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January 4th, 2012 | MOTHER 3

Famitsu recently held an online survey asking readers for the games that most moved them to tears. Of the zillions of games submitted, MOTHER 3 managed to break into the top ten at #8!

Incidentally, the top ten list was:

  • #1: Final Fantasy X
  • #2: Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII
  • #3: Okami
  • #4: Clannad
  • #5: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • #6: Steins;Gate
  • #7: Air
  • #8: Final Fantasy VII
  • #8: MOTHER 3
  • #10: Final Fantasy Type-0
  • #10: Little Busters! Converted Edition

So, what do you think? Should MOTHER 3 be higher or lower? Do you agree that it’s tied with Final Fantasy VII? Anything else you can think of that should be on here? I’m mostly amazed at how much Final Fantasy is on here – even though I’m a big fan of the series it does seem a bit excessive 😛


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65 Comments to MOTHER 3 8th Most Tear-jerking Game

Aspirety said on Jan. 4, 2012

Good to see that the Mother series still gets a lot of recognition in Japan.
And of course 3 of the top 10 are Key games. Never underestimate Key’s crying game genre. ;;

JRokujuushi said on Jan. 4, 2012

Totally agree with #1. When I saw this, I wept while screaming “Final Fantasy, what have they done to you!?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5FTJxfV3pc

Poe said on Jan. 4, 2012

MOTHER 3 and Metal Gear Solid 3 both made me cry, but MOTHER 3 way more than MGS3. I think maybe more people have played MGS3 than MOTHER 3, perhaps, so that’s how it got more votes.

Also, Steins;Gate and Okami are on there?? Makes me want to play them even more now. Is Final Fantasy X that much of a tear-jerker? I’ve never played through a “3D” FF game completely yet.

I really can’t think of any other games that have effected me so much as to make me cry. I came close to crying when I played 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, but it was for a different reason. Like an “oh god someone help me please what do I do aaaaaahhhhh” kind of reason.

Onion said on Jan. 4, 2012

Without spoiling too much…

Yes, the fate of several characters in Okami is pretty depressing. It’s a long journey so you really get attached. Great game!

Also I think Mother 2 was rated the 5th best Nintendo game in a recent Famitsu poll. Pretty wild how much love the series still gets 😀

Qiezei said on Jan. 4, 2012

I think Mother 3 should be higher on the list. Then again, I would’ve done the list a lot differently (I’m disappointed Phantom Brave wasn’t on the list. Poor Marona…;_;)

blahmoomoo said on Jan. 4, 2012

But of course half of the games made by Key are on this list. I definitely agree that Clannad and Air belong there in that order. I don’t know about Clannad being below those Final Fantasy games though… Clannad really hit the spot with balancing positive moments with tragic moments with plenty of character development to back it all up. I don’t think the same is the case with FFX (not sure about Crisis Core FF VII). Can’t say anything about Okami though.

As for where Mother 3 is, I agree with its position (based on the games in the list that I have actually played). Mother 3 was a tear-jerker, but not as much so as Air or Clannad. I haven’t gotten into Steins;Gate yet, but I can see how it could become a tragic story. MGS3… well, not sure why it’s more of a tear-jerker than Mother 3. Sure, there are sad moments, but I never felt like crying about them.

(Though upon watching the Air anime a second time, I was more confused than sad. Perhaps I should try the visual novel, as the anime does not have enough character development IMO.)

Zinco said on Jan. 4, 2012

Metal Gear Solid 3? Really?

blahmoomoo said on Jan. 4, 2012

Wait, I remember what makes MGS3 a tear-jerker: a certain part of the ending where Kojima makes the player do a certain thing (not going to spoil it here). That moment in MGS3 probably affected players more than any single moment in Mother 3. But I think when you look at the full story, Mother 3 was more tragic.

Yosh said on Jan. 4, 2012

I don’t cry often, but some game manages to make me cry. A lot. Those games are Mother 3 and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon : Explorer of Sky, and I cry every time I play them. I never cried at any time in Final Fantasy games. Okami didn’t make me cry either, although I loved the game. I never played Key games, but I watched the Clannad anime, that make me cry a lot too. Paper Mario and Phoenix Wright games, amongst others, make me shed a tear too.

