We may not receive a Mother 4 anytime soon (well, officially at least), but manga author Shigesato Itoi remains busy with sales by Hobonichi Mother Project. Of course, since it deals with one of gaming’s silliest franchises, the latest product reveal is a bit of an addition.
Brief advertisement for the project’s new Casio G-Shock watch showing professional choreographers Kasumi Sakurai and Sakurako Horikoshi recreating the touching dance scene from the first part Mommy game (formerly known as EarthBound Zero outside of Japan before receiving an official English release like The Beginning of EarthBound in 2015).
In Mommy, this is the time when member Ana confesses her love to Ninten, the main character, after an exhausting mountaineering trip. The player is then given the choice of reciprocating her affections (the right choice) or rejecting her (the providence of monsters and fools). Here’s how it looked on the 1989 Famicom.
As you can see, Sakurai and Horikoshi added a few artistic flourishes to a fairly basic dance due to the limitations of the console, but I think their extra steps help the performance. acting has much more depth. The interior and the pixelated globe also add a nice touch.
The watch itself is based on the 2012 Casio, with minor touches like Mommy ‘iconic’ logos and seriesCASH !!“Important hitting indicator on the face and engraved with a globe on the back. Casio and Hobonichi plan to sell the limited edition watch next month for 23,100 yen (or a little over $200). As someone who doesn’t know watches at all, I’m not sure if this price point is good or bad.
Other items previously produced through Itoi’s cooperation with Hobinichi consists of complete script for all three games in Mommy series, two collection tribute works of famous manga artists and various specialties such as Bath Towels, calendar, and a Mr. Saturn plushie lovely. I guess that’s the next best thing for a new game. And, hey, at least Itoi gets paid.