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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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Not What it Claims

Reviewed By: MikeTheGamerGuy on 18 Aug 2018

Mother 2.1 Relocalized is by its creators own admission NOT a serious attempt to relocalize the game. So what is it actually then? That’s much harder to say. In some respects it does try to return the game to a state more similar to Mother 2 (i.e Pokey’s character), however it is also full of Author inserts where he breaks the fourth wall just to lambastes the game and its creator Itoi. Aside from that you have attempts to explain the more subtle jokes in the game, or at times just replace the original dialogue entirely with a joke that didn’t previously exist. For example the NPC that resembles Mr. T will now always have some line about “fool pittying”. This all adds up to something that is neither a direct commentary, satire or “jokey-joke” about the game and certainly doesn’t present itself as a genuine attempt to improve it. It simply exists. However I do think there is at least one interesting take away: the idea of a ROM hack that basically serves as the creators commentary track for the game, whether it be positive or negative. That is what this hack SHOULD have been. Unfortunately the author inserts are too few, and surrounded by too much confusion for this.

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