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June 5th, 2010 | EarthBound, Events

EarthBound was released in North America on this day 15 years ago. It’s hard to believe it’s already been that long!

I didn’t really have much time to put together anything really special, but I threw together a little page anyway. Check it out here:

EarthBound’s 15th Anniversary Page

Were you one of the few folks who bought the game around the time of its release? Or did you find out about the game later? Or were you born after its release? 😯

Similarly, what are some of your favorite parts about the game? Have any favorite fan art, fan music, or other fan-made stuff? Let us know your personal EarthBound story!

Giygas cookies made by Poe, probably caused food poisoning but it was for a good cause!


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77 Comments to EarthBound’s 15th Anniversary

Starman Super Deluxe said on Jun. 4, 2010

*Swings Noisemaker*

Poe’s Cookies look disturbing but delicious!

DUSKFIRE said on Jun. 4, 2010


Onion said on Jun. 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Earthbound!

LucasTizma said on Jun. 5, 2010

EarthBound たんじょうびおめでとうございます!!!!! Yay!

Tetra said on Jun. 5, 2010

😀 😀 😀 <3
Yay! :3
Happy anniversary, EB!

WhatsHerFace said on Jun. 5, 2010

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long!
When I was a kid, my cousins had it and I remember looking at the guide book and thinking it looked neat. Being so young, everything about it was absolutely hysterical to me.

I didn’t get to actually play it until a little less than a decade later when I was in highschool. When I finally realized what game I was playing I was completely blown away! It was really a great experience.

AbstractBuffalo said on Jun. 5, 2010

Yesterday I was working on a roof with lots of puddles. The tar mixed with the water and made it swirl and it looked just like Giygas. I moved something out of the way to get a clean shot and it was gone. the rest of the day I whistled the melody from mother with a smile on my face. Earthbound is a bit like wine the older you get the more you get it. Here’s to fifteen more.

meleemario said on Jun. 5, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARTHBOUND! I’m playing it right now on my SNES emulator! This is my third playthrough of the game!

Mr. Crosser said on Jun. 5, 2010

I’ll start playing through again once my copy arrives in the mail.


“I believe the morning sun
Always gonna shine again and
I believe a pot of gold
Waits at every rainbow’s end
I believe in roses kissed with dew
Why shouldn’t I believe the same in you?”

Thank you so so much Earthbound for all the laughter, wonderment, joy, and bittersweet tears you’ve brought into my life

Happy 15th!

Saotome_Ranma said on Jun. 5, 2010

It’s a bit hard to put into words what EB has meant to me.

Even as a former smnetter, I’m so glad to be able to look back and see where Earthbound, as well as the community that followed it changed me during an integral part of my life.

I’m never going to forget EB, or those I met through it.

Thank you. 15 more years, please.


Javi said on Jun. 5, 2010

I’m really happy, even if I was born 2 months after Earthbound’s release.

Looking back, my experiences with Earthbound have really changed my way of looking at life. No other game can really make a person feel the way Earthbound makes you feel.

I look at today’s generation of gamers and sometimes frown, with most of today’s games being full of guns, violence, swearing, those kinds of things.

But when I look at myself, even in today’s generation, I smile. I’m glad that I’m a fan of Earthbound. It’s the game that literally grows up as I do.

It’s the kind of game you understand more as you grow older. And we just keep finding things, and learning more and more things about Earthbound and about ourselves as we do.

Haha, our fanbase has been through some pretty hardcore stuff, am I right?

We’ve got the Mother 4 project, those crazy game mods, the way people look at things and instantly think… Earthbound. This fan-thing is contagious. I even went crazy enough to make a review thingy myself. When I see fans of the Mother series do the things they do, I just feel proud that I’m a fan too.

It’s funny though, even if Earthbound didn’t get popular, we celebrate its birthday, and we’re still loyal, harcore, and awesome fans of it. 15 years old. 15 years of Earthbound. Mother and Mother 3 may be special games, but… even if I have no idea why, Earthbound’s the most awesome game for me.

