Watch This Video For A Planner Designed By The Creator Of ‘Earthbound’

I first discovered the Hobonichi Techo several months ago from the ever rad Tiny Cartridge (read their amazing review of the 2013 edition!). This gorgeous planner book comes from Shigesato Itoi - better known by oldschool gamers as the creator of the Earthound/Mother series - and his company 1101.

These little planners actually have a passionate cult following akin to that of Moleskine notebooks, only it’s way more versatile and customizable via a buttload of fresh covers. The 2013 edition was pretty tough to procure outside of Japan thanks to a Japanese-only website that required it’s own navigation guide. Thankfully, the 2014 has its very own English website!

Although we live in a digital age of smartphones, tablets, and social networking, it’s nice to know something as simple as a day planner can still be impressive and inspire creativity.

Weekend To-Do List

  1. Play: The Last of Us and Earthbound. One is a PS3 post-apocalyptic survival horror/stealth/action game that critics are praising as one of the best games of this console generation. The other is a Wii U Virtual Console download of the quirky SNES retro RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release in some form or another for years. Interestingly, both of these games start off with you playing as kids who have been awoken in the middle of the night due to a strange unnatural occurrence.
  2. Read: The Last Policeman by Dan H. Winters. “What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact.” This is the first in a trilogy and it’s already been optioned as a TV show. The sequel, Countdown City, just dropped a few days ago and looks to be just as bananas as the first one.
  3. Watch: Pacific Rim. Fan favorite Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget love letter to giant robots and Kaiju monsters. Sadly, this flick didn’t stack up against -of all things- family comedy Grown-Ups 2. Hopefully it takes number one this weekend and restores our faith in humanity.
  4. Listen: Volume = FF by Double Hex. Boston based chiptune artist does chiptune covers of songs by local Boston bands and even shares the profits with them from the record sales. Preview the 4-track EP on Bandcamp where you can buy it for just $4.

Have an awesome weekend!

GO DOWNLOAD ‘EARTHBOUND' FOR WII U RIGHT NOW!!!
This little doozy of info was dropped during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini. The cult classic RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release for years finally makes its way to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U today for only $10. It even comes with a digital version of the strategy guide that was originally bundled with the game when it came out back in the SNES days. Well played, Nintendo.
EarthBound Wii U launch trailer below.

GO DOWNLOAD ‘EARTHBOUND' FOR WII U RIGHT NOW!!!

This little doozy of info was dropped during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini. The cult classic RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release for years finally makes its way to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U today for only $10. It even comes with a digital version of the strategy guide that was originally bundled with the game when it came out back in the SNES days. Well played, Nintendo.

EarthBound Wii U launch trailer below.

Nintendo Starts Doing It Right

It’s a degree or so chillier in hell today. Nintendo finally got their shit together and made tons of awesome announcements on this week’s Nintendo Direct.

First, that awesome looking Animal Crossing themed 3DS XL is coming to North America this summer. It will cost about $220 and will come with the new Animal Crossing game pre-installed.

Next - and this is the biggest shocker - Earthbound is coming out for Virtual Console. I never thought this would happen. Unfortunately, this will only be available to Wii U owners and won’t be on the Wii’s VC lineup, as far as I know.

A sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was also announced. The game looks like it plays like earlier top-down Zelda games as opposed to something like Phantom Hourglass, which is a good thing in my opinion.

The world of Mario is getting two new additions, too. A third Yoshi’s Island game is coming out. This one’s got some really weird art direction, but I’m excited to see how it turns out. The other game is a new entry into the Mario & Luigi RPG series where Mario has to enter Luigi’s dreams. How Freudian.

Last but not least, Nintendo and Square-Enix will be publishing Bravely Default next year in the US.

That’s a lot of great news for one day. It’s about time, though. When the Animal Crossing 3DS launches, I might just have to pick one up. I’m still jonsing for the mint flavored one though.

