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February 11th, 2009 | EarthBound, Images

It’s hard to believe, but Nintendo Power magazine has been around for 20 years now. Man, I remember when I got the first free issue, it was incredible. Anyway, to mark the occasion, the magazine printed a special extra thing called “20 Years of Nintendo Power” (can’t seem to find it anywhere, weird), and in it they look through the magazine’s history and at the games that were featured in them.

What’s cool is that EarthBound wasn’t forgotten, and was even listed right alongside more mainstream games like Super Mario RPG and Yoshi’s Island. Click the image below to see a full-page scan.

Just for reference, here’s what it says:

EarthBound’s impact on the video game world did not stem from its modest commercial success, but from the die-hard fan base it engendered. The sci-fi themed RPG was designed by Shigesato Itoi—writer, game designer, bass-fishing enthusiast and all-around funky Renaissance dude—in connection with developers Ape and HAL Laboratories. EarthBound [part of the beloved Mother series in Japan] bravely explored territory seldom visited in video games—parody, social commentary, and goofy humor. North America never got a sequel, but legions of EarthBound faithful still mount letter-writing campaigns in support of one. Perhaps as a nod to their perseverance, EarthBound’s hero, Ness, has appeared as a character in the Super Smash Bros. series

Thanks to DragonRaiderX9 for the info and Afen for the scan 😀

Nintendo Power was my first exposure to EarthBound – I remember the simple one or two-page preview they did in one issue. They made it sound cool, with having to order pizza and going around doing stuff in modern cities. This was before they started to push the whole “this game stinks” thing, which never really hooked me, but I was already convinced by the early stuff in Nintendo Power. Sadly, I don’t have my old NP issues anymore, so all I can do is admire the digital scans online. Ah, nostalgia.

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106 Comments to EarthBound in NP Retrospective

ZombiePaul said on Feb. 11, 2009

I miss my old NPs as well. I had them from the first free issue (which used to be a newsletter if I remember correctly) up until #140 or so (the golden age was 1 – 100 in my opinion). They got lost throughout the number of times I’ve moved around since then. One day I’ll end up buying them off EBay or something. The EarthBound previews were so cool and unique that I was really interested in it even though I didn’t really play RPGs at the time.

someone said on Feb. 11, 2009

I am impressed that this article got printed.
Impressed, not sad in the least.
I first heard about Earthbound from my friend who, when i first learned of its existence, was playing it.
He then got bored with it while I was there and gave it to me along with the guide, both of which he got from his cousin.

MotherFTW said on Feb. 11, 2009

I got introduced on playing EB from a guy from youtube named Chuggaaconroy

rayefrenzy said on Feb. 11, 2009

I wanted to buy EB because I was a HUUUGE die-hard RPG fan. And RPGs were few and far between (before FF7 changed all that). So, as soon as I heard about Earthbound from Nintendo Power I knew i’d buy it.

Leirin said on Feb. 11, 2009

I am sadly a newer Earthbound fan, whom was first exposed to Ness in Super Smash Brothers (Melee moreso than N64). =( But this is still a cool find. Haha, all three of those games are awesome.

Poe said on Feb. 11, 2009

There’s nothing wrong with finding out about EB through the SSB games. At least you found out at all! And now your life is better because of it.

Darien said on Feb. 11, 2009

I still have all my old Nintendo Powers. Maybe one day I’ll rat through them and find the EB stuff and make scans. 😉

Mato said on Feb. 11, 2009

Many of the old Nintendo Power things are already scanned and online here. The really big feature thing (the thing shown in this scan) isn’t on there yet, but I’ve had a set of really good quality scans of it for a while now that I should put up sometime.

motherfan said on Feb. 11, 2009

I was first introduced to the series though Melee and I was curious about the series so I imported MOTHER 1+2 and MOTHER 3 and I really enjoyed them. I’m a fan I guess! ^_^

reidypeidy said on Feb. 11, 2009

I actually remember smelling an ad for Earthbound in a gaming magazine at my local grocery store. The smell was so bad that I threw up in the aisle. My mom still brings that up when me and my wife come over to visit. It’s funny that the first time I every saw or heard of one of my favorite games of all time, it made me vomit.

Kyven said on Feb. 12, 2009

According to http://store.nintendo.com you can order back issues from the Future Inc. by calling 1-866-941-8368.

