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February 5th, 2013 | EarthBound, Videos

I’m a big fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd’s stuff, so this is old news to me but for years one of the most common e-mails I’ve gotten is something like:

you know that one issue of nintendo power with scratch and sniff earthbound? it makes an appearance in this episode of AVGN.

So, without further ado, here’s that EarthBound mention in his Nintendo Power video!

From what I’ve heard, he’s never really played much EarthBound so he doesn’t have much to say about it. Also, while watching this entire video, I’m reminded of how hard Nintendo really tried to push the “gross stuff is cool” thing in the mid-90s. I always hated that old lady with the meatloaf ad too 😛


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20 Comments to EarthBound Mention by AVGN

Mr Rex said on Feb. 5, 2013


Jeff Shot First said on Feb. 5, 2013

Love the AVGN! Can’t wait for his movie to come out.

Make sure you check out the Happy Video Game Nerd(I think fangamer is even selling his season 1 & 2 DVD’s) … and if you like those guys, you’ll love Pat the NES punk. Quality retro TV all around!

JamesBond007 said on Feb. 5, 2013

AVGN mentioned EarthBound, but without reviewing it. However, after watching The Wizard/SMB3 episode (remember the final battle?), I could imagine something similar – Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 vs Giygas.

Halloween said on Feb. 5, 2013

At first I thought this said “Earthbound Central Mention”. That would be a trip haha.

Opinionated Vector Chimera said on Feb. 5, 2013

AVGN doesn’t need to review EarthBound. It’s waaaay too polished to even criticize. Even Mother 1, with its crappy menu system (I have to talk to Dad at the hotel to see how close I am to leveling up!? I’m on the damn mountain with the big red pile of scrap!), isn’t what I would call a “terrible” game.

If anything I bet AVGN was mocking EarthBound’s marketing but as far as I know he hasn’t played it!

MarioMario1009 said on Feb. 5, 2013

Hey, I remember this episode!

Anonymous said on Feb. 5, 2013

I hope Mike Matei doesn’t review any EarthBound game.

Don’t read the rest of this if your a fan of Mike Matei. I’m a AVGN fan and like Mike on AVGN episodes, like Batman Part 2, but really don’t like Mikes stand alone videos.

I don’t mean to make people mad by saying this, but here goes. I don’t think he knows what hes talking about half the time. I also think he believes your more and a better gamer if you have more games and don’t use emulators.

I really wouldn’t want to see him talk about EarthBound Zero. He’d probably start it off by holding a repro of the game(probably one that he overpaid for, like the hacks and repros he showed on a older video) calling it a hack game, eventhough it’s a reproduction. Then he’d say a little about it’s history, and get to the review. He’d critize the heck out of it, and would complain about the grinding, menus, and graphics before quiting the game and ending the review at Magicant with only Ninten in his party.

With EarthBound I imagine he’d say it’s better than EarthBound Zero, take a cheap shot at EB Zero before starting the review, and then compare the graphics to Chrono Trigger and other 1995 SNES RPGs, briefly say something about the games humor and music, and end the review fairly early in the game maybe around Fourside. Before ending the review he’d say some positive stuff about it, and would probably cause the price to go up like he did with a lot of games last year.

With Mother 3 he wouldn’t review it. Since he acts like emulators are evil, and most likly doesn’t have a Japanese Mother 3 cart.

NecrosaroIII said on Feb. 5, 2013

Nintendo Power was one of AVGN’s best episodes.

DJMankiwitz said on Feb. 5, 2013

Ren & Stimpy sorta started that, but unintentionally. Watch those first two seasons and you’ll see stuff tamer than Spongebob. Still, the fact that it actually showed stuff that hadn’t been shown since Looney Toons was enough to get a reputation that, once it went to Games Animation, eventually fed back into the show turning it into what everyone thought it was.

I hated those toe nail clipping ads the most.

Vince said on Feb. 5, 2013

It sthtinks, LOL!

SpaceMegaforce said on Feb. 5, 2013

I hate this ebegger.

Sadsa said on Feb. 6, 2013

meh……. avgn just got stale over the years and lot of controversies popped up with him the center of them

Chris said on Feb. 6, 2013

I agree. I used to enjoy his tirades, but the skits were horrendous. Curious what those “controversies” you mentioned were…

NintendoFan122 said on Feb. 6, 2013

AVGN doesn’t even HAVE EarthBound, and niether does Mike!

Vince said on Feb. 6, 2013

I bet he just never played it.

BreakingBenny said on Feb. 7, 2013

He doesn’t have the game, see this page (it’s not blue, so he doesn’t have it):


Chuggaaconroy jr said on Feb. 8, 2013

I remember when I first started watching avgn. I was pretty young so that kinda messed up my thoughts and stuff but, I stilled enjoyed it and recently I’ve had the pleasure to watch this episode and i was surprised when I saw this.

BreakingBenny said on Feb. 19, 2013

Anyone interested in getting James a copy of EarthBound?

Dr.Starky said on Dec. 20, 2013

If this was a real video game, they should make the animation deliberately choppy so it looks like a stop motion film.

3panda94 said on Feb. 7, 2014

I remember that episode. It was really funny! XD

Since Earthbound came out on the WiiU, maybe they’ll get a chance to talk about it.

I still wonder what “Friends” episode the Nintendo Power editor was talking about at the end.


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