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October 5th, 2009 | EarthBound, Polls

EarthBound is pretty cool in that you can play the entire game with one hand if you want to, I think most people know that by now.

But lesser known is the fact that if you have a controller plugged into the second controller port, BOTH controllers will play the game. I bet it’s good for bringing couples together or for making siblings hate each other more. I don’t know if controllers plugged into the SNES multi-tap will work, though. If so, that’d be one crazy game. I bet you could make some sort of drinking game out of it even 😛

In any case, today’s poll question is this: have you ever played EarthBound with two controllers at once? Answer or you’ll see Giygas in your next carbonated beverage!

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POLL: Have you ever played EarthBound with two controllers at once?

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samui said on Oct. 5, 2009

I voted because I don’t want to see Giygas in my next carbonated beverage. :<

I've heard about this, and how it brought a couple siblings closer. I haven't personally tried it, though. Maybe someday, I'll do it. 😀

kevinchai said on Oct. 5, 2009

One in each hand, like a bro.

Sisto said on Oct. 5, 2009

THAT’S why man was made, to play two games of EB at the same time.

curiouspasserby said on Oct. 5, 2009

I wish, but I’ve only ever played Earthbound on an emulator (It’s expensive and I’m young, I’m not made of money). If I ever do buy it I will definetly try to though.

Bubbleman said on Oct. 6, 2009

I used to play it with my brother sometimes. Once, tried a multi-tap to play it as “4-players”, but it didn’t work… It’s still fun to play it as a “2-player game” similar to Final Fantasy 2/4 and 3/6, except it’s turn-based.

koptamizo said on Oct. 6, 2009

When we were kids, my sister and I would play it together. She’d control Ness+Paula, and I got Jeff+Poo.

Soup said on Oct. 6, 2009

Played it with two controllers when I first got the game… My friend Kevin and I were too young to intelligently manage all the variables of battle independently, but we were somehow intelligent enough to realize this and delegate. He got Paula+Poo and I got Ness+Jeff in battle, and we alternated adventuring and snack duty. Very very convenient, considering we didn’t have to toss around a single controller.

Cylinderworm said on Oct. 6, 2009

I never knew you could do that. Hah, time to grab my brother and make it into a drinking game 😀

BardNinja said on Oct. 6, 2009

yes, but now that you’ve mentioned it i’ve got to fish out my multitap and gather my friends around.

SmaMan said on Oct. 6, 2009

That’s cool. Didn’t know that. I’ve always thought it would be cool to have two players controlling different people in battle.

8BitWalugi said on Oct. 6, 2009

Huh. Imagine being able to break up the group! Player 1 takes control Ness+Paula, Player 2 controls Jeff+Poo. of course though, they can’t exit the same screen. That would be cool.

Deraj626 said on Oct. 6, 2009

Never played with 1 controller either.

SB057 said on Oct. 6, 2009

Nope, didn’t even know you could do that. Thanks!

Wil said on Oct. 6, 2009

Hope hope you mean a Kool-Aid drinking game!

How old is the average EarthBound fan anyway? That should be the next poll.

Superstarman said on Oct. 6, 2009

I did not even know about that…I answered because I do NOT want to see Giygas in my next carbonated beverage!

SmaMan said on Oct. 6, 2009

@8BitWalugi
They could do it like Toejam and Earl and have the screen split when they both leave the screen.

Oooh, I could see this being an awesome hack! There could be dual-team dungeons and stuff. One group would have to hit a switch or something to open a door on the other group’s side… or something. But it would be awesome!

Steve! said on Oct. 6, 2009

Wow, I never played with two controllers since I didn’t know it was even possible, I always just assumed it would only work with one controller since it was listed as a one player game.

Komaru said on Oct. 6, 2009

Hey, I my local game store just brought in a couple of those, I should get one and try it out.
…That is, after some Lost Vikings of course. 😀

Q said on Oct. 6, 2009

I’d not heard of this. Sounds interesting… I’ll have to try it when I go to visit my brother (he has the EB cartridge in the family).

*purposefully doesn’t vote*

santiagoff said on Oct. 6, 2009

I had heard about this, but I didn’t know it actually worked.

