Hobonichi revealed Earthbound collaboration hats made with New Era Cap, and one of the hat designs will be inspired by the game’s protagonist Ness. The hats will be available on July 1, 2021, with a price tag of 7,700 yen (~$70). [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
The hats will come in two variations. The first one is colored red and blue with a white top, just like the one worn by Ness in EarthBound. The other variation will instead have a full black color with the word “SMAAAASH!!” embroidered at the front. Both hats will be based on the 9FIFTY model, which has a back snap letting the wearer adjust the size.
Hobonichi will start selling the New Era EarthBound hats on its own online store from July 1, 2021. It can ship the items internationally with FedEx. It will also sell the hats physically in Japan at its stores in Tokyo and Kyoto.
Headed by Shigesato Itoi, the creator of EarthBound and the Mother series, Hobonichi has been constantly releasing new merchandise based on the series. The items range from keychains based on the game’s hotels, plushes of Mr. Saturn and Master Belch, and a compilation of script books from all three Mother titles released to date.
These hats are based on EarthBound, the second title in the Mother series released first on SNES. It is also available through Virtual Console on the New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.