If you're a Mother/EarthBound fan and are hungry for more stories set within this weird and wonderful universe, you might be interested in checking out this fan translation of the Mother and Mother 2 novel by Nyaasu.
Both of these novels have never received an official English translation. They tell the stories of the first two games in much more detail. Both were written by Saori Kumi and both were approved by Mother series creator, Shigesato Itoi.
Here are translations of the back covers of both books:
Mother: The Original Story
"I've got to come along with you! - Ana, a girl with mysterious powers, the athletic Ken, and the scientific young genius Lloyd stand together to save the world from a crisis. In order to enlist the help of Queen Mary, ruler of the kingdom of Magicant, they must seek out eight melodies scattered throughout the world, as the sinister influence of their alien foe draws steadily closer. And just what is the true identity of their dreaded enemy...? A complete novelization of Shigesato Itoi's beloved, immersive RPG!"
"My name is Ness. Before a meteor fell on the mountain behind my house, I was just an ordinary, baseball-loving kid in a red ball cap. But after that night, an unbelievable journey began for me and my friends! Paula, a beautiful blond girl with psychic powers. Jeff, a prodigy with all things mechanical. And Poo, the prince of a mysterious kingdom. In order to protect the future of our world, we'll need all of our courage, wisdom, and love, to stand against an enormous enemy! The masterpiece RPG from producer and director Shigesato Itoi returns, in an epic and emotional novelization."
Nyaasu says they hope there's "more to come" in time. You can check both translations out over on the translator's website.
[source nyaasunobouken.com, via gonintendo.com]
Didn't even know this game had novels
I also never knew that these existed.
I've been curious about Mother 1, but would not sit down to actually play it, so I'm especially interested in that one.
I'll likely read the other a bit later, as I'm quite familiar with Earthbound, but more details would be nice.
@gsilver I think Mother 1/ Earthbound Begginings aged pretty well for a nes rpg, not that I played many nes rpg's.
Currently on an Earthbound play through. And I would actually love to read these novels.
I'm currently slogging through Earthbound Beginnings, it's a bit rough around the edges, but sometimes it can be great fun to play NES era RPG's, just to remind you how much the genre has evolved over the years and how much we've learned along the way in game design.
Jokes aside I'm Enjoying Earthbound so far.
@gsilver I'm about mid-way through Mother 1/EBB at the mo - and it's definitely got its charm, despite an abundance of random encounters (sometimes they're quite evenly spaced, other times they can occur across multiple single tiles). A fast-forward option would really alleviate some of the slog.
@iLikeUrAttitude Oh Yeah, Japan loves its videogame tie in novels and radio dramas
@Askalt No it's definitely true that it looks surprisingly good for an NES game.
i gave 1 a good go. I dunno, maybe it is a nostalgia thing were it was epic back in the day, but it didnt grab me in any way. I watched some gameplay of the otheres. Maybe the later titles are superior, but i cannot help but feel the fandom surrounding this franchise is a little gimmicky and hype.
The question is: will I ugly cry again by the end of this?
Nyaasu is also an amazing fanartist and has done some great mother fanart as well as other fanart. I totally recommend checking them out.
Mother 3 is one of my favourite games ever and also the first in the series I played. Easily a 9,5/10 game for me. I later played 1 and 2 and unfortunately, those experiences were more like 5/10 and 7/10.
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