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Did Earth Bound NES ever have official cover art made for it?


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Over 20 years ago, a prototype cartridge of Earth Bound (aka EarthBound Zero, aka EarthBound Beginnings) was found and publicly dumped through usenet. Since then, the game has made it onto the Wii U Virtual Console... (see title screen, still just says Earth Bound)


But it seems no cover art for it has ever surfaced. Everyone just uses the red Mother cover art or pulls a still from a Japanese TV ad featuring live actors playing the characters from the game. (see video here)



We also have this old interview with the English Script Writer for Earth Bound, Phil Sandhop. He shares details on what the game's packaging would have been like, but I don't think there's any mention in there about just the cover art. http://www.lostlevels.org/200407/200407-earthbound.shtml


So, I ask former NintendoAge experts, did Nintendo of America ever finish a cover art for the unreleased Earth Bound? Has it ever surfaced? Or was it not completed before the game was canceled?

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1 minute ago, ChickenTendas said:

@Bearcat-Doug He's talking about the previously unreleased Mother game, commonly referred to as Earthbound Zero or Earthbound Beginnings. That is some pretty neat box art tho, where did you find it? :D

I'm not sure what the website was. I found it when I did a Google search for Earthbound NES box art.

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  • 3 weeks later...

We did a mockup for the documentary based on Phil's description.

To be clear, I mean his description in our interview for the film. It's all in the documentary, where the name comes from, what the art was supposed to look like, the manual, the posters, name for the sequel, all of it. 


M2E Online Screenshot Promo1.png

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