15 years of awesomeness, 15 years of memories, 15 years of my life, and 15 years of Earthbound.
There will be more. Long live EB. Happy anniversary!

vivify93 said on Jun. 5, 2010

I’ll share my lame EarthBound discovery story!

I found out about it from the Chrono Crisis fan game Web comic when LenaAndreia was still on the team–an d when the game was still being worked on.

Lena’s character went as Ness for their Halloween special; I didn’t know that, though! I reread it a few times, and deciding it looked interesting enough, decided to get into the Mother series.

I started with EarthBound Zero and went on to play the other two. Really brilliant games!

Mother 3 is the second game to ever make me cry.

jeffy05 said on Jun. 5, 2010

To a game that is truly a labor of love by its creators. Earthbound has brought so much happiNess into my life and has changed the way i look at videogames. I bought the game as just another one to add to my collection because it was rare. What I didn’t expect is for it be to so much more. Who would have thought that videogames can be a potent medium for art? Thank you, Earthbound. Another 5 years, and it will be 20 year anniversary!

Geekboy20x6 said on Jun. 5, 2010

Earthbound was released on my 8th birthday. Wow!

Violet said on Jun. 5, 2010

I feel honoured to actually own that issue of TOTAL!… I was always disappointed it never made it out over here. I think it would of resonated well with British humour, especially at the time.

Skye said on Jun. 5, 2010

It’s sad indeed that Earthbound didn’t make it to Europe. None of my friends have even heard about it, not even the RPG players. I always have to explain Saturn Valley Online is based on “a SNES rpg game calle Earthbound”. If EB were to be released nowadays, I bet it would be a hit. I can’t imagine Nintendo punishing the fans by not releasing the Mother games because of their own fault years ago, the marketing.

someEBfan said on Jun. 5, 2010

Hey Tomato,

You’re freakin awesome.

Big A2 said on Jun. 5, 2010

I agree with the guy above me. If not for you Mato, almost all of us wouldn’t me nearly as big EarthBound fans as we are today. Tommorow should be international Mato Day.

Wulf said on Jun. 5, 2010

I discovered Earthbound when I was youtube-ing around looking for old Nintendo commercials (those funny ones where they were live action parts), including the Mother Famicom one. After that, I was hooked.

EarthBound015 said on Jun. 5, 2010

I got EarthBound around this time 15 years ago 🙂 I saw that lovely box and fell in love, man. I’d type a bit more, but, bout to go to the beach, man.

Reviewmaster007 said on Jun. 5, 2010

Thank you earthbound for all the fun you had to offer!
i’m sorry your game failed, but your game has millions of fans! trust me! sorry for not being born
yet (damn, shouldve born 6 months earier!) (yes, im talking to a game, so what?)

your game was fun
your game was funny
your game is my favorite game of all time and ive played ALOT of games!!

legends will never die and this game is a legend..airy game!

Sacamain said on Jun. 5, 2010

I was 9 when earthbound came out. I bought it when it was released without even knowing what it was. The box was big, so I thought that would mean it would be good. I was right! I still remember playing through it for the first time, it was a great experience.

bro said on Jun. 5, 2010

Man, when I was a kid I wanted to get Earthbound, but my brothers had seen the ads in Nintendo Power talking about how much it stinks and so when I was gonna get it, they convinced me I shouldn’t. :/ Didn’t end up playing it till like a decade later.

SamWibatt said on Jun. 5, 2010

I first learned about EB in about 1998 or 1999, from a little screenshot of EB0 on Seanbaby’s “Congratulation! Awards” page (http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/nesaward.htm , near bottom on left, minor objectionable language.) I had missed the NES days of gaming and was looking into anything reviewers thought was interesting in retrospect. I didn’t like EB0 much, but tried the SNES Earthbound and was completely hooked.

neonix said on Jun. 5, 2010

MATO, I love the tribute page you made!~ That is all.