Adam said on Feb. 12, 2009

Why is there not a poll option for “I saw the largest video game box ever on a shelf at a rental / game store”? That’s certainly how I found it. 🙂

a said on Feb. 12, 2009

I discovered the series because of the first Smash Bros. game for Nintendo 64. Ness was appealing to me because he was a kid (like I was back then) and he just seemed like a cool character in general. I didn’t get to play Earthbound until after Melee came out, though.

082535 said on Feb. 12, 2009

I got interested in the series around when i was six. my parents would take me to blockbuster every week when the new movie releases come out, and let me pick out a game while they got movies. That Darn BIG box was everywhere so like a few weeks after the game came out i decided to rent EARTHBOUND to see why the game box was so big! i remember the game being hard when i started (because i never equipped the cracked bat until my dad showed me) I eventually got to the part where you rescue Paula from jail when the game needed to be back to blockbuster. i got the game for Christmas that year and finished it a few months later (I got stuck at parts but finished the game).

Millhouse said on Feb. 12, 2009

I was introduced to Earthbound by Super Smash bros. back in the N64 days. He always appeared to me as just some random kid, I thought he wasn’t even from a game, until a friend of mine told me he was from some japanese game that never came out outside of japan (as it said on Ness’ trophy in the german version of SSB)

Dr Shlub said on Feb. 12, 2009

Smash bros/ Starmen.net which I found while randomly browsing the internet

Leirin said on Feb. 13, 2009

Yeah, the original Smash Bros., although Smash is not why I got into it. It was because in May of 2008 my internet “acquaintances” were getting into it, particularly Mother 3, so I’m like “why the heck not” and downloaded Mother 3 on August 10th. It was amazing. I asked for Mother 3 and Mother 1+2 for Christmas, and got them all. I’m living the full experience! =)

rawpower said on Feb. 14, 2009

What the heck is Nintendo’s problem? I mean seriously they put this crap in their magazine and don’t do a thing about it! Grr. Nintendo is awesome but sometimes they got to stop whining and take it up the but.

shamansanchez said on Feb. 16, 2009

I remember seeing the huge box in Blockbuster, and renting it a few times. This was before I even knew what an RPG was; I just liked loading one of the saved games and buying popsicles at the stand in Dusty Dunes.
I actually got into the game a few years later, when I tracked down a used copy.

sg_06 said on Feb. 16, 2009

Ok, I think my introduction to the game was unique: Music.

Indeed, I my first encounter with Ness was on Super Smash Bros for the N64. He was my favorite character and I knew nothing about him. A quick visit to the internet and I saw a few pictures of his game: curiosity satisfied.

Luckily it didn’t end there: After Melee came out, I started getting into OCRemix. I noticed that just about every remix coming from Earthbound was the best thing since resonant filters.
So I decided to check out this game which had my favorite Smash character and amazing music.

…and then my life was changed forever. 😀

Serenity said on Feb. 16, 2009

Hahah, I remember when I first played Earthbound. It had to have been at least ten years ago. I was a huge Chrono Trigger fan back then (still am!), and I was trying to get my best friend into it. She agreed, but only on the condition that I play Earthbound. So we had a game-swap. Best decision I ever made. :3

HossTehMaster said on Feb. 18, 2009

I guess when I played SSBB is when I finally grew curious. I knew where Ness was from and what his deal is but I didn’t know what was up with Lucas. So a few months later I picked up brawl again and then Lucas’s story ended up bothering me again so I looked it up and ended up finding a LP of the translation patch by chuggaconory, so I then downloaded it, played it, and I was like WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH. So I started playing EarthBound and began foaming at the mouth at just how awesome both games were. I recently played Mother 3 for my second time and completely filled up my battle memory and got all the 3% chance items.

master porkey said on Feb. 18, 2009

IM so sad that I was born too late for earthbound 🙁
I’m 11 now……

Fred Crownwel said on Feb. 18, 2009

When I was 5 I went to rent a video game from the store and I saw the huge box took it down from the shelf and looked at it and the rest is history

LisaInverse said on Feb. 19, 2009

Me and my mom were looking for games in Toys R Us back in the day and they had this video thing that you could watch SNES game previews/commercials on. The Earthbound preview intrigued my mom and she actually bought it for herself (oh how long ago that was). Once I got old enough to actually understand how an RPG works, the game became mine. 🙂

cx said on Feb. 19, 2009

i saw chuggaaconroy to

phazonclaus said on Feb. 19, 2009

my friend jordan and i were arguing if there was gonna be metroid prime 4 then my friend shane said they (nintendo) were going to be working on mother 3 for the next 20 years so i looked it up on youtube and saw chuggaaconroy play it.

