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April 4th, 2013 | EarthBound

Things have started to quiet down on the MOTHER 2 Miiverse – Itoi hasn’t posted in days, and as people finish playing the game they seem to be moving on to other communities. Still, there’s a lot of cool stuff in there, and I thought I’d share something I hadn’t thought of: where new players are getting stuck!

It’s been so long since I played EarthBound for the first time that it’s hard to remember where the really “man, I have no idea what to do now” parts are. Well, here are just a handful of Miiverse posts of players asking for help in those parts!

At Rainy Circle, where Jeff needs to use the bubble gum to get the monkey to lower the rope.

“How do I do this part?????? Also, what’s this beeping sound I keep hearing????”

“What do I do here……?”

“I got no clue at all. Anyone know?”

“How do I get past here? I beat the Boogey Tent”

“I don’t know what to do here! Could some kind person tell me?!”

“I can’t beat Master Belch… Are there any effective techniques?”

“What do I do about this octopus?”

“How do I get past this part?”

It’s funny, because when we did the MOTHER 2 stream a while back we got stuck a lot too, but for really weird reasons, like unknowingly having full inventories, not talking to the right people, and other little things. I guess this game has more challenge to it than I thought!

So here’s my question for you: Are there any spots you remember getting stuck at when you first played EarthBound?


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54 Comments to MOTHER 2 Wii U Trouble Spots

Stuffgamer1 said on Apr. 4, 2013

No, not really. But then, I had the player’s guide. 😉

Shawn said on Apr. 4, 2013

Being impatient about waiting 3 minutes behind the waterfall.

Jim Headshot said on Apr. 4, 2013

I remember getting stuck at the Dept. Store in Fourside right after you lose Paula, ’cause the enemies in there were SO tough. Of course, that wasn’t really a “man, I have no idea what to do now” moment for me, but it still took me forever.

TJ09 said on Apr. 4, 2013

I got stuck trying to beat Master Belch. I had no clue I had to use the fly honey, so 10 year old me kept thinking I simply needed to farm more. So farm more foppies I did. I think I got everyone to level 50 before the friend that had given me EB borrowed the game for a weekend, got to Fourside, and then revealed that he had the player’s guide.

Interestingly, I /didn’t/ get stuck on the password to Belch’s base, despite not knowing it. I thought the game had crashed when nothing would happen there, so I got up to get some chips before I reset the console. By the time I got back, I had “correctly” entered the password.

Rhyselinn said on Apr. 4, 2013

I got stuck in the stinking monkey caves. Don’t get me wrong-I got all of the items given to the correct monkeys and all, but when I reached the Pencil Statue at the end, I realized that I’d given the Pencil Eraser to Paula, who’d been kidnapped. I wandered around for a long time trying to find another Pencil Eraser before I realized that it had been put into Tracy’s storage. Go figure.

NintendoFreak said on Apr. 4, 2013


but seriously, there are spots i have got stuck at ( i cant remember which), AND in MOTHER,causing me to be mad, and put down the game for a couple of months, and pick it up again, either forgetting where i am and dealing with it, or starting fresh.

Max_H said on Apr. 4, 2013

When I was a kid, the notion of “grinding” was foreign to me. So I remember getting pummeled by Frank and the Sharks over and over again and just thinking that EarthBound was a ridiculously impossible game. I think the first time I beat the game (again, because I had no concept of building up experience points) it took me the better part of a year to do so. And strangely enough, that made it a super cathartic and memorable experience. However, when I play it these days, I almost grind too intensely for exp; it’s like playing a totally different game. A much easier one.

PSIpunky said on Apr. 4, 2013

I remember mostly that I got stuck when battling Master Belch. I never knew why I got the honey. Then the waterfall password.

Mr Rex said on Apr. 4, 2013

I got stuck on the part where I had to ind the mine in the desert. I was expecting to do something else in Fourside.

Erikku8 said on Apr. 4, 2013

It’s been so long. Though I remember struggling with the mine; I used to clear it in at least two sittings instead of one.
Frank was hard the first time too. I kept hoping that he would “say something nasty” so I could land a hit on him without taking damage myself.

LakituAl said on Apr. 4, 2013

I always get stuck in the monkey cave, if only because I always have an inventory full of garbage I want Jeff to fix.

