I have so many nostalgic memories of playing EarthBound ever since I got it for my 8th birthday in March 1997. Funny enough I originally wanted Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals for my birthday, but my dad was intimidated by its $60+ price point and opted instead for the $40 EarthBound at Toys R’ Us. To this day I’m grateful for that frugal decision.
EarthBound is one of the greatest SNES games of all time. It’s a humorous JRPG that's a wonderful satire on JRPGs and America. It also has one of the creepiest, most memorable final bosses ever. It just oozes with charm, thanks to its unique visuals, music and clever writing. It made me laugh, it gave me deep feels, it weirded me out, it touched upon serious themes with a dash of humor. It was such a huge part of my growing up. Mother 3's ending legitimately made me cry and reminded me not to take life and family for granted.
The Mother series' music is a HUGE part of why it's so timeless to me. EarthBound Beginnings, EarthBound and Mother 3's music has inspired me to improve my drumming. I'm so grateful to Keiichi Suzuki, Hip Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu, Toshiyuki Ueno and Shogo Sakai for their superb work on the series' soundtracks.
To quote The Game Theorists, "EarthBound isn't about a boy trying to stop an alien menace, it's about a boy growing up, leaving his home and experiencing both the good and the bad of the world. That's why Giygas is so scary; he is based on the moment [Shigesato] Itoi lost that childhood innocence. And that's why the ending is so satisfying, because Ness faced that darkness and made it through, becoming a young adult. He's grown up, and we, as the player, have cared enough to get him there. It's truly a triumph of the gaming experience."