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In a series full of eclectic and memorable items to assist you in battle, few Mother/EarthBound icons are as memorable as the Franklin Badge – appearing in all three series games, it reflects thunder attacks and is often important for advancing the story. Shigesato Itoi’s Hobonichi company has produced the Franklin Badge as physical merch for some time, and has been restocked after recently running out– along with the news that the Franklin Badge has sold 10,000 copies over the years.




Considering the badge is a physical merchandise piece for a niche (if beloved) video game series that had its last new release almost two decades ago, 10,000 copies is quite impressive indeed. You can get the badge for yourself from Hobonichi’s shop for ¥3,850 (just under $30) plus shipping – they ship internationally! 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.