On my first playtrhough I really got stuck in Moonside. Interface screw up didn’t help much either. “I said yes!! I DO want to buy something!! Aaaaugh!!” XDD Of course, now it’s a breeze.

64RR said on Apr. 4, 2013

I got stuck in the Pyramid!

Anne Noise said on Apr. 4, 2013

I remember thinking for sure I was missing something in the desert until I figured out how to open up the Mines.

I believe I called Nintendo for tips on Poo’s trial and how to get through Moonside, as well. Everything else was more or less trial-and-error.

Hameba said on Apr. 4, 2013

I remember being confused in Threed, until I got to a hotel.

Midna said on Apr. 4, 2013

Bet you anything that first guy found a Fresh Egg somewhere and mucked around until it become a chicken.

I don’t think I had much trouble with EB at all, but that’s probably because I used walkthroughs. There were a few times where I got stuck and had to level grind because the enemies were too hard, though.

BluePSI said on Apr. 4, 2013

The Mine always confuses the heck out of me for some reason, probably because of all the enemies that I encounter that throw me off my concentration on where to go next.

Anonymous said on Apr. 4, 2013

the secret password is

Vince94 said on Apr. 4, 2013

On my first playthru I forgot about using the Fly Honey, and kept on dieing to Belch. So, I used a room full of zombies to level grind, and it still didn’t work. Eventually I figured it out, but all of the grinding didn’t even pay off, the enemies directly afterwards were still tough.

KyoZaber said on Apr. 4, 2013

I remember that I got stuck with Belch, and at Giygas at the end.
I also forgot about the Bunny Ninjas sanctuary.
There were plenty of situations that I’d charge forward, only to get beat back and have to grind.

For the most part all I have to say is… Thank goodness for Eagleland’s hint union! 😀

I hope that while these new players are having a tough time, they’re enjoying themselves. I also hope they enjoy the finale as much as I did. 🙂

flippo said on Apr. 4, 2013

I play through Earthbound once a year or so, and every time I do, I forget that you have to talk to the Mr. Saturn who tells you the password before going through the waterfall. So I’ll sit there in front of “…..” for well over three minutes before realizing what to do.

This has happened at least twice.

Mariotti said on Apr. 4, 2013

I used to get stuck at the very beginning! I didn’t know that you had to level up to about level 5 or 6 before you went to Onett so I used to get smashed by the Sharks… ):

Darien said on Apr. 4, 2013

Sadly, I didn’t get stuck anywhere, since I was following the players’ guide the whole way through. That’s a thing I used to do a *lot* when I was a kid — I’d always just step through games with walkthroughs, which meant I never really discovered anything or had to figure anything out.

tapi said on Apr. 4, 2013

I used the players guide a TON. It must be brutal for all the new players with no players guides…

KingMike said on Apr. 4, 2013

Can’t say I got lost, because thankfully nobody lost/stole the guide from Blockbuster back in the day. 🙂
Though I thought the first time I got stuck at Poo’s meditation.
Didn’t you have to sit a brief time without pushing any buttons? I remember I messed that up, sitting for like half an hour before deciding to reset and try again.

MaximTheArchmage said on Apr. 4, 2013

Fourside for me, but I used the Hint Guy before consulting a Player’s Guide or walk-through. He’s so totally underrated!

Metal202 said on Apr. 4, 2013

The Monkey Cave in Earthbound where you have to give the monkeys the items to progress I remember being so fustrated my first time being almost there…. then i needed the pencil eraser i gave to Tracy…

Radiostorm said on Apr. 4, 2013

Twoson and Threed used to give me trouble. There’s a lot of instances in those two towns where you have to talk to a specific person or go to a specific area to progress. The cause and effect relationship wasn’t always obvious… like giving money to Apple Kid opening your way to Happy Happy Village.

Tourist said on Apr. 4, 2013

I don’t think anything ever stumped me… I just remember the department store being difficult and also Peaceful Rest Valley (mostly because Ness got homesick a third of the way through).

misterdigi35 said on Apr. 4, 2013

I think I’m on my 8th or 9th playthrough. The game feels just too easy now, and I try to do little things to make it harder.

The first time I played everything was hard. I got stuck at the first pencil statue. The whole thing in Fourside with the moles, and the diamond for the runaway five, and the trout yogurt. That got me all mixed up. Stonehenge. Cave of the past. Giygas. The final battle took me a long while to do. What a satisfying game though, once you beat it the first time. Nothing has ever come close. Well, maybe Paper Mario.

