume covers a dog called Boney, and "Toilette Falls" – a site on the outskirts of the village known as Tazmily. The second one focuses on the secrets of the twins (Lucas and Claus) and the ruins of Osohe Castle.
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