HossTehMaster said on Feb. 20, 2009

Quite a few people have seen chuggaconory’s EB LPs.

Drakenul said on Feb. 21, 2009

I was living in England, on an US Air Force base (I’m a military brat), and the day my family moved from the town of Godmanchester to on-base housing, I was across the street from the video rental place. I saw the HUGE box for EB sitting atop all the others and it looked interesting (I was 10-11 at the time). I was the first person to rent the game, and, as it cycled out of their inventory, I ended up getting it used, with all the goodies included, for $10. Unfortunately, as a military brat moving around meant having to chuck the extras for sake of space, but that exact cart is still in my possession, and probably will be for as long as possible.

However, probably for that same moving around a lot reason, I never really had much in the way of magazines, ever. So, I never really got to do more than glance through other people’s copies of NP (when they had them).

Vakama3 said on Feb. 22, 2009

I bought the magazine today. Earthbound 64 is also mentioned, as is the letter seige. I fin this really cool, I’m glad Nintendo Power knows we want Earthbound.

Mato said on Feb. 22, 2009

That’s cool. It’s nice that after 10 years the series is really recognized now. Now if only Nintendo itself would so something with it 😛

Greenzsx87 said on Feb. 23, 2009

Chose other because I heard about the game through my bro back in 95 and didn’t up buying it until 96. I found SM.net when I was in fifth grade (2000-01? around that time). I had used the site to print off pictures of a short story I was writing that was EB inspired for class.

Steve said on Feb. 24, 2009

i chose other because my brother bought it and played it and i asked if i could start a file and i was hooked ever since…

Steve said on Feb. 24, 2009

about 10 years ago*

Tyler said on Feb. 25, 2009

My big bro and I would go over our friends house and play..I just watched because I was too young =)

Rafa said on Feb. 25, 2009

My sister once saw a clip of it on (what used to be) G4TechTV. She said it looked interesting, and had me look for a ROM for it. I got very into it, and I eventually also found the community.

Stuffgamer1 said on Feb. 26, 2009

I chose “other.” As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this site recently, my dad bought Earthbound at release. What awesome taste he had in games, eh? I remember watching my brother play it for a while until I was old enough to handle an RPG. Given that this game released the same year I got into gaming in general (and the year containing most of my earlier memories), I’d say that Earthbound has practically always been a part of my life.

That’s why Nintendo and their various problems make me mad on behalf of poor guys like master porkey up there. It’s not his fault he was born too late! Give him a chance to play your awesome game, Nintendo!

Halem4 said on Feb. 27, 2009

I first got introduced to it on my weekly trips to the video store when I was younger to rent video games. It had the HUGE box compared to all the other ones, so it just caught my eye. Needless to say I rented it multiple weeks in a row.

toxicofthetoad said on Feb. 28, 2009

Smash Bros. When I got Melee (my first smash game), I thought that Ness was just a kid from a game that no one cares about too much. I played Melee for 2 years without playing as Ness. After the game got worn out, I didn’t want to get the new one (Brawl) because when I watched my brother play, Mr. G&W scared the crap out of me! My parents got the game (Brawl) for my brother, I saw Lucas and got curious. I looked at his trophy, and Googled Earthbound and Mother 3. I found Starmen.net moments later.

Ness and Sonic said on Mar. 1, 2009

I was curious when I saw a game with an unusually big at a local video rental store called Movieland. I got the feeling that it did not come with some special accessory required to play it. (Like that mouse that came with Mario Paint.) I decided to rent it one day. I did enjoy the game and was disappointed that I did not get to finish it. (The store’s policy was a one day rental thing at the time.) I have had an official SNES game cartridge of Earthbound with the Player’s guide for over a decade now.

Westyle said on Mar. 2, 2009

I live in the middle of nowhere so video game news was hard to come by back then. But one day at the local Rose’s (which is still open but only sells cheap generic junk now) they had a demo set up in the electronics section. The demo was Earthbound. I walked around Onett for a few minutes and the dialogue and design had me hooked. I then begged my mom to buy the game for me.
Unfortunately I let my sister have my SNES when I got a Playstation (my room is very small so I only kept 2 consoles at a time, I had an N64 too) and her kids tore it to shit. The last time I saw it it still worked but had food stains all over it. I’m not sure where she has put it or any of my games.

