Maybe this post should have been titled, “My Sister is Awesome.”
About a year ago, I got my sister a present. I’m usually not good at buying presents, but with the help of Eric Robinson (who you might remember from this GDC video I took) I was able to purchase one of the Japan-only giant half-meter-tall Mr. Saturn plushies.
See, my sister and I are both huge fans of the MOTHER series of games, in particular MOTHER 2, which I played upon its American release as EarthBound in the summer of 1995. Mr. Saturn is one of the most memorable characters from MOTHER 2 and 3. If you’d like to read some good stuff about EarthBound, just today Michel McBride-Charpentier posted a compilation of critical analysis of EB over at Critical Distance.
Anyway, I felt smug. She loved the gift. I’d finally made up for years and years of her getting me cool stuff and me getting her like a CD or something. Hell, I might have even been ahead. Then… she made me this for this past Christmas.
It’s a giant framed poster that she designed and drew herself. It’s got the four main characters from EarthBound, plus the Sky Runner, Exit Mouse, Bubble Monkey, Tessie, and even Buzz Buzz! And of course, Mr. Saturn at the center of it all. I also love the ominous Starmen in the background.
So basically I have the best sister ever. Also the worst sister ever! She’s planning on following this up with a MOTHER 3 poster! What the hell am I going to get her next time I need to give her a gift????
If you would like a print of this, see my sister’s comment below!