Halloween said on Jan. 4, 2012

Awesome to see Steins;Gate on the list! Everyone I know is ignoring my recommendation to play the game/watch the show!

Other games that deserve their spot: Mother 3, Okami.
But Okami doesn’t really build up to it IMO, it just kind of hits you hard at the one spot in the end.

G.Wicks said on Jan. 4, 2012

Final Fantasy X? Really? Tidus is just super lame and unrelatable. I didn’t care for his smugness or his fate. And Final Fantasy VII is the only other game on that list that in my opinion contends with Mother 3 in terms of sadness, but I’d have to say Mother 3 is by far sadder. Something about Mother 3 is written in such a way that is feels bigger than just a sad video game. It’s a story that could work as a book or film; it’s just light years beyond all these other games in terms of how immersing it is. It just sucks you into it’s world, like a really good book.

I have suspicions that this is more of a popularity contest than a sadness contest. Mother 3 is just way sadder, more tearjerking, more engaging by a long shot.

I declare shenanigans on this list! Everyone grab a broom!

AltoMaximus said on Jan. 4, 2012

Can someone please assist me to the right direction?
How is FF X sad?
I have played threw the game twice, and I never shed a tear or felt sad?
Why is it so sad?

Poe said on Jan. 4, 2012

Mato said that this was a list of games that “moved people to tears.” When something is emotionally moving, that doesn’t always mean it’s sad.

Lessten said on Jan. 4, 2012

Me starting Mother 3 ” I wonder if this is as sad as everyone tells me. Me after Mother 3 ” WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! CLAUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lessten said on Jan. 4, 2012

Mother 3 is the only game that makes me cry.

Blueflower999 said on Jan. 4, 2012

I think Mother 3 should be #1. Of course, I’m biased, but that’s still what I think. Of course, I’ve seen lots of other tear-jerking games, but I have to say Mother 3 takes the cake.

Erikku8 said on Jan. 4, 2012

None of these games made me cry. In Mother 3, while I felt for the characters, I never actually cried. A lot of these games listed are unfamiliar to me, so I can’t really judge.

Eric said on Jan. 4, 2012

I think M3 should be higher, it has been the only gem to make me cry! I tear up and get sad in some games and movies, but have never cried. Mother 3 is a game that carries on that feeling of sadness and melancholy, even through some happy times, in all honesty it should be top 5…(Okami didn’t make me cry, but i got very sad)

Samurai Snake said on Jan. 4, 2012

Mother 3 should be higher than Final Fantasy 7, heck even FFX. Mother 3 hits closer to home than any of these games.

Johnwalt said on Jan. 4, 2012

FFX? O.o It was a great game but it wasnt really sad? o.o The only sad part i could think of is… IDK just definetely not above Mother 3 =/

Von Krieger said on Jan. 4, 2012

FFX made me cry, decidedly not in a good way.

Hold this balloon, wear this seagull hat and go “Wark!” for me. Then try to dodge these 200 lightning bolts in a row.

Foiled TinMan said on Jan. 4, 2012

I think that steins;Gate and Clannad shouldn’t be allowed seeing as they are VN’s, specifically made for a story telling tale.

but hey, a game is a game

Gooptek said on Jan. 4, 2012

The only games that actually made me cry where “Mother 3” and “Professor Layton and the Last Specter”, wich the last one obviusly isn’t in the list.

Anna said on Jan. 4, 2012

Mother 3 was fun game mostly I cried.

Dude said on Jan. 4, 2012

I haven’t played any of the others games so I can’t say if it should be higher or not. It’s position is just fine as far as I’m concerned.

M1997 said on Jan. 4, 2012

I have played NONE of the games on this list, sadly. However, I have seen Chuggaaconroy’s LPs of both Okami and Mother 3. I cried on Mother 3. Okami was more humorous than tearjerk-y. I heard that Metal Gear Solid 3 had some sad moments in it, though. And HOW is FFX on the list? I’ve heard reviews of that game, and they were NOT crying about it. Wanna know what game I cried on AND I own and played? Final Fantasy VI! 6! You hear me!?

Oh well, at least M3 made the top 10.

EByay said on Jan. 4, 2012

Final Fantasy X is absolutely deserving of that #1 spot.

Only 7 hours into the game and I had already began crying over the horrible death of the Final Fantasy franchise that I was witnessing.