Damon K. said on Mar. 3, 2009

I saw it in the store one day since the cart was huge. Their was a line of kids that where wondering what the game was about. When I heard about RPGs, I didn’t really like them at all. It must have been the way they where made. However, Earthbound was very different since it occurred in a more present time. All the other kids and their parents looked at this game differently because of the advertisement and the price since it was $50 while the others where around $20. Since my family could afford the game for me; I got it. At first I was scared to play it but I played it after time thinking about it. After 2 years of playing I see Giygas. To me, He’ll always be the creepiest boss I ever faced in VG history. The way he died scare me the most, even if he was easy, It was mostly a battle of sanity. But afterward, I liked the game for its uniqueness.

Claus said on Mar. 11, 2009

I did not care much for EarthBound. But I knew Ness was from it. In a part of a magazine, the was a brawl section and it talked about the newcomers. I saw Lucas and just knew he had to be from EartBound, but it said he was from a game called Mother 3. I was confused, so I tried to find out about the series and eventually got into it.

willp said on Mar. 13, 2009

I was first introduced to Earthbound by my sister. At the time she was working at a local movie rental place, she used to bring me home snes games after each of her shifts. At the time my favorite game was Zelda: Link to the Past, having no real experience playing video games, she picked out stuff that looked to have a similar style. She knew earthbound was a top-down adventurish game so she brought it home for me to try out.

My first impression was “this is nothing like Zelda!!” But I played it anyway, and I was hooked. I ended up buying that same copy a few years later from the rental place when they were clearing out their inventory for all of $5.

KissofCamine said on Mar. 17, 2009

I got introduced to Earthbound because my mom liked to play it. I don’t know where she got it or how she found out about it, but I’m sure glad she did! Watching her play it got me interested in spite of my young age (when it came out in the US I was only 3 years old).

I can’t even remember what made me like it then, but I do know now that after I picked it up in my own two hands and played through by myself, there’s a lot there to love.

Christine said on Mar. 19, 2009

My mom introduced me to Earthbound as well. Not really sure where she had found it either, but she bought it when I was like 3 or 4 I spose (16 now). I didn’t even really have reading skills down at the time, my cousin (who’s also a fan), remembers asking me if I even knew what was going on in the game and I said no, heh. Whenever I hear the words “Deposit” and “Withdraw” I still think back to the game, learned those two from observing cause and effect lol.

Anyhow I loved watching the characters move around on the screen, and the music is probably what has stuck with me most. I can listen to any of the songs from the game and it’s like a transport back to childhood =)

a young teen girl and EB0 fan said on Mar. 23, 2009

My little brothers got SSBB, and I was watching them play, and the first character I saw that I didn’t recognize was Lucas, so I googled him, and found out about the Earthbound series. I did some more research, and I found that Earthbound Zero wasn’t officially released, and was up for free download *all over* the internet. So I finally downloaded it, and suddenly it seemed hard to find a download (lol). Then I played in on NESticle, and I’ve almost won now, and I got it about a week or two ago, but I didn’t have much time to play. I convinced my mom to buy Earthbound on Ebay a couple of days ago, and an FC Twin to play it on, so when it arrives I’ll be able to continue once I finish EB0. And then I’ll have to start researching how I should get EB2 🙂

I read in the Nintendo Power magazine mentioned above (which, ironically, was the first one I bought; I bought it just a few days ago) about the “die-hard fan base”. I already had known about it, but I never thought of it that way. Well, I haven’t even finished EB0 yet, so I don’t think I can be counted among them yet, but soon I will… 😛

FuzzyPicklez said on Mar. 29, 2009

When I got Brawl I was slightly interested in Lucas. I’d heard the name “Ness” before, but I just assumed it was one of those games I’d never played. But I hadn’t ever heard of Lucas. I could tell Porky and Lucas were from the same universe. I thought Porky was this kid who had been trapped in this machine by some guy and the machine ran on Porky’s life force. I discovered that Lucas was from a game called Mother 3. I saw some chuggaaconroy vids of it and decided to play it myself using a fan translation. I loved it. In fact, I thought it was the best video game ever. I didn’t really like Lucas before then, but after playing Mother 3 I gained a newfound respect for him. Then I played Earthbound and I loved that too. I have yet to play Mother.

It just goes to show that the Mother series is the best RPG series ever, and who can blame Itoi for not making any more? I also learned you can play it in any order.