Now everyone go tweet about EarthBound and put it in your facebook status! 😀

ShirowWolf said on Jun. 5, 2010

Wow. 15 years. And I feel old enough as it is….>.>

But still, awesome! Spread the word, people!

oH hApPy DaY! dOiNg!

Omnomnominous said on Jun. 5, 2010

Neonix – seconded. Love the tribute page, Mato.

It’s amazing to see how devoted the Mother fans are to to their cause…I mean, 15 years is a LONG time. I’m quite the newbie, having only been introduced to the series last year – I’m sure that most fandoms would be dead by now, since after the last game in a series is released, interest tends to fade. But the Mother community have stayed strong, which is truly unique. I can’t think of a more supportive, determined group of people on the net.
If anybody from Nintendo has seen all the effort we’ve put in over the years, well, they must be out of their minds for not doing something in order to get Earthbound a second chance at widespread popularity on VC. But despite all the disappointment we’ve faced over issues such as that and the localization of Mother 3, we continue to enjoy the games and contribute to a huge collective database of fan works.

“Guaranteed masterpiece” proclaimed the original Mother commercial.
How right they were.

Omnomnominous said on Jun. 5, 2010

Also, now seems the appropriate time for this video. I’m not sure if anyone’s seen it before, since it’s a Japanese video I re-uploaded, and I haven’t found it anywhere else on Youtube.


Andy said on Jun. 5, 2010

Happy birthday

Andy said on Jun. 5, 2010

I remeber getting it a year ago and thinking it was eh then i played it again and thinking it was art happy 15th birthday

zedrein said on Jun. 5, 2010

Yep, so I was 8 years old when I very first played her.

Nesskid said on Jun. 5, 2010

I didn’t get it right off the bat but I got it in September of 95′ so I’m defiantly in that “original club”

Sarah said on Jun. 5, 2010

I was 4 years old when Earthbound was released. 3 or 4 years later, my brother, mother and I went to one of the only pawn shops in our town and browsed the used SNES games. My brother found Earthbound, saying he’d played the game before and it was “awesome”, or something like that. I whined to him not to buy that one because I thought the picture on the box looked lame, and there were other games with “better” box art that I wanted him to get (probably just cuter stuff, though – I was a 7 or 8 year old girl). Boy am I glad he didn’t listen to me!

I remember he’d play for hours and hours and I’d watch him excitedly the whole time. He’d get really angry when he’d lose a battle with a boss, sometimes slamming the controller down, and when he quit he’d let me play. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in my life just running around Onett. The first time I actually got to Twoson, I felt like a champion.

In January, I watched my boyfriend play through it for the first time, and now he’s a huge fan as well. It was like re-experiencing the game again because he’s a pretty knowledgable guy and was able to explain to me so many of the little references made that I never understood or noticed before.

Anyway, I could go on forever about this, but basically, I grew up playing Earthbound, and it really did shape me as a person. My younger sister loves it, and of course my brother loves it – he still has that cart.

Sarah said on Jun. 5, 2010

By the way, bro, I’m sorry that happened! I wonder if it was a joke they were playing on you, or did they not understand the ad was joking? I never thought something like that would be caused by the ad, but if one’s young enough it might not be understood, I suppose.

Darien said on Jun. 5, 2010

Aww, dammit, I was going to run a special $14 Earthbound burger today to celebrate, and I completely forgot. Maybe I’ll remember for the 20th anniversary. 😉

I rented Earthbound when it first came out, since I wasn’t confident it’d be any good, and I didn’t have much money to spare back in the halcyon days of 1995. How I ended up on Starmen.net I cannot recall; probably some bored dorm-room googling for “Earthbound SNES” back in ’97 or so. 🙂

Rhyselinn said on Jun. 5, 2010

Happy birthday Earthbound! 😀

Earthbound is the only game that makes me smile and cry when I think about it. No other game I’ve played combines quirky humor with emotional attachment so well. No other game has the courage to include dogs possessed by the game designer, or cultists determined to paint the world blue, or so many other things. I can’t think of words to describe Saturn Valley, or Moonside, or the final battle. Ah, yes. The final battle is one of maybe two ending bosses that I can honestly fear. Forget Bowser and all of them; they look slightly pathetic next to Giygas.

