The unofficial Mother 3 handbook?

Apparently the guys over at did not think it was enough to just releasing a translation patch. They went ahead and teamed up with Fangamer to compile a complete companion book/players guide for the game as well. With complete coverage of everything in the game, and they even went so far as to make clay models for some characters and enemies just like in the original Earthbound guide.

As of right now they are taking pre-orders for the hardcover book at 20 dollars a pop. If your a fan of the series, this looks like a solid investment. Hit the jump to take a peek at some of the pages.

[Mother 3 Handbook]

An artist from New York. Will has been writing, designing, and loving video games since he was young. He has traveled across the United States, and parts of Canada in order to learn more about the world of gaming. After visiting E3 for the first time in 2009, he has vowed to return there and show off a game of his own. In his spare time he tinkers with electronics, programming, and of course collecting video games.


  1. Nerds.

  2. I’ve never been a huge fan of Earthbound, but I really love seeing fans dedicate so much time and effort to something they love. It’s really neat!

    @ daverage: You’re posting on a video game blog, so some would say the same of you.

  3. Darn you, and darn me for being the obsessive Mother fan that I am!

    Looks like I’m going to have to wait ’till January to play the game. πŸ˜›

  4. ^ The tongue-sticking-out emoticon above looks too much like a smiley-face to me. πŸ™ is a better way to express how I feel about this…

  5. omg πŸ™‚

  6. The guide will be free on the web eventually. You don’t need to drop (waste, imho) $20 on it.

  7. @ Paul

    Guides are always free on the web. I.E. GameFAQs, this is more something for the fans who love the series.

  8. @ Paul: Some people like hard copies. Besides, the layouts in published guides are so much better. Especially for item tables and the like.

  9. Paul you just don’t get it, don’t you? Maybe it’s not your fault, maybe, you are just too young or immature to understand as why in the world, should someone spent 20 dollars on a fan made, hard copy, fully colored “hand book,” for a free hacked GBA game, that was ignored by it’s own “parents” for 12 hard years, but was then saved and translated by the true fans of the Mother series, just so in the end, the general public (that’s you, you ignorant little shit) may recognize its brilliance for absolutely nothing in return. You want read about a true modern fairy tale? Go to and have yourselves a nice afternoon read.
    Paul, you are looking at gold yet still begging for food on the street, man. I don’t know what else I can say about that.

  10. @ RoyalRook

    -claps hands-

  11. Nerds.

  12. @Paul: I respectfully disagree, even though I’m not a Mother fan, I can see why people would want this as a collector’s item or something.

    @RoyalRook: A little overboard. ‘Specially with the swearing.

  13. I’m thinking of buying this nice looking handbook because I want to support the fantastic, great and highly professional team behind the translation using my money. I also like to have a hardcopy. I was one of them that helped Mato with suggestions for new names for a couple of enemies. I don’t think that they picked one of my ideas though. πŸ™

  14. The clay modeling and authentic-looking quality makes it feel like the guide that came with Earthbound. I may get it as a fan collector item. All you can ask for is a set of scratch n sniffs

  15. That guide actually looks prettey kewl!

    I might get it, just for the simple reason that hauling along with a micro and a computer seems far more difficult that carrying a micro and a hardcopy manual! Or maybe I should just replace the ink catridge in my printer? Decisions, decisions…