#thisisEarthBound

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Luca Hibbard-Curto

When I was 13 my parents got divorced. It was a world shattering, life changing event. In the wake of it, depressed and looking for any outlet, I discovered the MOTHER series. It was warm, honest, funny, and human. It was honest and heartwarming without being too cheesy, and funny and self-referential without being too ham-fisted. It changed the way I look at and play games.

Now I am 20 years old, a Junior in college and making my own games, and studying game design. What I do now wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for Earthbound. In a sense, I owe my life to this game.

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Clay-zulah @clayzulah

There's so much that I loved about Earthbound when I was younger. The music! The monster designs! The fact that, unlike the brooding, self-serious RPGs my friends were all playing in the 90's, this game actually wanted to be funny and weird and creative! (To say nothing of the scratch 'n sniff stickers.)

As I got older, though, I started to appreciate the game on a totally different level. Earthbound isn't just funny and strange, it's avant-garde and powerful in a way that few games even approach. It's the feeling of being estranged from your home, from your family, from yourself, of facing down a terrifying, nihilistic enemy - and being saved from that enemy by a simple act of hope. And seeing, in that moment, your own name flashing up on the screen.

Earthbound is a huge part of how I look at art, and the potential games have to be art. I hope kids will keep discovering it and finding their own meaning in it for many years.

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KeyTheSquidKid @DroppedPlayer
It's just a game a guess. And a great one at that. I really like ness' character. Otherwise... It's just a game. A plastic NES game. Or digital non-physical ROM....
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Logan M

The entire Mother series means so much to me I can't even begin to explain it. EarthBound in specific has definitely made me into the person I am today in almost every aspect of my life and personality. Some time in my childhood, I'm not sure where it came from, but a SNES was brought into my home along with great games like Earthworm Jim, Yoshi's Island, Secret of Mana, and most importantly, EarthBound. I played the heck out of all of the games I had, and quickly beat most of them. EarthBound was the last game in the bunch that I had yet to beat. I loaded up the game and I still remember hearing the fantastic opening music for the first time. Somehow I managed to beat the game by myself (well alright, with a little help from the guide), and I can recall playing it for a second time right after I beat it. EarthBound was my first love as I like to say. EarthBound is what got me into playing video games, and in specific Nintendo games and has influenced so many of my life choices. Whenever I was sad as a child, I would just load up EarthBound and live as Ness for a little while,adventuring around with my friends. I joined Starmen.net around 2007 with some other friends that I had played EarthBound with at school and online, and I had the time of my life on the site. It was the biggest bunch of amazing people I had ever gotten to hang out and share content with. Even though I have lost contact with most of my old Starmen friends, that still doesn't keep me from enjoying the Mother fan base. Each year I try and play all three Mother games as a tradition of mine I've kept for years now. My childhood copy of EarthBound is my most important treasure, I will carry it with my where I move until the day I die. (Who am I kidding, I'll probably buried with it).

The Mother series is such a unique and fantastic groups of games all in their own respect, and each deserve to be played by audiences all across the globe. The day EarthBound was released for the WiiU I was ecstatic, and the day Mother 1 was finally released in the west as EarthBound Beginnings I couldn't stop smiling for a solid week. Which brings us to our last game, Mother 3. With such a heavy story and plot that comes along with the game, I think so many people will love embarking on a journey with Lucas and Claus. It's a game that every gamer deserves to play. These are some of the best games that have ever came out of the industry, and we fans hold them with the utmost respect and worship them as godlike creatures almost. You have no idea what these games mean to us. For some of us, these games are our entire life and future, no exaggerations needed.

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I used to go on the Starmen forums when I was 10 or so years old just to read about Earthbound because of how in love with it I was. When I traveled internationally without my parents for the first time as a 13 year old kid, I bought copies of Mother 1+2 and Mother 3 and played them obsessively while I was in strange cities, often times feeling homesick and lonely. But every time I went somewhere new, or was pushed out of my comfort zone I would pretend I was Ness going on some kind of new adventure. That sense of wonder for everything from the magnificent to the mundane is something that I pulled out of Earthbound and applied to my life as a kid and do even more now as an adult. Earhtbound is a game that is disarmingly charming that you can fall in love with even without playing it. Once you do though, you'll never forget it as long as you live. It grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you, and makes you realize how important it is to call the people you love when you're starting to get worn out. It turns the daily grind into heroic battles on which the whole fate of the world hang. It makes you feel important just for being somewhere and experiencing life. Earthbound was my favorite game before I ever played it and it always will be.
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Marco "Marcotto" Fedele @TheMarcotto

I heard about EB when I played Super Smash Bros. Melee, but it was in 2008, that I finally took the leap of faith, and decided to start my adventure in Eagleland.
It was nothing like I've ever seen before, I fell in love with this game (and I'm not a huge fan of RPGs, mind that).

Earthbound came to me in a time where I was at my lowest: my parents just separated, things in high-school weren't going so well (grades and not so great people), I isolated myself, and worst of all, I stopped drawing. Drawing is my life, and giving it up meant pretty much surviving without a purpose.

