just found out this game is on the wiiU. ive heard it's supposedly a masterpiece. is the story really that good? is it dramatic? good characters? music?
Okay, the most important thing I've noticed about EarthBound is that you should probably go in not expecting the greatest game of all time. Hype tends to betray a lot of good classic games.
It's a charming game, has a unique setting an themes that a lot of games don't have, and it will probably entertain you if you give it a chance.
Of the trilogy it's actually the most lighthearted, although it has its dark moments. The Mother series satirizes the RPG genre and has a good sense of humor about it, and the atmosphere reminds me of my childhood. Gameplay wise it isn't particularly special, I think the battle system is supposed to be a parody of early Monster Quest. All in all it's a great game and you should play it.
>Is the story really that good
Yes, but it really all comes together when you play the other games.
>Is it dramatic
At some points, yeah, but at others it's your standard RPG going through the overworld and getting to the boss.
The characters are good, the way the main characters interact with the world can be funny and heartwarming at different instances.
Despite all I said, don't go and expect the greatest thing ever. It's still an RPG, so if you hate those games you might not like EarthBound.
Don't go in expecting a masterpiece. It'll ruin the game for you.
It's good, but it isn't the sort of thing you should really go in expecting. You have to let the goodness take you by surprise.
I reccommend playing Mother 1 first, then Earthbound, and finally Mother 3.
Pretty good trilogy, very charming and whimsical games.
>haven't played yet
Hope you enjoy possible spoilers.
The house you can buy in Onett? Useless, don't waste time on it
>Mother 2 is 199X
>Mother 1 is 198X
I think he'd be too young.
I'd recommend this as well.
It's best to play the whole series, but if you start with Earthbound, Mother can be a bit jaunting.
ness is 10 years old in mother 2
ninten is 10 years old in mother 1.
For the sake of argument, let's say that mother 1 takes place in 1982 and earthbound 1998.
That means that ness was born when ninten was 16-17. It's young, but not impossible.
>Not Mother 1 > Mother 3 > Mother 2
So is it true that Japan didn't really like Mother 3? From what I heard everywhere else most people liked it?
>you will never go out on and adventure and learn what bein' friends is about
>You will never be a kid again when friends were real friends
I beleive the notion comes form reading 2ch anonymous posts, which basically is like coming to 4chan to see people's reactions on a game. People bash games because it's anonymous and free.
Many people in Japan didn't like Mother 3 because of the Mother 2 nostalgia. Honestly, I see this a lot on the west too, maybe a little less because not that many people played Earthbound back in the day, but those who did, will probably never take Mother 3 as better than EB.
But of course there were people in Japan who liked it too. It was well received, just maybe it didn't live up to Mother 2's popularity.
Personally, I like all the games for different reasons, Mother 3 is the one with objectively best gameplay though.
So which is the best reoccuring theme and why is it
What's the deal with this, anyway?
I thought Earthbound was okay. Didn't really like how the overworld was segmented and the game could also really drag. The story is also pretty basic and just boils down to "unlikely heroes team up to fight the big bad", with some twists here and there. What the game really excels at is fostering a very unique and compelling atmosphere. Music is great too.
I feel that Mother 3 is the stronger game. The gameplay's more interesting, the pacing is better, the characters are better, the story's better. I would even say that the music's better.
It's a shame Mother will never be remade.
If Mother 1 was remade with Mother 3's graphics, gameplay, and music quality, It'd definitely be a contender for strongest game.
Skippable, yes, but all the games are if you choose only to play one.
Shite, however, only in gameplay.
It's the most "off" game i've ever played. You know all the spooky Nintendo stuff they're done over the years? Like the Mario 64 piano, Lavender Town and most of Majoras Mask? Well, EarthBound is pretty much an entire game of that kind of atmosphere. Even when everything is charming and upbeat, something just feels wrong about the game.
I played it for the first time just last year after being in the same position as you and was completely blown away by it. It's probably one of my favorite games now.
I went into it with all the hype and had big expectations. I'm in the beginning and honestly don't see a reason to keep playing this game. It's quirky and whatnot, but that isn't really keeping my attention. It doesn't help that the battles are extremely boring.
Maybe had I not went into it expect something epic I'd accept it, but it's really not interesting to me at all and I have no drive to continue playing it.
>EarthBound is pretty much an entire game of that kind of atmosphere
Grand list of "off" moments
>Onett police force/mayor
>Happy Happy village
>A majority of Threed
>Fourside dept store
>nearly every sanctuary guardian to a degree
>The Dad was represented by a phone because Itoi was separated from his daughters whilst it was being made due to divorce
>Itoi admits the game was a letter from him to his estranged children
>It was Itoi's voice at the end of the credits that said "I miss you"
>His kids never actually bothered to play the game
Fuck, was hoping that was fake.
>His kids never actually bothered to play the game
Confirmed for kid who never played any 8 bit RPG.
Also, it's not skippable, unless you want to completely miss on who Gyiyg is.
It's like playing Mother 3 without playing Earthbound, you won't be familiar with who the antagonist is.
Also, really, it's just 3 fucking games niggers, they're not even that long (for JRPG standards), just play them all.
If you're too casual to handle Mother 1 you can use that "easy ring" thing some fans added.
Actually, every Mother game is standalone-ish, only needing the sequel/prequel if you want to dig even further in.
It's like every game is a dish of one full meal. Having the whole meal is delicious, but sometimes you're fine with one or two dishes and that's OK.
>using Easy Ring
I bet you intentionally lost a battle after getting Pippi just to save time, didn't you.
I wonder how Japanese fans feel about Mother 4, what with how much art it gets on pixiv. Not much, but still more than I would think.
Is it wrong for me to think that Earthbound has one of the best soundtracks in all of video games? The way it's uses all it's recurring themes and motifs is amazing.
I still need to finish Mother 3 and start Mother 1. Is Earthbound Zero a fan translation or just an slightly edited version of the NoA translation?
Earthbound Zero is the NoA translation. The fan translation of the Mother 1 side of Mother 1+2 (GBA) is the better option.
I like Earthbound's music, but I liked Mother 3's more.
The Earthbound Zero on nes with Demiforce is the NoA version while the translation of Mother 1 + 2 on GBA is the total fantranslation with easy ring. GBA has the shittiest quality of music, though.
And the full pic.
>GBA has the shittiest quality of music, though.
Honestly that the main thing holding me back from playing the Mother 1 on the GBA version. I want to hear that delicious 8 bit music.