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EarthBound Part 2 - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Chuggaaconroy
EarthBound - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Chuggaaconroy
 
The director for the United States localization needed a name for Porky's father so he named him "Aloysius," a reference to Looney Tunes where Daffy Duck gives the name to a giant to save himself from being giant food, because he thought the name was "dumb and funny."
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At the 3rd "Your Sanctuary" location, Milky Well, if there is either a dead or diamondized party member, there will be a typo saying "The power of Milkey Well flowed into [Party Member's Name]."
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Some fans have theorized that Jeff's father, Dr. Andonuts, is actually Loid from the original Mother grown up. This can be evidenced by thier similar hair color, glasses, and the fact that they both hide in garbage cans when frightened. It's also important to note that both Loid and Jeff can use bottle rockets as weapons during battle.
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The fetch and progress system in the Monkey Cave is similar to that of the "Beneath the Well" mini-dungeon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. It's possible that Nintendo was referencing this system in Majora's Mask.
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Paula's Theme is a remix of the theme of Youngtown from the original Mother.
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Unused miniature sprites of what appear to be the Photo-Man and an Escargo Express delivery man can be found within the game's code, suggesting that they may have appeared in the Lost Underground at some point during development.
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Storing a damaged Teddy Bear with the Escargo Express or Tracy after it is damaged, and then checking it out again will restore it to full health.
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The last scene of the game's opening cinematic features Ness approaching Giant Step, alone, at nighttime. However, this is impossible to do in the actual game. The only two times that Spoiler:Onett (the town where Giant Step is located) can be explored at night time are at the meteor crash, the search for Picky at the very beginning of the game, and Spoiler:Giygas's last-minute invasion of Onett near the end of the game. During the former, Spoiler:Ness cannot obtain the key to the Shack, which is required to access Giant Step. During the latter, Spoiler:Ness has a full party of four, meaning that he cannot access Giant Step on his own.
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Using the Pencil eraser on Ness's Nightmare outside of battle, a dialogue box will say, "Do you really think this look likes a pencil?". Using the Eraser eraser says, "It looks like some sort of primitive human statue if you look at it from the right angle... But it definitely doesn't look like an eraser... does it?"
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If there is second controller connected, it's possible to control the game with both controllers.
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There are two arcade cabinets found only in the Onett Arcade, which show recognizable screens of the Donkey Kong and Space Invaders arcade games.
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The four major cities in EagleLand are all named after numbers: Onett, Twoson, Threed and Fourside.
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If the player talks to the trumpet player in Onett, he will play "Symphony No.9 Movement 2" composed by Antonin Dvorak.
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A debug menu is available within the game's code, and can be accessed through the use of a cheat device. The menu's cursor is a sprite of Kirby from Kirby's Dream Course, which was originally released a month after Earthbound in Japan.
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In the Dusty Dunes Desert there is a lone white pixel and a lone black pixel. Talking to them will reveal that they are talking sesame seeds that wish to be together. Other than longing for each other, they serve no other purpose than being notoriously difficult to find.
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Itoi revealed in an interview that Tony, Jeff's room-mate at the Snow Wood Boarding House in Winters is homosexual.

Itoi: Well, for example, there's a gay person in MOTHER 2. A really passionate friend who lives in an England-like place. I designed him to be a gay child. In a normal, real-life society, there are gay children, and I have many gay friends as well. So I thought it would be nice to add one in the game, too.
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Before the final battle, Spoiler:Pokey's second-to-last line reads, "Master Giygas"¦ No, Giygas is no longer the wielder of Evil." In the original Japanese version, Pokey consistently referred to Giygas as "Master Giygas" until this point, where he discards the title as a sign of disrespect.

