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Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition

Hack of Mother

Description:

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

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
DragonDePlatinoHackingLead on project
Dr. FloppyHackingAnti-Piracy removal
TomatoTranslationScript work
vince94Script Editing/RevisionFont & Battle text
Jonesy47GraphicsSprites

User Review Information

Makes the Game 10 Times Better

Reviewed By: Nintendo 64 Wizard on 06 Jun 2021

Less grinding, better graphics, better color palettes, better translated dialogue, a superior font, what’s not to love?

Just one thing: The character sprites. They may be higher quality sprites, but it makes everyone look fat, and just not right. A good example of this is Queen Mary, who is supposed to be a beautiful and graceful queen, but almost just looks like a fat slob in this mod.

That minor detail could never even make me consider recommending the game without this mod though. This is the only way to play Mother, and anyone who doesn’t play it like this is missing out on what this game can be.

9/10 Stars - Minor graphical issues.

Version 1.11 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
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