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January 27th, 2012 | Polls

A common question I see all over the Internet is something like, “I want to get into the Mother series, what do you recommend I do?”

So I’m planning to put together a handy little page about that, but first I kinda want to hear other folks’ thoughts on the subject, how you personally got into EarthBound (or any of the other games), and what about the games was the “hook” for you.

If you got into the series via Smash Bros., what game in the Mother series hooked you first?

I’ll grind up all this info in a big meatball and then make a handy-dandy FAQ page for newcomers. So share your comments below! Also check out the poll!

POLL: What was the first game in the Mother series that really pulled you in?

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146 Comments to How’d You Get into EarthBound?

Miles of SmashWiki said on Jan. 27, 2012

I got into the series doing research on stuff in the Smash Bros. games, but they really drew me in and have become some of my favorite games.

RandomGuardian said on Jan. 27, 2012

I think you should wait for the next smash bros to come out. I was a brawl convert and I am shure I wasent the only one.

I do wish I played the game when I had my snes though 🙁

FlyingManCourage said on Jan. 27, 2012

I am a 90s kid. I was about 10 years old in 1995. My best friend lived across the street from me and we were in to all the same things…except RPG’s. I’d never heard of the Final Fantasy or Breath of Fire but he would always sing the praises of these games. I never really tried them. They looked funky to me.

At baseball practice one day he started telling me about this new game he got that he’d been waiting to rent for awhile but finally snagged. It was EarthBound. The next several weeks were nothing but EB and baseball.

This game is the the sole reason I ever even began to start trying to play RPG’s. That friend would tell me, “Dude, you love EarthBound; you should play Chrono Trigger.” etc, etc. I wouldn’t have ever even tried Mario RPG if it wasn’t for EB. There are so many games that I have many memories of enjoying with different friends over the years and they all became possible in my life because of EarthBound.

tl;dr – Awesome friend made me play in 1995. It got me hooked on RPG’s in general.

Mato said on Jan. 27, 2012

After you guys played Smash Bros. though, what specific game in the Mother series did you play? I can’t really recommend people to play Smash Bros. to get into the series 😛

BluePSI said on Jan. 27, 2012

I was gonna say Smash Bros, but after reading your comment I’ll extend a bit.
I started playing Earthbound on an Emulator after a friend E-mailed it to me, but I mainly found out and enjoyed the series after watching playthroughs of all 3 games on youtube.

Adam said on Jan. 27, 2012

Melee first showed me the character of Ness but I was never really interested in the game until I stumbled upon the hype surrounding Mother 3 and made it my goal to get EarthBound (which I finally did).

Bucky said on Jan. 27, 2012

After SSB, Earthbound. Once the complete that, they want more, and go to Mother 3. If they have the b*lls, they can try Mother.

FlyingManCourage said on Jan. 27, 2012

Tough to single-out items that got me hooked, but the music is definitely one of those things. I remember my friends and I got quite the kick out of the bus music.

I was also quite addicted to the bicycle as a kid. I loved that darn bike for some reason. Always relished the time alone at the beginning of the game and then highly anticipated dropping Paula off at the end for some final riding time.

The sound effects! Wow I love the sound of doing damage to an enemy or the sound of an enemy dying in this game. Battle sounds are huge to me. If I don’t like the sounds of battle in an RPG, I just can’t get into it. I was also big about being able to see enemies on screen in this game. I liked to avoid battles as a kid; but as an adult I seek out the confrontation!!!! It works perfectly both ways.

Humor is always at the top of the list. Belch is just pure awesome-ness in a pile.

As for the series, EarthBound is pretty much the sole reason I love the series. Honestly, Mother 3 could have been a terrible game and I’d have still loved it because it was a game similar to EarthBound. I mean more than a decade of a loving a single game, thinking it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and then being handed a sequel……… jaw meet floor.

The enjoyment from EarthBound is what made me even try to figure out how to patch Mother3. The enjoyment of M3 demanded I go play Mother.

Nathalie said on Jan. 27, 2012

I’ve kind of always known that EarthBound was out there somewhere, since I’ve had the first Smash Bros. on N64 for ages. But I got into it “for real” a few years ago as a friend recommended it to me.

Poe said on Jan. 27, 2012

Found Ness through SSB Melee, EarthBound hooked me in, I tried and failed to play MOTHER, and then I played MOTHER 3 when it was first released. I finally beat MOTHER last year thanks to your patch.

What was the “hook” of EarthBound? Honestly, it was the Starmen.Net community. I wasn’t experienced with RPGs and I struggled pretty hard when I first played EarthBound, but the sm.net community is what made me not completely give up on the game. Just their sheer enthusiasm and love for the series showed me that EarthBound was a game worth finishing. I also liked the quirky humor and the fact that the game never took itself too seriously, unlike most other popular RPGs.

someone said on Jan. 27, 2012

EB when I was five. Friend gave it to me for free when he got rid of his SNES. Hated every minute.
Age seven: Moonside scared the crap outta me.
Age ten: Stopped after going back in time.
Age eleven: First and only time I can remember completing EB.
Age fourteen: Mother 3 in Japanese to completion
Age fifteen: Mother in English to completion

Haven’t tried to touch MOTHER. Seems too long, or just too dated. I’ll wait for the Remake.

someone said on Jan. 27, 2012

I guess I should have mentioned it was just a curiosity for what happened next, and boredom that got me into EB. From their I just kept finding more and more to love. Or cower in fear from. Not really sure.

Row said on Jan. 27, 2012

My brother subscribed to Nintendo Power back when we were kids (like 8 and 5), and when all the EarthBound features started showing up in the issues, my brother and I were like OH MAN WE GOTTA GET THIS GAME NOW. I loved the sunny art style, and what kid couldn’t resist the novelty of the scratch and sniff insert? Of course, our parents never let us buy games, so we had to rent it over and over from the local video store. From then on, EarthBound became a huge part of our lives, and when we first got a PC back in ’99, EarthBound.net was one of our major bookmarks (we still have all sorts of comics and EB64 screenshots saved from back then). Hell, when Ness showed up in Smash Bros. on the N64, we just thought it was business as usual, not like some kind of rare obscure character showing up. Ahh, the good ol’ days.

blbeadnik said on Jan. 27, 2012

I actually played it/got into Mother/EB in college. I guess it was so long because of my brother… he would never let me play his copy growing up, lol. I also was afraid of the Sharks’ sprites and ambush noise (the two together really freaked me out). They were very creepy! :3.

man said on Jan. 27, 2012

It actually started when Duane and Brando posted a demo of their Earthbound rap on their YouTube page, which was when I first heard of the game. It was set in Saturn Valley and included Mr Saturn, Ness, Jeff and Paula.

I was captivated mainly because of the fact it looked so damn strange. You had Goonies kids talking to some weird head thingies which were ‘all the same’. The music was also compellingly odd and very, very catchy. I just felt like from that tiny little snippet of the game that it was something special and very worth playing. I immediately downloaded a SNES emulator and the ROM. Immediately I was charmed and by the time I beat Frank I was hooked into the series.

The original video that hooked me is gone but the song is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLE3_gWLhdc

DD said on Jan. 27, 2012

My story’s somewhat similar to FlyingManCourage. During the 16bit era one of our neighbors/friends had an SNES. I went over to their house once and watched them play different games, one of them being Earthbound.

I was pretty curious about different kinds of video games, since I wasn’t allowed to play them often. Unfortunately, I didn’t muster up the courage to ask if I could play Earthbound (or anything else).

Later on during the N64 generation I was reading one of my brother’s Nintendo magazines and saw some kind of preview article on Mother 3/Earthbound 2. I thought it was really cool and got excited but I never knew what happened to it…until years later when I started college and got my own internet connection.

I ended up reading about it on the net and starting off with Mother 1. Afterwords I went straight to the third game.

I haven’t played Mother2/Earthbound yet, because I’ve been waiting to purchase an snes and cartridge. I’m also hoping to buy/import a copy of Mother 3.

CrouchingMouse said on Jan. 27, 2012

I heard about EarthBound for years and how great it was supposed to be (mostly through Nintendo Power after people complained about EB64’s cancellation), and I always wanted to play it, but used game stores never had it in.

I got Brawl years later, and was interested by Lucas and the fact that he and Ness were from the same series, apparently. So I looked up Mother online and stumbled onto Starmen.net, where I read up on the series’s long and tortured history (which I found fascinating). I decided to play through all the games, and started with Mother 1 because it was the first in the series. So it was really cool when I moved on to EarthBound and heard all the updated songs and remembered them from the first game. After that, I joined the mob of people waiting for the M3 translation patch and the rest, as they say, is history.

Interesting…right now, I seem to be the only person who voted that they played M1 first. That game needs more love =p

Poe said on Jan. 27, 2012

Now that I think more about it, the music from the games hooked me in way before I actually got very far in EarthBound. I was lucky enough to receive the MOTHER soundtrack from Jonk back when he was still giving out those cool music gifts. I also got one of the Rock Candy CDs along with that.

Yeah, it was definitely the music.

LOL. said on Jan. 27, 2012

My friend’s sister actually told me about EarthBound and then I saw chuggaaconroy. EarthBound was a great game. I’ve beat EB and M3. I want a M4! )’:

Karadom said on Jan. 27, 2012

In 2010, I found Mother 3, and started playing it. I was really just playing it to “Observe” this great game. I stopped in the attic in Chapter 4.

January 2011, I get emulators on my phone and get EarthBound. While playing it, I remember putting my phone down and saying “I love this game!” many times. I stopped playing it for a while when I got to the mine in the desert. During that time, I fell in love with Mother 3. I blazed though Mother 3 in two weeks. I finally finished EarthBound in June, the first day of summer vacation.
Late to the party, but at least I came.

2Sang said on Jan. 27, 2012

Smash Bros melee, but I first saw Ness at a friend’s house right around when Smash Bros was released. My friend’s older brother told me all about him and how Ness was his favorite character. He would later become my favorite character.

Seems like probably 75% of Earthbound fans wouldn’t know the series existed if Smash Bros never had Ness.

Onett Resident said on Jan. 27, 2012

Chuggaaconroy got me into MOTHER 2 and I just got hooked.

Miles of SmashWiki said on Jan. 27, 2012

After Smash got me interested, I played EB, M3, and EB0 in that order. I think all three are great games worth playing, but EB0 is the least accessible from a gameplay perspective.

DaL33T said on Jan. 27, 2012

Played Smash Bros. Melee in Elementary School, played Brawl in Middle School (and still play it) and actually looked into Earthbound in High School.

SeaBass said on Jan. 27, 2012

From the first Smash Bros, which I got on my birthday in ’99. By then EB was already pretty hard to come by, so it was one of the first games I emulated (which was a really exciting prospect in those days). I remember getting up to Giygas and then having my hard drive crash shortly afterwards. After that, I never actually beat the game until about a month ago (some 12-13 years later!). Made a bunch of goofy flukes (remember those?) and such for earthbound.net

For Mother 3, I played through it right after Lucas was announced for Brawl so I would avoid any spoilers. First and only game I’ve played simultaneously while reading a translation script! Thank heavens for the menu patch. I beat EB0/Mother emulated on my Wii right after. I tried to play it many times before that, but it’s really seems unplayable without savestaves and/or patches.

