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Jami Carignan @JamiCarignan
I am 26 years old, and just openly sobbed in a room packed full of other people who have been touched by this game, as the final credits music of EarthBound played on a large projector screen at the first convention for the MOTHER series in North America. EarthBound as a game is already a wonderful work of art on its own, but even more is what it has inspired in other people. Inspiration to create art, inspiration to make an active choice, inspiration to band together as a community for something; the MOTHER series has changed lives for us. It has made lives for us. It has driven tons of people to come into their own, to realize what they are possibly capable of, and to continue to challenge that, all based around a warm and incredibly earnest energy of community. Wisdom, courage, and friendship. There is nothing more important than the sense of community and drive I have seen EarthBound imbue in everyone who has experienced it. The creation, the memories, and the feelings: that is EarthBound.
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PachiPlusEmolga @PachiPlusEmolga
I grew up playing my dad's old Nintendo games as a kid and before I could even read my dad would play Earthbound and read the dialogue to me as he played and those were some of my best childhood memories. Eventually we packed it away and stored it in our basement. By the time I could finally read my dad had no real interest in games anymore so it was something that was just kind of forgotten. I heard about Mother 3, but was disappoint when I received the news from my local gamestore. I decided to dig up Earthbound and play it now that I could read and actually had sentience. The story was so much more emotional and personal than I had remembered it. The characters felt more alive than any other game I had ever played. I finished it and felt even more disappointed that it didn't seem like Mother 3 would get released in English. A few years passed by and I saw talk of an English patch for Mother 3. I read about the project and everything that was done to make a playable English version of Mother 3 and downloaded it as soon as I could. I was so joyous when it booted up and everything worked perfectly. The story of Mother 3 emotionally shook me and really hit deep, I can't say any other game, book, movie, tv show, or whatever really made me feel the amount of emotion, both happy and sad as Mother 3 had. I can't even listen to most of the soundtrack because I begin to break down and cry. I bought Earthbound on my Wii U a few months ago and played it again and from a now more developed mind picked up on so many more details than I had before. It was the same game, but I felt like I was witnessing it from another perspective. For me the biggest change was how I perceived Tony's character. Originally I shook him off and didn't really pay that much attention to him, but now having to deal with similar things he has as I come to terms with my asexuality and being biromantic; I recognize just how incredible these games are. To call them games is an understatement, they are works of art. The way that death is perceived in Mother 3 and how our inevitable end as human beings makes us cherish our short lives and live as we do and how going against that destroys our values on love and humanity, and how dealing with that aspect of life is what makes us human to the general feeling of community and family that all the NPC's give. The sense of confusion and fear when you "battle" against the masked man. There is just so much that these games hold I could spend a millennium analyzing them. The Earthbound/Mother series has had such an impact in my life that to say I love them is an understatement. (I'm sorry if I rambled on there, I'm no professional writer or anything) Seeing Earthbound Beginnings come to the E-shop gives me more hope than ever for Mother 3. So uh, awkward ending. idk @ Nintendo pls just release Mother 3 thanks.
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Komori
The first two Earthbound games are two great cult classics, but Mother 3 is a timeless and awe-worthy experience in its own league. It deserves to be experienced by everyone (legally)!
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Josh Wade @JershShow
Growing up in the 2000's, I missed out on EarthBound's initial release, and was too young to of been interested in some random SNES game. Like most people born around this time, my first introduction to it was with Smash Bros. I saw Ness in the original and remember thinking that the name Ness was just odd. Then when playing Melee I found out that both my favorite stages, The colorful Onett, and mysterious fourside, were from this place called...Eagleland. Again I thought it was a weird name, and somehow I connected Ness with it. But when Smash Bros Brawl came out, I saw the logo for Earthbound in the stage select screen. Then I was really intrigued, but at this point I still didn't look any further. It really wasn't until on YouTube around 2011, and started seeing so many people talking about the game that I finally got the initiative to even look t up. I wish I had looked it up earlier because its become one of my favorite games, and I'm just sure I've missed opportunity upon opportunity to of gotten the game sooner.
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Some guy on the internest
Fun, goofy, and sadness. All three games are spectacular but only the third game has a more serious tone than the first two, making it unique.
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Erin Ellie Rinker

When I first got EarthBound I honestly didn't think I'd like it. The year was 2003 and I found a copy with the guide on eBay for $7. On the surface it didn't look impressive. Something felt "bland" to me. Determined to get my $7 of fun I kept playing. And playing. And playing.

