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October 14th, 2009 | EarthBound, Polls

The MOTHER / EarthBound series has a fondness for mushrooms, for whatever reason. If a character eats a mushroom or has mushroom-related stuff happen, something bad is about to happen. And if you run into a sentient mushroom, you better look out.

So, the question today is, if you absolutely had no choice, which mushroom boss would you eat? Shrooom! from EarthBound or Zombieshroom from MOTHER 3? If you don’t eat one, a Mook will melt your brain.

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98 Comments to Battle of the Shrooms

Tamekichi said on Oct. 14, 2009

Hmm… Well, Shrooom looks less like it would kill me if I ate it, so I’ll pick that one

Sisto said on Oct. 14, 2009

Zombieshroom is covered in hair, so I’ll have to say Shrooom!.
I don’t know… having my brain melted does sound pretty cool…

Moonside said on Oct. 14, 2009

Probably the Zombieshroom, since I’d then be able to visit Tenetane.

You opened the mailbox.
Nothing was inside.
Nothing after nothing came pouring out!

Earthbound_X said on Oct. 14, 2009

I’d eat Shrooom!, Zombieshroom looking like he could be poisonous.

Alxprit said on Oct. 14, 2009

Desicions, desicions…

I’m probably going to have to go with Shroooom!. Just because he’s, you know, not undead.

JamesBond007 said on Oct. 14, 2009

Shroom looks like a good Mushroom (+5 HP), or maybe a Super Shroom (+10 HP) or even an Ultra Shroom (+50 HP) – that’s my choice. Zombieshroom looks like a Dried Shroom (+1 HP only).

Aurilliux said on Oct. 14, 2009

I’d definitely be eating Shrooom! from Earthbound because at least his toxic spores are only a poison status, and not horrible damage along with poisoning.

Spitball Sparky said on Oct. 14, 2009

Zombieshroom because I am too sentimental to Shrooom! to eat him, and Zombieshroom might be entertaining to eat.

James said on Oct. 14, 2009

Zombieshroom, for some hilarious tripping.

The Pig King said on Oct. 14, 2009

Shrooom!, because Zombieshroom looks like it’s been sitting out for too long, and if normal Tanetane Island mushrooms are bad, rotten ones must be worse.

Hejiru said on Oct. 14, 2009

I’d say screw this, I’ll eat a 1UP Mushroom.

Joshua Johnson said on Oct. 14, 2009

* looks at both mushrooms*


EarthBoundRules said on Oct. 14, 2009

I actually never realized that the two looked alike. 0_0

Prince Doebler said on Oct. 14, 2009

Zombieshroom. Mushrooms only get better with age.

JoeWuzHere said on Oct. 14, 2009

probably shrooom because zombieshroom looks like it has pubic hair

Robby said on Oct. 15, 2009

The thought of trying to chew zombieshroom’s teeth is what scares me the most.

curiouspasserby said on Oct. 15, 2009

Zombieshroom only because he would be more interesting to eat than Shrooom only because I suspect Shrooom to tase like a regular mushroom. And what fun would that be!?

PSInesslove93 said on Oct. 15, 2009


resetsurvivor said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shrooom! appears more delectable.

Superstarman said on Oct. 15, 2009

Well…if I had no choice, I guess Shroom! I mean, who would want to eat a Zombieshroom?

Shroomdog said on Oct. 15, 2009

Well, those glowy-looking spots on the Zombieshroom don’t look too edible, and there’s the whole hairy and undead thing going on too. Think I’ll go for the Shrooom! here.
…I actually don’t like mushrooms though.

Pokey lives again said on Oct. 15, 2009

Zombieshroom becuase he dosent infect so if a ate himm i could live forever without the hunger 4 flesh

Gummidge said on Oct. 15, 2009

Zombieshroom looks paler, so I’m assuming that the Shrooom will provide more nutrition.

santiagoff said on Oct. 15, 2009

Zombieshroom has some spike-likes things. It looks like glass. So Shrooom! definitely.

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LakituAl said on Oct. 15, 2009

If there was no choice, Shrooom! would be the one. Then again, if there was no choice, I’d rather eat the Mook. Or better yet, make a poll between Strawberry Slime and Worthless Protoplasm!

Metroid_maniac said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shroom!, because Zombieshroom looks…like…a….

kalasad said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shroom! because those hallucinations from Tane Tane Island were NOT fun…

Ice Sage said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shrooom! No question about it. Eating an undead, hairy mushroom is not appealing, and if I ate Shrooom! I’d be able to reach a Sanctuary. That is, assuming eating a boss out of the way counts.

I love these polls! 😀

EmeraldWind said on Oct. 15, 2009

“Obviously you don’t want to eat somethng which appears to have died already. This is also true for undead mushrooms.” ~Mother 3 Fan Guide

Or in my own personal experience… Never eat a mushroom that hungers for brains.

Claus said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shroom beacuse he’s less hairy, looks cleaner, and he never died. He pisses me off though. God, I hated it when I had both Ness and Jeff get mushroomized and they just decide to kill Paula.

