Earthbound Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary With Mr. Saturn

By Sato . August 27, 2014 . 1:21am


Earthbound celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and while fans in Japan will get new figures of the characters by Takara Tomy, creator Shigesato Itoi shares a short message for Earthbound fans around the world on his official website.


Here’s what it says on the website:



“It’s already been 20 years since the release of Earthbound [Mother 2 in Japanese].

… does that make you happy?


Yes: me too.

No: Then be happy.


Shigesato Itoi,

August 27th, 2014.



There’s also an image of Mr. Saturn saying “Desunoda,” which doesn’t really mean anything in particular, but they’re basically two different words of “desu” and “noda” that can be used at the end of a sentence.


Additionally, the website introduces two new official Earthbound products:


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The first is a book or planner cover that has an Earthbound theme, and the second is a Mr. Saturn-themed Haramaki [waistband].



If you’re wondering “why the waistband?” the above image shows the item being depicted as an aesthetic reference joke to Shigesato Itoi. Haramakis have been known for being old-fashioned and unfashionable, but it was actually Itoi himself is credited for its resurgence a few years ago.


Not only is he known as the creator of Earthbound in Japan, but he’s also done plenty of other work as a copywriter, essayist, and lyricist. He has also appeared as a guest on TV shows like Iron Chef, and others.


Even if he’s a bit of an influential figure in Japan, it’s still pretty surprising to know that he was able to make what was once considered an exclusive granny item into something respectably fashionable in modern times.

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  • shytende

    So Itoi wants to convert us to Happy Happyism ?

  • ineedgames

    Should celebrate by releasing a new game.

    • Michael Kelehan

      Or two old games, in English.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I sure remember that waistband resurgence from a few years ago. Heck, who doesn’t?

  • PreyMantis

    You know what’s a good way of celebrating it? Releasing Mother 1 & 3 outside of Japan or making a new game in the series either cannon or non-cannon.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      You want them to introduce cannons into the series? And you do know that the series is finished. So what should happen is a spiritual successor type game that still ties into it’s canon.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Happy 20th Mother 2 hope this news means something we’re not getting.

  • Yan Zhao

    How about a new game too?

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    :{ thats sad..but at lest we have mother 3?…right?

    • doubleO7

      What’s sad about Earthbound getting new merchandise for it’s 20th anniversary?

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        …..its poor

    • I know right? But Nintendo can’t even be bothered to do much to celebrate Mario’s anniversary, remember the Wii anniversary collection that was just a port from the Mario World-less version of Super Mario All-Stars?

      Nintendo sucks at anniversaries.

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    put this fucking game on my 3DS

  • PowerOfTheFlamesIori


    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Mother 3 end with the world being destroyed? That kinda puts an end to everyone on earth accept the main party, and to all future sequels…

    • Parallel Universes. And prequels :)

    • ZnTxn

      I’m pretty sure everything survived, judging from what they say to you after the credits.

  • Snorlaxation

    How about, instead:

    Earthbound Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a GODDAMN RELEASE OF THE GAMES!?


  • chroma816

    Itoi is a pretty cool dude. I’ve read a lot of what he’s done in Japanese culture and it’s interesting. He’s also written a short story book with Murakami, so that puts him in high regard for me.

  • Kalis Konig

    Imagine if he topped the celebration off with an announcement that Mother would be getting a 3ds remake. maaaaaaan!!! If only, if only.

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