Mother 3 Ultimate FAQ ~ All Questions/Media/Help Here!

#1Boomerang78Posted 9/28/2008 7:56:01 PM
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This FAQ is for lots of things, to answer questions, give ideas, and much more.

Hence "Ultimate".

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GAME INFORMATION
What is Mother 3?
Who made the game?
What are the prequels?
How can I get this game?

TRANSLATION
Is the Translation Patch done?
Why is it not done yet?
Who is working on the translation?
Can't they work faster?
When will it be done?
Why isn't Nintendo bringing this to North America?
Does Nintendo hate us?
Where can I get up to date with the information?
How do I apply the patch?
I don't want to wait... where can I get some kind of written translation?

MEDIA PART ONE: ART
MEDIA PART TWO: VIDEOS
MEDIA PART THREE: MUSIC

MISC. THINGS
Challenges
How do I beat this boss?
Where can I get the rare items?
Thanks to:
Closing Information

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#2Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 7:57:35 PM
GAME INFORMATION

What is Mother 3?
Mother 3 is an RPG for the GameBoy Advance. Mother 3 was developed by HAL Laboratories, and Brownie Brown, and presented by Nintendo. Released in April 2006, Mother 3 is the long awaited sequel to the classic SNES RPG Mother 2, otherwise known as "EarthBound" to the Americans. The game currently has no plans on making it to other countries, for reasons assumed and explained later in the FAQ. Mother 3 is currently the final true installment in the series, not including re-releases or ports, such as Mother 1+2.

Who made the game?
This game was developed in a joint effort by Brownie Brown, developer of projects like Sword of Mana, also for the GBA, and HAL Labs, makers of the Kirby and Super Smash Bros. games. The creator of the Mother series is Shigesato Itoi. This game was presented by Nintendo of Japan.

What are the prequels?
There are only two prequels: Mother, and Mother 2. Mother was developed for the Famicom, and later ported to the GBA. Mother was originally planned to be released in America, but due to the imminent release of the Super Famicom, it wasn't. The ROM file for the translated game exists on the web today. Mother 2 was developed for the Super Famicom, and is the first and only installment in the Mother series to make it to America. Known as "EarthBound", players were immersed in a rather niche RPG. Due to more popular options, it being so late in the SNES' life, and while the RPG genre today isn't so niche, back then RPGs were not mainstream, and even then, EarthBound is a niche within a niche. Mother 1 and 2 were later released as Mother 1+2 for the GBA, along with the announcement of Mother 3.

How can I get this game?
Now that Play-Asia doesn't have any more copies in stock, eBay is perhaps your only option. It can be found for about $20-60 on eBay. You can also get this by "other means" (a friend... yeah, haha, that's what I mean...). But I won't go too far into that.
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#3Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 7:58:16 PM
TRANSLATION

Is the Translation Patch done?
It will be released very shortly. All that is needed right now, as of September 28, 2008 is testing. The day will come. But please, don't ask about it! Tomato and the others are already working hard enough and don't need to waste time explaining this to you. This only prolongs it.

Why is it not done yet?
Mother 3, as proven by the folks at mother3.fobby.net and starmen.net has shown us, is one evil son of a "You know what" to hack. More bugs than under my brother's bed were found in the game's programming. Blame Brownie Brown for the evil programming. It's like the game was programmed not to be hacked. But oh well, we did anyways. Take THAT.

Who is working on the translation?
Tomato is the one hacking the most of it, and writing a blog on his hacking progress. Others, like demi and co. are working on it as well. If you want more information, go to: http://www.mother3.fobby.net for more details.

Can't they work faster?
No. They're working as hard as they can already, and they have enough stuff to deal with already. Things like work, or personal matters. The point is, no. They cannot. Just be grateful they're even doing it. I would've quit by now, so would you.

When will it be done?
In about a month. Maybe sooner. Who knows?