In conclusion, Earthbound did so many things right. My life would definitely be worse without it, and I can’t wait until I can play the sequel. 🙂 So, for that I thank the producers of the game. I also want to thank Mato for the awesome things he has done for the fan community. And my fellow fans, thank you for being awesome. 😀 *steps down from soapbox*

Mach Pizza said on Jun. 5, 2010

I unfortunately was not born when Earthbound was released.I mainly played the 64 bit game consoles but started a love of retro gaming after my dad gave me his old nes sometime in the 90’s. Fast forward a few years and a friend told me about an rpg for the super nintendo called Earthbound. I’m assuming he heard of it off of SSBB. I checked out starmen.net and earthbound central but the game really never seemed cool to me. Later on I was bored so I checked out Earthbound central to find the documentary on Earthbound. This really got me into the series and I started playing mother/EB zero on a rom shortly after watching the videos. Just recently I bought a cartridge of Earthbound off ebay and it is shipping right now. Can’t wait for it to get here 🙂

jeffy05 said on Jun. 5, 2010

Oh, almost forgot….Thanks for everything, Mato!
What a great guy.

Ilana_ said on Jun. 5, 2010

Man, this day makes history!
Such unique game should be a must-play for all the game lovers of the world. It has a lot to show of how a game can be a piece of art with simplicity.

\^^/ Congratulations, Earthbound!

Wafffo! said on Jun. 5, 2010

I was born a year after it came out but found out about it from Ness in Melee but didn’t really pay attention to it. When Brawl came out and Lucas was there I wasn’t sure that he and Ness were really from the same game so I did some research and found starmen.net and this site and I immediately started playing it and have been h… a… p… p… y… ever since. :3

Poe said on Jun. 5, 2010

It’s crazy knowing there are fans who were born after the game was released. I guess that will become more common as the years progress, so us old fogies better get used to it. I’m glad you younger fans are giving classic games a try, though. Should I ever have a kid, his/her very first console will be the NES 🙂

Ninji said on Jun. 5, 2010

*sniffle* EarthBound… 15 years, of this magical, wonderful, hilarious game, I loved it the second I shoved it in my SNES. The game wasn’t a game, it was a joy ride of the crazy roller coaster called “Life”. Cheers, fellas, 15 years, and many,many,MANY more to come 😀

random guardian said on Jun. 5, 2010

I always love classics. Picking an emulator over x-box was annoying to some of my pals but I did not mind one bit. Then I started playing Earthbound and Mother a few years ago and I was instantly hooked! (you can thank brawl for that) now I feel like the game was with me all my life 🙂 all I wish is that I had bought the game when it came out 🙁

Mr. Anon said on Jun. 5, 2010

Wonder if Nintendo will do anything special, like a mention in Nintendo Power.

J said on Jun. 5, 2010

There was an abundance of games and systems in my house. My older brother worked in a game store at the time. To this day he still has a habit of collecting games, playing them, and never finishing them. I remember my first whiff of the players guide, sitting beside him as he played. But I wasn’t always around to watch. Onett became Fourside became a place where dinosaurs lived. I was quizzical of the robots… when did that come into play? He never finished it, being so close to the end. Then one day my brother brought home a playstation. I got to put the super nintendo in my room.

I remember keeping the players guide in the attic. I never used it. Why? I don’t remember. It was the dog days of August. We had no AC. I would play for hours. One of the hardest things without the player guide for me was the waterfall. The other? The ending. I remember dying multiple times. When I found out, I went running to my older sister who in times of RPG need had no trouble grinding for hours. As we watched the ending, we started to cry. Ness was our age. That summer we saved the world.

PsiWolf674 said on Jun. 5, 2010

I was born on June 5th 1995.
And EarthBound is my favorite game.