Bryce said on Jan. 27, 2012

I rented it! From video shack. I loved it, but forgot the name and looked forever for it after that place closed. I found an aol mailing list for it, and eventually foind out about emulation, snd playing it again as an adult, it was even better

Chuggaaconroy jr said on Jan. 27, 2012

what got me into the mother series was the happy video game nerd but the funny thing is i didn’t watch the Chuggaaconroy lp until about 4 years later i just watched flash animations but then i forgot about Mr saturn and all the fun cheery stuff until (Earth Bound opening theme)last year when i saw chuggaaconroys EARTH BOUND LP i watched it from day to night it toke me a week just to watch it i watched it again a little less then a month ago it toke me two days day and night and ever since then I’ve made a tenda plush and Earth Bound clay figures posters pics paper crafts and a star man pic (life size) oh and comics then in brawl i always played as ness lucas or clause(alternate color) plus i only used mr. saturn and franklin badge and that was in one year and not to say there aren’t people that are earth bound fans younger then me but I’m almost 12.And that what my first year of a big earth bound fan was like.

MightyBearOne said on Jan. 27, 2012

I started the Mother series out with the second one. It was actually not that long ago, about 2 and a half years, when I interested myself in this game for the first time. I played all the Super Smash Bros games up to date at that point, but those didn’t really motivate me to play the game, because at the time I just thought it was some Japanese game.
But yes, back to that one day 2 and a half years ago, I was searching the Internet for I have no idea what. And I somehow found a video on youtube, about the fight against the final boss of the game, Giygas. At first it scared me very much how to me, such a little innocent game, from what I had seen at the time, came with such a terrifying boss. But yes, from that point on I wanted this game. So I found myself an SNES and this game on the Internet (it didn’t cost me nearly as much as todays price for it ;)) and I started playing it. But for some reason, and I tend to do this a lot with games, I stopped playing the game after I had beaten Franky and then I got stuck, so I didn’t feel like playing it anymore.
So time past on by and Earthbound was no longer interesting me, til that day, about 1 and a half years ago. I saw one of Chuggaaconroys videos and I looked at his channel and saw that he had LPed Earthbound in the past. So I basically watched the whole LP in 2 days and then I played it for myself. And that was when the game really hit me, when I fell in love with this game. It was so amazing, so perfect those couple of days… And now I’m sitting here and still loving that game as much as I did back then. So I’m very grateful for that and it was an honor to share this with all you guys!

Zinco said on Jan. 27, 2012

Like quite a lot of other fans my age, I think, I got the game when Best Buy was selling all their remaining copies for five bucks a pop. I had actually rented it before that, though, and hated it—I hadn’t really had much exposure to RPGs before that point, except possibly Chrono Trigger (it was long enough ago that I don’t remember), and the plodding turn-based system was hard to get used to. But I was able to get into it after I purchased it and I quickly decided it was my favorite game. From there I found a number of AOL clubs dedicated to the game (this site here makes me highly nostalgic: http://www.angelfire.com/ga3/ebhistory/essays.html), and it was a natural leap to earthbound.net when that got up and running.

That’s a little off track from what you’re asking, but what it helps me realize is that while it was the game’s natural charms that brought me into it, even back in the 90s the experience was more about how we all got drawn into discussion over this one unusual game, which with its DQ-style gameplay was probably awkward and unfamiliar to most of us. There was something archaic to the game even when it came out, just as there is now. But you don’t have to play the game long to realize that it has tremendous charm in store even if you’re put off by its old-time battling system.

Just what that charm is was hard for me to articulate until I thought of how I’d respond if someone asked me how they could get into the series: I’d tell them to at least get through Onett before deciding it wasn’t for them. Earthbound, particularly the first part of the game when you’re alone, really tapped into my feeling of wanting to go on some adventure, heading out to the fields outside our neighborhood and just keeping on going and making discoveries. And this might be the hardest thing to translate to an older person who’d want to get into the game now. If they can have that feeling reignited, then they’ll know what the game’s about.

Crysta said on Jan. 27, 2012

Got interested when I saw it in magazines when it was new, rented it from blockbuster (several times) then and loved it, bought it the first chance I had used at EB. Don’t need to make it any more complicated. 😛

PSIcho said on Jan. 27, 2012

I found out about it from my brother showing me giygas but didn’t get into it then, but later on when I got into high school I got a laptop which as everyone else did filled it with games, I put earthbound on there because I saw the HVGN talk about it and it interested me, then after making a bet to finish 17 games in 2 weeks earthbound was the first and best.

Neko Knight said on Jan. 27, 2012

I rented Earthbound when I was about nine years old in the mid to late 90’s. Bought the game a year or two later from a used game shop. When Iwata-san mentioned Earthbound for the Wii Virtual Console, I sold my copy along with the guide on ebay.
Big mistake.

blanonymous said on Jan. 27, 2012

From the time I first discovered EarthBound in 1995 at the age of four to the time I owned my own cart, a span of four years, I rented the game regularly, possibly as frequently as once a month. Being somewhat developmentally disabled and thus lacking the proper mental faculties to play the game in its intended fashion, as well as possessing an odd compulsion to “help” other people with their save files, I rarely ever made progress and I certainly never played through the game sequentially. Instead, I traversed the world at large and took in all the wonderful things it had to offer. Just walking around what I thought was a modern, plausible environment and enjoying the life and times of the people was enough to sate my wide-eyed enthusiasm, and I particularly enjoyed the save files where having already learned Teleport would allow me to explore the ends of the earth at my leisure. I also suffered from a particularly poor memory at the time, so each rental brought with it a fresh and splendiferous mysticism that endeared the game to me many times over through its distinctively charming atmosphere.

As a now-mostly-functioning adult, I realize that an experience like this is very unique and unlikely to ever be reproduced (and in fact I’m actually a bit envious of my childhood self in this regard), but I remain ever-thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully you can use at least some of that.

I think because of this, my experiences with and opinions of the other two games are absolutely biased and not very useful in this context, so I’ll refrain from rambling about them.

James said on Jan. 27, 2012

My local Major Video was going out of business in 2000, and they had a big tent sale. I was looking for Chrono Trigger, but they didn’t have it. As I kept looking, I found EarthBound, which I knew nothing about except that I had seen the name in Nintendo Power, so I bought it for 5 bucks. I took it home and started playing that afternoon, and got absolutely sucked in.

Over the years I have loaned my copy to various friends, none of whom saw in it what I did, but I don’t mind. I loved the game because it really felt like I was Ness (I named him James), and that the others were my friends. Just made the game that much more personal (and frankly, having silent protagonists only helped this feeling). I think it just came into my life at the right time and in the right way, and I’ve been a fanatic ever since. I think if I had come across the game now I wouldn’t have thought much of it, but it became sort of a life changing thing for me…

Darien said on Jan. 27, 2012

I remember reading about Earthbound in Nintendo Power when it first came out, and deciding I was definitely not interested in it. It looked like a bunch of dippy toilet humour, frankly, and I was a bit past that stage (on account of I’m old). Then a bit later I went to the local rental joint, and they had pretty much nothing else in stock that I hadn’t already played, so I decided to give it a shot, and really enjoyed it. In particular I liked the campiness of the graphics and sound; it gave the world a wonderful surreality. I did always like the first part of the game best, though, when it’s small-scale and you’re dealing with punks and local cops. Once you get past Fourside, the game turns epic and loses some of its appeal to my mind.

I did have a fellow once tell me he liked Earthbound because it was realistic. I asked him if he’d played the same Earthbound I had, because the Earthbound I played was about fated heroes armed with psychic powers and frying pans who travel back in time to fight robot dinosaurs. But, hey.

Typheus said on Jan. 27, 2012

Well, I can actually say that I played Earthbound the first month I was born. My older cousin, who owned the game and adored it, Got me to press a single button just so i could say that, and I cant thank him enough.
Ive played Earthbound since I could remember, But when My cousin moved when I was 7, and took Earthbound with him, I kinda forgot about it. Melee reminded me of it, and I went online and got an emulator for Earthbound, And have been an avid fan Ever since.

ninjabunny said on Jan. 27, 2012

I found out about the series when I first played Brawl, but I didn’t get into it until I looked it up on TV Tropes one day. From there, I found my way to this site, and am now currently playing through Mother and Earthbound. Although Mother has its charm, Earthbound is what drew me into the series in the first place (maybe it had to do with the fact that I like playing as Ness in Brawl…Or maybe I needed to figure out how to equip items.) I don’t plan to play Mother 3 until I beat either game, as I want to be able to focus almost entirely on its storyline. Also, reading the articles on this site is what made me eventually topple over in curiosity and start playing it in the first place! (^-^)”

Jason said on Jan. 27, 2012

Another 90s kid here. Technically it was my older brother’s. As far as I know it was a game that my mom picked out on her own for him. Then me and my friend played it together. We never beat it, and I never beat it solo (because I used the Gutsy Bat and always missed).

In college I was playing a bunch of games through emulators and I found Earthbound. It was before I was a real fan, but even then it was special. I was hesitant to play it again, to avoid overwriting my memories playing it with my friend.

pranavmeno said on Jan. 27, 2012

I heard the music, and immediately wanted to play Mother 2. The music (Fourside was the first thing I heard) can be a real hook!

TMMDI said on Jan. 27, 2012

Actually, it is kind of complicated with me. I’m 18 so I was young when Earthbound came out (didn’t even exist when Mother came out obviously). My brother bought Earthbound when I was too young to remember and became addicted to it. Later on he found Earthbound Zero and had to try it out. By then I was in kindergarten and able to work the emulator and played Mother on it. The game actually kind of scared me and it left a lasting impression on me. Later on when I was like 12 I remember seeing Ness in Super Smash Bros. and by reading his bio page on there I realized where he was from. I knew I had to play that Earthbound Zero ROM again so I got it and played it and was sort of disappointed. The difficulty was still kind of high for me. Somehow I got the idea to check out Earthbound since I figured out that existed. I beat it and have since then beaten it 5 or 6 times. I also beat Mother 3 last year. Strange how this series doesn’t let go of you…

mike said on Jan. 27, 2012

I actually bought Brawl after finishing Mother 3. I had planned to get it eventually, but when I finished M3 and still wanted more, I got Brawl right away.

PsiReaper said on Jan. 27, 2012

To be honest, my first encounter with Earthbound started off rather…small. Either ways, I first encountered Earthbound through my cousin’s Super Smash Bros. Melee when he would bring his Gamecube. At that time, I wouldn’t care that Ness was in Melee other than a fact he was one of the characters on the game.

Fast forward about few more years, my encounter with Earthbound was still discreet. At this time I was starting to get into emulating SNES games for the first time. I encountered Earthbound discreetly again on ZSNES Home Page, showing the “War Against Giygas!” intro. Again, didn’t really pay attention to it and moved on to continue what I was doing at that time.

Finally fast forward 3 years, I was already into emulating games (though I wasn’t into it as I was in the past). At this time, I was searching some random stuff on Youtube. (I was looking up the final boss music for FFIV: The After Years) and one of the comments that came for one of the videos were mentioning “Giygas”. That time, the name “Giygas” piqued my curiosity, which unfortunately, led me to spoil myself of the final battle on Earthbound. But after seeing that battle for the first time, I suddenly got interested in Earthbound and what it have to offer and from there, I got hooked. 🙂

tl;dr: Took me a few years to get into Earthbound and a random comment helped me get into it. The End.

minifig2401 said on Jan. 27, 2012

smamsh bros brawl, nuff said

Blank said on Jan. 27, 2012

I appreciated the Super Smash Bros. Mother characters, but I never really enjoyed playing as them. I couldn’t stand Onett or New Pork City- they both were just too realistic for Brawl/Melee’s spectacular settings. Plus, as “2000’s” kid, I was not at gaming age when EB game out.

