Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition
Hack of Mother
Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition
Hack of Mother
|Patching Information||No Special Requirements|
|Hack Release Date||05 November 2014|
|Last Modified||13 November 2014|
Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition aims to make Mother much more enjoyable for both Earthbound fans and those playing it for the first time.
All enemy graphics, NPC sprites and tiles are be redrawn from scratch to be more faithful to the clay models. The goofy enemies are goofier and the creepy enemies are creepier. A shiny new font and title screen was added, too!
The overworld has been tweaked to be much less bleak and repetitive, so it’s harder to get lost. There is more scenery, areas are more colorful and confusing areas like Duncan’s factory have been simplified. On the other hand, tiny areas like the Cemetery or Snowman have been expanded.
There are also a lot of changes under the hood. Enemies will yield slightly more exp and the encounter rate has been readjusted. The “Dangerous Foe” battle theme is used less often and party members will be met at a higher level. DragonDePlatino’s goal in creating this hack was to make Mother less challenging, but still quite difficult.
And last but not least, this hack uses Tomato’s official Mother 1 + 2 translation, adapted for the NES. Over 1400 lines of text have been altered to create connections with the rest of the series, improve clarity and shorten reading time. This hack will also feature much quicker battle text courtesy of vince94. Battles progress almost twice as quickly!
ROM / ISO Information:
- Earth Bound (USA) (Proto).nes
- CRC-32: f5ef5002
- MD4: 23c33dcd26f5570f9bfcc87609452777
- MD5: 5bacf7ba94c539a1caf623dbe12059a3
- SHA-1: 505cc723e0c8d66baaaf9597f21a505a88291f64
|Contributor||Type of contribution||Listed credit|
|DragonDePlatino||Hacking||Lead on project|
|Dr. Floppy||Hacking||Anti-Piracy removal|
|vince94||Script Editing/Revision||Font & Battle text|
User Review Information
The definitive MOTHERReviewed By: Satoshi_Matrix on 12 Nov 2014
If you’re going to play Earth Bound, play this version over the unreleased finished prototype.
While the unenhanced finished prototype is an amazing game, it is most certainly not a game for everyone. Although it broke many RPG conventions - being set in modern times, starring kids and not teenagers, and used real-world elements such as money, Earth Bound is still a product of its time, plagued by long hours of mandatory level grinding and frequently confusing progression goal markers leaving you confused on just where to proceed next.
This hack does a lot to improve the Mother 1 experience. For one thing, you now have a world map that shows your location in enough detail to allow you to navigate without getting lost.
The game’s difficulty has been drastically improved, with the sudden spikes completely gone as long as you’re not avoiding enemies altogether. At no time did I feel the game was unfair, as was frequently the case in the original version.
There is also a visual jump from the original - gone are the washed out hues replaced by darker - bolder - cartoon-like colors. Nearly all sprites in the game have been redrawn to more closely match the original clay models shown in official art. Some characters - especially the hero Ninten - look much better as a result.
The icing on the cake here is that legendary fan-translator Tomato has touched up the game’s dialogue, making it sound more natural while ensuring NPCs give clearer hints on where to go next and better preserving the series trademark humor.
As much of an improvement as this Anniversary Edition is though, there are still problems present from the original, most notably the extremely limited inventory. Each party member can only hold 8 items, and same-items do not stack. This means if you have four loaves of bread, each bread takes up an item slot.
The original game got around this by storing unneeded items with your sister. This archaic system really should have been modernized with this hack. Hopefully there will eventually be a revision that does just that. If the space Ninten’s sister has for storing items was moved to Ninten himself, this issue would completely vanish.
For now though, this is the definitive version of MOTHER.
Recommended - Yes
|MOTHER Reborn, A Must Play||redmagejoe||18 Mar 2019||1.11||Yes|
|The best way to play it||realarmed||27 Aug 2018||1.11||Yes|
|A lot of work, but characters don't look right||Jegriva||28 May 2017||1.11||No|
|Inspiring, exciting, AMAZING!||Greyfox||07 Jan 2016||1.11||Yes|
|Makes old school gaming beautiful.||JeaneMaggie||06 Jan 2016||1.11||Yes|
|The Only Way to Play This Game||magictrufflez||21 Oct 2015||1.11||Yes|
|Makes Mother closer to EarthBound and Mother 3 fun factor||VideogameScrapbook||07 Jun 2015||1.11||Yes|
|The definitive MOTHER||Satoshi_Matrix||12 Nov 2014||N/A||Yes|
|A Solid "Remake" For a Great RPG||CloudGamerX||08 May 2015||1.0||Yes|