Judging by lifetime franchise sales, EarthBound is a truly cult franchise, even if it’s gained a lot more attention thanks to Ness and Lucas in Super Smash Bros. Nonetheless, those fans are rabid and devoted. Along those lines, Twitter user Zen recently won an auction for a CD-ROM from a 1998 Nintendo company report, and it includes raw EarthBound 64 footage showcased at Spaceworld 1997. That EarthBound 64 Spaceworld video clip is now available for everyone to enjoy, though it apparently has no audio.
EarthBound 64 (Mother 3 in Japan), a sequel to EarthBound on SNES, was in development for the 64DD, a disc drive add-on for Nintendo 64 that only released in Japan. Eventually, the decision was made to make it a regular cartridge release. Unfortunately, project struggles led to the cancellation of the game in 2000, and Spaceworld 1997 marked one of the few times that anyone could see actual video of EarthBound 64, even in raw trailer format. The footage below is still grainy, but hey, it’s from a CD from over 20 years ago. Plus, you don’t need to deal with anybody’s watermarks here.
Of course, Nintendo and series creator Shigesato Itoi eventually revived Mother 3 as a Game Boy Advance game, which received critical acclaim yet has never been released internationally, even after 15 years. There is always hope that will change someday, but in the meantime, there are fascinating fan projects like EarthBound Dimensions and successor games like Oddity.