A friend told me about it - he didn't give much info about the game, just that I had
to get it, so I looked up the Wikipedia article - it seemed pretty cool, so I downloaded the ROM.(Piracy is wrong, kids! But $80+ is way out of my league) I took a while to start playing it, though, as I was playing Bioshock for the PS3 - but when I finally did, I was hooked.
Sadly, the aforementioned friend is now an ex-friend, and we barely speak to each other - but I'm glad I found out about the game, as I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, only when I've actually been wanting
to find Earthboundy stuff. There have been a few references in various Nintendo magazines, but not many due to the fact Earthbound was never released in the UK.
The game's relative obscurity isn't necessarily a bad thing though, because IMO it makes it more special if you like something only a few other people have heard of.
And, in case he ever reads this post...Thanks, Neil. You were right about EB being awesome.