Komaru said on Oct. 6, 2009

*Edit*
By ‘those’, I meant SNES Multi-Taps.

rawpower7 said on Oct. 6, 2009

Huh? How would that work? You know, that would actually be pretty cool during battles as each player makes their own decision on what to do.

kalasad said on Oct. 6, 2009

Oh my goodness! I want to try this out now. How exactly does this work?

FuzzyPicklez said on Oct. 6, 2009

I want to see Giygas in my next carbonated beverage.

PKNuMan said on Oct. 6, 2009

Dude.
I NEED TO TRY THAT.

nintenninten said on Oct. 6, 2009

I’ve got it on GBA, so I can’t… It sounds groovy, though.

MotherFan14 said on Oct. 6, 2009

The first and only time I ever played EarthBound was on a SNES at my cousin’s house for about 2 hours. Sadly we didn’t know about this awesome little addition to the game. Now I’m dying to try it!

Mini said on Oct. 6, 2009

I’ve never played it like that but would love to. Too bad you wouldn’t eat a pizza when playing it at the same time though.

Ice Sage said on Oct. 6, 2009

I would try it with my sister, but I have it on ZSNES, so I can’t really do it… 🙁

Chimera said on Oct. 6, 2009

It’s too freaking annoying, I’ve tried it with people before and ended up ripping their controller out.

blahmoomoo said on Oct. 6, 2009

All that happens is that the second controller does exactly the same thing as the first controller. No group split ups on the game field. The only real difference I could find is that pushing opposite directions on the same controller still make Ness and co. move while opposite directions on different controllers cancel out.

SmaMan said on Oct. 6, 2009

How do you hit opposite directions with the D-pad on an SNES controller?

motherfan mark 2 said on Oct. 6, 2009

thanks mato! My dream is true, a second player earthbound game!

motherfan mark 2 said on Oct. 6, 2009

Wil, I became a earthbound fan at 8 and now I’m 12.

Jungyin said on Oct. 6, 2009

One memory I’ll always have is the time when I was playing with my friend and accidentally hitting the L button on my controller the moment he entered a door, causing the game to say “No problem here.” upon seeing a bunch of zombies.

EmeraldWind said on Oct. 6, 2009

A multiplayer turn-based rpg…

Interesting.

Big A2 said on Oct. 7, 2009

“Huh? How would that work? You know, that would actually be pretty cool during battles as each player makes their own decision on what to do.”

By passing the controller around?

MarioFan3 said on Oct. 8, 2009

I knew it worked, i never used it for two player though, but i noticed it when things got selected for some weird reason, and then i noticed that it was my other classic controller having the L button pressed in, or when i was trying to wind the other classic controller cord up.

Seeing as i never owned a SNES, playing EB with the classic controller on the Wii is the closest thing i’ve got to the real deal (although, i live in a PAL region anyway, so owning a SNES wouldn’t have made any difference)

One of my friends used to have a U.S SNES a few years back, but didn’t want to give it to me, haven’t seen it since 🙁

SmaMan said on Oct. 8, 2009

Phew, I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one here who plays it on my Wii. Here’s hoping we can one day get it officially on the console.

It’ll be interesting to see if this feature gets carried onto the hopeful VC release. Hmm, has anyone tried this on Mother 2 in the Japanese SSBB?

Saiai said on Oct. 10, 2009

I knew about it~ My brother and I played it together in that fashion.

PKSTARMAN said on Oct. 10, 2009

Weeks ago, I completed EarthBound with my brother.

PKSTARMAN said on Oct. 10, 2009

I wonder if Chrono trigger also got that feature…

PKSTARMAN said on Oct. 10, 2009

Wow, Smaman… thats a great idea! If you do a hack like that, Please post the link here.

Joshua Johnson said on Oct. 10, 2009

I wont answer….*opens can of dr. pepper* Wit, whats that?…… HOLY CRAP!! *answer’s yes*

blahmoomoo said on Oct. 10, 2009

Nope, Chrono Trigger is one controller only.