Halfway into the game, and I was all cried out. My tears had run dry, and I was just left feeling empty, miserable, and despondent over how the Final fantasy name had been shaped and twisted into a hideous, unrecognizable, foul smelling heap of excrement before me.

Yes, Mother 3 has lots of legitimately sad moments moments, like the tragic death of a major character in the first chapter, and the masterful final battle of the game, to go along with the profound and beautiful story of the game itself, throughout.

But that’s all intentional.

It takes a special game like Final Fantasy X to be as powerful and as truly, heartrendingly, and revolutionarily interactive as to be able to move you to tears over the loss of a real life travesty: The systematic murder of a franchise by it’s own company.

The heartbreakingly terrible voice acting. The profoundly irritating characters. The repulsively soul-crushing, blithering mess of a story. The painfully atrocious visual design. The sheer, mind-numbing boredom of grinding your way down linear hallway after linear locked on path towards an agonizingly hammy and contrived slew of immeasurably stupid cutscenes.

As much of a regretful, depressing waste of time as anything else, and the deeply disheartening destruction of a franchise like Final Fantasy, that used to be once associated with quality product.

On the other hand, Mother 3 brought up some interactive things, like the voice in the church, and the post-credits sequence which does try to involve the player in it’s ending… But Final Fantasy X will always be the most direct example of a game personally effecting someone, as that horrible load of irredeemable crap was.

Mother 3 is a wonderful game with a beautiful story and a philosophy about life, free will, future, destiny, society and the dreams and desires of humankind, but it is still just a game.

Final Fantasy is a game that makes you question the very reason why you play games.

Or at least… that game.

Yeah. I love Mother 3, but it can’t even remotely compete with an experience as mortifying as FFX.

AltoMaximus said on Jan. 4, 2012

I respect your opinion.
However I just never felt to involved with the characters like in MOTHER 3.
In FF X, the character that dies I didn’t know a thing about.
I got to know Hinawa, and it made it clear that they all cared for her.
At the end, you can grow to see how much Claus was wanted in loved.
And how he was spat on by Porky.
You can feel their emotions in the final battle.
In FF X, I only saw a death, and heard the character only be inportant for a little bit.
Same thing with Hinawa, but Claus is another story.
*** Spoliers end****

Nessgeek said on Jan. 4, 2012

Final Fantasy VII, while a great game, not really sad. Theres only like one scene in the game that would be sad but, other than that, Mother 3, by FAR, had some sadder moments.

Heck, even FFVI had some more touching moments than VII. But back to M3, that game’s storyline dealt with life situations a lot which are fictional but some that kind of reflect our world’s lifestyle. Not going to go into details that would spoil the game, but those of you who played it might understand what i’m getting at.

In summary, it should be much higher in tier compared to FFVII in this category.

Yoshi! said on Jan. 4, 2012

I think you need to get your sarcasm meter fixed.

Masodx said on Jan. 5, 2012

Lol ffx being first , how such a bad game story could end up first ? If they want a square -enix game , they should have take chrono cross . It’s certainly deeper over ffx

Mother 3 should be highter on the list :/ it’s one of the best japanese rpg ever on so many aspect , specially on the writting part

Lucky Red dead redemption isn’t a japanese game. It should be top 3 on this list

SimplyGnawful said on Jan. 5, 2012

As an Earthbound fan I’m glad to see the game is still getting recognition. Further more, Mother 3 is the lowest end game in terms of limitations(Graphics, sound, lack of voice acting) the fact that it made the list without any of that stuff is a testament to how well the story holds up.

Onion said on Jan. 5, 2012


Well I believe FFX consistently ranks on Japanese gamers’ top lists of pretty much everything. That game is almost universally beloved over there. Not too surprising to see it here.

Personally I thought it was deeply flawed mess but hey everyone’s got their own opinion.

G.Wicks said on Jan. 5, 2012

EByay has a point.

MarioFan3 said on Jan. 5, 2012

@tl;dr people:
If Mother 3 were 1st, Okami and FFX were tied 2nd and the rest were left the way it is, I’d be completely okay with that.

@People who read all of this:
Okami made me feel down, and FFX I can’t really say… because you know in Final Fantasy X when Zidane thought that all was lost for his relationship hopes?
I was actually starting to go through a relationship break-up the very day I was playing that part… so I actually shared his feelings of despair… it was quite a unique experience… (Anyone else here had a similar experience with video games?)