Hours later, I was in Winters. My heart had swelled with joy for the group of friends and in response to my own memories. EarthBound dug deep and made me think about my own childhood. My own friendships. It was a game that didn't rely on fancy cutscenes to pull at my heart. It made me remember experience and sometimes it brought back memories that were difficult. But in playing EarthBound I learned something about myself and I felt at peace. It was the first game to make me ever shed a tear.

EarthBound has literally touched me. I bear an arm full of tattoos--the Mu Training spirit, Mr. Saturn, the Scalding Coffee Cup, and Giygas. Never did I know that a little RPG that completely passed me by when it came out would become such a large part of my life.

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Chris G @chrisbg99

EarthBound to me is a game I fell in love with sight unseen. I had never even heard of the game before it was featured in the June 1995 issue of EGM. Up till then I hadn't really played much of RPGs and EarthBound immediately grabbed my interest with its graphical style and setting.

Playing EarthBound for the first time allowed me the chance to experience the fantastic music, clever writing and just plain weird characters and world. And that was just on the first rental. It'd take a little while for me to finally buy it and beat the game but when I finally did EarthBound had solidified itself in my heart as one of my favorite video games of all time.

I didn't get into the EarthBound fandom until about 10 years ago after acquiring a second copy after my original was given away behind my back. I hadn't realized how passionate other EarthBound fans had been and it was awesome to get involved in someway with the fandom. We are an obsessive group who have dedicated ourselves to a singular game in such a way that other fandoms look at us in envy as we make our love known. Soon the world will be EarthBound. All will be EarthBound. EarthBound will be all!

And now I've gone all cultish. Woo!

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Kyle N. @nylekyland
EarthBound, to me, has always been somewhat of an elusive and mysterious game that kept me coming back for more. My first run-in with EarthBound was in the late nineties, when I rented the game from the local video store. There were already two save files on the cartridge, so I played on the new one. I named the characters after my friends and I. Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to Frank and the Arcade before it was time to return the game to the store. A few weeks later, when I went back to go rent it again, but the store was getting rid of all of the NES and SNES games and replacing them with N64 and Playstation titles! EarthBound was gone. It wasn't until many years later that I finished the game to its entirety, but the initial memories never faded. EarthBound, to me, is not only a great adventure, but a source of childhood nostalgia, and ultimately, a great inspiration for me to pursue programming so that one day I could create games as a career and create a game that evokes similar feelings and memories.
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Watson Tungjunyatham @tungjunyatham

Earthbound is one of those few games that have shaped my perception of things. It was the first game to me that really defined atmosphere – Suzuki and Tanaka were really able to capture the feel of things in such an odd and abstract way, yet without needing to necessarily use melody or what a typical video game would be. It's exactly what made Earthbound so out there and special; by redefining that horizon. It wasn't until Yume Nikki that I felt that same sort of experience again. It has become one of my favorite types of genres and facets of gaming and art to explore.

Yet Earthbound also had a distinct and pure beauty behind it. I never felt a song so poignant as Smiles & Tears. Being one of the franchises that I can deeply bond with my sister, the whole series really does hold a great value of sentiment to me.

It is absolutely endearing.

What is this?

A publicity campaign created by EarthBound fans.

Why?

We want to get the word out in hopes that Nintendo will consider releasing EarthBound’s sequel (MOTHER 3) in English.

Facebook/Twitter only?

Don’t worry — we’re just using their login systems to prevent duplicates. You don’t have to post anything to your wall or timeline.

You can sign anonymously if you prefer, but the more social media visibility the campaign generates, the better.

What’s MOTHER?

The MOTHER games are a series of RPGs directed by Shigesato Itoi, a Japanese writer / entrepreneur.

MOTHER (NES, 1989)

Recently released outside Japan on the Wii U as EarthBound Beginnings, it surpassed Splatoon to become the most- downloaded eShop title in June 2015.

MOTHER 2 (SNES, 1994)

Released in America as EarthBound in 1995. It sold poorly but became a cult classic.

MOTHER 3 (GBA, 2006)

Never formally localized, so the fans created their own version. Next year is the game’s 10 year anniversary.

Who are you?

We’re a group of EarthBound fans who have been rooting for the game since 1998.