However. I had heard and looked at Earthbound through other Nintendo forums, so I was naturally curious about an RPG with a contemporary, suburban setting. Like another commenter, I had spoiled myself to the ending on Youtube long before I bought the game which took some of the spin off the end when playing it through, but it still intrigued me. I bought the game after waiting several years for the price to drop down and finally got it just two years ago.

It was amazing. Never before had a game moved, inspired, and interested me. It had so much emotional power with only buzzing noises and satirical lines and content. I was then immersed in the Mother world and began to frequent this site and Starmen.net, staying caught up with all things Mother (which I was fascinated to learn is quite a lot!)

And of course, I won’t even get into Mother 3 😀

Stevesesy said on Jan. 27, 2012

One word: Smash Bros.

bahooney said on Jan. 27, 2012

When I was 11 or 12, I started maining Ness in Smash Brothers Melee. As I got really into him, I wanted to find out where exactly he came from. I was diddling around the internet, and stumbled across Starmen.net. When I saw this overwhelming love for EarthBound, I was blown away; it’s a type of love you don’t see too often for a series. Obviously this stuck me as something special… I knew I had to find out what the fuss was about. Unfortunately, back then I hated RPGs and was turned off by the genre. Eventually, after floating around Starmen.net 9 years later, I found out about the upcoming MOTHER 3 translation… the amount of love clearly put into the entire series was enough to make me give EarthBound another shot. I researched prices for the cart on eBay, and it was out of my price range even back then, so I downloaded the ROM of EarthBound. I can distinctly remember the feeling that washed over me when I started it up; I was of a completely different mindset that night. It was so good that I played until 3AM, on a school night! I quickly realized that i needed to save the ROM onto a flashdrive and bring it to school, so I could play during my free time. I saved it to the school’s public server and encouraged all of my gaming friends to try out this wonderful hidden gem. To my surprise, nobody knew of this game! I had no idea the depth I would find, the fantastic story of the game, the plot twists, and how unexpectedly humorous it was. It had everything going for it to be one of my favorite games. I’ve since played through the game countless times because of how encapsulating it is… it’s a series unlike any other. I love the MOTHER series, and have since purchased a physical cart of EarthBound. I owed it to the series!

Chillingworth said on Jan. 27, 2012

I was always faintly aware of the series from Super Smash Brothers, but I never really thought much of it.

Until a few years ago, that is (i think it was 2008??), when my younger brother was buying assorted old video games from Amazon. One of those games was EarthBound. I played through it over the course of December break out of curiosity, and I enjoyed it. Still, when I finished it, I thought “cool! I’m probably never going to play that again.”

I forget when I became aware of MOTHER 3, but in short I had been hearing glowing things about it for a while and decided to finally play it in December of 2009. It is the reason I care about the series right now. As soon as I finished it on the computer, I transferred it to a flash cart and immediately played it again on the GameCube. I’m still aghast at how amazing it was.

I played MOTHER last summer and it was cool, I guess!!

If someone wanted to play the games, I would recommend EarthBound first. From there, they could play MOTHER if they really liked it or MOTHER 3 if they only sort of did. I didn’t even really want to play through the first game until I completed the third, personally.

To each their own, though!! I only recommend that order because I think the first game is the weakest, but I’m sure not everyone agrees with me on that. I’m also sure there are some people who insist on going through installments in the appropriate order no matter what– if someone already has decided to play the entire series regardless of quality, then the chronological order is actually the best option, I think. Especially since they get progressively better (IMO, at least)??

Erik said on Jan. 27, 2012

I first got into the series when I watched a “Top 10 scariest bosses” video(yeah, spoilers). Before, I was vaguely aware of the series but it didn’t necessarily stand out. You had kids with powers…in a company with powerful plumbers, legendary elves, space hunters, and so on. I saw Earthbound as mainly a colorful series but seeing Giygas made me feel there was more depth.

My friend was also a fan of the series so he recommended it to me.

Ness said on Jan. 28, 2012

Chuggaaconroy on YouTube got me interested in the MOTHER series.

V-King said on Jan. 28, 2012

I got into it by playing Smash Bros. 64.
I wondered who Ness was and everybody kept telling that he was something like “the son of Mario”…which sounds stupid now as it did back then.
Then I noticed he came from a game named Earthbound. I looked for it online and played the game on an emulator first but I never beat it.
Then I had the urgency to complete my SNES library and noticed that there were way too many good RPGs that never made it to Europe (Final Fantasy II/IV, Final Fantasy III/VI, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, Lufia 1, and of course Earthbound).
I searched for Earthbound on eBay and found a used copy (cartridge only with dust cover) for like 39$. That’s what I payed (which was something like 30€ back then).
Since then I played through the game twice on real hardware and never on an emulator.
Especially the last quarter of the game made me a die hard fan of the MOTHER-series.

tintinophile691 said on Jan. 28, 2012

My mother was actually one of the people who got a copy of EB when it came out. I inherited it – I’m two years younger than the game itself.

Durandal said on Jan. 28, 2012

My family rented it when it first came out in 1995, the next year my big sister pushed my brother into buying it. I’m one of the few (non japanese) people who actually played it when it first came out :p

Erwin said on Jan. 28, 2012

I played Mother 3 first. I forget how I heard about it, but I knew of EB, and Brawl was the first I heard that they made another.

I stumbled upon an already patched Mother 3 ROM on some website two or three(?) years ago and gave it a shot. I was playing more GBA titles on emulators than SNES games at the time (still am!). As a picky fan of pixel art aesthetics, the simple but well applied had me instantly, and the music was among the best I’d heard of the GBA. I kept playing it for the next couple days, taking a break at the first two difficulty walls, Osohe Castle and Pork Tank, but as the bosses kept getting harder, I just kept pushing further. I was just that into it. It was probably the best combination of artful storytelling and gameplay I’d ever seen. I loved the unique play mechanics and lack of shoehorned extraneous nonsense, and I loved that the game wasn’t afraid to be different or awkward if it furthered characterization. It wasn’t trying to be cool or special. It just WAS.

If I had a recommendation on how to get into it, I’d go with the online walkthrough. Like EB, it’s almost meant to be played with a guide, and greatly benefits from it.

Jonathan said on Jan. 28, 2012

I don’t remember how old I was, but sometime in the 90’s, I remember I was in the den moving things around, when my brothers awesome friend came over and gave me earthbound, said he didn’t want it anymore. I played that game all day, and all night long, I was hooked on it as soon as I got it. Unrelated note, being the idiot I am, just when the wii came out, I still had my snes and tons of games with it, including earthbound, not a scratch on it. I sold the system, along with all the games I had to it, plus three controllers, for only $80. It still keeps me up at night, especially when I see prices of the game now, just by itself.

GiegueStrikesBack said on Jan. 28, 2012

Personally I think there should be a quiz for this quiz.
You see, each mother game has it’s own specific…. Taste I guess you could say.
EB0 being they more difficult “grindy” of the three, with earthbound practically being a game almost anyone could pick up and play, and mother 3 being the more balanced of the trio in terms of difficulty. BUT I think you should ask people formost, which mother game suits you. Rather than just introducing the series, you need to enjoy it (some people just never liked EB0 due to difficulty or others for other reasons). So here’s what I think should be asked…
1- what is the hardest rpg you have ever played
2- how do you feel about grinding (not on the dancefloor XD)
3- are you emotional?
4- are graphics really important to you?
5- and lastly, got a good sence of humor?
All of this would come together in a pokemon mystery dungeon-esqe kind of quiz.
Just a personal thought 🙂

H said on Jan. 28, 2012

Feb. 2007 Nintendo Power magazine had Earthbound as the feature for thier “Playback” section. The tag line “What other RPG lets you whack hippies with a baseball bat?” From that one line I knew I HAD to play this game. I immediately searched eBay and realized I would not pay $60-80 for an old game (cheap now though) and got discouraged. However, as destiny would have it, a couple years later I happened across a yard sale with a few SNES games and at the bottom of the stack was none other than Earthbound! HOLY CRAP!!! 50 cents (I kinda felt like I was ripping off the people selling it) and countless hours later I was completely hooked. I have since immersed myself into EB and the Mother series, checking Starmen.net and EBCentral daily just to see what others are saying and coming up with. There is so much to love about EB and the series as a whole.
As for what was the actual “hook” that drug me so far in? I would have to say the offbeat humor is the best part for me. I also really liked how “Homesick” was a status condition and how you had to call home in order to cure it, but that’s more of a personal thing that others might probably not even give a second thought to.

meleemario said on Jan. 28, 2012

Damn, I feel like the only one who didn’t find out through Smash Brothers!

In any case, I rented the game when I was 6 years old from Blockbuster. At the time, I didn’t get very far only making it to Threed. Then, flash forward to age 14, I had a friend tell me about emulators and all that, so I got the SNES emulator he used with a few games of my own, I had remembered Earthbound in passing, and grabbed it so I could play it again and finish it, which I did. I replayed the game at age 16, beat it again, and also replayed the game at age 20 after 4 years, I also got all the major 1/120 items during this 3rd run.

Sure, I played Smash Bros., but that wasn’t how I found out about the Mother series. Also, i’ve beaten Mother 1 twice, and Mother 3 twice as well. I love the Mother series, easily the best series in existence!

So yeah, that’s how I got into Earthbound! \m/

So i’ve beaten Earthbound 3 times now

Animegame97 said on Jan. 28, 2012

I heard about Mother 3 after seeing Chuggaaconroy’s LP. I looked it up read/researched it and downloaded the English patch 😀 . Beat that then moved onto Earthbound…

TragicManner said on Jan. 28, 2012

I played Earthbound first. It really drew me in, as at the time I was really getting into RPG games, and I’ve never been one who hates any game that isn’t cutting-edge graphics wise.

That said, with the experience I’ve had with recommending games to other people, there are very few people who ever go back to older games once they become used to and/or expect certain mechanics. Some people perceive this as graphics, but it’s mechanics. The control ability of the game, the features involved for inventory, item storage, combat, everything. If we’re talking about modern gamers, Mother 3 is probably the way to go. Someone who appreciates retro titles will definitely appreciate Earthbound, and Earthbound Zero is going to be a general no-go. I only recommend that one to people who play through Mother 2 and Mother 3, figure out there is a title that came before those two, and are dying to find out more about it. Oh, and to anyone who LOVED Dragon Quest for the NES and hasn’t touched RPGs since.

Chase said on Jan. 28, 2012

I bought it because it had a really big box, and super bomberman had a big box, and super bomberman was cool. I had to find out what was in this box. Once i flipped it over and saw that pile of puke…..

MinionOfGruumsh said on Jan. 28, 2012

Well let’s see, I guess it all started with Super Smash Bros. for the N64…(flashback waves)…

At the time I got Super Smash Bros. I had a Tips & Tricks magazine that detailed how to unlock all the characters and saw this secret character called “Ness”. The magazine only went so far as to say that he came from a game called Earthbound and that was all. So I unlocked him and he became my favorite character and this game called Earthbound (which I had never heard about before) quickly faded from my mind.

