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Pretty Obvious @PrettyObvious7
I wouldn't say I'm a big fan of RPG games, but earthbound isn't just an RPG game, Earthbound has its own heart and soul that I can't say I can describe. I suppose the best way to describe it to someone is to show them the amazing and silly community that has existed since the release of the game to this very day. Earthbound was a fantastic and addicting RPG to me, but not because it was an RPG, I can't explain what makes it a fantastic RPG, but if you play Earthbound I'm sure you'll feel the exact same way about it as I do.
Lackwe @Lackwe12
It was the first Rpg I ever got into. Ness was my first Smash main. It was the reason I found Youtube. It was my first fandom. It was the first time I ever used a fan translation. It was the first time I ever cried while playing a game. Earthbound has introduced me to more things than I can count. I wouldn't be the person I am today without it, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Cap Blackard @capblackard
Laughter and tears. Earthbound and Mother 3 are some of the most significant pieces of art of the past 20 years, and Earthbound is one of the 20th century's greatest pieces of postmodern literature. Beautiful and terrifying - it captures youth and the hazards of adulthood in a quirky, beautiful feast of sight and sound.
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Aster @Lystrialle
The MOTHER series was described to me as an experiment in storytelling in the world of games, and it really accomplished that feeling for me. The series has a sort of appreciation for everything in the universe - other living things, non-living things, questionably living things, the little aspects of life...happiness, sadness, the gamut of emotion that comes with it.
It would be one thing if it were in a story alone, but the MOTHER experience is one that's only uniquely done through a game, the interactivity and system that comes with it, through the tiny pixel sprites (the clarity and ambiguity that comes with it) that somehow manage to tell more than most other things in the world. It's a truly special experience. It's a finely and precisely crafted work. It's really special to me.
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➜ mitch @complete_dweeb

I can't really say that I truly appreciate this game as much as others do. When I first played it, I did it because it just looked fun. The spritework charmed me, as well as the music (it still baffles me to this day that there are people who think this game looks and/or sounds awful). I didn't really find myself super engaged by the story at first. Although to be fair, I was roughly 13 at the time, and at that age you can be forgiven for not understanding the complexities of a story like this. In my more recent playthroughs, I've been able to truly understand what makes this game so significant to so many people. Every character has something interesting to say, I always find something new every time I revisit Eagleland, even in the game's earlier moments! "Quirky" is a word so commonly used to describe Earthbound that I'm surprised that it isn't just a detail on the back of the box, and I mean, it's not wrong. I mean, this is a game where two kids get mugged by zombies and have to call for help in the form of a nerdy kid who rides on a sea monster with the help of a gum-chewing monkey. Even more bizarre is that for how silly and nonsensical this game can be, multiple times the game will just throw something heavy at you out of nowhere. In another scenario, you eat some Magic Cake and trip out (because lmao drugzzzz), once you come to, you're a prince from a foreign land who goes through intense training that involves being Mutilated by a Spirit, Multiple Times, In Harsh Detail.

I think that's enough, I never really had many interactions with the community until only a few years ago, but I've met some rather upstanding folk who I look up to.

Earthbound's pretty cool.

Also Mighty Bear Seven for life.

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Maaz Ahmed @a_maaz_zing
I grew up in a small town, the only things occupying my time were school and video games. Those two generally went hand in hand, but not for this game. I came across the MOTHER series by means of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While messing around with different characters, I learned I really enjoyed playing as Lucas. That led to me researching his character which ultimately turned me into the "gaming scholar" that my friends used oh-so affectionately. As I dug deeper into the background of this game series, I saw just how amazing the MOTHER community was. starmen.net, earthboundcentral.com, and the countless YouTube videos were how I spent my evenings, learning about the things that this community did to make these games playable for all. None of my friends knew about the series, so none of them could experience how incredible the games were. I recently completed the series, after five years of playing it on and off. I beat MOTHER 3 first, then Earthbound Beginnings, and finally Earthbound itself. Part of the reason it took me so long was because I didn't want the magic to end, I didn't want to see the series close. But now, we've got a chance to give the series one final hurrah; by officially localizing MOTHER 3, my personal favorite in the trilogy. and I'm so glad I can be a part of it this time.
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Michael Deshaies @MtDeshaies
Earthbound is the game that showed me that video games can be more than just fun. They can be charming, lighthearted, full of character, full of heart, thoughtful, and endering. I love the Mother series. I'm so happy that Nintendo is starting to realize that Mother fans are more than just a vocal minority.
Nandin Lopez @lilfruini

When I was introduced to the Internet, something that I treated as a big deal was Earthbound. By then, I never played it. I didn't look at chuggaaconroy's Let's Play or Game Theory's theory because I knew people saw it as something special. The only thing I knew about Earthbound at the time was a picture of Giygas. Years later, I am now a 13 year-old, and Club Nintendo was ending. One of the games on the catalog was you-know-what. I bought it, played it on the Wii U, and I have created an addiction. Every time I played it in the living room's TV, my sister kept telling me, "Why are you always playing that game?" I just loved the references they made to 90's culture, and my dad would agree. I just related to it, but I can't put my finger on what it was. I loved how things that seem like legendary items are practically generic, like a book called "Overcoming Shyness" or using the most valued Baseball Bats and Frying Pans to defeat aliens. Then came the most important moment of the game which does mean spoilers so stop reading if you haven't played it; The War against Giygas, where I had to go into another dimension into the past because time travel and whynauts. There's so much talk about this villain but now I meet him face-to-face. And Paula prays... again. The darkness swallowed the prayer, but the player was still there, guiding the players. I began to pray, and all with a little button called the "A" button. Of course, I may be overthinking it, but it's the little things that work. When I beat Giygas, I was literally alone, things were crazy, and then he was gone like the simple act of a TV turning off...

I really don't know what it is about this game, but it's something incredible. Right now, I'm playing Earthbound Beginnings with my very own money, and it is marvelous. The soundtrack is amazing and depressing, the story feels overwhelming for an NES game, and the scale, the size is huge! I may have cursed this "never-ending" journey, but I'm having a fun time doing it!

Alxprit @Alxprit
Seeing all the recent Earthbound love, especially with Earthbound Beginnings's official release, has heavily recovered my own love for the game. It's important to me in a way that I think other games aren't. While other games may be better or more fun, Earthbound was able to connect me to other people in a meaningful way. Mother 3 is also one of my favorite games of all time, so seeing its official release would be like a dream come true. There's so much love for the Mother series out there, that it seems like the only Japan-only release that may be likely to actually come here. Fangamer is such a hard-working company that spreads Earthbound's good name around too, and they amaze me every day with how strong they are. Earthbound may be just an RPG from 1995, but it means so much to me.
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Williams Wesley

Earthbound has always been one of my favorite games. I only just heard about Satoru last night... Truly sad. I love the earthbound series so much that i've played the fan made translation, and even had friends play it. I've had multiple people play through earthbound with me, everyone i've played with has loved it and got to the end. The final fight is always fun. In fact, yesterday I was helping my grandmother play it. She is 82 years old, so the slower paced playstyle is perfect for her. She's named Ness "Al" and Paula "Susie" (thats her name). Even though I've played Mother 3, I'd still play it again and i know it would be very popular here (especially since lucas was in super smash bros)

It'd be nice, in memoriam of Iwata.

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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.