While skimming through a huge pile of Japanese magazines I recently procured, I found old preview articles about Zelda 64 and MOTHER 3 that caught my eye. These are from the 1997, volume 3 edition Marukatsu Shonen, which was also the magazine’s final issue:
And I’ve included these in a higher-quality PDF that you can get here. (BTW feel free to share this content or post this anywhere – if you could credit Legends of Localization and/or link back to this article that’d be nice too!)
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Zelda article has already been scanned and documented by fan sites, wikis, and the like. But I thought I’d post it here just in case it hadn’t, plus maybe there’s something in here of interest that hasn’t been documented before. A lot of it looks familiar from Nintendo Power and other magazines, although I don’t remember seeing wireframe models. The UI looks interesting too – it looks like it’s still following in the footsteps of the first and third Zelda games with only two item assignment slots. The article also indicates that it still wasn’t clear if jumping could be done at any time with a button or if it worked some other way.
I do know a ton about MOTHER 3 stuff, though, and I’m 99% sure I’ve never seen this particular article before. A lot of it looks like it’s been covered in other magazines but some of the enemy names are possibly new to me. From left to right across the article spread: Emigure, Bugiiru, Korobii, Otto, Buhii Member, and Oraga. One of the captions also give other names: Shipopo (the hippos in the swamp) and Hadehebi (the snakes in the swamp). From this, it looks like the Pigmasks were originally known as “Buhiis”, which is the Japanese sound effect for pig squealing. If the game had been completed and localized, I wonder if they’d have been called Squealers in English.
Duster (the blond, long-nosed guy) and Lucas (the kid with the weird red hat and green vest) look very different from their final GBA forms. At this point in the game’s planning it looks like the DCMC had a female vocalist too. And even though I’ve seen it for almost 20 years now, the screenshot of the wagons at the crossroads makes more sense to me now. I never noticed before that the wagons were being pulled by actual pigs!
Anyway, that’s my quick look at these Nintendo 64 previews. I’m sure I’m missing a lot, so if you notice anything in these scans let me know in the comments!