Then later, Super Smash Bros. Melee came out with Ness, once again, gracing the roster. Once again, Ness quickly became one of my favorite characters. This got me looking up what that obscure game he came from was; surely to be featured in two Smash Bros. games this game had to be wildly great/big/popular, right? So I once again found a name, but nothing big.

But then, I started seeing Ness and Earthbound showing up in issues of Nintendo Power (which I had a subscription to at this point) due to his appearance in Melee. I heard all sorts of things about this quirky SNES RPG; money comes from dad and the ATM, ordering pizza and waiting for it, a character name Poo, etc.

However, it wasn’t until I started reading that several people were torn between choosing Earthbound as their favorite game or Super Mario RPG. Seeing people who were as fond of The Legend of the Seven Stars as I was giving this game I’d never heard of such lauding praises made me determined to get a copy and experience it for myself.

So I went to EBay and searched for Earthbound and found that it also had a player’s guide. Eventually, buying both seperately, I landed myself an Earthbound cartridge and a guide (with scratch ‘n sniff cards) for a total of about $50 total (30 for the cart and 20 for the guide; you jealous?)

And so I found myself, an eighth-grade kid at the time, experiencing a game that had long since faded away into obscurity and yet managed to land itself on my list of all-time favorite games.

I loved the humor of the game, from the corny jokes in the text to the font style of Mr. Saturn. It also captured so darn much of the JRPG genre while at the same time making it so…well…different. For instance, take Pokey (yes, in my mind, he will forever be Pokey in that game). Pokey is the stereotypical recurring thorn in your side but not the final bad guy character (like FFV’s Gilgamesh), and yet in every other JRPG I’ve played, these guys just come across as annoying, but by the end of Earthbound I truly had an extreme hatred of this fat brat. I also love the total surreal feel of Earthbound; the game starts off trying to be realistic with using sparing “fantastic” plot devices and by the end leaves the realm of believability long behind but does so in such a seamlessly gradual way that it doesn’t seem all that “out there”. And of course I LOVE that the final fight isn’t the typical long and drawn-out fight against a foe who has as many hit points as the game can handle, but rather has a flare of “the only winning move is not to play”.

So, suffice to say that getting into Earthbound totally got me interested in the Mother series in general due to the sheer amount of awesome it was. And to this day it is still my favorite entry. ((I’ve started Mother 1 with the English translation but find it suffers from the same limitations that plague every other NES RPG I’ve played. And Mother 3…geeze Mother 3… It was a great game, and excellent and all that, but after I finished that game I refused to let Lucas participate in any fight in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for months and the adventure mode movies featuring Lucas were all the more heart-wrenching. That game was, emotionally, intense and had one of the most feel-bad stories I have ever run across in game or in print.))

So there it is, my Mother series story for any who have dared to face my PSI Textwall. 😉

gwalms said on Jan. 28, 2012

One of my older brothers got the SNES with Earthbound (and Player’s Guide) included as it was on sale, and a good deal. We had a baller Explorer van at the time, and it had two TVs, with built in controller ports for a possible TWO Super Nintendos.. so my brother wanted to get a second, plus he liked RPGs and he thought it looked cool. It was cool. :D.

16bitKaiju said on Jan. 28, 2012

I first heard about the series after hearing that one game was completely translated by fans on an obscure monster raising rpg fan forum ,here : http://s15.zetaboards.com/Tulunk_Village/index/
As I had an emulator at the time ,and still have it, I decided to get Earthbound and from then on I was hooked, everything about the game was perfect, the story ,the music and the graphics fit together perfectly. Played through it with my arcade fighter stick as I didn’t like using the keyboard. Played through mother 3 and it was amazing. Currently stuck in mother 1. I am playing through Earthbound again on an actual snes now, so…. yeah!

Anonymous said on Jan. 28, 2012

Keep in mind I’m probably much younger than anyone here. I started Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Kirby, Dedede, Meta Knight, and a bit of Pokemon. Eventually I became curious about those two characters who were weak and impossible to control, and they were from a series called EarthBound/Mother. I mastered Lucas and Ness and decided to try out a game, since I loved JRPGs. The first one I picked up was EarthBound, which I enjoyed immensely until Threed, which was the only point in the game I absolutely despised; I couldn’t motivate myself to finish that area. So I got the translation patch for Mother 3 (I can’t thank you for that enough, by the way). That I enjoyed every bit of the way, and both the plot and soundtracks were perfect. I finished that, and then about a year and a half later I finished Earthbound. I’m currently working on Mother (with the Mother 1+2 patch), but I put it down because I can’t get out of Yucca Desert.

Fraki said on Jan. 28, 2012

Well, I first heard about Eartbound in super smash bros. melee, but I never really liked playing as Ness because I found him difficult to use so I never really learnt much about it. That is, until we bought a SNES to replace our broken one. And behold, one of the games that came with it was Earthbound. I played it and I loved it. Never got very far because I found it kinda hard, but when I watched a video of giygas on youtube, I played all through Earthbound and finished it :3. I think it was quite lucky Earthbound came with this SNES seeming how expensive Earthbound is today

Deraj626 said on Jan. 28, 2012

I first heard about the series from thespeedgamers.

Sato said on Jan. 28, 2012

Me and my friend saw Ness and Lucas in Smash Bros Brawl and looked him up on the internets. I read so much about it and then saw the HVGN video and became obsessed.

Lizz said on Jan. 28, 2012

Old school: Rented it from the local video store in 1995.

Raffael said on Jan. 28, 2012

I first heard of Mother 3 when the translation patch was released and all gaming blogs were talking about it, so I gave it a try and fell madly in love with it. Then, I tried Earthbound but hated the battle system and gave up, but later someone convinced me to give another chance and I did and loved it. The same thing happened with Mother 1, tried it out, gave up, but then decided to try again with the Mother 1+2 patch and loved it.

So I played the series backwards. And that’s how I’d recommend it to someone, because I think 1 and 2 are pretty hard to get into, mostly because they feel a little dated to some people and the only reason I gave them a chance was because I loved Mother 3 so freaking much.

Dave said on Jan. 28, 2012

I’m 27 now. I don’t remember exactly how it happened. I am pretty sure I was subscribed to Nintendo Power, and I seem to recall thinking the advertising for it made it seem hilarious. I have a vague memory of seeing the giant box on the shelf in Blockbuster and not being too impressed, but that may have been before I read anything about the game or saw any ads. Some indeterminate amount of time later, it became one of those games I absolutely needed, and I had to beg my mom to buy it for me.

MoonSide said on Jan. 28, 2012

Well, my brother was already starting to emulate games on his computer and one day, he just downloaded any game with an interesting name. Earthbound was included with these games. Since I played through all the other games and thought they were terrible, I asked him if Earthbound was any good. He pretty much said to don’t waste your time with EB, and that he tried it and it looked dumb. Well, I didn’t listen to him because I wanted to see if I thought it was “dumb”. I ended up playing it for hours and getting to Saturn Valley before I told my brother to play more than just the first boss. That’s how we both got hooked, though I stayed a fan because this series inspired me.

Erikku8 said on Jan. 28, 2012

The year was 1998. I was about to start fifth grade and one night I saw my brother playing EarthBound. Admittedly, I thought it looked kinda dumb at first, but as I kept watching, I got more and more interested. I tried it out the next day, if memory serves, and I guess what hooked me was a combination of things. I liked how you could name the characters, your favorite food, etc., I liked the funny names for the monsters, and strange as it sounds, I got a lot of excitement from the battles. Maybe the SMAAAAASH! was a big contributor to that.

skyrunner14 said on Jan. 28, 2012

Hm… the first time I really got into EarthBound…

Well, like many people, I think my first exposure to the series was Super Smash Bros. on the N64. I’ve never owned the game, but I’ve rented and/or borrowed it from friends many times in the past. Ness was already unlocked. At the time, however, I was unfamiliar with the Mother series, but I had played the Startropics games, the second of which the main character gains psychic powers. Yeah, I thought Ness was Mike from the Startropics games (but wouldn’t that be cool?)

Anyway, I didn’t really think much about it at the time, but everytime I played the game I’d always choose Ness. It wasn’t until about five years later, however, that I stumbled onto Starmen.net looking for information of the character I’d play as. That was around the time Melee came out, and I happened to get it for my birthday. Older now and more appreciative of the quirky game, I set out to look for it.

It wasn’t until my next birthday that my parents gave me the best birthday present ever: my very own copy of Earthbound. Considering how expensive it can be (I don’t think I need to tell anyone here that, though :p), this was a gift I never would have expected. And yes, I played it. A LOT. I got up to the lost Underworld, and that is where my file is today (I really need to tucker down and beat it one day…)

Don’t get me wrong, I love EarthBound, but it wasn’t the game that hooked me. No, it was the original game… Mother. Or, Earth Bound (Zero). Whichever you prefer. You see, despite having grown up on the SNES and N64, for whatever reason it was the NES that really stuck out for me. It was actually my third system (again, the first two being the SNES and N64), and I’ve already gone through two of them (I need another :[).

When I finally bought myself a Famicom (mostly for some other games I wanted to play that also didn’t get a release here), I realized, “Hey, Mother is a Famicom game! I should get that!” And indeed I did… it was my very first Famicom game. And the first I beat as well, way before Earthbound.

I really don’t know what to tell you about that. I mean, I’m very much aware that it’s not that well-liked as far as the series goes, mostly due to the game’s… outdatedness… (Yeah, spell check says it’s not a word, but gosh darn it, I’m using it anyway!)? It’s massive grinding?

Well, having grown up on RPGs (my dad was crazy about them. I’d always sit on his lap while he played the classics… Lufia, Breath of Fire, Chrono Trigger, and countless others [It’s thanks to him I own these rather rare games today! Wow, I really got off topic there…]), I guess I was used to grinding.

That, and I think Mother does a lot of things not even the two sequels did. The open-ended nature of the game appealed to me, as did the graphics style… of course, that’s more due to the NES than the game, but it leaves more to the imagination, and that is one thing I loved. The story, while simple, still manages to be deep at the same time, and you can’t tell me Pollyanna isn’t a fun song, even in 8-bit.

That’s why Mother is my favorite of the series. Earthbound is great, and I haven’t played Mother 3 yet (believe me, I REALLY want to), but despite all that, it’s Mother that appeals to me the most.

mrstaplez said on Jan. 28, 2012

I got into the series, because I was amazed by the fan’s work and creativity. If they do all that, their source material MUST be good. Starmen.net, the hilarity of the fanfests (pizza guy getting beatles trivia, reid’s persona in general, the art and music), ubsey movies, what mato went through to create the fan translation- these are all examples of why I began to love mother. Because the fans were so passionate about it, it made me love it too.

Plus, I knew my buddy Mr Mars wanted to play Mother 3 extreamly badly, but wasn’t willing to just download and pirate it. So, I found a copy online for 40 dollars, ripped it using an EZ Flash. And gave it a little try before giving it to him. The family atmosphere of the game was a great setting, and it had that funny quircky stuff I love. I went through alot to get the games for myself too, and I think that made me appreciate them that much more.

I love the spirit of the mother games. The kid like atmosphere, the family orientation, the funnyness, and overcoming of trials. Its all very touching, and a good laugh at that.