Leirin said on Jun. 5, 2010

Happy birthday EarthBound.
You remain the only game that is able to inspire me not just artistically, but in my lifestyle, my humor and my thoughts.
Cheers to this fun, funny, heartfelt and genuinely inspiring little gem.

Assorted Astrology-Related Names said on Jun. 5, 2010

I discovered Earthbound through SSBM and some magazines – I thought it looked weird, but some internet research claimed it was indeed a very, very good game. It wasn’t until ages later that I watched chuggaaconroy’s Let’s Plays and I fell in love with it.I didn’t realise the game was released so close to my own birthday, which is really cool. Ah, I wish I hadn’t missed the SNES generation… such fantastic games that I can only experience through videos, ROMs, and DS rereleases.

steinmitz said on Jun. 5, 2010

I first rented Earthbound several days after it came out . I had read about it in Nintendo Power , but their articles had little to say about story , and that’s what had usually drawn me to a game . I could tell from the style , though , that it was going to be interesting . Their articles also misrepresented the humor in the game , which I soon found to be more thoughtful and endearing than what was in those articles .

One thing I remember that first time renting it was after I had played through most of the introductory sequences , I decided to skip ahead in the strategy guide ( which the video store kindly included in the rental ) to see what the final battle was going to be like , and was surprised to see Pokey alongside Giygas in the final battle . As far as I had gotten , Pokey had only been an annoying , selfish character ; hardly what I would expect for a final boss , though . So all through playing the game , I was very eager to see how Pokey evolved as a villain . And I actually reached Giygas in those first three or four days of rental time , but wasn’t able to beat him because I had rushed through the game without gaining much experience , relying mainly on luck in getting to the end .

I thought it was pretty neat , too , that I was thirteen when it came out , same as Ness .

Halloween said on Jun. 6, 2010

Definitely a video game for the ages; seems like the more you put into it the more you get out… worked out for 15 years so far!

Starstormer said on Jun. 6, 2010

Yeah I love EarthBound, happy 15th birthday. I was only 3 or 4 when EarthBound came out so needless to say I didn’t get it then, I found out about it years later and well the rest is history.

Ricardo said on Jun. 6, 2010

Well, I got the game when it came out. Does that make me a better person? Say yes to me? Say no to me?

Mr. Anon said on Jun. 6, 2010

Happy birthday, PSIWolf.

Mistermister said on Jun. 6, 2010

Wow, it’s hard to believe that EarthBound is now a 15 year old game.

Actually, I hate to be a bit of a specific freak, but EarthBound is supposed to be 16 years old this year, as it was released in Japan in 1994. Still, it’s release date was on August 27th, so it’s still 15 years old as of this post.

Ah, what the hell. In America, it’s now 15 years old.

Poe said on Jun. 6, 2010

EarthBound wasn’t released in Japan in 1994, MOTHER 2 was. That’s the difference 😉

thatguy said on Jun. 6, 2010

Me and my friend always made fun of Ness in melee because he smiled when you smashed him but when I unlocked the Fourside stage with its slippery UFO’s and such I got curious. now I have the Earthbound cart and Mother 1+2:)

Greenzsx87 said on Jun. 6, 2010

Happy belated EB day!!

Saturnome said on Jun. 6, 2010

Heheh. I rented EarthBound so often back then that my father finally bought it – complaining how expensive it was. But hey, it followed me all my life. I’m me because I played EarthBound.

Roo said on Jun. 6, 2010

Oh man, 15 years. I remember wanting to play the forebear to this game back in 1990 when Mother was teased in Nintendo Power. But when the sequel was featured in that same magazine’s pages 5 years later, I knew I had to have this game. Weeks of waiting, followed by a 25 mile trip to the closest game store where my preorder was waiting, and then I couldn’t put the thing down until I’d beaten it. And beaten it again, and again. To this day, whenever I play it, it just makes me happy. Not many games have that effect on people, but this site makes me realize I’m not the only one who appreciates this gem for what it is. Happy Birthday, EB!