Why isn't Nintendo bringing this to North America?
EarthBound didn't do so well in America, for reasons already explained. Nintendo probably doesn't want to risk another game in America/Europe/Australia and lose money over it. Even if Mother is backed by Brawl, or even if fans are screaming at Nintendo for it, they have made it clear that they aren't releasing it. There's a chance, but then again, there's a chance of me dating the entire cheer leading team. The chances of that are equally slim. Slim, slim... ;_;

Does Nintendo hate us?
Whatever floats your boat. If it helps you sleep at night that the reason that Nintendo isn't releasing Mother 3 is because they hate our guts so bad, then so be it. But, to be honest, I don't think so. We got them money for EarthBound, so if any hating is going around, it's at the people who didn't buy EarthBound back in '95.

Where can I get up to date with the information?
Here are some sites:

http://mother3.fobby.net/

http://mother3.fobby.net/menupatch/

http://tomato.fobby.net/junk/applyingmenupatch/

^^^ That's all you need to know. ^^^

How do I apply the patch?
Read. The. FAQ. On. The. Above. Site. This is an irritating question, I have been asked millions of times on my YouTube account.

If you need personal help, contact:

http://www.youtube.com/user/NessAndLucied

My YouTube account. I can give personal help if needed.

I don't want to wait... where can I get some kind of written translation?
Check GameFAQs' FAQ section on this game, there is a translation by spookychee.
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#4Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 7:59:30 PM
MEDIA PART ONE: ART

Best of Mother Fan Art
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QT00ZR16

Cell Phone, Computer, and Printable Goodies

http://rapidshare.com/files/81481003/Mother3Phone.zip.html
A .ZIP file containing all three sizes of all four official Mother 3 cell phone wallapapers. I also threw in my personal favorite item, the Pig-Mask ring tone (MP3 format) that Yokuba's phone plays in Chapter 7 of the game. You can send the ringtone to yuor phone for free using WWW.FUNFORMOBILE.COM

http://img404.imageshack.us/my.php?image=eb0wallpapermj8.gif
Earth Bound Wallpaper

http://img404.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ebwallpapernm6.png
EarthBound Wallpaper

http://img404.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ebiiwallpaperbb9.png

http://rapidshare.com/files/81481244/Mother3iWebsite.swf.html
This is the entire Mother3i official website. Clicking one of the upper-right links launches a photo album of Lucas and his friends and family. It shows scenes like Kumatora at a Magypsy tea party, and Lydia finding the injured pig mask. It also reveals who the last Magypsy is in case you haven't found out yet. This is still on the web, but I wnated to burn it to a CD for safe-keeping in case they ever remove it.

http://rapidshare.com/files/81483167/MOTHER3i_liner.pdf.html
Here is the printable CD insert for Mother3i

American Mother3i cover
http://rapidshare.com/files/92044098/Mother3iUSA.bmp.html

Official Mother 3 computer wallpapers for desktops
http://www.1101.com/MOTHER3/wall_paper/1280_01.gif
http://www.1101.com/MOTHER3/wall_paper/1280_02.gif
http://www.1101.com/MOTHER3/wall_paper/1280_03.gif
http://www.1101.com/MOTHER3/wall_paper/1280_04.gif

EarthBound Emoticons: Contains characters from all three games.
http://rapidshare.com/files/91929227/Mother_Emoticons.zip.html

http://rapidshare.com/files/102324201/Ness_and_Lucas.exe.html
Screensaver

http://rapidshare.com/files/101540706/The_Notebook.pdf.html
Some excerpts from Agota Kristof’s “The Notebook”. Stark and disturbing, this book heavily inspired Mother 3, specifically the characters of Lucas and Claus. Not for the faint of heart.

http://rapidshare.com/files/136640418/ssmarque.scr.html
I realized that this old screensaver combined with the Orange Kid Font canbe used to emulate the "welcome to MOTHER3 world" theme used on the official telephone wallpapers. It isn't included with Windows Vista, but it still works. Just cut and paste it into C:/Windows or C:/Windows/system32 (where "C" is your local hard drive)
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#5Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 7:59:57 PM
MEDIA PART TWO: VIDEOS

Downloadable Videos

http://rapidshare.com/files/82435340/Mother3Anime1.zip.html
This file contains two Mother 3-related fanmade anime clips.

http://rapidshare.com/files/92230776/Maksed_Man_Sword.mov.html
An AWESOME clip of the Masked Man. Worth downloading.