Also, ruler weilding hippies to the tune of Johnnie B Goode, FTW!

PLikey said on Jan. 28, 2012

I got into EarthBound after hearing about it around the web and watching the Happy Video Game Nerd’s review of it. I also watched Chuggaaconroy play through of all of the Mother games which got me into them as well.

DragonBattousai said on Jan. 28, 2012

Back in ’97, I finally got a hold of a SNES system. I rented the game Mario Paint and liked the mousepad it came with. Since that box was the same size as the EarthBound box, I thought the game might use the mousepad as well. My mother came home saying the rental place did not give her the mousepad for it. I popped it in and loaded a guy’s saved file in Fourside and was completely confused on what I was suppose to do…

Jump 2 years later and Pokemon was huge. I finally got the RPG genre down and traded a couple of Pokemon cards to a friend who had EarthBound complete. I finally realized the giant box was for the player’s guide and when I started up that game and understood what I had to do, I played it and enjoyed all the unique puzzles such as standing for 3 minutes at the waterfall for Belch’s Factory to how to correctly defeat the final boss.

Sadly I traded that copy back to my friend who’s brother was upset that he got rid of it. I later got a hold of a used copy with no box and guide for $35 back in 2000. After that, I loved EarthBound for its quirkiness and every new secrets such as The Beatles references have made me go back and play it time after time.

Fobbies & Saturns said on Jan. 28, 2012

I haven’t been an EarthBound fan for long, but here’s my story.

So it was August this year, I had nothing to do, so I pulled up chuggaaconroy’s Let’s Play of Mother 3. I watched the special features episode, where he recommended this (EarthBound Central) site. Curious, I typed in the link.

In about an hour I was hooked.

The Happy Video Game Nerd’s review helped alot, too.

EarthBound forever!

Also, I just got my replacement Mother 3 Handbook in the mail(some pages began to fall out).

unnoticedninja said on Jan. 28, 2012

I got into Earthbound while looking for good snes rpgs that I hadn’t played yet on an emulator, and quit after an hour because the battle system didn’t show the characters sprites physically attack the enemies. I went back to it a few months later and replayed from the beginning and finished it. I’m glad to say I gave the game a second chance, it was worth it.

Gabriel said on Jan. 28, 2012

I got into the Mother series when I did some research on Ness from Super Smash Bros. I probably found Starmen.net. I also played EarthBound via ROM and liked it a lot XD

The Man With No Name said on Jan. 28, 2012

The game that got me into the series was EarthBound since it was the only one in English at the time (Smash just came out and didn’t know about ZERO).
What drew me in was the fact it was like the other games I played as a kid (FF6, Chrono Trigger, SMRPG, ECT.) But with a Modern day twist. It was witty without being try-hard and did a really good job of making you feel every emotion except frustration. Like, for instance, when I’ve died in the game I never feel upset about it and want to keep playing. No other game can do this. Weirdly enough, ever since I’ve started to play the EarthBound series (Trying to get into EBZ forever because it was really hard, and waiting what felt like forever for the Mother 3 English Translation) it begun to reflect my life. Right down to the way I dress, speak, reflect upon life, views on friendship and fighting evil, love, broken family issues, weird stuff you just can’t explain, and drug trips, heck I even got involved with a girl named Paula (whether that was because of EarthBound subconsciously I will never know). What I love most about the series is the fact that each game is a seperate emotional story. None of the three games feel like they are just a rehash and are incredibly compelling. To be honest, the simplistic nature of EarthBound Zero (ordering a ‘manufactured’ version to get the real experience and to really give it a try) makes it one of the best to be honest. The fact that it can tell such a dark, disturbing, mysterious story with so little words, colours and music is amazing. I felt frightened by Gieuge and I’m a 20 year old man, and that was because of the eerie noize that would never end. It’s incredible really how these games can be more than just games, these games are real life.

ZeldaBound said on Jan. 28, 2012

The first time I ever saw the character Ness was in the original Smash Bros for the N64. Now I was 4 years old so not only did I not know who Ness was, I didn’t really know the majority of the other fighters. Years later I looked up EB on wikipedia. Now I was still young so I could’ve looked for a better a better source. As a young lad, I was still looking for answers and then I stumbled across a picture of Ninten and Ness. I thought they were the same person at first. After that I didn’t really do any other research and didn’t really pay attention to the series ever again. Now I own SSBM when it came out and of course I saw Ness and his stages but then SSBB came out. It featured Lucas but that wasn’t the only time I saw Lucas. In a issue of Nintendo Power there was a section that covered games that were unreleased in outside of Japan. Mother 3 was one of them(I also found the NP section on EBC, so thanks). Since I was in the 7th grade, I was older and I had a better understanding of games. I first played Mother 3 at my friend’s house(emulator of course) but I only played a little bit. A year later I was interested in the series again and I did more research. Now I learned that there was a Mother game on the NES. I went onto Youtube and watched Chuggaaconroy’s LP and I thought it looked very interesting and that was the start of me becoming a Mother fan. I had another friend who was a gamer like me and he played and beaten all 3 Mother games. We talked about them which made me want to play them even more. Now I have a Mac so playing the Mother games was not going to be easy. For my 8th grade graduation, I got an SNES and EB and the rest was history. So here is a quick rundown.
Mother 3= First Mother game ever played
Mother 1= First Mother game that made me interested in the series
Mother 2= First Mother game I owned and beaten which made me a Mother fan.
EB is the only Mother game I am able to play. I can’t really figure out emulation on my Mac. Give yourself a pat on the back for reading this comment.^_^

west_haven said on Jan. 28, 2012

When I was around nine or ten, my brother was about fifteen. We played a lot of video games together, or rather, he’d play and I’d watch. I watched him play so many games and we both had such a blast! This was maybe a few years after Earthbound released, but I remember seeing my brother play it on an emulator on his computer. I believe my first memory of Earthbound was the ending, with me wondering how my brother knew so much about it in order to beat it. He let me play the final boss, I think, but he didn’t tell me that I had to pray, so of course, I couldn’t win. Years later, I found that emulator and ROM of the game and started playing it myself. When I got to the end, though, I just looked it up on the computer how to win, ahaha. My brother was surprised that I knew, but I didn’t tell him that I looked up a walkthru 8)

Carbon said on Jan. 28, 2012

My dad picked us up a copy from a used game store. Bless his soul <3

Kyle said on Jan. 28, 2012

I actually rented it so many times from Blockbuster back in 1996 that the woman who worked there gave it to me – I didn’t want anyone to have my save file!

This game has been in my life since my childhood, and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

Admiral Slakoth said on Jan. 28, 2012

I remember going to some party with my parents around the time the first Smash Bros came out. I would have been seven at the time, but, anyways, the kids at this party were playing Smash on the 2D Mushroom Kingdom level and someone was using who I thought was supposed to be a Pokemon Trainer. The character had a red hat sorta in the same vein as Ash Ketchum, he was chibi-esqe size sorta like Red from the games, and he just seemed to fit in the Pokemon canon from an aesthetic standpoint. After watching a couple matches, I was pretty sure this Pokemon Trainer had Pokemon powers as well. He was launching PK (I always thought it stood for “Pokemon”) Thunder and Fire left and right, which was just so awesome to see this little kid characters wailing on the likes of Capt. Falcon and Mario. I only got to play one game that night, so I chose the Pokemon Trainer naturally because I hate Pikachu and Jigglypuff. Then I read his name: Ness.

I asked, “Guys, whose Ness?” eagerly hoping someone would know.

Nobody knew, and no one really cared. Apparently the one person that was using Ness in the earlier matches was using him as a joke since he main’d with Link. Even with no answer, I was excited because, in my mind, I was going to wail on bitches with repeated “Flamethrowers.” Things did not go that way… Nothing ever goes your way in Smash Bros. when you’re seven. It also didn’t help that Ness, til this day, has one of the funkiest recovery moves ever. I came in 4th with zero kills and waaay too many deaths for a 5 minute time limit.

When I went back home that night, all I could think about was who Ness was and where’d he come from? Being that I was pretty sheltered when it came to video games in those days, I wouldn’t get an answer for another couple of years.


Holy cow, I remember waking up at 2am on Christmas ripping open ze GameCube waiting to slap my copy of Melee into the system. You see, I got to open the game a couple of days early because one of my friends moved away and I was pretty upset, so my parents let me open one present. Melee was the only thing I wanted that Christmas because I never got the original Smash Bros. I wore out the pages of that tiny little instruction booklet, looking forward to playing as Bowser because what self-respecting little kid isn’t going to play as the Koopa King? He was the closest thing I’d ever get to my dream of having a T. Rex be a guest character in a Smash Bros. game (Yoshi doesn’t count as a legit dinosaur, you all know that.)

The game started up and a beautiful opening cinematic graced the TV screen. Dear God, everything was right in the world. I got an immediate case of the tingles as I watched Samus duke it out with Ridley, Bowser emerge from diabolical flames, and Star Fox dogfight with Star Wolf (who totally should have been a playable character in that game). Then it cut to suburbia. The grass was green, the town was happy, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi strolling the streets and $$%%^@$#!#$%$%!$#^%^&^$@$#%!$#!^^%&@%!%^*&#%!$^%^@%%&%@!@&

Y’all should have seen my face. Out of all the fantastic scenes in that opening video, nothing excited me more than seeing Ness burst in from absolute nothingness. This would be the game that would introduce me to wonderfully heartwarming world of Mother. I knew from that point forward, I would finally know the origins of this mysterious little boy. No longer would I confuse Ness with a Pokemon Trainer, he would have his own distinct identity and place in my heart.

It’s funny the things we remember :’)

LakituAl said on Jan. 28, 2012

For me, it was CrappyCaptureDevice’s videos. The first time I unlocked Fourside in Melee, I just had to know what it was based on. Whoop dee doo, I found CCD’s “History Behind” videos, and after watching many of them, the ones that stuck out the most to me were the ones about Earthbound. Pffft, the rest is history.

Dialga Thunderstar said on Jan. 28, 2012

Chuggaaconroy’s Letsplay of earthbound.

emobook101 said on Jan. 28, 2012

super smash bros was probably the first game I ever played, so obviously I had no idea who most of the characters were. by the time melee came out, however, I knew most of the characters were, with the exception of ness, so I found myself wondering what game he was from.
I was like around 6 though, so i couldn’t look it up obviously. Brawl ended up being the one to hook me, i guess. it was the music, more specifically, the his highness theme. combining that powerful song with the dark scenery, my curiosity skyrocketed, and I wanted to play the games they were from asap. so i started with mother 3, and have been a fan ever since.