And thanks for whipping up the tribute page, Mato! I know what I’m going to be pouring through for the next few hours…

Droginator said on Jun. 6, 2010

I had no idea that EarthBound was released on my birthday! (Same day, different year) Happy 15th, EarthBound!

PK BLAH said on Jun. 7, 2010

Yes, Giygas, I feel happy too.
Congrats and peace forever. Hah.

ProgressiveAudio said on Jun. 7, 2010

I’m sure very, very few actually played the game when it was out as new in 1995. My family actually rented it (my family was weird, we only stuck with Nintendo systems and was very limited so we always rented the new Nintendo games) and we fell in love with it. In 1996, we bought it from Best Buy, the big box and everything, and I’ve loved it since. Part of the reason I’m a nintendophile.

Big A2 said on Jun. 7, 2010

I had no idea there were so many

Big A2 said on Jun. 7, 2010

I had no idea there were so many 15 year olds on this site.

Lionpikmin said on Jun. 7, 2010

I’m so glad that you were invented 15 years ago, that’s for sure. Although I’m from Europe and as we know Earthbound was never realeased there, I happenend to play it. And I think it’s a big pity that people in Europe never got to play it legally… 🙁
All in all, I just love it. It’s brilliant. It’s a genius work. it’s a masterpiece.

Dlakii said on Jun. 7, 2010

I was really late coming to EarthBound – I guess being neither old enough to have been of gaming age in the SNES era nor American or Japanese does that to you. Even so, when I finally looked into it last year, I never looked back. Never have I enjoyed a game anywhere near as much as EarthBound, other titles in the series aside; I’d almost go so far as to say it’s changed me as a person for the better. Since then, I’ve made a point of sharing the love; I’ve introduced five to the series and they all love it.

Happy 15th/16th, EarthBound. Funny how this date coincides with an assignment I’ve chosen to do on the artistic merits on the series. …Yeah, maybe I’ve taken the love of the game too far? 😛

Ninten said on Jun. 7, 2010

YeahIwasbron2 year after earthbound came out, I only found out about it by Chuggaaconroy, to this day I still think it’s one of the best RPGs of all time. And too celebrate it’s 15th anniversary I’m going to play it with my mom.

Achturn said on Jun. 7, 2010

I was 5 when EB came out and got it that year actually, I had gotten an SNES 2 years prior from my parents to cope with the chickenpox my father and I had gotten XD.

I saw it on the shelf and decided I was going to use some of my christmas money to buy it (huge box was definately effective in getting my attention), well not knowing how much money it was or the idea of how money works didn’t help but lucky for me my parents paid the difference between the 20 or so I had and the $70 pricetag the game had.

And here we are 15 years later and I’m still playing the game on a regular basis, I’d say that was a good investment.

Gon said on Jun. 7, 2010

I remember walking through blockbuster looking for a game to rent and saw that giant box and decided to rent it for that reason (being 6 that big box attracted me like a moth to a flame). I never actually beat it until quite a few years later due to me having discovered emulation.

FuzzyPicklez said on Jun. 8, 2010

Giygas never said “I feel happy.” He said “I’m happy,” and “I feel good,” but he never said “I feel happy.”

random guardian said on Jun. 8, 2010

kill joy 🙂

Mr. Anon said on Jun. 8, 2010

@FuzzyPicklez: I watched a video of his battle. He says “I feel happy”.

PK Saturn said on Jun. 11, 2010

I first got Earthbound just 2 or 3 years ago when it was worth about $70 in good condition. It’s hard to imagine what it will be like looking back on it on the 25th and 50th anniversaries :0

Master P said on Jun. 23, 2010

No the game came out a year and two days before I was born.

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PSI Happy said on Nov. 25, 2011

This game completely changed the essence of who I am. Before EarthBound happened, I was a cold blooded Mr. Spock who looked negatively at everything. But then… Mother came into my life. This “Mother” reshaped and molded me in a matter of days into a positive albeit annoying Dr. McCoy. Heck the game even changed what I say in front of cameras. “Fuzzy pickles!!”


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