FlyingManCourage said on Apr. 4, 2013

Moonside. Totally confused me and I didn’t get the invisible guy the first time. I was just walking around completely bewildered trying to figure out who looked they had a gold tooth or connected eyebrows.

Joe said on Apr. 4, 2013

Praying on giygas…

Buster The Fox said on Apr. 5, 2013

I got stuck at the parts most people do. I always had trouble with the sharks, mainly. Back when I was younger, I always wanted to just rush through games so I could figure out the story. Half the games I played were the ones my friends at school or whatever would be talking about, and I wanted to be able to join in the conversation. xD So I didn’t really play the games for the fun of it. As for EB, though, I had played it as a kid a bit and I was reminded of it thanks to Smash Bros.. So I’m technically a newer EB fan, although I’m also technically not. Haha! I got off-track, though.

I also got stuck at Belch. I remember keeping track once to figure out just how much HP I was taking before he died, and I racked up something crazy like 50,000 HP before I died. It was then that I realized that I must be forgetting something, and I started thinking about the Fly Honey that the slimes in the building had made such a big deal out of (Seriously, how did we all miss the connection?), and I tried it, more out of desperation than anything. I had grinded so much at this point that he died in two rounds after that. The rest of the game was a breeze and Poo was terribly underlevelled when I finally got him. Heh!

Let’s see, I guess I also got stuck at the Fourside Dept. Store, but I had gone in but then decided to rest at the Hotel first just to make sure I had the cash for it. So I didn’t even get to stock up or re-arrange my items. Of course, I had no clue Paula’s items would go to storage. But still, it was mostly thanks to me relying on Paula’s PSI all the time and Jeff not using his specialized items. I used to think he was useless until I finally looked at the walkthrough after I beat the game and figured out that Jeff’s items don’t such as much as I thought they did (Seemed like the Slime Generator just didn’t work on anything but the enemies that don’t need to be solidified). Meh. xD

I had run out of PP and PP healing items my first time fighting Giygas, so I tried praying to get some back. That’s when I saw that that’s what I was supposed to be doing, anyway. I always like praying, even if it sometimes makes me cry or brings enemies back to life. I find it a fun and useful command. 😀

I seem to treat EBC comment boxes as reply boxes on some discussion forum. My posts are always WAAAY too long.

Irock said on Apr. 5, 2013

Like a lot of other people, I got stuck on Belch. I knew he liked fly honey, but I didn’t think to use it on him because it seemed counterproductive to give an enemy a consumable that they especially like, as if it would power up or heal them. So instead I just spent hours and hours in long, incredibly drawn out battles that never ended in victory. I finally caved and looked it up online.

Jaki Erz said on Apr. 5, 2013

The first time I played I didn’t realize I was supposed to go into Dungeon Man a second time and couldn’t figure out what to do next. I ended up giving up on the game then.

SeriousKano said on Apr. 5, 2013

My first time playing was about 12 years ago, when I was 12. I didn’t have the guide nor internet and I got stuck a couple times. I didn’t know how to get rid of the ghosts in the tunnel or how to progress in Threed. I figured it out in the end, I don’t think I have that much patience today.

XavandSo said on Apr. 5, 2013

I got stuck in the monkey caves, mainly because I was playing Mother 2 at the time, with no Japanese knowledge. I finished EarthBound at least 5 times earlier, but I refused to look up how to do it on the internet. Fun time that was… It took me a week.

Anonymous said on Apr. 5, 2013

First time I played Earthbound in 6th grade, I kept getting wrecked by sharks, but in my defense, how was I supposed to know to buy a bat from a drugstore…? That’s not how RPGs usually work. I miss the feeling of playing Earthbound for the first time. It’s so different, but in a good way.

Anonymous said on Apr. 5, 2013

Oh yeah and I know the question is about Earthbound, but I guess it’s on topic enough. I got trapped by that save frog in Thunder Tower in MOTHER 3. How many of you guys did that SOB get?

Green said on Apr. 5, 2013

The only time i got stuck in earthbound was in the mole cave/gold mine, i quit the game for a few months because of that. But i did come back and finish it eventually!

