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Mother 2.1: Slightly Less Terrible Edition

Hack of EarthBound

Description:

Once upon a time, there was someone who was stupid enough to not like EarthBound and make a sarcastic hack of the game. He became so hated for his hack that some people even actively attempted to end his life because of his clearly unforgivable sin of having an opinion about a video game. Not having learned his lesson, the dumb sap went and did it all over again and this is the result.

Mother 2.1: Slightly Less Terrible Edition is just that. A slightly less terrible version of the Mother 2.1 hack previously posted by FractiousLemon. There are some new adjustments to the dialogue as well as graphical and gameplay alterations as well here. If you want to play a completely pointless hack of EarthBound that exists for no particularly good reason, featuring equally pointless changes to dialogue in random locations, mildly less pointless changes to a few character and enemy sprites, and one or two extremely pointless inside jokes that only one person in the world will get, go for it. Be my guest. If you become offended when someone doesn’t like a video game and swear violent revenge when that person makes a ridiculous and insincere slight against a Japanese celebrity he’s never heard about, then don’t play this game. You’ll only end up wanting to murder me and that’s really a lot more trouble than either you or I want over something as stupid as a completely irrelevant video game hack.

TL:DR Version: This hack exists and it sucks, so play it if you want, but don’t get mad if it turns out to be exactly as stupid as I told you it was.

Hack Features:

  • A run button and more streamlined menus thanks to the EarthReBound hack.
  • Tenda tribe renamed to Gummi like in the original Japanese, for no good reason.
  • A few enemy sprites edited because I could, also for no good reason.
  • Attempts to manipulate your opinion of Porky and everyone in Happy-Happy Village now dressed in blue, for a little bit of a reason, but not a particularly good one.
  • Snarky jokes about Shigesato Itoi watered down to two little stupid jokes in hopes that nobody will actually try to kill me, but it’s probably better if you just don’t play this hack at all if you like EarthBound in any way.
  • I don’t know, I think I made a joke about Tony’s creepy stalker obsession with Jeff.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: EarthBound (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130701-030720)
  • File SHA-1: E44B6A73359694C25DD4ECC768128D40EC9B6DD1
  • ROM SHA-1: D67A8EF36EF616BC39306AA1B486E1BD3047815A

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User Review Information

A re-localization outdoing the original? No

Reviewed By: earthboundfan15 on 21 Aug 2018

Having played this romhack for a while, I can say without a shred of doubt that the relocalization on this hack is rather poor work done. Which isn’t a surprise as the creator of said hack has stated himself that he/she is not taking this seriously and laughs at our reaction to this be it good/bad.

Humor, a central part of Earthbound it’s what added to the enjoyment and helped with the juxtapose of some scenarios of the game. A lot of the dry humor and subtle jokes that were in the original games have been replaced with humor that explains now joke to the reader and/or humor that is instead more cynical such as insulting Porky/Pokey more. Which could be fine if that was what the hacker intended for the whole game to be this. However, this hack seems to have a lack of identity on what it wants to be. Some cases, lines are altered to be closer to what the original text was. However, other lines are merely there to just belittle Itoi calling him a narcissist and other times the humor is just breaking the forth wall. More over just the hackers commentary while he/she played it. The hack is well… a mess. It isn’t a hack so bad that you’ll be able to laugh and riff on it like “Mystery Science theater 3000″ which the author brings up in the game. Nor is it an interesting new way to experience Earthbound again. It’s just an plain hack which, while interesting that the creator spent time altering a majority of the lines. It sadly wouldn’t be worth your time playing the whole game through. At most getting through Onett and that’s it.

If you want to play Mother 2/Earthbound properly re-localized, I would say you’re better off playing the hack, MaternalBound. A hack that has two versions for players, one that relocalizes the entire game to match that of the original Japanese text and another version that fixes some mistakes in the localization and makes it uncut.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Improvement for those that didn't like the retail release.lexluthermiester12 Sep 20181.1Yes
A re-localization outdoing the original? Noearthboundfan1521 Aug 20181.0No
Not What it ClaimsMikeTheGamerGuy18 Aug 20181.0No
Well, FractiousLemon, you must be amusedvivify9318 Aug 20181.0No
If you hate Jokes, this is for youdaJoschi17 Aug 20181.0No
Play Nintendo's Translation Insteadvermilionzephyr16 Aug 20181.0No