#thisisEarthBound

Share what EarthBound means to you.

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Erikku8 @Erikku8

I discovered EarthBound about three years after its US release in 1995. I had walked in on my brother playing the game and hung around to watch. At first, I wasn't wowed by its cutesy graphics (which I would quickly come to love soon after) but after seeing the beginning events with the meteorite and Buzz Buzz, I decided that I wanted to try it for myself and so the very next day, I did just that.

And that's when I was sucked into Ness's crazy world of alien invaders, pogo punks, and psychic superpowers and what a world it is! I was excited by each achievement from defeating Frank, to getting the first melody, and rescuing Paula from the Happy Happyists. In fact, Happy Happy Village for me is noteworthy because that's when my parents temporarily forbade me from playing EarthBound!

Now for the record, my parents are awesome, loving, and supporting people. But when I described the Happy Happyist cult, they became a little worried about what EarthBound was teaching me. We were, and still are, practicing Mormons but after having a serious family discussion about EarthBound and video games in general, my parents gave me the OK to play EarthBound again and so I resumed my quest.

I spent the better part of that year working my way through Threed, then Fourside, then all the way to the final battle with Giygas. I remember being very weirded out when Giygas's true form was revealed and I also remember trying many times to defeat him. Then I finally figured it out and felt a great sense of joy, excitement and accomplishment as I played out the game's ending.

The following years were tough and I played EarthBound I don't know how many times over, but then I went through a period of not playing the game at all. My reasons are personal, but in 2008, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released and that was my introduction to Lucas. Lucas seemed melancholy, the way I was feeling at the time. But he was also a kick-butt psychic boy like Ness. Shortly after, I decided to import a used copy of Mother 3 from Japan.

The wait was excruciating but exciting, but when it finally came, I plugged the game into my clunky first-gen DS and started on my journey through the Nowhere Islands, with only a little knowledge of Japanese at my disposal. I cleared the game with little help from the Internet and soon after imported Mother 1+2 so I could revisit the other two games.

I suppose I could say that EarthBound was one of my happy places as a kid. My elementary school years were good, but my middle school years were terrible and I'm glad I had EarthBound as a sort of oasis from the harsh school climate. And while I'm a much happier person today than I was at that time, EarthBound, along with EarthBound Beginnings and Mother 3 are still a source of comfort as I go through the ups and downs of life. Memories. Fun. Comfort. #thisisearthbound

Stories From Other Fans:

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I remember a ton of stuff! I thought the game was the most hilarious thing in the world when I was 11. I also remember playing late at night and getting to Giygas! I was defeated and started crying. I went out of my room to hug my mom and I felt way better. I got a goodnight's rest and after school I beat Giygas! After that I replayed the entire game again! Ahh... childhood....
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EarthBound, for many years, wasn't just a game; it was an experience that changed who I was as a person.
I played the MOTHER series in the order most people do: EarthBound, MOTHER 3, then EarthBound Zero/Beginnings.
First when I got into EarthBound as an 8th grader, I wanted nothing to do with any other game series for months.
Took me awhile to explore and talk to many people, but eventually I finished and felt accomplished.
Then, like a month or so later, I met my best friend on a facebook page because she wanted another person to help her on the said page for awhile.
Then, the summer of that year, EarthBound had succeeded to bond another internet friendship.
Long story short, EarthBound has been the bond holder of at least two friendships of mine and I have no idea how things would've been if I never met the two wonderful friends I have.
In closing, I wouldn't be the same person I am today with the everlasting effects the EarthBound series. No matter how many gaming friends I'll have in my lifetime, I will always urge them to play EarthBound due to the importance it has on so many people's lives.
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Mike DiGirolamo @MikeDiGirolamo

What does EarthBound mean to me? Everything. Let me share a "story" with you.

The year was 1999. Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 was released. My best friend, Jimmy Baker (hope you are doing well Jimmy) introduced me to this game. At this time in my life, I was 12 years old. I was reaching a point where "childhood" was ending and "adulthood" was beginning. The end of adolescence and the beginning of the teenage years. Jimmy (my best friend), had moved away a couple years back and we kept in close contact through phone calls, and letters. We were best bros. He encouraged me to take a look at this game. I did not need much encouragement.