MotherFan14 said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shrooom! because he looks…well…just safer to eat than Zombieshroom.

amorerana said on Oct. 15, 2009

Plain, I’d have the Shrooom!
If we’re allowed to prepare before eating, though, I’ll cook them both and make a Shroom Roast.

TheBatFax said on Oct. 15, 2009

Shroooom. He just looks healthier to me.

PK Coffee said on Oct. 16, 2009

Eating a nasty mushroom is bad enough, but I’d rather not eat a nasty mushroom and a zombie at the same time. Shrooom! it is for me.

Q said on Oct. 16, 2009

Zombieshroom has already gone to spore; I’ll take the sanctuary guardian.

Roido said on Oct. 16, 2009

Where is the “both” option? 😉

Felipe said on Oct. 16, 2009

Shroom looks more tasty than Zombieshroom, so I’l pick the first one.

Object Replacement Teddybear said on Oct. 16, 2009

Shroooom! Because Zombshroom was right next to the hallucinogetic shrooms and all. Which would be great if I didn’t have to fight giant, armored beetle things who’s names are a pun about the work “Titan” and Walrusses with monkey heads disquised as family members and giant disembodied smiles.

KLC said on Oct. 16, 2009

Moonside has a good point. I’d like to be able to visit Tenetane too.

Harley said on Oct. 16, 2009

Shrooom! because he is (or was considering consumption is fatal…no pun intended) alive making him fresh. Zombies of any kind are notoriously lacking in freshness

Kiba-Fishers said on Oct. 16, 2009

….I think I would eat the Shrooom! instead of the Zombieshroom. I’d probably turn into a zombie after eating Zombieshroom, the Shrooom! Would probably just get me poisoned, easy fix.

motherfan mark 2 said on Oct. 16, 2009

what’s worst? a mook melting your brain or eating a shroooooom!/zombieshroom

Forgotten Man said on Oct. 16, 2009

If you eat either one, it’ll feel like your brain’s been melted anyway!

mr saturn coffee addict said on Oct. 16, 2009

zombieshroom has hard things like TEETH which would not be fun to eat. im assuming tanetane island dosent exist so im choosing Shroom! because i would only eat zombieshroom if i got to halucinate about mailboxes 😀

Anonymous said on Oct. 16, 2009

FYI, I think Zombieshroom is the zombie of Shrooom!

Gaviollieo said on Oct. 17, 2009

Id eat Shrooom! from Earthbound. XD

wishydude said on Oct. 17, 2009

man i dunno…probably Shroom! since its at least not living dead, still an awesome question 😀

Deraj626 said on Oct. 17, 2009

Off subject, but does any body know a good emulator to play Earthbound0 on? I really need help!

Metroid_maniac said on Oct. 17, 2009

Snes9x works for me.

Deraj626 said on Oct. 17, 2009

But that’s a snes emulator I need a nes one.

Rodrick Bigturd said on Oct. 17, 2009

i use fceux! HOPE THAT HELPS!

Claus said on Oct. 17, 2009

Nester J works great. You can find it on the emulator zone, of course.

Billy Shears said on Oct. 17, 2009

i well eat a mook

Some rope snake said on Oct. 17, 2009

Personaly, I’d get someone to try both of the shrooms and see if there’s some secondary effet to it, If someone force me to eat one, then I’d get shroom, but pondering over the concequence, peharps I will get the Zombieshroom to get the same effect as the TaneTane shrooms

Also, Nestopia works really well for me, It’s shows off the enemies unlike many nes emulators I tryed

Deraj626 said on Oct. 17, 2009

Well none of those will even open the rom.

Claus said on Oct. 17, 2009

Nester J won’t work? Are you sure? It’s the only NES emulator that worked right for me.

_oMeGa_ said on Oct. 17, 2009

Shrooom!, just because I would probably be slightly less likely to die.

Gaia Dragon said on Oct. 17, 2009

Will both mushrooms make me grow big?

Deraj626 said on Oct. 18, 2009

Well Claus I tried again but it’s still not working. The sav file never responeds, and the srm file says there’s corrupted data. That’s all I can say.

Claus said on Oct. 18, 2009

Where did you download EB0 from?

Deraj626 said on Oct. 18, 2009

Although I don’t like saying it since it’s not a link it’s technically ok, I got it from anglefire.com.

Claus said on Oct. 18, 2009

Try (Oh god I don’t like saying this name out loud) Doperoms.com.

Steve! said on Oct. 19, 2009

I’d rather eat the shrooom, probably because it isn’t undead

PKSTARMAN said on Oct. 19, 2009

This one is so easy, obiously the Shroom!

Deraj626 said on Oct. 19, 2009

Well Claus I tried every one on the list and they all say unsupported. Maybe it’s my computer. I got Vista if you think it will make a difference.

Claus said on Oct. 19, 2009

You even tried downloading EB0 from doperoms and it didn’t work? Ok I’ll give you one more site: emuparadise.org, and if that doesn’t work, it’s either your computer or vista because I have XP.

