One cult hit JRPG series that many Nintendo fans refuse to forget about is Mother, otherwise known as the EarthBound series.
Although Nintendo has done nothing new with Ness and the gang in many years now, diehard fans continue to show their support for this weird and wonderful IP in many different ways.
With this in mind, artist and Pizia Studios co-founder, Ezequiel Nieto, recently shared four images of what the original Mother could potentially look like if it was reimagined as a 3D game for modern platforms, and it's absolutely stunning.
Although it looks like a clay-like diorama, it was all done within the 3D creation suite Blender on PC. It took about 14 hours and was partly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch and the original clay art for Mother.
It's impressed everyone so much, that even the series creator Shigesato Itoi retweeted it. Nieto couldn't believe it, either:
“I remember a few guys telling me [that Itoi retweeted me] on Twitter and I was like, ‘nah… can’t be true.’ But when I found out it was true, I [shook] and had a chill … I was so excited.”
Nieto's Pizia Studios is the developer behind Master of Wills - a "collectable card game" for mobile devices. Would you like to see a future Mother/EarthBound game with this sort of artstyle? Leave a comment down below.
I think that's supposed to be the first mother game. Not Earthbound.
Obviously, this was inspired by Link's Awakening HD... And that was a very nice remake. I could definitely see this being well received.
@VoidofLight I went with "EarthBound" in the headline because that name is more widely known in the west. There was also Earthbound Beginnings, which is the first Mother game.
A Mother game in this style would print money. Meaning, there's no way it will happen. We just have to live with yet another port of a Zelda game...
The claymation look suits the Mother series well. I love the spritework in EarthBound and Mother 3 though.
@tseliot I wish they'd remake all three games and bundle them together, but knowing Nintendo, they'd rather just ignore the series.
Well everybody beat me to the "Nintendo forgets Earthbound" joke.
Nintendo make it F**ing happin.
I honestly think the claymation style suits an RPG more than an action RPG anyway. This would be seriously cute.
I'd love to see a remake of Earthbound/Mother 2 in this style. To me, it's still the most significant of the stories in the series even though it's not what most people want. I'd be concerned that the game's development would get stuck in development hell like Earthbound 64.
Awww this looks so cute. I think the claymation fits well with the theme of the game. I also think their Ads in magazines were in claymation, I could be wrong. Never did finish Earthbound on SNES or even the virtual console versions. I would give it another go with a remake and modern features.
Looks almost as good as Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, good job!
Game Freak should have hired this guy for the remakes!
@Wilforce Mother 3’s definitely the better game but Earthbound is fantastic.
I keep wishing for this, but Nintendo is being heartless, lately. C'mon guys, get with the program, WE WANT THIS
Well, with Earthbound (SNES) at least.
I wish the Pokemon Diamond remake had this much coolness and visual love.
You have to ask? Please do make it happen!
Could even be like this game: https://www.polygon.com/2021/3/2/22309175/fantasian-mistwalker-hironobu-sakaguchi-apple-arcade-ios-mac-interview
This is amazing, stunning 😍
they should hire this guy to bring us Mother trilogy remake to the west.
@NImH Links Awakening HD's style has come straight out of the Earthbound instruction manual. Really hope we get an Earthbound remake in the same engine, it would be perfect!
It would be cool to see a new game in this style.
Looks a lot like that Monolith Soft pitch.
Everything doesn't need to be made 3D. I'd prefer something more like an HD-2D facelift with some QoL enhancements.
@shining_nexus Yeah the ads were in a claymation style. It's probably what Itoi would do if he made a new Mother game now the technology can do it.
@Liam_Doolan but it's not about Earthbound, it's about a different game in the series (which is known in the west equally as "Mother" or "Earthbound Beginnings"). The defense doesn't make sense in that regard, it seems like ye deliberately misnamed the game for clickbait, because ye didn't think the real name of the game would generate as much clicks. Sad to see ye feel ye have to resort to such tactics.
Very nice indeed. But have you guys seen the 3d boss animations on youtube (made by someone else years ago). That really kept the eery athmosphere, maybe more so then this claymation stuff (wich looks a bit more friendly). But very nice nonetheless.
I love that look, it would definitely be possible for Nintendo to pull it off too as Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush used a claymation aesthetic and it looked really convincing.
Absolutely love the look of this. Shame it'll never, ever happen.
I love the Mother series more than most, but it's difficult for me to seperate the games from their sprite-based artstyle. It would be like seeing Zappa without his 'stache.
I would rather see Super Mario RPG in this artstyle. Feels like what that game was going for anyway. A remake would be good but a proper sequel would be amazing.
I would happily pay £50 for any of the Mother/Earthbound games on Switch if they looked like that. Just give them to Grezzo already!
Mother 64? Cancelled N64 version Mother 3? I'm a bit surprised no one had brought that up.
Wow! Grezzo, please, go for it!
@dimi Couldn't agree more.
dear god it's beautiful. Nintendo and Ape, make it happen!!
Beautiful and heartwarming. Thank you for sharing. Reminds me of great moments in gaming.
I specially love Ana's expression on both pictures
Edit: Honestly, it may take years, but come on! They brought Earthbound Beginnings after so long. I don't think it os impossible for Nintendo to remaster an Earthbound game.
Ever since Links Awakening was announced for Switch I've wanted nothing more than for them to remake their older titles in its style.
This is so cool! Would love to see an Earthbound remake.
Got that backwards bro😀
would love this
I'd buy it. Make it happen, Nintendo.
I enjoyed Mother 3 and that was the only one l ever played because l just couldn't get into all of them. But l would like to see how Mother 3 looks like as a remake.
OMG I love the playdoe look so cute!
Thats really what should happen. I’ve been saying it to myself since the Wii U. Make an all new one. People will go nuts.
10 billion percent yes! I'd like to see alot of games in this art style tbh.
@tseliot would it tho? Mother is extremely niche and tbh I dont think it will be well received.
@Losermagnet same. Getting rid of the pixels would ruin it for me
The claymation look reminds me of the key art for Earthbound on SNES, so I find this rather charming.
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