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March 14th, 2013 | EarthBound

I’ve slowly been on a quest to find newspaper and non-gaming magazine reviews of EarthBound from 1995. Here’s one that I’ve known about for a long time, from a publication called the Youngstown Vindicator:


Earth Bound is child’s play in the best sense

*Light-hearted graphics present the adventure and the enemies faced in a non-threatening manner.

By Joel Easley
Scripps Howard News Service

Bizarre aliens are roaming earth under the control of the intergalactic mastermind, Giygas. Only a young boy from the town of Onett, armed with a cracked baseball bat and an ATM card, can form a band of exceptional children and save Earth from destruction in Nintendo’d Earth Bound for the Super Nintendo.

Using real world settings and everyday objects, Nintendo was able to create a role playig(sic) adventure designed for younger or novice players. Light – hearted graphics present the adventure and the enemies faced in a non-threatening manner. The mellow tunes fit the bill in the music category.

Enjoyable : Easy player interface melds together with the rest of the aspects of Earth Bound for a truly enjoyable experience. Another positive thing about Earth Bound is that fact it’s nonviolent. Crazy looking enemies (no demos here) who are defeated don’t die, they just become tame.

Challenge wise, Earth Bound is also tailored for younger players. Also, if the player in the game should become stuck in the game, consult the included player’s guide.

Nintendo’s Earth bound is a wise choice for parents looking for a game that will keep children busy for a while and won’t expose them to any offensive material.

*Joel Easley writes this column weekly at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

It’s interesting to note that this review (and I suspect other non-gaming publication reviews) touched on the simple, lighthearted graphics and lack of violence just as game magazine reviewers did. Except in this case, it’s saying that these are GOOD points. Compare that to reviews like this that say the game is terrible because of its lack of violence, blood, and more detailed graphics.

So this is an interesting look at how the game was viewed from within the industry and from outside it. Although I can’t shake the feeling that most reviewers (including this one) never really played very far into the game at all back then.

Anyway, if anyone knows where I can find other old reviews like this, let me know!


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17 Comments to 1995 EarthBound Review in Youngstown Vindicator

Mr. Saturn said on Mar. 14, 2013

Yeah he didn’t play very far at all.

JimJam707 said on Mar. 14, 2013

It annoys me for some reason when I see Earthbound written as two words.

pk_stan said on Mar. 14, 2013

HOLY HECK! This is my newspaper!

Hypotenuse Man said on Mar. 14, 2013

The newspaper was actually from a place from Youngstown? That seems pretty appropriate.

pk_stan said on Mar. 14, 2013

Haha, right? I live there. Pigmask, Buck, or whatever he calls himself now has been making that joke to me for a long time.

pk_stan said on Mar. 14, 2013

Just to let you know, Mato, I reported this as news to the Vindicator. I’ll let you know if they e-mail me back. I hope they run an article on this. That would be so cool!

Mato said on Mar. 14, 2013

Ack I hope they’re not like “Hey you take that down you posted it without permission”

Mel said on Mar. 14, 2013

He he heh. Heh heh.

Heh heh.

pk_stan said on Mar. 14, 2013

Haha, nah. They’re a pretty laid back company, they love stuff like this. I doubt they’re even going to take the time to read my e-mail though as they are probably more focused on the rampant crime around here and whatnot.

Blueflower999 said on Mar. 14, 2013

So many people don’t realize that EarthBound is Mother 2, while Earth Bound was the prototype name for America’s Mother 1.

Also, *Spoiler*, Giygas is far from what I would expect from the final boss of a child’s game.

Midna said on Mar. 14, 2013

Earthbound did have some blood, though (on the Mondo Mole and Plague Rat of Doom IIRC). It’s sort of funny how Mother 1 had all of its blood deleted but Mother 2’s was apparently OK.

Halloween said on Mar. 14, 2013

Y’see, when it comes to vidya games y’got Earth Bound f’r the kids and Mortal Kombat for the delinquent kids. Be a good parent and buy your little one Earth Bound.

TheZunar123 said on Mar. 14, 2013

“won’t expose them to any offensive material.”
Just wait until they get to Giygas. I guarantee that they’ll mess their pants, at the very least.

johnr754 said on Mar. 14, 2013

Heheh. Youngstown.

EarthBound is childfriendly until the Cave of the Past.

Anonymous said on Mar. 15, 2013

Not sure were to suggest this, so I just decided to post it here. I was thinking it would go well on earthboundcentral.

Some guys are doing A video series of the comparisons about Mother 3 vs. Earthbound 64. It was A really interesting video. Can’t

misterdigi said on Mar. 15, 2013

EARTHBOUND SPOILERS. I find it really interesting that the reviewer said this is a game with very lighthearted material, and a lack of violence. On the contrary, I’ve always thought of the game as touching on very hard to talk about subjects, and having quite a bit of violence, like life and death, growing up and leaving home, courage in the face of certain death,cutting open 14 year old kids heads and putting their brains in machines, kidnapping of young women by cults in the backwoods of some country, breaking a far eastern kids legs, arms, gouging out his eyes, destroying his hearing, getting jumped by a very scantily clad woman and a bunch of zombies in a zombie riddled town, two (count’em) two kids with very distant relationships with their fathers. One who is never seen, the other who spends most of his time working with machines instead of with his son. there’s some heavy, an violent stuff in there. But i do completely understand that it is not superficially violent, or bawdy as the reviewer mentions.

IZ said on Mar. 24, 2013

I’m from Youngstown as well. My mind was kinda blown when I saw this! Awesome stuff.


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