Mr. A said on Jan. 28, 2012

Even though I met Ness since the first Smash Bros I really never got interested in finding out his back story, I simply felt that he looked way to plain as a character.
But one day of boredom, I remember it as if it happened yesterday I remembered something my uncle said: “A friend told me that he just got Earthbound, it comes with a super cool guide of the game, scratch and sniff cards and he told me that the game was one of the best he had ever played”. He told me that long ago and since then I started to get some sympathy for Ness as I was also starting to master him in Brawl; although I still considered it just as a cult game.
Back to the starting point, I just remembered that and I had recently downloaded the Snes9x, so I was really into exploring games that I never had the chance to play as a kid. And actually the intro of the game didn’t appealed to me that much (the meteor crush and the bee), even nowadays I still recognized that the intro of Earthbound is kinda slow, I was just about to stop playing and erase the rom, but I though: “Hey if people say this game is so good it must be for a reason, I’ll give it a chance” I did it and I really fell in love with what comes next to the intro (fighting the sharks and exploring Onnet). After finishing it I played Mother 3; the tried Mother but failled and I recently finished it thanks to Mato’s rom 😉

TheBovine said on Jan. 28, 2012

After playing Super Smash Bros., I was curious about the game that Ness was from. I tried Earthbound and it became one of my favorite games of all time. I don’t know why, but it moved me in an emotional way that no game before it or has since. Mother 3 was the same way, in a sense.

RandomGuardian said on Jan. 28, 2012

Lol why I tried the mother trilogy 🙂
Well originally I never thought anything of ness. I was to busy kicking behind with samus or luigi. Ness was just another roy or ice climber.
When brawl came out I was fully on the emulator scene. Eventually after playing brawl for so long I thought about earthbound. Why is Lucas Japanese? Why is snowman so scary? What the hell is new pork city? Well remembering all the fun times I had in fourside and how normal ness and Lucas looked compared to fire emblem I decided to look earthbound up online.
Well mother 3 was the newest one and because it was Japanese only I took advantage of the chance to play a game my friends never would. The first chapter got me hooked and I played all the way to the end. After I was done rubbing he tears out of my eye it was then on I fell in love with the mother series.

Youkai said on Jan. 29, 2012

A friend I had back in 1995 would rent video games about every month. I’d go over and watch him play when he got a new game. He picked up EarthBound on that fateful September and I loved what I saw so much, I begged my mother to get it for me for Christmas. She said no, but she surprised me with it on Christmas morning.

TalonKhan said on Jan. 29, 2012

To be honest I was a lucky kid I was born in 1995 and the world became a little more awesome that year because of that :B…I was born into a family of fellow gamers who loved rpgs along with pretty much everything else we had earthbound by the time I was born so along with many other classic games I played it like crazy but alas it didn’t spark with me immediatly wouldn’t be till a few years that I really played it and fell in love with the game and even then before I could actually get the cartridge out and play it again our house caught on fire and it was lost in it…I’m still looking for a new one because this game has affected me in way’s no other game can and helped me find what I wanted to do with my life needless to say I have a lot to be thankful for playing it and it’s great prequel and possible best game ever sequel. :3

rand337 said on Jan. 29, 2012

I honestly have to say it was the Mother 3 Translation blog that drew me in. An admin on a forum I hung out at was an Earthbound fan, and she posted a link to the blog. My first reaction was “Eh, looks kinda cool, but I don’t really know what this game is, so I think I’ll pass.” But this admin kept mentioning it, and I found myself coming back to the translation blog every now and then, and getting a little more interested each time. I think it only took 2 or 3 months of this before I decided it was time to give Earthbound a shot. It took me a little time to get through the game thanks to a snafu with an erased save file, but the release of the translation patch pushed me to finish. I loved it, and then I played Mother 3 over the two weeks after that and loved it even more. The rest is history.

The hook? It’s honestly kind of hard to say: I think I have to credit the series’s unique and highly effective storytelling. The quirkiness of the series, though one of its strengths, I think is also a bit of a barrier to entry for newcomers, and it took me some getting used to before I realized just what the game was doing, but because this admin had talked about Earthbound’s strengths before, I stuck with it. In short, I’d have to say it was a mixture of a strong recommendation and the foretaste of a strongly emotional game that got me in.

MrNessEagleofOnett said on Jan. 29, 2012

Loved Smash Bros. Ness was my favorite character. He was just so cool. But I was always wondering “How come I dont know anything about him, I know all the other characters”. So I searched him up, saw that the title of his game was Earthbound, searched up Earthbound. Thought ” An modern day set RPG? This looks fun”. Downloaded game and emulator. Loved it. Got emulator on my R4 for DS. Kept playing. Found Starmen.net and this site. Loved it more. Saw Lucas on SSBB. Played Mother 3. Loved it. Started calling myself an Earthbounder and now I make mods and stuff about Earthbound on the internet.

Supreme Dirt said on Jan. 29, 2012

I played it as a kid. It was probably the quirkyness of the story in general, the sometimes powerful music, the large variety of items, and the strong story. I’m personally a big fan of games with good stories, and Earthbound definitely didn’t let me down.

I forgot about it for a while, but then heard about the Mother 3 translation project and it drew me back in. I played the hell out of Mother 3. Probably in my top 5 games ever, it tops Earthbound for me personally. The soundtrack is a very large part of that, as well as the general story – the translation hit when I was into activism, and the game just spoke to that incredibly well.

I finally got to Mother. I still haven’t beaten it, I hate to say. The difficulty curves are honestly what turns me off the most, which compounds my tendency to be underlevelled. Mt. Itoi is generally where I’ve stopped, simply because what inevitably happens is either 1. I die to an encounter or 2. finally get to Giegue and die there. Mother is not a good game to get into the series with imo for most people, but is a fantastic game once you’re already in.

TheMrSaturnGuy said on Jan. 29, 2012

I discovered Youtube. Sooner or later it led me to Chuggaaconroy who was doing a Mother 3 playthrough at the time and I watched it all the way through. It just caught me off guard and i felt sad for them. After a while of looking up info about Mother 3, I discovered the Mother series.

DJMankiewicz said on Jan. 29, 2012

I started with Earthbound. I got into all the hype in Nintendo Power back in the day, and was rather surprised that I was the only person I knew that had heard of it (as much as Nintendo hyped it, the hype was rather limited to people who actually READ Nintendo Power, or maybe other video game magazines, which is probably the biggest problem with it). I knew about the “prequel” to it from another “New Year” issue of Nintendo Power that had a list of Japan-exclusive games, and one of them was “Mother”. That whole article made me feel like I missed out.

I loved the SNES game. At first I rented it numerous times (at the time I didn’t actually buy many games, usually renting most of them, and if I really liked one I’d rent it some ridiculous number of times, this applied to Final Fantasy “3”, Super Metroid, and Chrono Trigger as well), and eventually managed to buy it. Actually, I distinctly recall making a tough choice in a store between Chrono Trigger and Earthbound. At this time, SNES games cost a little over $100, having actually gone UP since I got Final Fantasy “3” for about $70. I ended up picking Chrono Trigger then, and some time later finally getting Earthbound for keeps. Ironically, Chrono Trigger would go on to be rereleased numerous times, but hindsight is 20/20…

SuperMegaGamer41 said on Jan. 29, 2012

Chuggaaconroy got me into the whole Mother series, and he even told me about this website.

Someone said on Jan. 29, 2012

My brother bought super smash bros (the first one, the N64 cartridge). After unlocking all the characters we entered the character library to learn a bit of them (at that point we didn’t know anything about Fox, Samus or C. Falcon, and Pikachu and Jigglipuf were to us “some pokemons, who knows”). There we learnt that Ness appeared on a game called “Earthbound” so I tried to find anything about that game in internet.

Oddly enough, what I fond was a the rom of a “prototype version” of a game called Earthbound for the NES. No, the rom I downloaded does not say “zero” on the title. For a time I belived that Ninten was Ness. It wasn’t until I had finished the Dunkan’s factory (how I hated that place) that I found out there was another game called Earthbound for the Super Ness and that Ness belonged to it.

I enjoyed Earthbound more than Earthbound zero but it was Earthbound zero the one that caught my attention first. Both of them were very intersting. So far the only RPG game I had played was Golden Sun so finding a hippie shouting “your mother is calling for you”, not beliving it, becoming angry and thus raising the character stats was so much fun. Every little progress on each of those two games was very significant. Progresing on EB0 was pretty hard so any new step was cause of celebration while on EB each location (especially after summers) is completely new and gives a new feeling. Now we have a copy of Mother 1+2.

Among the characters of the two games, probably my favourite is Pippi. It’s a pitty that Pippi and Teddy are controlable for such a short time. It is even stranger that you don’t need to meet Teddy to complete the game while meeting Pippi is mandatory. Why are you not allowed to rename her then? And why does she not appear with the other 4 playable characters in the credits at the end?

Mother 3 was much more touching but it lacked that feeling of the other two. Don’t get me wrong, Earthbound and Mother 3 are my favourites. But it is because of the first game that I got interested in the series. These are some of the things that pushed me foreward on EB0:
-The mistery of magicant and Queen Mary
-The 8 notes and why they are important. On EB it is not so clear and on M3 the most similar items are the needles, which don’t appear until chapter 7.
-The characters you rename at the beggining and which you don’t find until much later in the game. On EB you find Paula and Jeff much earlier, which is good, but it is because of how long it takes you to find Loid in EB0 that you congratulate yourself so much. You even wonder if you have missed Ana on your way. M3 tricks you at the beggining naming certain characters that, while being very important to the plot are not controlable.
-The lack of indications and wide number of places to go compared to the other two games. On EB and M3 whenever you have to go somewhere you are told beforehand. On EB0 each character seems to be talking about something different so even if you listen to the rumors you’ll only get an idea your next destinations (but not the way to reach them). In addition you can get there before talking to other people. And there are so many places you don’t even need to visit. It gives you the feeling that you are on your own rather than being directed by others. On EB0 you had much more freedom… at a cost. Times have changed and so have games.

Fobbies & Saturns said on Jan. 29, 2012

Actually, my history for the series began before what I stated in my first comment. I watched chuggaaconroy’s Let’s Play of Mother (EarthBound Zero). I was amazed at how different it was from other RPGs: the hippies, the PSI, the lamps and dolls; it was like nothing I had ever seen before.

And that kitten in this article’s icon creeps me out. THOSE EYES…

Emily J. said on Jan. 29, 2012

I got into it because of Super Smash Bros. Melee. This was back when there were used copies of SNES games at Gamestop at the mall. I wanted to try the game so bad, and after a few visits, we finally got a copy.

I didn’t play the other two games until 6 years later. I played the first game on Nestopia, because I was curious about Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers 2. And a few months pass to when I played MOTHER 3.

Naja said on Jan. 29, 2012

Got to know about Mother through Super Smash Bros. for the N64, but never actually got around to try the game until much, much later. People would told me I should try EarthBound, but I kept delaying the thing.
So this is how I actually got into it: I came across this japanese 80s new-wave band called Uchoten, which is actually quite legendary in Japan even though they disbanded in 1991 and formed in early 80s.
I fell in love with their music with a song called “Kimi wa GAN na no da” (meaning “You have cancer”). I later learned the original music for that song was done by Keiichi Suzuki, a musician from the band Moonriders (a band I also liked). I would read that Suzuki was mainly famous outside of Japan for the music in the Mother games, that took my attention but still, didn’t get around to try the game just yet.
Later, looking a bit more, I noticed something else, the lyrics for the song were written by Shigesato Itoi, creator of the Mother games! The lyrics of the song are some of the strangest… most cold and at the same time lovely lyrics I’ve ever read, kinda… so I looked up what the first Mother game was about, totally got interested in what Wikipedia said and started playing the first Mother (EarthBound Zero) and loved it.
So yeah, I got into Mother thanks to Keiichi Suzuki and Uchoten!
The song “Kimi wa GAN na no da” can be found in a 1988 Uchoten album called “GAN”. Keiichi Suzuki and Shigesato Itoi appear credited on the album aswell as in the special thanks section (also the Moonriders).
There is a 1993 Suzuki album called “The Lost Suzuki Tapes” which contains a version of “Kimi wa GAN na no da” performed and arranged by Suzuki himself. Before, the song was only done for uchoten.

