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February 13th, 2011 | MOTHER 1

While trying to find a full scan of this really neat MOTHER 1 ad (to no avail 🙁 ) I ran across the Famicom Tsuushin reviews of MOTHER 1 from 1989. Famicom Tsuushin is what we now know as Famitsu.

Anyway, here are their reviews translated into English – you’ll see that a lot of the complaints Western fans have about the game were actually shared by Japanese players too. These come from the August 4-18 1989 issue, incidentally. I don’t have a scan, but if anyone can get one, please let me know!


Tofuya Famibo – 8/10

I think the game has many cons to it, such as poor balance, weak story progression, a map that’s so big that it takes forever to get anywhere… But I also definitely think that this game is a tour de force. Even the story gets exciting in its own way. Plus the music is incredible.

Store Owner Mizuno – 8/10

I played this with great expectations, so the first ten hours or so filled me with disappointment. It brought nothing new to the table; it’s essentially just any other RPG. That said, it’s the last half of the game in which MOTHER shows its true strength. So save your expectations for the latter half.

Mariko Morishita – 8/10

The game takes place in a world in the near future, so it has a very modern feel to it; for example, money you earn is automatically deposited into your bank account, and you use an ATM card to use it. Most RPGs until now are like old stories and fairy tales, so I like the freshness this game has. The monsters in the game are really cute, too.

TACO.X – 7/10

While playing this game, it’s easy to think, “This is all this game has to offer?” but when you finish it, you’ll think, “That was a great game.” It has a touching story. I do have minor complaints about it, but when looked at overall, they’re well within forgivable limits. I like it. The music is a must-listen!

Pretty interesting how they have a lot of complaints about the game but when they’re finished they look back and really like it.

 

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10 Comments to Famicom Tsuushin MOTHER Review


MoonSide said on Feb. 13, 2011

I highly agree with them, the music is amazing. When I started Mother, I found it to be dragging in the beginning (really because of the very large maps) but, it picks up near the end. I think the judges were pretty good at judging the game, they actually finished it so they could fairly rate it.

man said on Feb. 13, 2011

“While playing this game, it’s easy to think, “This is all this game has to offer?” but when you finish it, you’ll think, “That was a great game.””

I could not agree more. I remember when I FINALLY got to XX stone, I remember thinking “…woah, this game was awesome! I can’t wait to play it again!”

It’s why I can’t wait for the 1 + 2 translation, because it will finally be more enjoyable for the gamers who were left with a sour taste of the game in their mouths, and more people can see why the game is held in high regard.

KingDarian said on Feb. 13, 2011

Nice review. It seems very fitting.

Reading this story prompted me to search out gaming magazines of the time through Yahoo! Japan, and sure enough there are plenty of great magazines just ripe for the picking…but they’re listed at 2,000yen apiece! D:

One of them even looks like has an interview with Itoi, and another has a MOTHER insert I’ve never seen before. 😮

Tonch said on Feb. 13, 2011

Yeah, it’s not unlike the series (at least, the first two games especially) to make you complain about the flaws, especially in gameplay, but look back fondly on the game for all it had to offer otherwise.

I love EB to death even though I dislike its gameplay, but even trying to overlook the gameplay couldn’t get me through Mother 1. Although I am excited for your work on the revised translation (and the Easy Ring), as I think that will make a large difference in how much I enjoy it next time I try it.

Mato said on Feb. 13, 2011

KingDarian: If you come across any interesting M1 interviews or tidbits (or if you have any mags with any), let me know – I’d like to create a couple simple extras like we did when we released the M3 patch.

KingDarian said on Feb. 14, 2011

I’ll keep an eye out. The “interview” magazine I was referring to was this one: http://page6.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/f95909655

I’m just assuming, since it has a picture of Itoi in the contents page that there is an interview involved. It may just be some sort of “guess who’s making a game” blurb, for all I know.

I don’t have a lot of media related to the first MOTHER aside from that one VHS with the commercial, Famitsu’s Top 100 Famicom games DVD, and the MOTHER ENCYCLOPEDIA guide book. I think that guide has lots of interviews in the back and blurbs about the staff and game related stuff throughout that would be cool to have translated. 😉 There is also something in the soundtrack insert that might be worth a look.

I’ll keep an eye out for anything worthwhile up for auction and review the videos/books/magazines I have to see if there’s anything worthwhile. Let me know if you’d like scans of any of the things I mentioned above.

KingDarian said on Feb. 14, 2011

Oh, and I think there are lots of goodies here, too: http://www.1101.com/MOTHER/MOTHER.html :3

Anonymous said on Feb. 16, 2011

“I think the game has many cons to it, such as poor balance, weak story progression, a map that’s so big that it takes forever to get anywhere… But I also definitely think that this game is a tour de force. Even the story gets exciting in its own way. Plus the music is incredible.”

totally agree with this

anonymous said on Mar. 2, 2011

A lot of complaints while playing it, but then looking back at it and thinking it’s great seems to be a common pattern. That’s probably why so many EB fans have never actually finished the game. I played it before Earthbound because I wanted to play them in order, and I hadn’t played a lot of video games at that point (and the ones I had played were mostly older games) so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. If not for that, I probably woudn’t have finished it.

I loved the music (although my favorite music in the series is Mother 3) and the story was very touching. However, it took me about two weeks to play through, spending all of my spare time on it, and pretty much never getting stuck. I don’t know exact numbers, but that is a LOT of hours.

Anon1 said on Apr. 4, 2011

I.. actually had NO complaints while playing. I’m serious, I thought it was a tad difficult, but hard games DO exist.. Eh, I’m a weird gamer, I’d have given Mother 1 a 9/10, but that’s just me. :I


 
 

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