Crav said on Apr. 5, 2013

I remember I had to look up the bubble gum trick with the bubble monkey in the cave.

I also got hopelessly lost looking for the last mole in the mine.

Oh! And I think I went back and forth to the palace at least 3 times durring the “moo” training. Totally didn’t get the point.

Opinionated Vector Chimera said on Apr. 5, 2013

I wonder if the octopus part is about the Octopus Statues, or the Octobot enemies that jack your inventory.

Itoi, it’s time to release those professionally detailed manuals for Mother 2…if you still have any.

Darien said on Apr. 6, 2013

Buster: We’re a good team. You like to post really long things in comments, and I like to carry on conversations in the comments. We’re like the rugged outlaws of EB Central!

It’s also occurring to me that, in addition to following the walkthrough, I was also the absolute most conservative game player ever when I was a kid. I never took any risks if I could avoid them, which meant I would spend days just grinding away on easy mobs until I was crazy overleveled before I’d actually play the game. I always found Poo pretty much useless for exactly that reason; I’d have ground everybody else to something like level a million before getting him, but then I didn’t need to grind him up any because I could walk through everything with the other three.

I’m also “the guy” who wouldn’t enter any of the caves in Zelda 2 — to say nothing of the first palace — before all my stats were level 8. That is a LOT of grinding bots in the fields outside Rauru town, let me tell you.

banternlantern said on Apr. 6, 2013

i got stuck behind the stupid waterfall part forever because of complete lack of patience…three minutes is a long time when you’re really into your game!

LittleJon said on Apr. 6, 2013

I got stuck on Master Belch. I knew you had to have Fly Honey but I didn’t know you had to use it on him, I just thought it was enough to have it in your inventory.

Xi said on Apr. 6, 2013

“My” copy of Earthbound that I played as a kid was actually the single copy that the local rental store had. My mom would take me there if I had behaved/done well in school recently to rent a game, and once I played Earthbound for the first time that was the game I picked up for the next few rentals. Because there was just the one copy, I would be able to pick up from my save file.

My third rental I reached Dalaam, where I had to undergo Poo’s Mu training. Each time the person came over to tell me to return to the palace, I went. I way over-complicated things; I thought it was something I wasn’t doing on the way *to* Mu training that was messing me up. I ended up returning the game still stuck in that same spot. The fourth rental I was dismayed to discover that some other kid had erased my file.

I had to wait until half a year later to receive Earthbound as a present, made it all the way to Dalaam, and beat the Mu Training on the first try. I still don’t know what happened in 6 months to change my perspective, but each time that I play through Earthbound and reach that point, I shake my head as I remember what a dumb kid I was. 🙂

Vukadin said on Apr. 7, 2013

The Dept. Store in Fourside…

Those enemies were EXTREMELY over-leveled.

It was one of the few parts of the game where I had to take EXTRA precision in avoiding as MUCH as POSSIBLE enemies. The fact that Paula also took most of my healing items wasn’t helping the situation…

And uh, Threed I guess. I mostly got stuck because I found a fascination with that town due to it’s creepy atmosphere, so I just went exploring around.

Strangely enough, Peaceful Rest Valley and the Gold Mine weren’t hard for me at all.

Actually I just remembered, the cursed waterfall.

“the secret password is”

That was the only time in the game where I had to consult a walkthrough.

@Buster The Fox

Long comments aren’t a bad thing you know.

Sam James said on Apr. 7, 2013

The only parts that got me was the waterfall and using pray on Giygas.

Mystery Comment said on Apr. 7, 2013

It’s so nice that the new generations are giving Earthbound a chance.

I remember getting stuck on the desert before you can get to Fourside; I had no idea what to do and I always got sunburned, I really struggled on that part it was really intense for me. Although that made it much more epic and memorable.

some idiot said on Apr. 8, 2013

Department store spook. 2hard4me

Boing! said on Apr. 11, 2013

Using Bubble Monkey to reach the rope for Jeff…

Gygadorf said on Apr. 12, 2013

Sheesh people, they have Internet for a reason you know! Is it really that hard to pull out your phone and look up a guide?

Vince94 said on Apr. 12, 2013

I’m pretty sure Play4Real is a joke news site. If he had actually said that, then Mato would have featured it on here.

TheBugster said on Dec. 9, 2013

The Warp Guys
‘Nuff said.


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