Mark said on Jan. 29, 2012

I Got Hooked onto EarthBound by downloading Duane and Brandos Lp of devistation because it had a Megaman II rap. I listened to the EB raps because it was bonus content. I thought the game was weird game about PSI Rockets that shot air at things and about bycycles emulated the game hated it and did’nt play anymore, then started to play it ’cause i was really bored, loved it ever since.

? said on Jan. 30, 2012

Nintendo Power in ’95. I hadn’t seen a game with such a scratch-and-sniff enthusiasm before.

Dosei-San said on Jan. 30, 2012

I got into Earthbound/Mother because i liked playing as ness and lucas in the smash bros series so I downloaded the fan translation and that how I got to where I am today with my second biggest obsession which is Earthbound/Mother *my first being VOCALOID*. As of today I have a boxed copy of mother 1+2 Value selection, boxed copy of mother 3, Mother 1+2 mr saturn strap, 2 fan made soundtracks, and a old advertisement from a nintendo power magazine.I did have a cartridge of Earthbound for SNES but it was really glitchy and it smelled like smoke.:/

Dan said on Jan. 30, 2012

My first Mother game was Mother 2. Picked it up in the stores because people online were saying how great it was. While Mother 3 is the more emotionally devastating and interesting (to me) installment, Mother 2 is the better introduction to Itoi’s quirky game style. It’s probably the better intro point. I’ve never played the first Mother, so I do not have a valid opinion on it.

KingOfSwords said on Jan. 30, 2012

Whe I was little, I loved Super Smash ros., eve though I hardly kwe how to play. ack the it was udersotood y my etire Smash-playig family that ay kid who could come ad fight with such stars as Lik, DK ad Captai Falco was awesome. Thus ess was our very ow memetic god of awesome. Layeer o i life whe rawl came aroud, with it came Lucas, as well as my tdreams of figdig the game where ewwss was from ad playig it. So I did. Ad it was GREAT. I loved every miute uf it (eve those hours spet i wvai searchig for that stupid Sword of Kigs). I craved more…ad the I discovered the Mother 3 traslatio. :DDDD esued. Also, this message is so roke ecause I amlazy ad the letters o my keyoard etwee the V ad the M are roke as well as arrow keys, ackspace, ad Spacear, ad puttig all these spaces it tookeouth efforet already. As I said, I am lazy,. To ew Earthoud coverts I would say to start with Earthoud, the play Mother 3, ad if they really wat to the play Mother.

John said on Jan. 30, 2012

His Highness Theme. I heard that song in Brawl, and I just had to play the game. I played Earthbound a bit… And didn’t really like it, honestly. Later, I played MOTHER 3 and MOTHER. Loved them. Got addicted. Beat Earthbound a few months later. 😛

SamWibatt said on Jan. 30, 2012

I first heard of Earthbound from the little screencap at the bottom left of this page: http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/nesaward.htm in about 1998 or 1999.

I found EB0 and played it some in an emulator, then found a SNES EB cart and tried that – and was seriously hooked. EB/Mother 2 is still my favorite.

LabrynianRebel said on Jan. 30, 2012

Kept hearing about MOTHER 3 on the internet and how it was “so awesome” googled a let’s play of it on a whim, watched a bit, then I waited about a year. Convinced that Nintendo wasn’t going to release it I “acquired” it. After I finished it I was hooked forever, next I played Earthbound, then I waited a year until Mato’s translation of MOTHER 1, and then I played that (thanks for the easy ring btw!)

Bionic said on Jan. 30, 2012

Ha. This thread makes me h…a…p…p…y…

Well, I remember being about 13 years old and reading through Gamepro. Gamepro gave Earthbound really horrible reviews as I recall (like 2 out of five on everything except music.)

But…I looked at the screenshots of the game and saw some witty lines of dialogue in the windows. And I decided that although Gamepro gave it a 2 for graphic appeal, that I actually liked the graphics and thought it was really cute.

So I went down to Software, Etc the next day (before they became Gamestop, I’m old) and was intensely curious about the gigantic box. Having the coupon from Gamepro for $10, I figured it was worth it to try something new and different, as I only played RPGs and had played all of the 3 or 4 that were out for the SNES at the time (lol.)

And then…I took that box home and fell in love with the greatest game ever made. Earthbound is like my emotional equivalent of mac n’ cheese comfort food in digital form. Whenever something’s got me down or is bothering me, or if I don’t want to think about something and just have a good time and laugh, I pop it in and it is still so much fun every time, after all of these years.

Nimbus said on Jan. 31, 2012

Like many others, I first discovered the series through the first Smash Bros. I stumbled upon SM.Net while trying to figure out who that “cool looking kid with the shorts” was. I had remembered seeing a lot of screenshots and fan-mail regarding EarthBound 64 in my Nintendo Power. Figuring I’d probably be playing that on my N64 soon, I decided to try out the SNES one in the meantime.

And wow did it blow me away. Something about the sense of humor just drew me in. I’m the type of gamer who talks to every NPC possible, and EarthBound really rewards you for that with its witty dialogue. That bizarre, playful attitude just reminded me of a Saturday morning cartoon.

More than anything though, I think StarMen.Net fueled my love for the series. This was the early 2000s when the internet was just starting to get huge. Before that, I had never really “connected” with a fanbase like this, it was all just me and a few friends talking about games. Now I had this giant community of friends who were into EarthBound and before I knew it, the game had easily become one of my favorites.

SytYoshi said on Feb. 2, 2012

I wasn’t the biggest RPG fan before Earthbound was released. I only finished “Final Fantasy (IV)” to that point (getting crushed in “Final Fantasy” and “Dragon Warrior”). I was hooked when I saw the Nintendo Power review. I saved my allowance and rushed to the nearest Toys ‘R Us on its release date. I quickly finished it soon afterwards.

I have replayed Earthbound at least 3 times since then and still fun. I’m glad when I found Starmen.net knowing that there were other people in love/passionate with this hidden gem in the vast Nintendo landscape.

My best memory is finally obtaining the elusive Sword of Kings (thanks to a Starmen.net tip) with a PIP of a Hilary Clinton speech after a primary win.

“Kids like you should be playing Nintendo games” – Onett police chief

Thati said on Feb. 2, 2012

I first got into the MOTHER series in a pretty weird way… I was searching for CreepyPastas on google, and then i saw an article about Giygas. In the article, was described the whole ending of the game and that famous theory of ‘Giygas is a unborn fetus’. So, i already knew the whole ending when i played Earthbound for the first time…
Anyway, that article made me curious about the game, so i searched about it and started to play. Needless to say, i fell in love with the game. I’ve completed it 4 times, one after the other.
Then, of course, i started to play the other 2 games of the series. And well…. even though i really love Earthbound and MOTHER, i think i like MOTHER 3 better…
Well, it was like this.

Lillie Joe said on Feb. 4, 2012

My best friend when I was around 10 year old had the game and we were fascinated by the story and the weird music it was so weird and fun, but since we weren’t English native the plot was a little fuzzy and we never finished the game (I remember mostly playing the game until the number 3 mole place or so and restart the game to see the begin again)
Only years later I watched some top 10 on YouTube about various thing and they listed often giygas as the scariest – weirdest boss in video game, I was surprised to know it was the last battle in earthbound, the game I mostly remembered for the talking fly and the sunburn. I decided to give it a new try and finish the game, I’ve totally felt in love in the game again and decided to try the 2 other game too, that made me love the serie even more

Minifig2401 said on Feb. 4, 2012

I feel like sharing my story.
It all started being a pokemon fan( yep)i liked playing nintendo games so it was only a matter of time before i dove into mario. so i was looking on super mario wiki, and i read about the smash bros series. i was looking at the characters you could play as and i saw little ness and lucas. i was rather confused on how they never got to be on monoply, and the fact that the one they released in America was the second game. and then maybe like a few months ago i was bored and wanted to be obsessed with something(that was after harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2) and i knew about earthbounds history, i just never bothered with it. then i read info on little earthbound wiki(on wikia)i was most intrigued on how giegue looked like mewtwo. eventually i fired up youtube and spent a good week or so watching chuggaaconorys mother series lets plays(and also became a fan of chuggaa) then i wanted to play the games myself. my friend luigimarioman1 kinda taught me how to use roms and emulators.( i figured it out after he told me he was playing them over the phone) but of course i became a proud member of starmen.net, and as of today i have finished mother 1 and 2! and recently i read that ape is now creatures inc so that explains why so many mother fans also like pokemon and i plan on getting offical mother stuff someday. most likely mother 1+2.

Mr.Fobby said on Feb. 4, 2012

well my brothers friend came here once and he downloaded
the first super smash bros on are computer (before this i didnt even know who mario was i was living off this game called zoombeanies) first time i played it i went with kirby i liked him then i played with ness then it he ness is better then kirby. then he was the only character i played with. hten i play earthbound and liked it but i like mother 3 better

chrisbg99 said on Feb. 11, 2012

Man I remember when saw the 2 page review for EarthBound in EGM back in ’95 (I was 12 or so at the time) and despite the rather not enthused tone of the review I fell in love with it and knew I had to play it. Unfortunately it would take me a little while before I’d actually own it but whenever I went to visit my grandpa here in Fargo, I’d rent it and enjoy the hell out of it. And then one fateful day I either had enough money to buy my own copy at the time or I convinced my grandpa to buy it for me (I forget) and it was true love, my first RPG I ever loved as well. 17 years later and it still my favorite RPG ever.

Matteomax said on Feb. 12, 2012

I got into EarthBound, well, about 2 years ago (sorry, I aint an EarthBound veteran.) when I was watching a video of Super Mario world hacks, I came across a video of a custom boss with “Pokey Means Buisness” as the theme. I didnt know why, but that attracted me, as I searched around Youtube for a video of it, and eventually came across Chuggaconroy’s playthroughs of it. I clicked on the battle against Pokey and the Devil’s Machine, and recognized the music. Then I went on eBay to buy a copy of it, but it costed me $115.00 to buy it,and now I love the game. 😀

The Great Klaid said on Feb. 14, 2012

I was playing Smash Bros on the 64. My cousin played as Ness. I asked him who the hell was this kid he mumbled Earthsomething or another and I forgot about it as I’ve never heard of it. Years later Melee came out and I saw it said Earthbound on his trophy and it was American. I started research and emulation and grew to love it. I finally own a copy of Mother 2. I’m not paying more than $50 for a game ever…

Daniel said on Feb. 15, 2012

I unlocked Ness in Smash Bros. 64 and as a kid I had to know who this character was, as I didn’t recognize him. My dad apparently did research before buying us the game (which he did for a lot of games he bought back then) and said that he was from the game Earthbound on SNES. I always wanted to play Ness’s game, because I had a least one game from everyone else on the roster except for him. I had some fantasy that one day I would get a SNES, because I didn’t have one, and Earthbound would be my first game.

Of course that never happened, and one day a friend of mine said they played Earthbound, through emulation of course. I didn’t really know how to get emulators or ROMs or how to work them back then, so I had her set it up and I was finally able to play Earthbound. I played it all summer long until I beat it, and I even took the time to restart the whole game when my data was lost halfway through the game due to some computer problems.