EishikiBahamut said on Mar. 30, 2009

Other. I was at Video Thunder way back in the day and I saw the big box and the game looked pretty cool so I rented it(I also played the BomberMan big box game but don’t know if that was before EarthBound.)

The Game was really fun, but I never bought and have yet to buy it to this day.

THe first time I got him in SSB was pretty cool since I got excited about knowing a character who was pretty obscure though I didn’t know who the hell Captain Falcon was.

Isaiah said on Mar. 30, 2009

Other. My brother rented it…played it…wouldn’t let me play it…and I waited roughly…say, 13 years before I played Earthbound, which was right after I beat EB0. Yeah…I didn’t beat EB until last year…right before Mother 3 came out…oops?

Hyperstar96 said on Mar. 30, 2009

I have this article! 😀

Neojock said on Mar. 31, 2009

I got introduced to EarthBound by searchin 10 most disturbing boss fights on Youtube, looking for the full fight with Giygas, and mentally scarring myself. I’m actually at the Lava Cave. Almost done!

Nin10 said on Mar. 31, 2009

MAN! I don’t remember HOW long it was! All I remember was the 64 wasn’t out yet, but the SNES wasn’t new…Anyway My friend invited me over once and he kept calling me beforehand about this crazy and awesome new game he got. we played the Heck out of that thing! But his mom sold it, all his games, and his SNES because she thought the fight with giygas was “disturbing”. I never got past twoson to be honest. Having no money of my own and a Mom that thought I “had enought dadgum video-games”. eventually I forgot about EB until I got Smash bros for the 64, and I swear, When I saw ness and looked at his profile, It was like that scene in Finding Nemo where all of Dory’s memories come back. Been a huge fan ever since. (whoo! that was a mouthful!)

DanteAMD said on Apr. 4, 2009

Other: I got it for a present when I was four, and I ansiated to play it (I was a VG adicted, weell… I am still one). It didn’t work on my SNES (European guy here), so I also got an american SNES. I loved the game. I lovd it’s simplistic graphics, and I loved… I loved the game! I finished when I was 6 and the N64 was there, and I got blowed up with EB64. I was like, lol why EB if it’s called Mother 3. Then I learned everything… I also learned why the cancel, and things like that, when I was like 11. Now I’m 13 and stil an EB fan.

Chuggaconroy said on Apr. 11, 2009

Hey! This is youtube user chuggaconroy. I’m glad some of you guys watched my Earthbound,Mother,and Mother 3 LP’s. It is amazing that this site has gone and pushed to the limits about Earthbound and Mother and the fan translation! If I ever get to do it, I will do a LP of Mother 1+2! Live on Earthbound! Thank you and good Night!

MegazeroX said on May. 8, 2009

I did when I typed in lets play on youtube and with autocomplete I saw Earthbound and clicked it. It was chuggaconroy’s LP of it.

Fluteboy said on May. 11, 2009

Cool. VG mags are my favorite reading material, after EB walkthroughs.

Actually, I wasn’t interested in Ness as a character until one day, as I was browsing the Character Bios in Super Smash Bros. for the N64. That was part of the reason why I started into roms in the first place, and how I downloaded my first Emulator. Ah, fun days… now I’ve played and beaten EB twice. That’s alot for a guy that seldom replays a game, and if he does, rarely gets very far (So many games, so little time!).

MegazeroX said on May. 22, 2009

By the way the chuggaaconroy above is fake. I PMed chugga and he said he had no idea about this.

MegazeroX said on May. 22, 2009

Oh, and for more evidence he spelled the name wrong. It is chuggaaconroy not chuggaconroy.

adam said on Jun. 12, 2009

how i got into the mother game was ssbb . but i knew of ness before that because i was talking with my bro Cristian and name all the ‘old’ game heroes.

DoEET said on Jun. 20, 2009

I never would have known about Mother if I hadn’t played SSBM. But I didn’t grow interested until another character from the same series, Lucas, also appeared in SSBB.

I looked at the two characters and thought, “That blonde-haired kid and the kid in the red hat are from the same game! :O” It caught my curiosity again and BAM! One day I searched on Wikipedia, found the ROM, and I was hooked <333

MotMot said on Jul. 8, 2009

Wow, I remember reading that article waaaaaay back in the day. That was how I had heard of Earthbound and it’s craziness. Wish I still had it and the Breath of Fire II walkthrough they did on hand…

Deraj626 said on Jul. 26, 2009

thespeedgamers intrducied me.

