EarthBound is a kickass game made by the famous Japanese personality Shigesato Itoi for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom in Japanese). It's the second in a series of games called Mother, but you don't need to play the first one to understand EarthBound's plot. It was released in Japan in 1994 and in America in 1995, and proceeded to get an awesome cultlike fanbase in the 2000s.
It tells the tale of the boy named Ness, who would later appear in Super Smash Bros. games, and his new friends. Paula, a girl with powerful psychic abilities, is found relatively early in the game, and then meet up with Jeff, a mechanical genius. Eventually, the three of them encounter a mysterious eastern prince named Poo, and they all form a dream team to save the world. At the beginning of the game, you can even name them whatever you want, and you can name your favorite food, favorite thing and your pet dog too.
The game is brilliant because of its off-the-wall humor. You can find perfectly good burgers from the trash, and there are a lot of trippy drug references, Beatles references and complaints about the IRS. It's a zany trip through a modern world that resembles America, and everyone wears modern clothes. Instead of magic, the heroes (except for Jeff) use psychic powers, or PSI. Weapons are baseball bats, frying pans, slingshots, homemade bottle rockets, and yo-yos. If you're hungry, you can order a pizza. And aliens, robots and UFOs are rampant. Weird little creatures like Mr. Saturns and Tendas are often enjoyable to talk to.
The graphics are cute, yet vivid in color. You may not be impressed at first, but the Peanuts-reminiscent characters walking around fit the mood a lot. The battle backgrounds are trippy, colorful and warp the background. The music is made up of a cornucopia of genres from heavy metal to country to weird ambient techno to something that sounds like it might be an instrumental of a song by The Who.
EarthBound is also a roller-coaster ride. Despite the game's humor, it also has a wondrous value to it, and near the end of the game, it's more terrifying and psychological. Some moments are geniunely emotional, and some moments might make you nauseous. Be prepared to carry a barf bag AND a tissue box. And you might want to take some drugs before you check out what's behind the counter at the cafe.
EarthBound is greatly celebrated on the internet. Starmen.Net, created by a small community of people who first got EarthBound in 1995, has expanded to a large central hub for EarthBound information. It's a place to find tons of fanart, fanfics and other creative things about EarthBound and the other games in its parent series, MOTHER.
I recommend that if you don't own this game (and/or an SNES), get it on eBay or just download it, even though the latter is illegal. But, if you have a Wii, you might be in luck. The ESRB has recently rated EarthBound, so it may eventually show up on the Virtual Console. Playing it on a TV might be the closest experience to the original, though the fun Nintendo Power's player's guide may be something worth looking for.
It's not a video game. It's a way of life.
If you name your favorite food Babies, you get this:
Ness's Mom: You look tired. Are you hungry? Ok, eat some Babies and scoot up to bed.
You meet the New Age Retro Hippie.
New Age Retro Hippie used Ruler!
New Age Retro Hippie can now measure things easily!
Annoying Old Party Man grumbled about today's youth.
Master Barf: Gwahaha! *burp* Drown to death in puke! Don't you think that's an incredibly masculine taunt?
Citizen: Here's a quiz. A Beatles song, XXXterday. Can you fill in the blanks? (Yes or no choice)
Gang Member: To tell the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit my super cool image. I guess I just have to accept this about myself.
Mr. Saturn: Boing! Zoom! You want a Peanut Cheese Bar? Yummy!
Cameraman: 1, 2, 3... Say "fuzzy pickles"!
Player: I played EarthBound for two days straight without taking a bathroom break...
Player's Friend: Dude, are you alright?
Player: I'm better than I've ever been, in fact... *collapses*
A game about, a kid from Onett (Ness) who is told by an being from ten years in the future that he must save the world. And Ness eventually meets other kids and they save the world from an alien invasion.
There is no game better than Earthbound!
The greatest game ever. Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo save the world from the evil Gigyas and the backstabbing Pokey. All other games pale in comparison to Earthbound.
New Aged Retro Hippie uses protractor.
New Aged Retro Hippie can now measure things easily.
Ness attacks. SSSMMMMAAASSSSHHHH!!!
New Aged Retro Hippie returns to normal. You have won!!!
one of the best RPGs ever made.
Game for the SNES.
Earthbound is fuckin' AWSOME!
The best game for the SNES. Period.
Earthbound is so much fun!!
The best SNES game ever. A boy named Ness and his friends go out to save the world from aliens and beat up the fathead Pokey Minch (but the little fatty runs away 'cuz he's scared).
EarthBound is the best. Who knew a dog can type?
The most underrated RPG ever made. Released for the SNES back in the mid 1990's, it revolved around 4 kids that meet up with eachother throughout the course of the game to defeat an Alien (Gigyas) that plans to destroy the Universe in the future.
The game was known for it's off-beat humor (much of it being quirky Japanese portrayals of American culture), and ridiculously addictive gameplay, along with a great story. While it was very popular upon it's release in Japan, it didn't do so well in the US, despite massive promotion, since many people found the simple graphics a turn-off, and it was released later in the systems life, when the next generation of gaming consoles was beginning to break into the market (At the time, being Sega Saturn and Playstation).
The game later developed a massive cult following, as people who weren't exposed to it when it was new discovered just how great it is. A sequel, Mother 3, came out in Japan for GBA, but has seen no official US release.
- "Dude, I'm so tired"
- "Why's that?"
- "I was up all night playing Earthbound again..."
Since Earthbound is considered such a rare classic now, original cartridges of the game now go for small fortunes on Ebay!