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Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition

Hack of Mother


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




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
DragonDePlatinoHackingLead on project
Dr. FloppyHackingAnti-Piracy removal
TomatoTranslationScript work
vince94Script Editing/RevisionFont & Battle text

User Review Information

The definitive MOTHER

Reviewed 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

User Reviews
Makes the Game 10 Times BetterNintendo 64 Wizard06 Jun 20211.11Yes
MOTHER Reborn, A Must Playredmagejoe18 Mar 20191.11Yes
The best way to play itrealarmed27 Aug 20181.11Yes
A lot of work, but characters don't look rightJegriva28 May 20171.11No
Inspiring, exciting, AMAZING!Greyfox07 Jan 20161.11Yes
Makes old school gaming beautiful.JeaneMaggie06 Jan 20161.11Yes
The Only Way to Play This Gamemagictrufflez21 Oct 20151.11Yes
Makes Mother closer to EarthBound and Mother 3 fun factorVideogameScrapbook07 Jun 20151.11Yes
The definitive MOTHERSatoshi_Matrix12 Nov 2014N/AYes
A Solid "Remake" For a Great RPGCloudGamerX08 May 20151.0Yes