Mr. Crosser said on Sep. 30, 2009

Smash bros. sadly….

During the summer, one of my mom’s friends invite us to take a swim in their pool. I brought along my DS lite, MOTHER 3, and the MOTHER 3 Handbook (Don’t worry, none of it got wet). Some of their relatives were there, two of them being 9-11 year old boys, so I showed them the beginning part of MOTHER 3, recommending this game. THEN, I showed them the porky clay model in the MOTHER 3 handbook, and one of them said “Hey, it’s that guy from smash bros. brawl” Which… I can’t really blame them because MOTHER 3 has not yet been released into America or the UK (Which is what they are from)

Pyroguy42 said on Oct. 21, 2009

I saw a LP by Chuggaaconory as have thounsands of people. I went looking for SMRPG walkthrough. I came off that internet a changed man. I heard about the game and turned on Wii and went straight to the Shop Channel. My heart shattered when I saw “No Results for EARTHBOUND”

Zak said on Nov. 13, 2009

I learned from Smash Bros. from reading trophy descriptions in Melee/Brawl…then one day, my friend and I were talking about games (Particularly RPGs like Final Fantasy and Pokemon), We started to talk about Earthbound. I tried the ROM on his laptop and now I’m a huge fan…after I played he downloaded the Mother 3 Fan Translation…good times…

JudgeDeadd said on Dec. 1, 2009

I think I learned about it via TvTropes.org, that black hole of the internet where grown men and women alike have been known to disappear mysteriously.

Lukas said on Dec. 15, 2009

Melee did it for me!

Konata24 said on Jan. 1, 2010

It was websites like these that made me want to get it!

kalasad said on Jan. 4, 2010

As a little kid I used to watch my older sister play games on emulators including Earthbound. When I got older, I started to play it myself, but while frustrated in Magicant I accidentally saved over the file and stopped playing. I finally went back to it a few years later and beat the game, then discovered Starmen.net and totally fell in love with the community and their dedication. Later on my wish to own the real thing came true as I was in a video game shop far out of town and found an EarthBound cartridge for 30 bucks. ♥

I remember when SSB came out and I was all like “Oh hey it’s that character from the weird game with the barf”

Wafffo said on Jan. 4, 2010

i learned about Earthbound and the whole Mother series by Let’s Plays (LPs)
for Earthbound and Mother 3 i watched NintendoCapriSun and for Mother [1] i watched chuggaaconroy

Soiherduliekeb said on Jan. 7, 2010

One day while playing SSBB….. it called to me that I should play as Nus……… then……. I got CuRiOuS!

Axl-fox said on Jan. 7, 2010

watching videos on youtube, I came across the Giygas battle video

then I got cuuuriioouuus

Soiherduliekeb said on Jan. 8, 2010

Are you the Axl I thinks u are?

Staarf said on Jan. 31, 2010

I got into it from a combination of Smash Brothers, Chuggaaconroy and a fanboy whining about Mother 3 in a blog.

I was hearing about it so much I caved in and downloaded a ROM.

giegue master said on Feb. 4, 2010

@Staarf yea me too with chuggaaconroy.

death said on Feb. 8, 2010

chuggAAcOnRoY he was pretty much who did it at first i thought some random game so i searched and got here chuggAAcOnRoY also mentiond this place in mother 3 special feature vid but it has a great history ther is a wikipedia artical of Eb and 3 not sure bout 0 but what i am saying is that chuggaaconroy got me in moThEr seires so you csan thank him but me tell freind + alittle school but no one knows from start kooko people make me wanna cry but i am glad that i found this website and great seires ive always wanted to find a great videogame thats famous has great gameplay and i can be a die hard fan of but i want to thank the people who hacked the other 2 shigesato itoi and his mother for making the man that made the best series ever but why bad fathers does mother have nice mothers because itois mother was great and his father was terrible like mine

Beat said on Feb. 8, 2010

i heared about it on some videos so i searched up the final boss and chuggaconroy came up

ghostgirl21696 said on Mar. 11, 2010

both brawl and chuggaaconroy. thats all you need to know.

TheSABB said on Mar. 12, 2010

I was introduced to earthbound by my awesome brothers.
My mom & dad even taped the christmas day when my older bro got EarthBound (And me drooling on a game genie)My brothers played the game constantly and was actually a good motivation to do homework than playing. But I didn’t really understand why they always played it
(at the time),but I loved watching the craziness in the game.

