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August 1st, 2009 | Images, MOTHER 3

U.K. magazine NGC (which is now out of business I hear) gave a two-page review of MOTHER 3 back in 2006, just shortly after the game’s release in Japan. Alex W. and Sebastian were kind enough to send in scans of the review, which you can check out below.

Heh, I like the various comments about hoping to get it in English sometime. That sure worked out well in the end 😛


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28 Comments to NGC’s MOTHER 3 Review

Chimera said on Aug. 1, 2009

hmm… It wasn’t as much a review as it was talking about the games history.

Sisto said on Aug. 1, 2009

Why is it black and white?
Must of lost funding.

Xi said on Aug. 1, 2009

It’s like the epitome of a review based entirely on the graphics. I can’t even fathom how you can attempt to give a review on an RPG without understanding the language it is written in, and expect to be taken seriously.

“Walk foward, fight monster, gobble apple to restore health, repeat to fade.” of course that’s all you’re going to get out of a story-driven game if you can’t *read* the damn STORY.

Of course, coming from a magazine that wrote about rumors as if they were facts, and was famous for it’s reviews of bad games, it’s not that surprising. Too bad they went out of business. I could cry.

Q said on Aug. 1, 2009

To be fair, for a story-driven RPG to still get a 77% with the story left out is a pretty impressive feat…

SuperTrainStationH said on Aug. 1, 2009

“The Gameboy Color wouldn’t have struggled with this”.

Could someone please show whoever thought that a screenshot from MOTHER 1?

fnool said on Aug. 1, 2009

77? Real shame. N64/NGC magazine used to be absolutely amazing; all the different reviewers had quirky personalities, and the articles were fairly balanced despite it being a Nintendo-only publication… As far as I know it’s called “NGamer” now and they enjoy handing out straight 10/10s to the worst shit imaginable. Fuck them.

Xi said on Aug. 1, 2009


More accurately, it describes the complete non-objectivity of the reviews given by this publication.

This is the same magazine that consistently gave Sonic games poor reviews simply because they hated Sonic, and just used the word “Dump.” to review Cruis’n USA.

It was a good magazine if you’d like a giggle or two resulting from juvenile humor (take a look at the captions surrounding this Mother 3 review, pretty much sums up the whole magazine). But if you’re looking for, say, an objective review to help you decide whether or not you should actually purchase a game, you won’t find it in between the covers of NGC.

Xi said on Aug. 1, 2009


Afaik, although NGamer is the ‘new’ NGC, the majority of the people actually involved with NGC are no longer affiliated.

Xi said on Aug. 1, 2009

This is the final issue of NGC, in case any of you were wondering.

Someone Else said on Aug. 1, 2009

That screenshot that might contain a massive spoiler… what does it actually say?

Mato said on Aug. 1, 2009

“Have you found belle and the others?”

Someone Else said on Aug. 1, 2009

belle = Hinawa? I’d assume so from context of the screenshot. Thanks, Mato.

Dave said on Aug. 1, 2009

“Jap Review”… Okaay…
Well, I don’t blame them for giving it a relatively low score. Especially if you keep in mind the fact that it’s in Japanese. Personally, I think they would have forgotten about the “issues” they pointed out (like battle animations like the original Final Fantasy, apparently) if they played it in English.
I wonder if the reviewer has played it with the English patch yet…

Will said on Aug. 1, 2009

Dusters name is pretty good.

wessdance said on Aug. 1, 2009

“The GBC wouldn’t have struggled with this”?


And the battle system is much more complex then they think it is. It’s not just spamming the attack button with some PSI thrown in. The game is definetly not lacking in the creative department, either. Where else can you fight Horseantulas, Ostrelephants, Slitherhens, and Dogfishes? And thats just the enemies!

I’m probably overreacting, though. It’s just a magazine review.

KingDarian said on Aug. 2, 2009

hguv9♀ is my favorite!

kamuikurou said on Aug. 2, 2009

Well, I guess they forget how bad the GBC is, Mother3 wouldn’t be this adorable if it were made for GBC >_<.

Anyway the game may lasts only 20 hours, which suggests that he didn’t explore the Mother3 world very much (someone please show him the handbook), and there’s virtually no replay value but the after effect lasts for years in the heart of its fans.

Leirin said on Aug. 2, 2009

Story was the heart and soul of MOTHER3. The fact that they were reviewing it and yet they seemed to just barely be able to wrap their brain around the concept is kinda sad.

Was hoping for a better score in the end.

santiagoff said on Aug. 2, 2009

Reminds me of my friends who talk shit about EB just because of a 2 mins gameplay video 😀

rayefrenzy said on Aug. 3, 2009

“Shallow stuff compared to other GBA RPG’s”


Master of Ramen said on Aug. 3, 2009

Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is by far the most graphically advanced GBC title I can think of and they were right: the GBC WOULDN’T have struggled; it would’ve been insta-killed when ran into, flashed and disappeared, because Mother 3’s colorful and diverse color palette is on a higher level than a GBC game could ever hope of.

Figurative speech aside, I’m just glad they gave a review to a Mother game that isn’t COMPLETELY childish, and it’s Mother 3, a foreign game, to boot.

Z-Master said on Aug. 4, 2009

Hey, Mato, just wondering, did you reveive my scans of the French preview of Mother 3 from Nintendo Official magazine ?

Mato said on Aug. 4, 2009

Yep, I shall post them sometime soon, last week was just full of Reggie and Itoi and anniversaries 😛

Anonymous said on Aug. 5, 2009

“The gameboy color wouldn’t have struggled with this”,”This game is shallow compared to other GBA RPGs”. Uhhh…………

Megazerox said on Aug. 5, 2009

The post above was me btw.

Megazerox said on Aug. 5, 2009

“But bland takey turney battle make it feel like it was dug up from a time capsul from 1995”. Yeah, its not like you EVER take TURNS in RPGs. 🙂

guy said on Aug. 9, 2009

re: the GBC claim. first off stop taking it too seriously, reviewers often say “it looks like a (last generation console) game” as an exaggeration knowing full well that said console wouldnt be able to handle it. i notice people here will often jump on anything like that and counter it as if it was meant entirely literally.

but anyway, talking of taking things too seriously 😀 i’ve mocked up a screenshot of what mother 3 might have looked like on the GBC:
compared to the original:
im not intimately familiar with the GBC hardware so this is only based on colour limitations and screen resolution. 4 colours for each sprite, and two 4-colour palettes for different parts of the background. i think it holds up quite well, personally; honestly i’d say the only reason Mother 1’s graphics didn’t look very good is just because, well, they weren’t very good.

Tentelumper said on Oct. 23, 2009

Actually they got their video game history wrong.
The first Final Fantasy actaully did show battle animations and your party and such.
The reviewer is actually misremebering Dragon Quest’s battle system, with a similar perspective (first person) and abstraction of combat.


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