My first time playing EarthBound was about two years ago. I'm only 15 now, meaning I didn't grow up with the game, but I feel like because I played it when I was more mature, I understood a lot more of the themes. I wasn't exactly the biggest RPG fan so I wasn't that excited to play it at first, but I had heard so many good things.
I played the game non stop for about 8 hours. I was obsessed. And when I beat it, it was the first and so far only game to ever make me cry. The amount of emotion packed into this game is incredible. Then I found out it had a sequel. I was so excited only to find that it wasn't released anywhere but Japan. I didn't want to buy a reproduction cartridge or fan translation so to this day I haven't played Mother 3 in hopes of an official release. As one of the newest fans in the community, I had more of an outsider's view for a while until I played EarthBound, and loved every minute. And since Nintendo refuses to release Mother 3, I'll never be able to know the experience of playing a new Mother game for the first time again. I played Mother 1 once it was released on VC. I very much enjoyed it. But EarthBound is something special to me. My favorite game of all time. An emotional journey that left me in tears at the end.
All I want is the sequel.