LakituAl said on Mar. 13, 2010

I met it via YouTube, but not because of Chugga (haven’t even seen his videos). CrappyCaptureDevice’s videos about Ness’ moveset and all the detail’s behind Melee’s Fourside made it sound quite interesting. Turns out it was even better than it sounded like!

rcmero said on Mar. 14, 2010

I actually found out about EB from YouTube (:-P). But not through chuggaaconroy though (found out about him a couple of months later). I saw so many videos featuring Giygas and then I thought: “what’s the deal with this?” So I got a EB rom and quickly got addicted to it.

@chuggaaconroy A MOTHER 1+2 LP would be kickass (please pardon my language)

Anonymous said on Jun. 11, 2010

The power of YouTube!

StarFan said on Dec. 22, 2010

i learned about earthbound when i was looking at mewtwo on bulbapedia and in the trivia it said his appearence is based on gigue

TalonKhan said on Jan. 1, 2011

I learned about earthbound when i played it we had a snes when i was a kid we had earthbound my bros favorite game he later moved on and although i played some i never got further then Jeff years later i looked back at games in the smash bros series happy ness was in it still but curious about this Lucas fellow i learned about the series…and since then i was hooked i beat it shortly after got to snowman in the first one and just got mother 3 back and i am editing the sprites before i play to make it more personal…this series is my favorite i am blessed to have had one since a kid to bad about the fire eating it >_<…well anyway mother 3's my favorite and earthbounds a close second…i wonder why the first one is always everyone's least favorite of the three :3

OmegaAfroGamer said on Feb. 22, 2011

I got introduced by ChuggaaConroy to Mother 3 and then the rest of the series. I wasn’t really listening or paying attention to the playthrough but since I had nothing to do one time I watched it from Beginning to End and IT WAS AWESOME

J said on Mar. 12, 2011

Other: I got into it from chuggaaconroy’s lps.

TheZunar123 said on Mar. 12, 2011

Chuggaaconroy FTW!!!

massing ness said on Apr. 18, 2011


for opening my mind to the world of eb!!!!!

PK Rockin said on May. 14, 2011

I heard of the Mother games from the Super Smash Bros games and Chuggaaconroy.

gg said on Jun. 18, 2011

I got introduced by youtube because…I…felll…h…a…p…p…y.

gg said on Jun. 18, 2011

@Me,I meant Feel

gg said on Jun. 28, 2011

By the wy, my love of memes introduced me to Giygas, and so on

Lucastello said on Jul. 15, 2011

I remember about 2006-ish they were talking about Earthbound and made it sound really crazy. So from then on I wanted the game on virtual console so I could play it. (back then I didnt know about emulators)

nick said on Aug. 14, 2011

by chance intrigued by the realistic concept of weapons and world. Now it is one of my favorites

west_haven said on Aug. 14, 2011

Just like a lot of you all here, I remember seeing the big box at Blockbuster and I wondered what it was. I think I must have been six or so.

A few years later, or so (I don’t quite remember), I watched my brother play the ROM of the game on the computer and I was really interested. I remember him getting to the end and wondering how he won, but he didn’t tell me about the praying feature.

More years passed and I still had the ROM and all to play the game so I started on my own. I used a walkthru some of the way, and there I finally found out about praying at the end. My brother was so impressed, but I didn’t tell him I had looked it up, haha.

Video games were such a big part of my childhood, and between watching my bro play Earthbound and Sonic 2, it really made some memories that will never go away.

Zuppermati97 said on Sep. 23, 2011

My american cousin at christmas holydays.
I’m probably the only one Italian Guy who has played EarthBound without a ROM…

Starlight36 said on Oct. 24, 2011

Well, technically speaking, I was first introduced to the series through Super Smash Bros. Melee, (never managed to unlock Ness in the first game until recently when I downloaded the original Smash on Virtual Console) but what really got me into the series was reading Giegue’s page on EarthBound Wiki. I found Giegue very interesting, and I had heard positive things about Mother 3 from some friends, so I decided to look into the series more, and eventually purchasing Mother 1+2 so I could actually play it.
And now I have GBA cartridges covering the whole series that I love even though they’re in Japanese and I can’t read the dialogue.
And Giegue remains my favorite Mother series character to this day…

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Nov. 12, 2011

I think the only reason Earthbound wasn’t popular was it’s catchphrase. If Pokemon games went around carrying skunktanks saying “This Game Stinks!” that wouldn’t make anyone want to play it.