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If There Was Ever A Set Of Earthbound Vinyl Toys, This Is What They Should Look Like

Feast your eyeballs upon this slick custom MonQee of Ness from Earthbound by Albert Art. Back in 2009 he made a Munny version of Ness, but this Qee version turns the radical levels up to eleven.

Check it: More custom toys on Albotas
Buy: Blank DIY Qee figures 
Custom Earthbound Sneakers
Let’s face it: your feet would look way more magical with these custom Reeboks by Magic Bean Buyer featuring Mr. Saturn from Earthbound. Sadly, they’re all sold out.

Custom Earthbound Sneakers

Let’s face it: your feet would look way more magical with these custom Reeboks by Magic Bean Buyer featuring Mr. Saturn from Earthbound. Sadly, they’re all sold out.

(Source: Flickr / magicbeanbuyer)

When’s Mother 3 Coming Out?

Sometimes we put on our investigative journalism hats at Albotas. We went straight to the source to determine the release date of the elusive Mother 3, the GBA sequel to Earthbound.

Saved by the Bell: The Game

The Fine Brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, re-skinned Earthbound and added some sweet chiptune music by Doctor Octoroc to create this Youtube-based choose your own adventure game.

[Via GamesRadar]

Classic pixel art comes to life in the real world with the Pixel Life Canvas photography series by Kyle Robinson who is more widely known as the chiptune artist and retro console modder Thretris. The above pics featuring sprites from Mega Man and EarthBound are just the first two installments of the series and we can’t wait to see more!
While at first glance it may look like something we’d feature on our Daily Graffiti segment, we’re pretty sure there’s some Shoop magic going on and no actual graffiti involved. Still awesome, nonetheless!

Classic pixel art comes to life in the real world with the Pixel Life Canvas photography series by Kyle Robinson who is more widely known as the chiptune artist and retro console modder Thretris. The above pics featuring sprites from Mega Man and EarthBound are just the first two installments of the series and we can’t wait to see more!

While at first glance it may look like something we’d feature on our Daily Graffiti segment, we’re pretty sure there’s some Shoop magic going on and no actual graffiti involved. Still awesome, nonetheless!

That’s a Lot of Starmen

Flickr member and follow Pembroke Welsh Corgi owner, Meeellla, crafted these Earthbound mascots out of resin. I kind of want one. Or five.

(Source: Flickr / meeellla)

If Arcade Fire Covered Music From Earthbound.

Here’s a video of YouTuber CoastCoastCoast giving Eathbound the multitrack indie rock treatment using guitars, hand claps, a trash can, and hauntingly melodic vocals. There’s also a cute puppy, so you really have no reason not to watch it.

Thanks to David for sending this in!

Custom EarthBound Converse Slip-ons by MukuroY. I want them. I doubt I’d wear them, but I still want them. I also like that the artist put their own spin on the characters rather than just copying the official art.

Custom EarthBound Converse Slip-ons by MukuroY. I want them. I doubt I’d wear them, but I still want them. I also like that the artist put their own spin on the characters rather than just copying the official art.

Snazzy Minimalist Pokémon and Mother Poster Designs.

Adam aka Colorlust whipped up these poster designs for the original Pokémon and Mother series in an attempt to teach himself how to use Adobe Illustrator. I think it’s safe to say his attempt went well. I’d totally buy these as prints.

Ness Munny doesn’t come with yo-yo accessory.
I’ll admit it. I’ve never played Earthbound. I just don’t want to pay over $100 for a SNES game. But either way, this custom Ness Munny is impressive. The backpack is a little weird though. It looks like he stole it from some doll.
[Via Toycutter]
Check out the Daily Geekstomization Archives for more geeky custom toys.

Ness Munny doesn’t come with yo-yo accessory.

I’ll admit it. I’ve never played Earthbound. I just don’t want to pay over $100 for a SNES game. But either way, this custom Ness Munny is impressive. The backpack is a little weird though. It looks like he stole it from some doll.

[Via Toycutter]

Check out the Daily Geekstomization Archives for more geeky custom toys.

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