Then when Zidane was angry at all his friends, I felt that way towards my ex so I shared his anger there as well… So as far as FFX goes I can’t exactly judge because of my own emotional instability at they time of playing through it.

As for FFVII. FFVII NEVER made me feel close to crying at all! The saddest I ever felt playing FFVII was when Sephiroth makes his kill, my reaction was “What…..? She’s… dead…? Oh come on… that just plain sucks” I just didn’t really feel it… it was like turning up to some distant relative’s funeral whom you never really talked with much…

Mother 3 was the VERY FIRST game to ever make me burst into tears, not just once, but twice! And I mean full on waterfall tears here, as though something had broken inside my own self. I take in-game story full-on if it’s told well enough, and Final Fantasy VII felt a bit ‘meh’ in terms of emotional story…

Mother 3 still remains today as the only game that has made me lose myself in tears as a result of the in-game story… Final Fantasy X’s theme song has indeed made me lose myself in tears as well, however this is because my ex and I made it our ‘love’ song… obviously the break-up caused me to tear up every time I heard the song for weeks…

MarioFan3 said on Jan. 5, 2012

Actually, now that I think about it… I think I’ll forever struggle to play Final Fantasy X ever again because it will always remind me of my very first break-up… always…

WallHack said on Jan. 5, 2012

The ending of MGS3 was sad, but nowhere as moving as the ending of Mother 3. Or the beginning. Hell, the whole game was a roller coaster of emotions. All the characters were so relatable, especially if you named the main ones after friends/family.

Zinco said on Jan. 5, 2012

@blahmoomoo Oh, right. That was a good scene. I just couldn’t remember it with all the super ridiculous stuff that happens in that game. (Which I totally love. Of course.)

AltoMaximus said on Jan. 5, 2012

God, people on this site over exagerate a ton.
And I don’t think EByay was being sarcastic.
I may have been over exagerating however.

blahmoomoo said on Jan. 5, 2012

AltoMaximus: if you read what EByay wrote closely, he’s crying over FFX because of how bad it is (compared to previous games in the franchise), not because of how good the story is. It’s written with extreme sarcasm.

AltoMaximus said on Jan. 5, 2012

Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I see now.
Yeah I’m extremely horrible at hinting things.
In runs in my family actualy!

AltoMaximus said on Jan. 5, 2012

I feel really stupid now 😉

Onett Resident said on Jan. 5, 2012

Where the hell is Majora’s Mask?!

MarioFan3 said on Jan. 5, 2012

I just realised something… I got FFIX and FFX mixed up the wrong way around! I always get them wrong, and now that I realise FFX is number 1? No way, FFX DEFINITELY shouldn’t be no.1, *grumble* *grumble* damn Japanese fans ruining the statistics *grumble* *grumble*

Minifig2401 said on Jan. 6, 2012

Where is pokemon mystery dungeon explorers of time/ darkness/sky? i know we all love mother 3 and it made me cry but that was the first game that made me cry.

Arekussu said on Jan. 6, 2012

where’s #9, and sorry but Final fantasy VII only haves a heartbreaking moment other than that nothing more it deserves number 9 not 8

The Great Morgil said on Jan. 6, 2012

What the heck is Little Busters? Wait, wasn’t that a song in FLCL?

blahmoomoo said on Jan. 6, 2012

Little Busters! is a visual novel by Key. They also made Air and Clannad. All three have been adapted to anime as well (definitely recommend watching Clannad).

The reason why there are two #8’s is because Mother 3 and FFVII were tied for 8th place.

Mel said on Jan. 7, 2012

I think Mother 3 should be a lot higher on the list.
Really. There aren’t too many people that haven’t cried at the ending.

naussica said on Jan. 7, 2012

Okay, how is Final Fantasy VII tear jerking? Sure Aeris (Yes I say Aeris) died, big whoop. She was probably one of the flattest characters in any video game (someone had to say it). I mean, all she did was dote over Cloud and try to get him to date her. That’s it.

Mother 3 should’ve taken the number one spot, it wasn’t even the ending that did it for me, chapter 6 did that, but the ending amped it up to 11.

