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Based on 13 reviews

I got this for myself for Christmas in 2016. Ever since I learned about Clyde Mandelin, I've thought he's the coolest guy. When I learned he was publishing a book about Earthbound, I had to get it as soon as possible, and I'm so glad I did! It's an incredible and very fascinating look at what is probably my most favorite game of all time. You can tell a lot of love and passion went into the creation of this book. It made me realize that I want to localize games as well, which is a career I am now pursuing! If you love Earthbound and/or are interested in what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to localizing a game, definitely give this book a shot!

What a great purchase.

I am a big fan of the bizarre RPG that is earthbound but this book made me appreciate it on a new level. There’s so much interesting trivia, facts, cultural references and much more, all detailed neatly in this book.
I was so glued to this book, that I finished it in a day. If you want a interesting read, get this book.

You wouldn’t be disappointed, it’s worth every penny.

Great book

I got this book for Christmas and it was, by far, my favorite gift. It's beautiful, sturdy, and packed with information. I definitely recommend it for fans of Earthbound or those interested in localization!


I always loved Clyde's job on his website, so when I heard that he was going to do a book version of the EarthBound section of his site (which is currently filled with "BUY THE BOOK TO GET MORE INFORMATIONS" ads in every page)... well, I needed to buy it. I then kinda forgot about it, until I played the game once again, this time on my 3DS, and I said "Ok, now I want that book." So I got both this and the EarthBound Handbook. And MAN how much I love this thing.

Super High Quality, Great for any EarthBound Fan

The book came way earlier than I expected, and Fangamer threw in a few extras in it! Along with the book I got a little art print, some pins, and a few other little things! The books itself is amazing. The first thing I thought when I opened the package was how high quality it is! The book is organized very well. I learned a ton about the Japanese language, culture, and the game itself just by reading this book! Clyde Mandelin did a great job making it a very educational book, and it's obvious he spent a long time working on it. My favorite part of the book is the little footnotes next to each picture. A lot of them are really funny, and they kind of give the book more of a personality, and they remove the feeling that it's just a book meant to inform you about EarthBound's localization. The book also came with some scratch and sniff cards, which is pretty cool too! I requested the book to be signed, and it was, by all three people who worked on the book. I daresay this is one of the best EarthBound books out there, and it is worth every cent. Thanks so much!

Legends of Localization Book 2: EarthBound

by Clyde Mandelin


The popular Legends of Localization website has become a new book series! Get ready for Book 2, which is all about EarthBound and how it was localized into English!

With a script by a famous Japanese writer and a game overflowing with Western pop-culture influences, EarthBound stands out as one of Nintendo’s most fascinating localization projects ever. Get ready for hundreds of pages filled with surprising revelations, inside information, obscure trivia, and universal cosmic destruction. This legend of localization doesn’t stink!

  • 432 full-color pages
  • Hardcover with foil imprint and debossing
  • 'Obi'-style jacket / poster
  • Written and researched from scratch with tons of exclusive information not found online
  • Foreword by Marcus Lindblom, EarthBound's localization director
  • Also available separately: 'Passport to MOTHER 2', a helpful booklet full of Japanese tips and tricks and a full language guide for English-speaking fans who want to play through the original Japanese version

The author, Clyde "Tomato" Mandelin, is a professional translator most known for his work on Attack on Titan, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Summer Wars, and Detective Conan/Case Closed. His notable hobby translations include MOTHER 3, Star Ocean, and Bahamut Lagoon.

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