I had never successfully completed an RPG on my own. I was able to play this game during that very year: 1999. What drew me to this game? A few things.

1. Ness was roughly the same age as me. 12, 13, 14 ish.
2. Ness lived in a place exactly the same as me: Suburban America (I lived in Hudson, Ohio).
3. Ness was a gifted kid, with powers (I've always believed in my own powers).
4. Ness loved baseball (so do I).
5 Ness conquered evil and saved the world at an extremely young age (this was, and is my ultimate fantasy).

So, all of this is great, but what does this mean to me?

EarthBound was the first time that I became honest with myself. I knew after playing this game that I did not want to live and ordinary life. EarthBound propelled me into knowing that I could not settle for a life of mediocrity or fear. If a 13ish-year-old Ness could get up and save the world, then I must do the same thing as well. From then on, it's driven me in every aspect of my life. This hasn't made things very easy for me. I sometimes put a little bit too much pressure on myself, but this game also taught me that it was okay not to take myself too seriously, or life too seriously.

This game showed me that no matter what situation I found myself in, I could fight, overcome, and achieve peace, and make friends along the way.

EarthBound shows me that a life of love, passion, sacrifice, valuable friendship, and unforgettable experiences are all possible for each of us, and it is not only my privilege to live this kind of life, but it is my (and also your) destiny.

I struggled with depression as a young 12-year-old boy. This game helped me to realize the warrior, and love-filled human that I am. I became awakened to my own abilities, and the affections of my heart through playing this game. Without EarthBound, I definitely would not be the man I am today. I cannot believe it's 16 full years since I first played this game. It's been a long ride, and there is still so much of life to experience that I have not yet experience. Here's to knowing that I have the courage to face it, and embrace it with all my heart. EarthBound taught me how to do this. Thank you Shigesato Itoi for changing my life.

Love,

Mike

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Derek Umaña @DerekUmaaQuiros
A way to see the world. The MOTHER/EarthBound franchise has and will always have a special place in my heart, its beauty, its quirkiness, its humor, its way to tell a story. This is art, no matter who says otherwise, this franchise is art. You will be a better person if you play these games, you will choose better decisions in your life. It is truly amazing how only 3 games are one of the best videogames of all time. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be angry, you will experiment almost all feelings of the human being. That's why I'm sad about how little-known the franchise is, and about that we still don't get the last chapter, the ending, arguably the best of the 3, oficially translated. Nintendo, you already know how loyal we are, don't be afraid, have faith in us, we won't disappoint you. I know this is going to be harsh but Satoru Iwata, rest in peace, liked and helped the franchise to exist, if you make the official translation of MOTHER 3, I'm sure he will be happy, wherever he is, seeing the people playing Nintendo's games, his legacy will never be forgotten. Shigesato Itoi is an amazing writer, it is sad that he is not well-known outside of Japan, but you have the power to change that. I will end here, hoping to be alive when I see MOTHER 3 oficially translated, I won't cry until the end. I will leave luck to Satoru Iwata, I will leave luck to heaven.
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To be honest, I haven't played EarthBound (MOTHER 2) yet, because I'm not interested in RPG games (well I'll try it sometime later). But MOTHER 3, when I heard it's music from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and read some of it's trophies and stickers, somehow I wanted to play this game. I firstly played this game when I was 13 year old, and gave up at chapter 5 because my English was so sh*tty that I couldn't understand the game story, so I was bored and gave it up. Many years later I played it again on an Android phone with an emulator, and I just couldn't stop playing.
And by the end of this game, I cried like a child, I played many video games and this is the only one that made me cry.
I live in south east Asia and currently I don't have a Wii U, and I don't feel like to buy it since I'm enjoying PC games, but if MOTHER 3 come out on Wii U maybe that'll be the reason I'd buy a Wii U. Why? BECAUSE MOTHER 3 IS MY #1 FAVORITE GAME ALL THE TIME AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. I WISH I COULD "FORGET" IT ANYTIME I WANT THAT I COULD ENJOY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
*Sorry if my poor grammar bothers you*

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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.