You will need video game emulators to play these games. For example, to play the Super Nintendo version of Earthbound, you'd need a Super Nintendo emulator. You can download all the necessary emulators from my emulators page. If you need assistance with any of the emulators offered on my site, check out my emulation help subsite: Video Game Emulation for Newbies.
The Earthbound for the Super Nintendo that we all know and love. This is the English version that was released in the United States.
This is “Mother,” the first Earthbound game. It was released for the 8-bit Famicon (the NES). Officially, it was only released in Japan. But yet, someone obtained this fully translated prototype from Nintendo. It's a fascinating story, which I explain in the About page. Note that the game might stall at some point with an anti-piracy screen - here's the fix for it.
Some Earthbound games have never made it outside of Japan. Fortunately, these games have been unofficially fully translated to English by fans for fans!
What is “Pre-patched” and “Patch”? ROM hackers release their works as patches. In order to experience their hacks, you must apply their patch to the original game. With the “Pre-patched” download, I've saved you the trouble and patched the game for you. But if you insist on patching the game yourself, you can download just the patch with the “Patch” download along with the Japanese ROM. I have patching instructions in my patching guide.
A full English translation of Mother 1. Mother 2 just has the basic menu and name translations. Since this is from the Japanese version, nothing is censored. Boxes were expanded when necessary for easier reading with the new English text. Some bugs were fixed. A more legible font was implemented for easier reading. Learn more at the official page.
A variety of hacks that make the original Earthbound harder, fix bugs, funny, or provide a whole new experience!
What is “Pre-patched” and “Patch”? ROM hackers release their works as patches. In order to experience their hacks, you must apply their patch to the original game. With the “Pre-patched” download, I've saved you the trouble and patched the game for you. But if you insist on patching the game yourself, you can download just the patch with the “Patch” download. I have patching instructions in my patching guide.
Say goodbye to navigating several menus only to find that guy in front of you just farted. This patch brings more modern controls to an SNES classic! Changes include:
• The A button now interacts with anything in front of you.
• The X button now opens the menu.
• The Y button now opens the map.
• Attempting to interact with the uninteractable no longer produces a “No problem here.” message.
• References to the map button have been changed where appropriate.
This is a completely uncensored, back to the Japanese text, completely reprogrammed in a bazillion ways, redrawn and paletted enemies, new enemy sprites, new colored maps, difficulty way increased, new items added, PSI animations changed, new PSI added, enemies are more difficult, and more! The full list of changes is in the attached ReadMe. This hack's EBP patch requires a special utility, or you can just download the pre-patched version and not worry about patching. If you want to see how this hack is like, check out MegaHarv's videos.
Note: This hack is not friendly with Snes9x or ZSNES. BSNES or Mesen-S are recommended. Or a multi-system emulator such as RetroArch with the BSNES/Mesen-S cores.
This hack's goal was to make Earthbound as close to Mother 2 as possible. It takes care of most of the uncensoring that North America made during the localization of Mother 2. Mainly, this hacks aims to create the best experience possible of Mother 2/Earthbound by combining an uncensored version of Earthbound made from scratch (graphical and text-wise). The main game is left intact (without modifying any core-gameplay mechanics). Click here for some screenshots.
This is Radiation's Halloween Hack: Bad Fur Day Edition, created by Toby Fox. The same Toby Fox who created the popular Steam game, Undertale. This hack alters Earthbound to be an entirely new game. You're a bounty hunter who is given the duty to track down a mysterious creature who mutilated and ate a little girl’s parents and encounters various horrible things as the adventure goes on. It's dark and horrifying. It's meant for mature audiences who aren't offended by bad language and adult themes. Click here for some screenshots. Additionally, you can watch gameplay footage on YouTube.
This game, which you might think of as Earthbound for girls, is a project that took several years and a lot of work. Most of what has been changed is character names and the text. Although also thrown in are a few changes in the graphics. There is no “adult” content in this game unless you count a few items de-censored from Mother 2. Click here for some screenshots.
Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition aims to make Mother much more enjoyable for both Earthbound fans and those playing it for the first time. All graphics are redrawn from scratch to be more faithful to the clay models. The overworld has been tweaked to be much less bleak and repetitive. There is more scenery, areas are more colorful and confusing areas like Duncan's factory have been simplified. This hack's goal was to make Mother less challenging, but still quite difficult. Read its included documentation to learn about more changes. Click here for some screenshots.
An improvement hack that corrects spelling/grammar mistakes, restores censored graphics, makes the game easier (the original is very hard), replaces the font with a more legible one, and other changes to improve the overall experience. Click here for some screenshots.
Because of the Game Boy Advance not having a backlit screen, games often had colors brightened and washed out in order to make it easier to see. This patch restores the colors back to what they were on NES (for Mother 1 only, the Mother 2 side of the ROM is untouched). The pre-patched download here is Tomato's Mother 1+2 English translation. Click here for some screenshots.