Mother 3's Marketing:
Yo Quiero Mother 3
Great game, bad ads...
Earthbound was not advertised on TV. This is probably a good thing, as commercials are annoying as-... er... yeah. Annoying. Still, this detracted from the total number of potential customers. Which is what the big N wants. And it wouldn't be worth it, with the huge advertisement prices..
There wasn't a single catchphrase for the game unless you played it. Bad move, bad thing; even just "Zoom!" in Mr. Saturn would have been an improvement.
The uber-huge box was sweet. Included player's guide was the real reason, but the size was also a good helper (As proved by how many people first took notice of the game..). A smart move, maybe except for the player's guide, as it made the game a bit too easy if you bought the real thing.. oh well.
The way it was so utterly and completely different from all the other popular games (and particularly RPGs at that time) was a plus; a keeper if Mother 3 ever makes it out :\
Um.. yeah. what
Advertised as what it is
Tieing in with Sm.Net?
EB's ads good?
Definetly if Mother 3's marketing was so humerous and eye-catching I would be pleased and purchase the game immediatly. But after EarthBound's release (and 6 years), it would be cool if Nintendo/Hal produced an EarthBound 64 commercial. Heck maybe that was EarthBound's marketing downside, no commercial. I remember Final Fantasy 3 and Super Metroid got commercials, and those were hit-selling games! It was most likely the risk of releasing the start of the Mother series in the United States that stopped Nintendo/Hal from creating a commercial.
And after Starmen.Net... Mother 3 would for SURE be successful. See, for instance, Chrono Trigger, a very popular Super Nintendo game doesn't have a website and community so great as the Mother series has, Starmen.Net. Correct me if you do know a very large Chrono Trigger website/community. That concludes it. I shouldn't jump to so many conclusions after all, there is VERY small chance Mother 3/EarthBound 64 will ever be produced.
Better than Belch...
Flop on the face
Mother 3 marketing should steer players TOWARDS the game, not away from it. Maybe something like, "Mother 3 - the Mother of the 64-bit World". It'd have a double meaning; slogans like that ALWAYS work; they make the reader think about it, and once they figure it out, they feel proud of themselves, and wanna' check out the product. It's pretty funny. ^_^
Yeah, but, I just think EB's marketing was terrible, and if Nintendo did something like THAT again, I'd probably write a couple of really nasty letters. ^_^ Not to mention, the Mother games would ONCE AGAIN lose a lot of attention that they so greatly deserve.
Skuly made me write this fan thought, he r meanie.
Good looking commercials
Maybe they would make the commercials and such actually look good. And not be so flashy. Am I the only person that goes with the whole 'less is more' theory? Apparently! Being the Nintendo people that they are, they would try to make it look like something it wasnt, which really doesnt do any justice to the actual game. Im sure Earthbound64 could hold its own, not having to really prove itself to anyone that wouldnt want to buy it in the first place.
But then again, we would need any advertising, would we? They wouldnt have to pay huge ammounts of money for a page in a magizine to get ME to buy EB64, advertising is just for the dolts who would have never known because they dont pay attention or wouldnt give the first Earthbound the time of day. Yay now I'm just rambling.
No crap, just good stuff.
The old marketing was good?
I crack up every time I read it. and then they had that scratch-and smell, it was great. and the big box.
I don't want to see generic game ads (see crash bandicoot). I love originality in advertising. Also, I think that a lot of it would be word-of-mouth, and people seeing how kooky it is. That's how I found out about EB. A friend of mine had it. I HAD to get it, and I love it to this day.
Something different (again)
Cute and wimpy or dark and tough...
1) "Cute" marketing aimed at younger ages, for example the ads for Pokemon Stadium or Super Smash Brothers.
2) "Dark" marketing aimed at slightly older ages, such as Perfect Dark and, to some extent, Majora's Mask.
Speaking of Majora's Mask, that was a huge campaign. Remember "Radio Zelda?" For those who didn't know, that was a website where you could get information about the end of the world. The moon was supposed to hit the Earth on the release date of Majora's Mask unless some idiot kid (who coincidentally looked good in advertisements) beat the game in time.
If Nintendo were to use one of these strategies for M3/EB2, they'd probably go with cute ads unless the game style underwent a huge overhaul. If they put as much thought and money into advertising EB as they did with Majora's Mask, or even Paper Mario, they'd probably sell a lot of copies.
Just a good plan...
Make game sound good.
Flint... with KUNG FU ACTION!
Also, I didn't like the way Nintendo marketed EB cuz it said "this game stinks" and turned off a lot of players. They need to come up with a better marketing plan for Mother 3.
Scary chanting people...
In the US, they'll just do like any other game and show some cool shots and stuff...