Earthbound showed me how the world can be beautiful even from the simplest things and that routine and everyday life, can hold something special.
It also taught me that you can't limit yourself to your surroundings, but you also have to see what the world has to offer, and how you can meet friends along the way, to assist you in your journey.

Speaking of friends all over the world: being Italian, prevented me from having many people to talk about this game, since it's barely known here, and because it never had a full translation into my native language.
Starmen.net gave me the chance to speak with people form all over the world, develop and improve my art, but especially, it gave me some of the best friends I could ever hope for.

It took me an obscure retro videogame to fly on my own from Naples (Italy) to Boston,MA to hang with some of those friends at PAX East 2015. I also got the chance to meet in person one of the two men who made Starmen.net and most of the MOTHER related achievements possible: Reid Young, CEO of Fangamer and co-founder of Starmen.net.
I wrote my Business Economics graduation thesis on his company, and I was glad to give it to him personally in Boston.

I still have a few friends to meet, and of course the other man who we MOTHER fans owe a lot: Clyde "Tomato" Mandelyn.
It'll take a while, but I'm sure I'll make it someday.

So thank you Earthbound, for giving me amazing crew of friends, a new outlook on life, the inspiration to draw again, but most important: for giving me hope for the future.

May your world keep on spinning...

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Isaac Boldarini
It means my life basically... this game was what defined me as a person. When I was just 2 my father got me this game but thing is we had a PAL SNES, since I live in Europe, and the game came out in the Americas only. So we had to "modd" the cart. It didn't work 100% had. Save file always crashes. When I turned like 5 I always wanted to pass Earthbound but I knew it had this saving problem so I just sat down and played it non stop with out saving. It was a beautiful experience and I will never forget how much fun I had with my father to beat this game in one setting. It helped my shaping my character as a person and it also bonded me with my family. #thisisEarthbound
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Sam Kinsman - Saotome_Ranma

Earthbound taught me what a narrative could be -- full of pathos and compassion, a deeply moving story in which I could take ownership and pride. It gave me my first online community (in starmen.net!) and a safe vessel in which to grow my geekery. Earthbound taught me you can laugh at fart jokes and pray for your friends' safety with the same breath.

When I was in third grade I was taking a violin class. My parents walked into my room one day as I was trying to learn to play Earthbound songs by ear. They would later tell me that moment helped reveal my musicianship, when I was young.

I play Earthbound every year to remember what it was like to be ten years old. I main Ness in Smash Bros. Earthbound taught me the power a story can have in one's life and I aim to bring that to others with the art I create. Earthbound will be with me for the rest of my life, I am so grateful to have found my game.

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Neo Darkrai @NeoDarkrai

I started garnering an interest in EarthBound during my awkward high school years. The MOTHER series had this distinct charm that kept me drawn to the games. It wasn't until I saw a video on YouTube titled "Bring Lucas To America" that I saw how dedicated the fans were to the series. Then I finally started playing EarthBound (not counting the one time when I was 5 or 6 at my godparents' place) and it was magical. The game was amazing. The characters were great, the gameplay didn't become boring, and the soundtrack was phenomenal! It was an experience that left an impact on me. Then came my time to play through EarthBound Beginnings and it was tough, but such a fun experience. As I was finishing high school I took the time to play through the fan translation of MOTHER 3 and it quickly became my favourite game. It changed how I see things. I'm a young adult now, a few years after graduating high school and fresh out of college, and the MOTHER series has shaped my life since high school. I became best friends really quick with someone in college due to our mutual enjoyment of the MOTHER series and I even helped another friend play through EarthBound. Not only that, but during a tough time in my life I listened to a fan project by the name of "Fobbies are Borange". It showed EarthBound in a whole new light and it gave me an even bigger appreciation for the fans of the MOTHER series. FaB is also how I found my favourite musical artist whose music has helped me through times of depression and have empowered me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for everything.

So while EarthBound may be a video game, it has become a huge part of my life, as well as an entire community of people with talents of all kinds. EarthBound has helped me through tough times and has influenced me more than I ever could've imagined. The impact that EarthBound and the MOTHER series have left on me is one that I will never forget. The MOTHER series is something I want everyone to experience for themselves. It created, and continues to create, a worldwide community, it inspires people, it makes lasting memories, and it forms lifelong friendships. It's all thanks to EarthBound.

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Kevin Yamaya @Kid_Villager
So pretty much for years, I've never really thought about Ness and Lucas (From Brawl). Pretty much just ignored the fact that Ness and Lucas were in brawl. Couple of years passed and now I have Smash Bros WiiU. I got curious about the character Ness and looked up where it came from. I came across Earthbound and learned that it is a very expensive game ending up about $300 for the cartridge. A couple of more research, I haven't realized Earthbound came out for the WiiU. After playing, I gotta admit, my perspective on games may have changed a bit but man I'm glad I've played this game. The way the game progresses really feels as if you're in the party with Ness, Paula, and the others.

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.

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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.