This line was carried over from the Japanese version, but Pokey usually just calls him "Giygas" throughout the English version, and so the context was lost.
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Three of the songs in the game are each composed entirely of a single sample played at various pitches.
• Cave of the Past - "Deirdre" by The Beach Boys
• Moonside - "Keep on Laughin'" by Ric Ocacek
• Cave of the Present - "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles
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There are four unused sprites of King, which show him climbing a ladder or rope. This would suggest two things: either King was supposed to remain in the party longer, or Ness' original travels through Onett were supposed to include something to climb.
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In the Japanese version, the intro says, "Gyiyg Strikes Back!", but was changed in the International release to, "The War Against Giygas!". This could've been possibly an overly-cautious attempt to avoid conflict with Lucasfilm over The Empire Strikes Back.
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Most drug stores became shops in the North American version, although the one in Dusty Dunes Desert still has a prominent "Drug" sign in front of it.
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Early previews of Earthbound show that the game's localizers had considered calling Giygas "The Geek".
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Shigesato Itoi personally wrote every line of the script in Mother 2 (besides Moonside) to give the characters more personality.
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In the September 1994 issue of Weekly Famitsu, Shigesato Itoi stated that the rolling health meter in battle was originally going to be made of Pachinko beads. The idea came to him when a Pachinko parlor opened right by their office. He thought that the idea would be scary to see a stream of beads rattling out from Ness and his friends. However, it was difficult for them to portray it on screen, as when the amount increased, it covered up 1/3 of the screen.
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In the issue of Weekly Famitsu published in 9th of September 1994, Itoi refers to the battle backgrounds as a "Video Relaxant." The Video Relaxant was going to be an in-game item and was originally referred to as a "Video Drug". It can still be found in the game's files. It has no function and the description of the item is "What the hey is this?"
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Giygas' weakest form has an outline of a Fetus hidden in it.
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An unused sprite of Mr. Everdred as a ghost is present in the game's ROM. It is assumed that either he was going to be a party member at one point during development (when one of the party members faints, they will appear as a ghost) or Spoiler:when Mr. Everdred was beaten near Jackie's Cafe in Fourside, a ghost would have flown out of his body. Its true purpose has never been confirmed.
The official strategy guide included with all copies of the game contains several errors. For example, it claims that the Kraken enemies in the Sea of Eden drop the Gutsy Bat item. The item is actually found in the Cave of the Past area, dropped by the Bionic Kraken enemy.
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At the time of Earthbound's development, Itoi didn't know how to use computers. He would actually speak each line of dialogue out loud, often one letter at a time, and Matchan Miura typed it up. Itoi used Miura's reactions as a gauge of how good a line was.
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The "Casey Bat" is the reward for beating Master Puke. This bat is a reference to the old poem "Casey at the Bat" and, as can be expected based on the poem, is very strong but almost never successfully hits enemies.
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In the official strategy guide for Earthbound, there are pages about the town's attractions, accompanied by fun facts, such as:
Onett Has a population of 3,500 people and 2 dogs.
Twoson has 10 vendors in the park and 15 mushrooms.
In Threed, there are 2 Graveyards, 2,000 zombies, and a grand total of 0 lions, tigers, and bears.
In Dusty Dunes Desert, there are 2,000,001 Cacti, and 5 people living there.
There is an average of 0 Temper Tantrums in Dalaam.
Deep Darkness has 4,000,603 Mosquitos.
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Earthbound features five types of anti-piracy:

First, it will simply check to make sure the cartridge isn't being used in a PAL console.
Second, it will perform two SRAM checks at startup.
Third, if the first two measures are disabled, the enemies on screen will be ramped up to ridiculous levels and you will find enemies in areas they don't belong in.
Fourth, there's another SRAM checker that is called up six times during the game. Its purpose is unknown as of yet.
Fifth and finally, if the game detects problems after Pokey turns off the Devil's Machine, the game will erase all of your save data and freeze, forcing you to go back to reset and find all of your work gone.
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During a livestream of the original Earthbound with Earthbound Central, Marcus Lindblot revealed a couple secrets of the game's localization. For example, the character of Nico from Magicant was based on Marcus' real-life daughter, who was born while he was working on the game. Nobody had known where the name Nico came from prior to this, as the character didn't have that name in the Japanese version.
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In EarthBound, all the Mr. Saturns talk using a very odd-looking font. They speak using a very strange font in Japanese, too. The Japanese Mr. Saturn font was created by Shigesato Itoi himself. In an interview around the time of MOTHER 1+2"²s release, he mentions that he based the font on his daughter's handwriting at the time.
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In an Interview with Shigeru Miyamoto about Mother 2, (Earthbound in America) Miyamoto admits that Mother 2 was the first RPG he beat.

Interviewer: "We heard from Mr. Itoi about this, but is it true that MOTHER 2 was the first RPG you ever beat?"

Miyamoto: "I've finished MOTHER 1, too. Though I had to use the debug mode. (laugh) But this is the first one I ever finished on my own. I even restarted from the very beginning when I lost my save file. I was pretty impressed with myself, to be honest. (laugh)"
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Earthbound's Official Strategy Guide contains pictures of real Locations. This may be to give the guide a more realistic feel, as if it wasnt a guide. The strategy guide also has Newspaper articles, which mainly revolve around Ness and his party's journey.
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There is a section where Ness will enter his own subconscious. In this segment, the North American version of the game has Ness wearing his Pajamas, but in the Japanese version, Ness is more or less naked, wearing nothing but his hat.
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In Mother 2 (the Japanese version of Earthbound), the cultists of Happy Happyism appear with the letters HH on their forehead (for Happy Happyism). In Earthbound, a pom pom was added and the HH was removed, presumably to try to make the cultists look less like members of the Klu Klux Klan. Also, possibly because HH on an already Klan-like sprite could be construed to mean "Heil Hitler". The city "Threek" was renamed "Threed" in Earthbound. Like the cultists, this may also be to avoid any link to the Klan, as Threek could be seen as Three K's, or KKK.
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The boss "Giygas" in Earthbound was made by Shigesato Itoi and described as "a living being that deserves love." He created it based on an adult film he accidentally saw as a child, where he confused a lovemaking scene that ends in murder as rape. He says it had a "sense of terror having atrocity and eroticism side-by-side, and that's what Giygas's lines at the end are."

Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness Ness, Ness...
I...feel..g..o..o..d...
It hurts... It hurts...
I'm so sad, Ness...
Friends...
You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack!
Go b..a..c..k
I am...H...a...p...p...y...
It's not right, not right...
Ness!
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming