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EarthBound Beginnings

This past week, the Mother Original Soundtrack was announced. The double vinyl analog will come packed with a number of different tunes.

To recap, here’s the soundtrack listing:

Sony Music Direct has revealed that it will be bringing a soundtrack for Mother (EarthBound Beginnings) to Japan this month. It’ll be out on December 25.

Here’s the full track listing:

No weird audio problems for this show, and nobody died this week so it’s back to form for us. Laura is in town though, so we’re recording in the same room like old times again. I did quite like listener mail this episode though so that’s good. Here are your chapters:

Intro Shenanigans

0:00 – Intros, talking about John Cena
6:45 – Game of the week: Solar Striker!

What we played

10:19 – Casual Splats for Austin (Splatoon)
16:33 – Bring me back to Tomodachi Life
24:37 – Earthbound Beginnings, but mathematical anecdotes soon follow and poop talk
28:50 – Actual Earthbound Beginnings
37:39 – Kingdom Farts for Austin

Shenanigans II

50:50 – Lazy freetures
52:47 – Donkey Konga music break.
54:15 – Tales from the Crypt with Jack

Listener Questions Mail

59:57 – Miiverse Vulgarity
1:01:45 – False Perception of Cynicism with regard to roller coasters
1:07:05 – Playing games while donating blood plasma
1:11:35 – Any Sony game suggestions for a new PS3 owner?
1:15:20 – Can Metroid ever be a big-event game?
1:21:40 – Book club talk from fans yay
1:24:55 – Should other mediums (books, movies, etc) use frustration to create a sense of adventure like games do?
1:31:26 – Should we do an Iwata book club?

Shenanigans Finale

1:32:35 – Villain of the Week: Alex Rodriguez
1:33:33 – Solar Striker QUIZ

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What a week. As you might expect, our podcast this week includes quite a healthy amount of reflection on the life of Satoru Iwata in the form of six “Iwata Bits” featuring quotes and anecdotes about the beloved CEO and some of our personal thoughts about him, but we also manage to keep on with some normal happenings as well. Enjoy.

Opening Shenanigans

4:32 – Iwata Bit #1, “The early years”
6:49 – GOTW – Radar Mission
9:59 – Iwata Bit #2, “My personal Superman”
16:14 – Balloon Fight Remix music break

What we played

18)1 – Jack dedicates his time to Earthbound Beginnings
31:53 – Austin joins the Order of Ecclesia
42:40 – Jack read Geoff Keighley’s book.
48:58 – Iwata Bit #3, “Nintendo is for kids?”
50:10 – Kirby’s Adventure Music Break

Shenanigans Redux

51:18 – Iwata Bit #4, “Iwata Balboa”
52:37 – Our personal appreciations of Iwata

Listener Questions Mail

59:38 – Need for Speed Most Wanted a platformer?
1:05:50 – Custom characters vs. pre-made characters
1:12:28 – Splatoon does allow for something.
1:13:54 – Breath of Fire recommendation.
1:16:52 – Book club recommendations.
1:22:45 – Buster needs to stop hating Majora’s Mask.
1:26:35 – Sometimes, a podcast is all you need.

Ending Shenanigans

1:29:32 – Iwata Bit #5, “Iwata saves Pokémon”
1:32:00 – Radar Mission quiz
1:33:58 – Iwata Bit #6, “A unique CEO”
1:34:57 – The End.

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While North America and Europe just got EarthBound Beginnings on the Wii U Virtual Console this past week, Japan has had access to the title for 25 years. You might be interested to hear that a couple of changes were made from the original game.

Players have noticed two modifications. The crow, which was smoking a cigarette in the Famicom release, had ditched it in the Wii U version. A reference to Dragon Quest IV has also been removed, though this was not present in the GBA release either.


Another round of footage has come in for EarthBound Beginnings. You can watch the latest video below.

Now that EarthBound Beginnings has hit the Wii U Virtual Console, footage is starting to hit YouTube. You can watch 20 minutes from the game below.

Following today’s announcement at the Nintendo World Championships 2015, EarthBound Beginnings has launched on the Wii U Virtual Console. You won’t need much space for this one. The download only requires 37 MB!


Update: Bumped to the top. The game is out now and costs $6.99

EarthBound Beginnings is finally launching in the west, Nintendo announced during the pre-show of today’s Nintendo World Championships 2015.

The game is actually arriving today in both North America and Europe at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT. It can be purchased via the Wii U Virtual Console.

Take a look at the official trailer below.