Deraj626 said on Oct. 20, 2009

Well Claus I’ve finally sort of done it. The new site site works but here are the downsides: 1) Have to play on site, 2) Have to remember a long password to load, 3) some fonts messed up, and 4) Says Earthbound on title screen with no zero. Thanks for the help though.

Deraj626 said on Oct. 20, 2009

Actually when I posted that I was only through the naming screen. Now though after defeating the lamp I’m not playing any more. When I checked the lamp it gave me all funky text. Then when I was battling the lamp the top battle box didn’t say anything until I won the battle and it said Ninten’s attack was inexplicable. Sorry for all I put you through.

Claus said on Oct. 20, 2009

It’s alright I only wanted to help a fellow MOTHER fan. Can you at least play 2&3?

Deraj626 said on Oct. 21, 2009

2 totally, and 3 I’m still trying because my emulator wants to open with zsnes for some reason.

Deraj626 said on Oct. 21, 2009

Well know that I’ve tried Mother 3, it doesn’t like any of the roms I try to apply the patch to.

PKFighter201 said on Oct. 24, 2009

I’d go for Shrooom since he doesn’t look as disgusting,
and also from watching Mother 3.

Lukas said on Oct. 25, 2009

Anything that won’t kill me…

Claus said on Oct. 26, 2009

It’s still the same Claus but I just didn’t feel like signing in.

You can try a flash cart. That’s how I play MOTHERs 1&3.

wolfy said on Oct. 27, 2009

I wouldnt eat either, those amanita’s are no fun, now if shrooom! had alittle gold to him id be down.

awsomecanada said on Oct. 30, 2009


Adman said on Nov. 2, 2009

Well, the Shroom! would probably poisen me, but the Zombieshroom would send me on the trip of a life time.

hmm… Death or Phantasmagoria?

Master2872 said on Nov. 5, 2009

I think I would eat Shrooom! by the sounds of it either one would send you on one hell of a Woodstock trip. Or you can be spored by Shrooom! and go sell the Shroom on the top of your head to that guy in the hospital. Ness is only a teenager but he is already selling drugs. lol 😀

Jeagle101 said on Nov. 12, 2009

I’d eat anything other than a Zombie Mushroom, let alone a Mushroom 😛

PSI Guy said on Nov. 14, 2009

Zombie Shroom. Shroooooom! has a freaking old face. I couldn’t eat that.

Staarf said on Jan. 31, 2010

It just ocurred to me that Shrooom! looks kind of like a stoner.

Salsa9090 said on Feb. 9, 2010

…can i cook it first >_>

Salsa9090 said on Feb. 9, 2010

…can i cook it first? >_>

Des said on Mar. 18, 2010

…yeeeeah,i’d rather have a mook melt my brain. XD;

Mr. Saturn said on Apr. 19, 2010

I wouldn’t have either. I’d have a Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom!

Ultrapyre said on May. 29, 2010

Melt my brain.

BLMNDEF said on Aug. 31, 2010

I don’t know…
I might go with Shrooooom! because the Zombieshroom has mold and hairs.
But Shrooooom looks more like it’d kill me.
But Zombieshroom looks like I’d barf my heart out and kill me.
So yeah, Shrooooom!
But I do like Mooks, so havin’ one of them melt my brain would be better than having anything else do it.


BLMNDEF said on Aug. 31, 2010

I don’t know, I might have cool hallucinations if I eat Zombieshroom..
But they might be scary.
Wait, I don’t even like mushrooms!
Could I eat the Mook…it’d probably be good roasted (not kidding)
Or maybe a Worthless Protoplasm..mmm, grape jelly.

Nah, I’m just gonna have roasted Mook!
*om nom nom*

BLMNDEF said on Aug. 31, 2010


“Easy fix”? You don’t know the half of it! I once got poisoned, had to spend 6 months in bed, and after that I was half blind. I’m back to normal now, though. I think I’d rather be a zombie than do that again.

StarFan said on Dec. 3, 2010

shroooooooooooooooom isnt a zombie so itll taste better duuuuuuh!

PSI rockin' said on Jan. 30, 2011

Uh… I hate mushrooms, but if I HAD to, cause I’ll do ANYTHING to survive in my NORMAL condition, I’d eat Shrooom! Since eating a shroom from the dead, THAT WOULD BE GROSS!

GiegueStrikesBack said on Aug. 25, 2011

Hmm…. Mushrooms grow on decomposing things correct? If so, then wouldn’t zombieshroom eat himself as he decays? Food for thought!

HYPNOSIS!!! said on Jan. 30, 2012

@Moonside Well, do you have any childhood trauma? Because if you do, you are screwed.

PKSoul said on Jul. 12, 2012

Shrooom! because I enjoy my life.

Opinionated said on Jul. 27, 2012

Actually, I’d eat Zombieshroom and become a Zombieshroom which other people eat…OH SH–! ITS THE ZOMBIESHROOM APOCALYPSE! RUN

jinxkatty7 said on Sep. 14, 2012

HEEEEELLP! The Mook is attacking me. My braaiin…. *brain fizzles*

PSIcicle said on Nov. 11, 2012

Shroooom. He looks like a better meal. Dx


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