Tips for Buying EarthBound

December 10th, 2012 | EarthBound, Images

Roushi’s been sending in lots of high-resolution scans of old EarthBound reviews – I’ll post them in a future update, but for now I wanted to share the Game Fan review of EarthBound:

I don’t recognize the name of this magazine, but they definitely gave EarthBound some high marks and praise. It’s a nice contrast to how the more mainstream magazines were treating the game at least.

And judging from the screenshots, it looks like they got the game after its release AND played through a lot of the game. Sweet! That rocks!

 

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20 Comments to Game Fan Review of EarthBound


Mr Hargett said on Dec. 10, 2012

I LOL’d on the first page when they ranked the three fighting/brawling games with 8’s, 9’s and even 10’s for “Originality.”

Leeaux said on Dec. 10, 2012

After actually reading their review, it sounds like they really did get the point of Earthbound. That’s so rare. When they underlined “The graphics look they way they do on purpose.” I was kinda shocked.

Snesdude7 said on Dec. 10, 2012

I would never think that people would care about graphics over gameplay back when this game came out people only talked about graphics now reviews of the game don’t even mention it is it because they pay more for it now

SushiGummy said on Dec. 10, 2012

@Mr Hargett
Well, to be fair, Comix Zone is a pretty fantastic game, and is extremely original.

Crav said on Dec. 10, 2012

Graphics were possibly considered even more important back then than they are these days. Maybe not quite in the same way, but the first “Realistic” looking games were just starting to come out and there was a high prioraty placed on violence and blood because that’s what “mature” gamers wanted.
Of course, it sounds silly now, since nothing in the SNES days could be all that realistic, but it was also before the counter culture that supported more lighthearted games really showed up.
Being labled “Kiddy” was possibly a bigger death sentence for a game back then than it is now.

kenisu said on Dec. 10, 2012

It’s nice that they gave it a generally positive review, but I felt like if I had to read one more variation on “if you can get past the graphics, this is a deep game,” I would have screamed.

Well, that, and typos like “The coolest aspect of EB is it’s theme” or “I bet you’re answer is never.”

Seriously, what the hell did all these reviewers back then see as wrong with EB’s graphics? This is what we fans of colorful, “friendly” games, who happened to be kids/teens in the ’90s, had to put up with from other gamers.

MrNessEagleofOnett said on Dec. 10, 2012

I don’t get it. Not one had it crossed my mind that Earthbound’s graphics were ‘kiddy’. Thats just the way Nintendo games were like in those days. Look at Mario, Zelda, Kirby, even Metroid, none of these game were meant to be ultra realistic.

Ness PK Rocks said on Dec. 10, 2012

Mother 2 didn’t sell millions of copies In Japan…did it?

Mato said on Dec. 10, 2012

No, that was a myth that lasted for a good while though, especially back then.

Apple Kid said on Dec. 10, 2012

@Ness PK Rocks No. It only sold 300,000 copies. Besides that this seemed polished and he did his homework for the Mother 1 part (remember Starmen.net nor Google exsisted back then).

NecrosaroIII said on Dec. 10, 2012

Yeah, I was surprised he knew as much about the series as he did, to be honest.

Justin said on Dec. 10, 2012

DieHard GameFan! Recognize! I miss this magazine almost as much as the recently departed Nintendo Power.

Halloween said on Dec. 10, 2012

No way! I totally wish I had a (bigger) pile of rad ’90s game zines featuring people with names like SKID and NICK ROX!

I wonder why EB scored a N/A for control though…

Apple Kid said on Dec. 10, 2012

@Halloween I would guess because it is a 2-D rpg. How much straight forward could you get? Or maybe he didn’t have any good/bad moments with them, I don’t know…

John said on Dec. 10, 2012

Oh how I loved buying Gamefan back in the day, always thought they gave way better and less bias reviews. Wonder if I have this issue somewhere.

Anonymous said on Dec. 11, 2012

good thing i was only

NessObssesed said on Dec. 11, 2012

It’s amazing how i played Earthbound just last year at the age of 13, and i never really noticed the graphics. Actually, i did, and i thought they looked pretty cool. I never thought they looked “kiddy” and i still don’t. Maybe I’m just easily impressed or whatever, but graphics don’t bother me unless they’re EXTREMELY bad.

steinmitz said on Dec. 11, 2012

Gamefan definitely had greater interest in (and respect for) Japanese rpgs than other multiplatform magazines of the time. Sometimes I think their love of quirkier, super “Japanese”-type games went to an extreme, like when (if I remember correctly) they gave N64’s “Mischief Makers” several scores of perfect 100s. This is probably the best response to Earthbound given by any other magazine besides Nintendo Power; thankfully NP had a vested interest in making it successful and gave it lots of hype, otherwise it might have gone completely off the radar, what with other magazines obligated to devote large sections to failures like 3do and 32x while almost completely overlooking gems like EB. As much as people complain that NP was a propaganda machine, at least it was a truthful propaganda machine (well, for the nes and snes eras anyway, with exception to the Donkey Kong Country rubbish).

Diehardboundie124 said on Dec. 12, 2012

SOMEone recognizes greatness in the *DARK TIMES. Woo!

*When maagazines berated EarthBound…

CaptainCab said on Apr. 13, 2013

Lttp on this. Gamefan had its flaws but overall it was the best gaming mag of its day and this is more proof of that. As another example of how terrible gaming mags could be in the 1990s, Game Players actually gave Yoshi’s Island for the SNES an insulting score of only 70%, something Gamefan openly mocked and called them out on when they gave their own review scores for YI (100s across the board as it should be). But yeah, very refreshing take compared to the other horrendous EB ’90s mag reviews.


 

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