RKSS said on Dec. 11, 2011

well, I was watching a top 20 most disturbing bosses list on YouTube, and Giygas was number 3, and I was like “whoa.” I looked into the game more, and finally decided to go get it for my SNES and I’ve loved it ever since.

another crazy earthbound fan said on Aug. 1, 2012

i first heard about earthbound in SSBB, and heres what i think it was, a action game series that has a sub-series called “earthbound:mother”. but i wasnt interested until i was admiring the works of TF2 source filmaker animations, then suddenly, i saw earthbound fortress 2. and i googled “earthbound” as fast as i could, and then i became a fan. I AM THE WORLDS BIGGEST NERD.

Ness1985 said on Aug. 1, 2012

I remember as a kid, going to KB Toy Works(anyone remember that place back in the day?)and going in the store solely to buy DKC2 Diddy’s Kong Quest brand new for $60.00(bugged the hell out of mom for the money). When I went to get it, I remember seeing that huge box of Earthbound and thinking nothing of it. The cover of the box didn’t appeal to me at the time. Then, I was first introduced to the character Ness via SSB & SSBM. I never cared for him cuz he looked like a typical kid. Always thought why did they put this kid in Smash and whats so special about him. I always hated on him. Then, near the end of 2011, I decided to randomly play Earthbound because Derek’s(HVGN) video inspired me to…best game ever made! Now I look back and my mind is blown, you can never judge a game by looks…you just need to play it for yourself.

PsiYoshi said on Feb. 7, 2013

I got introduced to Earthbound by Stephenplays/vlogs/Xfisjmg1 I watched is LP of it and I was like “I NEED THIS GAME!” Sadly, all I could get was the ROM of it because the cart was too expensive “sigh”…..one day Earthbound….one day.

DalisClock said on May. 10, 2013

I got introduced to the Earthbound series by MC Gamer. ^_^ I love you videos.

megamegaman247 said on May. 20, 2013

I know this is a super old post but I put other in the poll and I want to explain gosh darn it! I am about 14 now and when I was a little kid I was looking around in my friends dad super NES collection. We found a boxed and nearly mint copy of EarthBound (probably would go for hundreds today) and with the help of his dad (I was like 4 at the time) and we played it, AND LOVED IT. I don’t even think we got out of Onett but we loved every second of it. As we got older and read the strategy guide we learned the game a bit more and got to about Threed but then I moved away. About 2 years later when I was 10 and did not know piracy was bad I downloaded the ROM of EarthBound and played it again. I got farther and I beat it and had a blast with it. I got through it and immediately went to the next file down and played it again. I did it like that 6 times and just deleted an old save to make room for a new one. While I got to be about 12 and people were playing these new game I was still hooked onto this old one released before I was born. I continued playing and about 1 month ago on April 17, the SAME DAY EarthBound was announced for VC I recievced a phyhsical copy of the game. I say that that is the best day of my life. Not only recieving a copy of EarthBound but after a long time of waiting and hoping having it finally be announced for re-release. THe second I get a Wii U I will be buying EarthBound and if I get a Wii U before then I will stay up till midnight waiting for the release.

DPryved said on Feb. 19, 2014

I remember going in to the local Home Video store in my town and seeing the big box for Earthbound staring back at me. It was very intriguing due to the sheer size of the box and the prospects that the game rental came with a Player’s Guide upon renting it. I was just getting into RPG’s at the time and this game did not disappoint! I rented it a a few times over the next few years as I could never find one to buy. Until one day as my Mom was buying something at Byway I was looking through a section of video games they had in plastic with no instruction manuals or anything. They weren’t used so I am not sure where they came from and why they were in this state. At any rate I found Earthbound and screamed at my Mother in excitement that I had found it! She right away knew what it was since I had been asking for it and talking about it the past few years haha. It was $15, what a steal. The only thing that sucked was it didn’t have the Player’s Guide.
Alas when it was time for me to re subscribe to Nintendo Power my Mother asked if they had any copies of the Earthbound Player’s Guide to give me instead of what was included [they typically gave you a Player’s Guide for re subscribing back in the day the coolest being a Donkey Kong 64 Player’s Guide and a Yellow Banana N64 Controller!!!]. Lo and behold they actually had one in their Warehouse [I have no idea as to why being that it came with the game…] and so my set was complete. I remember not wanting to start playing the game until I got that Player’s Guide haha; the wait was unbearable.


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