I was able to finish the game, a childhood fantasy somewhat fulfilled. Around that time, though, the Mother 3 translation was done, so I downloaded that and started playing. It was great that I was sick at the time, because then I could just sit in my room and play it. Mother 3 took me by surprise, it was such an emotional game, one of the few that have ever made me cry. It became one of my favorite games ever.

I’m hoping someday I will be able to obtain a SNES, and when I do, I’ll save up as much as I can to get a copy of Earthbound, and hopefully a copy of Mother 3 too.

cassette said on Feb. 18, 2012

I’ve known about it since I was a kid (I’m 27 now). My cousin got Earthbound when it come out. I remember looking thru the strategy guide and being completely enthralled by it. I wanted to play it so bad, but, Unfortunately, he never let me play it. I played it years later when I found out about ROMs, and it’s been my favorite game ever since.

I recently played Mother 3, with the english patch, and loved it. I loved it so much that I bought the Mother 3 Deluxe Box.

Anonymous said on Feb. 21, 2012

My friend has a collection of rare games and Earthbound was one of the games, so I decided to give the game a try and I absolutely loved it and remains one of my favorite games in general. I eventually got the other games, and Mother 3 was my favorite.

Kyosuke said on Feb. 23, 2012

I was in Walmart checking out the machine that displays video/info commercials on new games, like I usually did in those days. I remember Uniracers for SNES having a preview on there at the time. Then a little preview of EarthBound came up and I instantly felt an explosion of warm feelings on the inside. It was love at first sight.

John said on Feb. 27, 2012

Way back when they had those scratch n sniff ads for the game in magazines, wanted to buy the game at the time but not sure why I didn’t buy it at that time. Rented it a few times but always got stuck at the saturn valley spot till years later.

landyn said on Feb. 27, 2012

I got it because Iwanted to play a good game so I saw earthbound in the pawn shop.

MGN001 said on Feb. 28, 2012

I actually haven’t played EarthBound yet. I just played Mother over the weekend. But I do remember visiting my cousins when they were living in Alaska, back in ’01 I think, and they had a copy there. But I was eight years old and OH MY GOD MORTAL KOMBAT!!!(My first fighting game; I’m still terrible at them) When SSB came out for the Nintendo 64, I recognized Ness, but couldn’t place where. I just assumed he was some forgotten mascot for the Nintendo Entertainment System (My line of thinking: NES => Ness) Later I learned he was a character from EarthBound. I became interested and ended up playing the GBA version of Mother 1 at school on my laptop, until it broke. Then I picked it up and finished it over the weekend. Next weekend: I’m bound for EarthBound. (EarthBound-bound?)

SNGW said on Mar. 2, 2012

Played SSB. Got awesome with Ness and wondered where he was from. Read a lot about Earthbound and now im really into it. Unfortunatley, never got to play any of them, except for a small part of Earthbound.

Hikeau said on Mar. 5, 2012

When I was a child I first saw Ness as a sterotypical american boy who always did what other boys did. I had always ridiculed Ness as a horrible character in SSM (Super Smash Bros. Melee). I would even beat the heck out of Ness when I played practice Mode. The only reason I hated Ness becuase I thought he was a “sterotype” on the American boys and how they should grow up to be like. When I was a young boy everyone in my school betrayed and hurt me because I was a religon that was consider terrorist religon. This lead me to put all my hate on Ness. Then as I grew up an extremly tramatic event occured in my life that lead me to go insane. Then as i was browsing youtube wacthing videogame footage it gave my a recommendation for a japenesse video. The video showed Ness standing outside a park where he was confronted by Everdred. The japenese video looked interesting so i clicked it. I was captured by the gameplay and translated the title from japenese to english. I then got mother 2 and typed it in the search bar. from that I looked up Mr. Itoi and learned why he created giygas. I then felt that Itois truamatic experience was similar in some ways. So in a way I kind of befriended a man whose childhood was striped away through a game. Now i see Itoi as a man who is my friend who helped me get through tough and dark times.

Earth Saturn said on Mar. 6, 2012

I found the series through Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl a few years back. After playing those two games for a while, I decided to see what this series was like, and I watched let’s plays of the first two Mother games. I became hooked. I don’t know which one I watched first and which one got me hooked, I’m guessing EarthBound. And I actually did not watch a let’s play of Mother 3 until almost 2 years after. And unfortunatly, I have not played any of the Mother games.

Kabumek said on Mar. 25, 2012

Haha, I started a topic about this on Starmen.net…
My story is unique. Sure, I’d heard of Ness and EarthBound in SSBM, but I never really paid attention, though I did play as him sometimes due to the fact that I really didn’t have a favourite character in the roster back then.

The really story actually begins with… Pikmin 2.
Okay, so there’s this cave called the Submerged Castle, that’s known for its nightmare fuel what with a giant invincible wraith chasing you if you take too long on a sublevel.
Anyways, I enjoyed listening to its music, but while looking through the comments, people mentioned a game called “EarthBound” and something about it sounding like the Cave of the Past, and things about Giygas. Eventually, this caught my interest and I checked out the mentioned BGM, and later watching the area it appeared in.
I didn’t sleep for a while that night.

Somehow it didn’t turn me off of the game and I instead was intrigued and decided to play the game. I wanted to get it legitimately at first, but I don’t see myself getting a SNES anytime soon so I’m a pirate haha -shot’d-

Blobs1234 said on Apr. 5, 2012

I got into while researching Ness in Super Smash Bros

ZoomBoingDakota said on Apr. 26, 2012

I first played Earthbound the day I came home from the hosptal after being born in September ’95. My dad had bought the game at its release, and played it when he brought me home while I sat in his lap. Of course, I dont remember much other than the pretty colors, but I had actually played that very day. (My dad took a video of it, since he absoulty loved the game) Now im 16 and have played through Earthbound 23 times, Mother 3 Ive played 11 times, and Mother I finished 7 times. I love the series and everything about it, and will continue to play through it my entire life

Ness PK Rocks said on Jun. 20, 2012

I was interested in learning about the characters in ssb, and I had no idea who Ness was, or what game he was from. Later I learned the name Earthbound. It sounded so different, so I looked it up on ebay… ouch… Later I looked up a let’s play of it, and Chuggaconroy got me into it. I found an Earthbound Zero Reproduction for a good price, beat that, earned the money for earthbound, then downloaded Mother 3. I can honestly say that I am happy that I played them all in order.

ProtoGuy said on Jun. 21, 2012

I saw one of those ‘VC Most Wanted’ lists with Earthbound at the top, so I got an emulator to see what all the fuss was about. 4 years later and I’m an avid Mother fan.

100earthbound said on Jul. 20, 2012

I was playing ssb and I was playing as Link. I beat Ness. Because he was unlocked, I tried him out. I was a pro. Looked up Earthbound, saw Chuggaaconroy, my FAV LPer, played it. Soon, I fell in love with Earthbound and checked the others and cried through Mother 3. Thats my story.

Ami-chan said on Sep. 22, 2012

i actually have never played a mother game… i do plan on playing mother 3 eventually, but i was first introduced to earthbound through mother 2 played by chuggaaconroy on youtube.

SiAnnime said on Nov. 19, 2012

Well, my cousins told me all about it, but I never cared about it, until I started playing smash bros. after that I was totally obsesed.and that is why I’m here today!

Phyznix said on Jan. 30, 2013

The smash bros series got a lot of gamers into Mother. Most out of pure curiosity, people wondering who the heck was Ness and where did they come from? They would then figure out Ness is from Earthbound, Now maybe that would get the player interested into playing Earthbound, and then there ya go a new Mother fan. At least this is how i became a Mother fan.

starman0 said on Mar. 3, 2013

I was 3 years old, in 1996. My Mother brought home the game because it was sci-fi and it looked cool. I was instantly sucked in by the opening cutscene, and I remember it being very hard because I had NO IDEA how to play an RPG. But I perservered for as long as I could… UNTIL MY BROTHER SOLD OUR SNES AND ALL THE GAMES! For an N64 of course so how mad could I be at the time? But the older I got the more it made me angry. I did finally play through the entire game late last year on an emulator, and I WAS able to play through EB0 before playing EarthBound because of everything. So I guess things still worked out 😀 I’d love a way to play the game again legally without loads of $ spent though. And I still need to finish Mother 3!

megamegaman247 said on May. 3, 2013

I know this post is REALLY OLD but I am going to post anyway…
So here goes, the year is about 2002, my age is about 3 or 4. I was at a someones house and we got into his fathers old games and EarthBound was one of them. Since were like, toddlers, we had no freaking clue what we were doing. We played the game constantly (never getting anywhere mind you) and we LOVED it. We played the games till I was about 4 years ago when I was 10 and I moved away. The game always stuck with me though and I did some research. I found a ROM for the game (not knowing at that time piracy was a bad) and downloaded it. I remembered the game well up until about threed (which is as far as we got) and then I just kept playing and it was great! I beat the game and knew from there that it was amazing. I would go on to have a constant save file for the game and end up getting the cart for the game along with a Super Nintendo last year. I have such fond memories playing that game and I still have had a save going for the past 4 years. This game is awesome and everyone should play it. (and Mother 3 is my second favorite game of all time to, but for different reasons)

Anonymous said on May. 3, 2013

My way of discovering EarthBound is way different than discovering Ness from SSB then looking him up then-BANG!-the game! I was looking up the Sonic CD Secret Message on YouTube. I saw some people talking about Giygas, I was wondering who the heck he was so I looked up on YouTube “Giygas,” and opened a video of the final boss, said the game’s title, researched reviews and Wikipedia, I gained interest in the game went to doperoms.com, downloaded the file, played on my SNES emulator: I got hooked instantly, and that’s how it started the love for this series.

Anonymous said on May. 3, 2013

And also helped my friend in my grade know about this game, and he has a Wii U (I don’t) since the game’s going to be rereleased, he will probably buy it day 1, he is a long-time Zelda fan (his favorite series ever) I told him a new LoZ game was coming to the 3DS, but he was excited in EarthBound, he knew Ness in SSB, but since I told him everything (I even made a history book about the series for him)now he knows a lot of history about the series now, I’m glad to have my own best friend become an EarthBound fan too! 🙂

A-wel Cruiz said on Jun. 21, 2013

I remember back in the summer of 1995, a friend and I were checking out a local video store for a weekend game rental. The first thing that jumped out at us was Earthbound, due to it’s extra large box. When we found out it was an RPG, we were sold since we were both into that genre (him more than me at the time) thanks to the Final Fantasy games. When we got it home, we noted how dated the graphics were compared to what Square was doing at the time, but we also discovered how quirky and irreverent the game was, too.

Me and him have lost touch over the years, so I can’t say if he’s still a fan of the game, but I’ve been hooked on everything Earthbound ever since. And to think if Nintendo hadn’t released the game with a strategy guide and sold it in a normal sized box, we may never have even noticed it.

Doringo said on Jan. 28, 2014

I found it in a bunch of old games I had, really got into it when I played it at a more appropiate age since when you play things when you are really young you tend to just mess around too much.

It’s funny because in super smash bros 64 I didn’t even know who Ness was (Mainly because I didn’t use the don’t care options) until I looked at his character information.


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