At the beginning of this month, someone put a corporate Nintendo CD-ROM from 1998 on sale. The winner of the online auction was a Twitter user known as Zen, who paid the equivalent of $357 USD for the item, after discovering the disc contained footage of the cancelled N64 project, EarthBound 64 - also known back then as Mother 3.
So, what does it give us? 25 seconds of previously unseen footage of the EarthBound 64 from the 1997 Space World event in Japan. There's no sound and the video is limited to 240p. This footage is different from the clip we saw back in 2019 and 2006. And we've gotta admit, for a Nintendo 64 game it looks quite impressive in some sequences.
Would you have been interested in playing this game back in the day? Would you like to see a 3D EarthBound game one day? Leave a comment down below.
And it would have never been in the west.
No, Patrick, it is not possible to Remake Mother 64 based on 25-second footage.
Playing through Mother 3 right now and it's crazy to see what made it into the game and not.
The unreleased N64 prototype of Mother 3 truly is one of the biggest holy grails of unavailable gaming media. I would love for it to leak somehow, it's just so fascinating.
I love how it even has the same logo. Mother 3 really is a masterpiece, there’s just no doubt about it. Repro carts are definitely worth it for anyone on the fence.
I like to imagine that if Mother 3 had released on N64 it would have inspired a generation of ethereal indie games that use the low poly aesthetic. How fascinating
Looks like a real system seller
Has it been confirmed nothing from this game was in the Gigaleak? Because we are still finding new stuff from it, apparently.
Sorry guys, I fail to see the charm in this 😕
@Offolsense I was not at that time, not in the west at least. On that era Earthbound still was a well hidden gem.
Nintendo needs to release a localised Mother 3 outside of Japan. I know it's been said ad nauseam, but it's still true.
*25 seconds video drops of what looks to be a relatively sh**y game.
The internet: "GIVE IT TO ME NOW, NINTENDO!!!"
@EriXz Agreed. If Nintendo canned this project then there's a pretty good chance that it would have sucked anyways.
I'll pick "Cool Games That Were Never Released" for 500, Alex.
@Offolsense What system? The Ouya? Nintendo had Super Mario 64, THE system seller. A sequel to a JRPG that sold poorly in Japan was not going to sell any consoles.
It would have been cool to play this... but it'd also be cool to play Mother 3 in any form in English (officially). I do think Nintendo has something planned (The complete lack of Mother 1 and EarthBound on NSO even in Japan is incredibly suspicious), hopefully we hear more soon. It would be cool to see more of this N64 version surface, though!
Cool!! I mean, it looks all around awful, but still
@nessisonett I just beat it for first time over the weekend on gba, totally blind going into it (just knew it was famous). I cant remember last time (if any?) I was as moved by a game as that. Really need some time to absorb it, the whole thing was such an experience for me
And cool footage! Ha
It reminds me of like a Nintendo version of Final Fantasy 7.
I was so excited about this game back in the day, but in the end I’m almost glad it became Mother 3 and retained the art style of Earthbound/Mother 2.
I gotta say, this game would have been mind blowing if it released back in the day.
I swear, way back then when the N64 was fairly new, I feel like I played a game that looked like Earthbound. It's really weird, I think it was also a demo. No idea what I played. lol
I suppose you could say this was a Giygaleak.
I waited for this game with baited breath. Quite possibly the single biggest game that got cancelled for me. It's nice to see more footage (I still think it looks great lol.)
I am super hype for that miraculous wonderous day that will be when the full playable prototype of EarthBound 64 finally leaks, hopefully it happens someday very soon!
The Mandela Effect?
@EriXz I see what you mean when you look at it as another game that was cancelled. It’s that this was a planned sequel to a popular RPG on the SNES. The fascination is with what could have been, given the brilliance of its predecessor, and what were the factors that led to it being cancelled.
Likewise, if say, a previously unreleased Batman game was found by a veteran like Capcom. With 3D combat similar to the Arkham games.
Of course its hard to say about any of the other possible limitations because as I understand the N64 was by design somewhat ill suited for RPGs... But I have to say the crusty early 3D graphics style this footage had would've been such a perfect fit for a game in this series, it is a shame this got cancelled.
Well, as here in Europe Mother was mostly unknown, it is very interesting to see, (but no hype for me.)
When i an my Friends got Ness back then in Smash Bros. on the 64, we had no clue who this Kid was.
We interpreted him as a Incarnation of the NES lol
N64 was the console where it felt like a lot of its big games got cancelled. I believe Nintendo learned their lesson, for the most part, from that because they now won't announce something if it's going to see the light of day.
@SortingHat That's not mandala effect, that's just a normal thing in OoT.
Basically, if you return after stealing Epona, Ingo has gone through a bizarre change of heart. It's Malon who let's you do a second obstacle course race for unlimited milk.
Edit: for the record, Ingo is there for the race, you just don't talk to him to initiate it.
Some people love diving into cancelled games and betas, especially given their great potential at being a unique experience compared to their final releases.
You're still using Zeldapedia for research?
Man, this breaks my heart. What could have been...
There's even older footage of the game, from Space World 96, where Ness is put as the protagonist. Well, we can only assume it was going to be weirder than the previous game, at least.
@VIIIAxel keep dreaming
@Darlinfan You mean like... your response? Success!
Nah, dude, but really, my three comments in a row were because:
A. I'm pretty tired of people losing their minds over nostalgia for a game that they probably have never even played because it didn't even existed outside Japan.
B. I was on the can at work. 😂
@B_Lindz Considering Final Fantasy turned into a system seller that gen. If EB64 came out in 1997 or 1998 it'd have probably would have become a bigger series. Obviously not FF scale but probably becoming a million seller.
The level of animation in the cutscenes and the size of the maps with vehicles would have been a big deal back then.
@ModdedInkling Not exactly? I knew that what he was talking about was true, so I just googled it and pasted the first link.
@B_Lindz Uh... Given how prevelent GBA emulation and the English patch is... I'd wager most people on a site like this have in fact played Mother 3.
Noted. I'm surprised it's still that easy to access given the wiki was merged with Zelda Wiki in 2019 (I'm a Discord staff member there).
This is absolutely, utterly incredible—And simultaneously gut-wrenching.
To be honest, im pretty glad the game didn't turn out this way. I much prefer the GBA aesthetic and sprites. Something about the graphics and the way the game looks is just so......gross. It gives off a creepy or eerie vibe even though I know it's not trying to. The 64DD version doesn't scream "MOTHER series" to me either.
Nonetheless, it's really cool to see what could have been if this game had released on N64. It would have undoubtedly been a massive flop due to the DDs failure. Cool stuff
Even though I like the aesthetic we ended up getting on the GBA more than this, I kind of would have preferred to have this. It just would have been nice to have a really high quality RPG on the N64 considering Paper Mario is literally one I can think of.
@ModdedInkling Oh, I had no idea why you were even asking lol.
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