GiegueStrikesBack said on Jan. 10, 2012

Mother 3 mad me cry manly tears….. Oh who am I kidding, I cried like e a lonely pup throughout most of the game 😛

FlyingManCourage said on Jan. 12, 2012

I didn’t cry at the end of Mother 3. I didn’t find it sad at all. I think it was because it was really expected for me. I wasn’t surprised about the big “disclosure of identity” at the end so maybe that’s why I wasn’t too emotionally invested. I found a much stronger emotional impact from the beginning when the serious event that sets the games events in motion occurs. I didn’t expect that. I don’t know, I just didn’t find the ending of Mother 3 to be anything special. It was an appropriate ending, IMO. I can see I’m in the minority on this one.

I’ve never actually dropped a tear during a video game. Lots of games that I really enjoy on this list, however. I’ve never played Final Fantasy X. Should I give it a shot and see if I cry like a little baby?

Dialga Thunderstar said on Jan. 13, 2012

I think pokemon md2 should be up there. That was the video game that made me close to tears.

Pikachu said on Jan. 14, 2012

The only ones I agree with are Okami and MOTHER 3.

The Earthbounder said on Jan. 18, 2012

I believe that…

MOTHER 3 Should Be No. 1!

I mean both your mother and brother DIE!

Okami. Yeah It’s Sad But

MSG 3!!!

It should be MSG 4 on the list.
Now that was 100 times sadder Than MSG 3!

Dan CiTi said on Jan. 22, 2012

Okami, Mother 3, MGS3, and Crisis Core got plenty of tears out of me, though I have to say versus FF6 to 7, FF6 wins in the tear-jerking (and all other) department.

StarmanFan said on Jan. 25, 2012


Final Fantasy suck I see all the endings and Mother 3 is the best
oh I remenber now I have found one Mother 3 unesed music
you need the debug room code then you go to Hightway and get a Mr Saturn coffee table then go to chapter 1 by Flint before enter the Sunshine Forest you get out of the coffee table and here it is
Sorry my Bad English

west_haven said on Jan. 25, 2012

@ FlyingManCourage: I share your views about M3’s ending. I just played the game for the first time this past week and after playing it like crazy, I just got done a few days ago. I thought it was a nice ending, but I found it kind of abrupt and a bit underwhelming to me. I think Earthbound’s ending was tied up much better, and gave you the option to run around one last time, which I really liked. Then you went home. I thought that was such a nice touch. So I did enjoy M3, and I really liked the story but I think I like Earthbound more.

As for a game that actually made me cry: Persona 3. When I finished the game, I cried all thru the credits and at least for fifteen minutes afterwords. My mom thought there was something really wrong with me. I still cried a few times after that, and when I played the continuation to the game in the Persona 3 FES edition, I cried at the end of that. It was such an emotional game; I got really invested in the story.

Brad.EXE said on Jan. 28, 2012

I have to admit, I shed tears of joy as well when Tidus finally died.

Anonymous said on Feb. 3, 2012

I’d hardly call Final Fantasy VII “tear-jerking”. If we’re discussing Square, then Chrono Cross should take its place. TWEWY’s ending ranks up there too.

Final Fantasy VII, for me, was good, but not as good as people make it out to be. I mean, it is better than VIII, but not IX or V. Please.

Anonymous said on Feb. 4, 2012

FFX? Seriously? The epilogue for Metal Gear Solid 4 and the Opera scene from FFVI were way more tear jerking than that pile of mediocrity.

Anonymous said on Feb. 4, 2012

Can somebody please explain to me what’s so compelling about the opera scene? In all my years of gaming, I have never once been moved by it and completely fail to understand all the ballyhoo.

Not to say it’s not fantastic, but I really just don’t get it.

jinxkatty7 said on Nov. 25, 2012

Hmm. I can understand why Mother 3 was 8th. I only cried during the really important moments in Mother 3. Okami, on the other hand, had me border line crying all the time. But Im just a big baby. xD

Anonymous said on Nov. 26, 2012

Mother 3 is #1 as far as I’m concerned. The rest can make you feel sad, but Mother 3’s level is uncanny.

Anonymous said on Apr. 22, 2013

Mother 3 made me cry for two reasons:
1. Because it is a sad game in general, and,
2. Because it probably won’t be released in the states.
Damn it, Reggie!


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