From reading this post I found that what appears to be a significant amount of content was changed when Mother 2 was localized as EarthBound for Western audiences. The article focuses on (possible) copyright-related changes and lists several of them.

Is there a more complete list of changes? Were the changes just due to intellectual property risks or were other changes made beyond translation? I've played the entirety of EarthBound but not Mother 2, so if there's anything that compares scenes/story elements/whatever that works for me.

  • Tried to add an [earthbound] tag but don't have enough rep. Don't know if it's Gaming's policy to tag games rarely brought up anyway (I noticed we only have one other question referencing EB).
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 19, 2012 at 22:59
  • what's the other game? Two questions are enough to keep a tag alive indefinitely.
    – badp
    Feb 19, 2012 at 23:09
  • @badp this post is technically about playing earthbound but was phrased more generally. I might have another question about Mother 3 as well though. Should these be tagged [mother] for the Japanese series or by the specific game? Earthbound is the western name but only 1 out of 3 games is referred to by it.
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 19, 2012 at 23:17
  • eh, that post is not really about the game itself after all. :)
    – badp
    Feb 19, 2012 at 23:21
  • Given that we have a primarily English language audience here, I think the thing to do is mother, earthbound with Mother-2 as a synonym, and mother-3. But we can burn that bridge when it shows up tbqh. Feb 19, 2012 at 23:21

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Yes, the very same Tomato (the owner of EarthBound Central and the fan translator of MOTHER 3 into English) has an extensive comparison site specifically for this question: http://earthboundcentral.com/m2eb/

There's probably more than you ever wanted to know about the differences between these two games. :)

  • Epic! Going over it now.
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 19, 2012 at 23:44

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