Mother, as a series, is best known in a mainstream sense for its obscurity. It’s an ignoble designation, to be sure, but a lot of people simply know it as that series that Ness from Smash Bros. is from, or that thing lots of people on the internet talk about in both feverish and exalted tones. Its creator, Shigesato Itoi, came from outside the video game industry to create the game, and probably would not have it any other way.
As part of a series with developers on the website Denfamicogamer.jp, journalist Keiichi Tanaka has been speaking with some of Japan’s most interesting creators and creating comics to illustrate the interviews. For example, this comic about Yakuza’s Toshihiro Nagoshi perfectly coveys what meeting the tall, tanned developer is like at a first glance.
It is the translated interview with Shigesato Itoi that tugs at the heart strings the most, however. Itoi explains how he came to think up the idea for the Mother series, and how he got through the doors of Nintendo to pitch it, only to meet a seemingly blithe Shigieru Miyamoto who walked off without leaving young Itoi much hope.
It is a genuine and heart-warming story about never giving up and the friends that help you see things from a different perspective. I highly suggest you give it a read at the source link below.
Remember, while the dialogue is translated into English, the comic is still read from right to left!