Mother 3 Anime Parody
http://rapidshare.com/files/113325904/Mother_3_Video.avi.html





MEDIA PART THREE: MUSIC

Music

http://files.fobby.net/0000/2d24/Bill%20Eager%20-%20Pollyanna.mp3
A cover of Pollyanna

http://rapidshare.com/files/84357922/Mother_3_MIDIs.zip.html
A collection of Mother 3 MIDIs converted to Windows Media Format for easy burning. Very nice.

http://rapidshare.com/files/84421514/Pollyanna_Techno_Remix.mp3.html
Pollyanna Techno Jazz Remix (Mono Sound)

Oto no Ishi 1 & 2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1JIRM2CN

http://rapidshare.com/files/101211530/249_-_16_Melodies__Beginning_.mp3.html
From the game itself, Sixteen Melodies

http://rapidshare.com/files/113300004/We_Miss_You_English.mp3.html
Awhile back I posted a video showing how I arranged the translated lyrics of the Theme of Love to fit the melody. Another fan saw my video and decided to actually sing the song! Not bad!


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VRDXQ101
Every Mother/EarthBound track from Super Smash Brothers in MP3 format available here! Onett, Fourside, New Pork City.

http://rapidshare.com/files/113770319/Earthbound.nsf.html
Mother 3 has a nice soundroom, but Mother 1 does not. The NSF is good for this purpose. Runs in any emulator. Unfortunantly SNES isn't this simple when it comes to soundtracks.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PDNMQ6SA
Pollyanna from the midi CD. In MP3 format for easy burning.

This is a wonderful rendition of Pokey Means Business!
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LFV7IU80

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XZ2F4686
This is "Mother Sounds e p" soundtrack.
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#6Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 8:00:42 PM
MISC. THINGS

Challenges
Finished the game? There are still tons of things to do. Low Level Challenges, Solo Challenges, Level One Challenges, all proven to be possible by a user named KomodoTheNinja. That user got banned, so right now his name is "NutBreadIsWin". He refuses to stay down.

How do I beat this boss?
Make sure you have lots of healing items for Boney and Duster, and take advantage of an enemy's weakness. This game can be completed at any level, just so you know. If you're still getting owned, level up. Check up on YouTube for leveling spots.

PS: If you're at a certain dragon boss in Chapter One, use the fang.

Where can I get the rare items?

Here's a list of them here:
http://walkthrough.starmen.net/mother3/itemlist_rare.php

Thanks to:

Spitball Sparky: For compiling all of the Mother 3 media in one big package. Thanks!
TomatoSan: For giving me the link to the rare drops, so I could make a Rare Drops subject.
KomodoTheNinja @ Alts: For making Mother 3 challenges, I like watching them.
To the hackers: Thank you for letting us play Mother 3 in English. Really, we are thankful.
Shigesato Itoi: For creating the Mother series
Nintendo of Japan: For releasing the games.
Nintendo of America: For making us all saaaad pandas.
Myself: For not getting a sore back typing all this >_>
All others not mentioned: For being on the boards, and (hopefully) acting nice. Thanks!

Closing Information
All things belong to their respective owners.

How's that for a legal thingamajig?

Fun fact: This whole thing is more than 12 KB in text. :D

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#7Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 8:01:18 PM
There we go!

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PARTY
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#8SirIlpalazzoPosted 9/28/2008 8:21:56 PM
Only issue I see is that the text under the media that was written by Sparky isn't explicitly credited to him, which makes it look like you're the one saying that stuff.
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#9SirIlpalazzoPosted 9/28/2008 8:22:10 PM
It's all good otherwise, though.
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#10Boomerang78(Topic Creator)Posted 9/28/2008 8:30:33 PM
Yeah, I noticed that too.

I'd change that, but GameFAQs has no edit button :(
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