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This game is as close as anything comes to nostalgia captured.

I don't just mean that playing it "feels nostalgic."

I'm saying it's literally set in the world as we like to remember it (as children). Firstly, it's an idealized contemporary setting - drugstores, schools, pizza deliveries, etc. It feels like you're in a sweet memory. Friends, family, community, small town adventures, and a sense that you're on your path - a sense that the world is smiling on you and you're smiling back.

The primary antagonist is a vaguely defined alien intelligence more closely representative of "evil" or "the Devil" than any other villain I remember. Its influence is gradually effecting the human, animal and even physical features of the world, forcing the protagonist to confront enemies such as neighbours, animals, police officers, and even street signs possessed by the. I was left feeling that the antagonist wasn't in actuality metaphoric of a world that becomes increasingly unforgiving as we come of age.

Anyone else feel the same way / love this game as much as I do?

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You know, I have yet to play through Earthbound despite having a SNES Classic that has the game on it.

I have seen alot of video and articles about it discussing it as one of the best RPG's on the SNES, which is saying something since the SNES had a plethora of RPG's.

Posted July 24th by Q
Q

I have seen alot of video and articles about it discussing it as one of the best RPG's on the SNES, which is saying something since the SNES had a plethora of RPG's.

Highly recommended. It's very different, in terms of pace, mood and setting especially.

Personally my favourite game (certainly RPG), moreso because of the powerful feelings it evokes than anything rational. I am indeed not the only one whose enthusiasm for the game borders on religious fervor.


Edited July 24th by Irish_Mythologist

it's a solid game with a unique atmosphere and style, absolutely something to check out if you like the genre at all. Was never really a fan of its inventory system, but that's certainly not enough to put me off its charm and entertainment value.

also it has Mr. Saturns and if you don't like them you're probably a lousy person


the sequel, mother 3, is also really great and nintendo kinda sucks a bag of farts for never giving it an official english release (but the fan translation is professional-quality so you should just play that c:)

Edited July 24th by Pirate_Ninja

I'd personally highly recommend it. It's one of the few games I'd give a 10/10 to. It's atmosphere and charm is something I can't exactly explain. I think it resonates with people from the 90s because it has a 90s/80s feel to it (atmosphere, not necessarily graphics).

I'm going through the first one right now (Earthbound Beginnings/Mother 1) and it's not as good as Earthbound. Mother 3 is great for other reasons but you gotta get an emulator and download a translation patch (which is pretty good). If 3 were ever released traditionally here I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Posted July 24th by Fox Forever

earthbound beginnings mother earthbound zero is without a doubt the weak link. An interesting curiosity, but it felt tedious at times.

If 3 were ever released traditionally here I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
that unintentional pun tho

Posted July 24th by Pirate_Ninja

Look guys, you have to stop talking about games I haven't played yet on one of my top favorite systems. Because now look at what you made me do when I was already playing through other games:





I have A.D.D. when it comes to games so I blame you guys, now excuse me while I put in my favorite homemade food....



Edited July 24th by Q
Q

I'm going through the first one right now (Earthbound Beginnings/Mother 1) and it's not as good as Earthbound.

earthbound zero is without a doubt the weak link


Everyone says this but I liked something about it. I don't know how to explain it other than it felt like it got a certain vague imaginative feel right even more than the latter two did.

Edited July 24th by KnokkelMillennium

I don't mean to make it sound like it has no value or anything - it was mainly a balancing issue that made the game less fun to play. I seem to remember a lot of "grind up or get fucked" as I progressed, which is apparently a common enough complaint that some ambitious soul(s) decided to make a popular patch for the game that increased experience gains (and I think money as well, in addition to reduced encounter rates). It was a cool game, but felt like more of a slog to get through - I either played it before that patch was made, or before learning about it.

Because now look at what you made me do when I was already playing through other games:
it needed to happen sooner or later :J

(here's hoping it doesn't disrupt your schedule too much; idk what else you're in the middle of)

Posted July 24th by Pirate_Ninja

"it needed to happen sooner or later :J "

I can see you are all torn up about it lol

"(here's hoping it doesn't disrupt your schedule too much; idk what else you're in the middle of)"

Octopath Traveler and Mario + Rabbids currently. This is a good reason to play the SNES Classic I brought along with me.

Posted July 24th by Q
Q

Everyone says this but I liked something about it. I don't know how to explain it other than it felt like it got a certain vague imaginative feel right even more than the latter two did.

I didn't find it to be that bad but it is definitely way less linear and "harder" than Earthbound and certainly 3. It doesn't describe exactly where you should go, especially after the split of the railroads. I found where to go on my own so far. The common complaint is the grinding which can take a while. I'm currently wandering around in the desert right now. Instead of fighting the knights which were harder to defeat and didn't give much EXP, I just ran away at almost every encounter with them while healing anyone who took too much damage. I've usually tried to not run away while playing so that I get the EXP.

Look guys, you have to stop talking about games I haven't played yet on one of my top favorite systems. Because now look at what you made me do when I was already playing through other games:

Very nice. Keep us updated with your playthrough. I always like to hear what people think about it their first time.

Also, for anyone who hasn't heard, an Earthbound-like inspired game is coming out in a few weeks to PC but you can play the demo now on the official site.
https://rpgmaker.net/g/jimmy/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/706560/Jimmy_and_the_Pulsating_Mass/

Edited July 25th by Fox Forever

"Very nice. Keep us updated with your playthrough. I always like to hear what people think about it their first time. "

So far it's a very quirky RPG. I'm currently running around Onett but sam unsure what to do. I can't go to Twoson as it is blocked off. My character is Level 6, bought a few hamburgers, upgraded my items to a baseball hat and yoyo. I do like the oddball humor in this game.

Edited July 26th by Q
Q

Not my favorite SNES game (unsurprisingly, that honor goes to Super Mario RPG), but it's definitely up there.

Posted July 26th by Axem Great Water

I heard it's on the 3DS Virtual Console, is that true? I'm thinking of getting it, but I watched that AVGN episode and feel like it might have ruined a lot of the game for me.

Posted July 26th by MarvaIo
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Dunno if you're still stuck as it's 5 days later, but just talking to people they hint you at where to go. There are some things that will make almost no sense and you may have to look it up. There's at least one instance I know of that's almost like...nobody would know it.

Posted July 31st by Fox Forever

I figured it out, I had to say No to the Gaurd in the Arcade that asked if I wanted to join the Sharks. I then had to fight him and got in the back area where the actuall boss was at.

Posted July 31st by Q
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