MarioFan3 said on Oct. 11, 2009

Heh, PAL only got Chrono Trigger for DS, so i wouldn’t know, if only it was the same for Mother2……(hint hint Nintendo, release Mother for PAL already)

Eh, our censorship’s through the roof here, we don’t even have an R rating, it’s just banned instead. I’ll use my Phase Distorter to play the game officially if i have to! 😀

(yes, i own a Phase Distorter 2.0)

Gummidge said on Oct. 11, 2009

It is quite easy to do it on ZSNES, just map some buttons to the second player controller, under input. But playing with two controllers sounds more fun.

I tried mapping my 360 controller to ZSNES, but it didn’t work.

Alek said on Oct. 11, 2009

no, but i’ve done that with zelda 3 before 🙂

SmaMan said on Oct. 14, 2009

@PKSTARMAN
Certainly don’t get your hopes up… I’m a total PK Hack noob and the most I’ve done few niche hacks. (Like giving the Lucky Sandwich a one in five chance of killing you, lol) But that is sort of how I made up Sma Man… dang now I feel like digging that up and finishing that hack!

Pokey lives again said on Oct. 15, 2009

I would pick giygas he is a cool guy

Billy Shears said on Oct. 16, 2009

I was in a band in the 60s called the Beatles,but i played it with my brother

mother_rockin said on Oct. 17, 2009

I wish I would have know this. My brothers and I would have had so much fun messing with each other.

Mr. Crosser said on Oct. 22, 2009

Ha ha, I tried this on my copy of MOTHER 2 last night, and it worked!

Ness and Sonic said on Oct. 29, 2009

Yes, it does ruin the game a bit when you have someone using the other controller to interfere with your game. I never tried using two controllers simultaneously by myself, though. However, I have tried both the left and right controller slots individually.

Billy Shears said on Oct. 30, 2009

When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and turn
and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Do you don’t you want me to love you
I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you
Tell me tell me come on tell me the answer
and you may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

Go helter skelter
helter skelter
helter skelter
Yeah, hu, hu
I will you won’t you want me to make you
I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

Look out
Helter skelter
helter skelter
helter skelter
Yeah, hu, hu
Look out cause here she comes

When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and turn
and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Well will you won’t you want me to make you
I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer

Look out
Helter skelter
helter skelter
helter skelter
Yeah, hu,

Helter Skelter
She’s coming down fast
Yes she is
Yes she is
coming down fast

Billy Shears said on Oct. 30, 2009

now do you hate me

Mic said on Jun. 23, 2010

Well…if Giygas wasin my cola, i wouldn’t even notice, I’d just drink my cola Giygas or not.

motherman said on Jul. 13, 2010

i never even PLAYED earthbound! (because i dont have a snes)

TGP said on Jul. 17, 2010

I’ve played Earthbound with two controllers, but that’s only because if you play it on the Wii, all controllers connected will work at once no matter what game it is.

shroom8745 said on Oct. 13, 2010

When I had the game I remember my brother trying to annoy me by moving the second controller in the opposite direction that I was going.

The Famous Aqua Dragon said on Nov. 14, 2010

How is it possible to play w/ 2 controllers? How does it work?

StarFan said on Dec. 3, 2010

awww man i voted and now i dont get to see giygas in my next carbonated beverage! waaahhh!!!!:(

~FireEmblem~ said on Feb. 10, 2011

I didn’t know it was possible to play with 2 controllers. I guess I should’ve tried it out long before now, but whatever. I’ll have to get my brother to play with me sometime…

Somebody said on Apr. 19, 2011

I could imagine somebody taking control of one character and somebody else playing as the others.

emobook101 said on Dec. 5, 2011

i didn’t vote becuz i want to see giygas in my next carbonated beverage

emobook101 said on Jan. 6, 2012

just beat earthbound. I changed my mind. 0_o

The Great Klaid said on Feb. 14, 2012

Wild ARMS could do this too,Along with FF5,6,9 and FF4 on the playstation at least. Me and my brother might have to do this… Does it work in Mother 2?

MrBananaMan said on Apr. 3, 2012

Of course!
If you play that way, THE FUN HAS BEEN DOUBLED!

Disciple of Midna said on Jul. 1, 2012

….. *looks into soda can* Nothing, damn. *votes*

fuzzypickles10 said on Nov. 9, 2012

I was drinking Dr. Pepper while reading this.


 
 

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