Back in 2010, I watched the final battle of MOTHER 3. My first exposure to MOTHER was from one of the most emotionally charged battles not just in the series, but in video games.
Of course, I didn't know the characters or why they were fighting. But I remember staring at the computer, barely breathing, as the hero was beaten senseless. By the end, if someone asked me what I thought of the fight, I don't think I'd be able to answer.
Since then, the MOTHER series has encompassed a huge part of my life. I have these games to thank for getting me into writing. I have these games to thank for helping me meet my best friends. I have these games to thank for exposing me to a wonderful, loving community. And I have these games to thank for improving my life in almost every way.
Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings, even though they're filled with jokes, managed to make me tear up numerous times. The characters and setting were relatable, the graphics were cute, and the bizarre sense of humor made the games' emotional moments hit harder. It made the games memorable.
MOTHER 3, for the most part, isn't any different. Things played for laughs in Earthbound come to this game with an undercurrent of seriousness. The world and its people change into something unrecognizable to the hero, but all too recognizable to the player. And in a way, Itoi's use of a real-world setting hits much harder than it did in the previous games. The emotion is ramped up. At the same time, you'll laugh at the cartoon-esque blunders of the main villains, the interactions between the heroes, and the constant barrage of puns.
Combined with colorful graphics, fluid animation, unforgettable music, and engaging gameplay, MOTHER 3 is a video game that deserves an international release. It's been nine years; I don't want to wait any longer.