Mother Creator Shigesato Itoi Sends a Gift to

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

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Such an amazing gift.


It was recently discovered that Starmen.Net founder Reid Young received a special gift from a very special individual, the man himself Shigesato Itoi, who is the creator of the Mother series (also known as Earthbound in the West). Itoi wanted to show his appreciation to the fans who were so dedicated to getting his creation localized. A signed drawing that portrayed the ever so adorable ‘Mr.Saturn’, the mascot and native creature of the series. It was given to him by freelance translator Lindsay Nelson, who helped a great deal with the Mother 3 fan translation.

Another kind gesture from the heart <3


The text on the picture has been translated saying, “is good” and “potential,” by the Earthbound Central (A very popular and dedicated website for the cult series). This wasn’t the first time he has acknowledge the group (calling them “Starman Club”, which is a name they adopted), the first time was in a video you can check out with the link above. While their efforts may not have changed Nintendo of America or NCL’s (Nintendo of Japan) minds, what they accomplished was notoriety and they have become a staple of what fan groups would try to emulate. What also was shown by the group is what a gamer is capable of when many people group together and use their energy in a positive way; they made a mark that can’t be easily extinguished. Their hard work is still talked about these days;  that should give you a clue as to their impact.

In the end, we will never know if the first and third Earthbound will ever get an official release in the West, heck, we hope we get all three on the virtual console or just something for that matter. All we can do now is hope, but it’s certainly a fantastic thing to know that the series creator once again shows that he knows there is a fanbase outside of Japan who eagerly want to purchase and play his games officially. Thank you Shigesato Itoi for such an endearing series. Thank you fan translators for the terrific translation, letting us gamers have a way to play the amazing third installment. Last and certainly not least, thank you everyone at, your efforts will live on and so will your unbridled enthusiasm.


About David Fernandes

(Community Manager) David is an assistant admin and community manager at oprainfall. He joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning, and became one of the staff as the first wave of new volunteers were needed back in mid June. He is an avid video game collector, and lover of most game genres. David spends much of his time in a futile effort in clearing out his ever growing video game backlog.

  • It warms my heart to see the creator of a beloved series being so nice to their fans. Likewise, it fills me with absolute rage that Nintendo continue to act like complete tools with this franchise.

    •  Agree. More proof that corporations are evil… 😛

      So the Beetles issue with the second won’t be an issue when the songs become public domain? What is that, around 2070? LOL

    • Having worked in music games, licensing is HORRIBLY expensive, and look at the Beatles Rock Band to see how much needs to be made to make up for all those licensing fees. 🙁  And what happens when a potential licensee rejects you?  No more song in the game, and that would be a disaster for a Mother game. 😮

      I’m glad Itoi acknowledges starmen, I’d love to see a game with his writing again.  The game industry truly needs it.

    • Honestly, they should just change the music. I’m sure Nintendo has some really creative musical people who can come up with music that sounds like it belongs there. If they don’t want to make such a minor change (which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, given that they replaced the Kawasaki ads with Wii ads in Wave Race 64 on VC and added extra Wii-specific functionality to Pokemon Snap), they could remake the game, bringing all the music up to date and taking out any infringement in the process. From this picture here, it seems like the rumor that Itoi himself is blocking the changes from being made might be false, since he must know that blocking the changes is the same as blocking rereleases to the West, and he knows people want it…

    • The problem is, most people love the music from EarthBound, myself included, especially the New Age Retro Hippy’s battle music (which sounds like Johnny Be Good). While it would work to change said music, it wouldn’t really be the same to a lot of fans.

  • To bad it was never released on the Virtual Console.  I would have played it otherwise.

  • I’ve always thought of as the big brother to Operation Rainfall. They really set the benchmark of the kind of things fans can accomplish when they band together. This is really heartwarming to see 🙂