Mother (1989)
"Mazâ" (original title)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  27 July 1989 (Japan)
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Earth Bound Zero  »

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Nintendo of America had planned to release this game in 1991 under the title "Earth Bound." However, the release was canceled when the game was deemed unprofitable (the Super NES had already been released, and NOA didn't think gamers would pay attention to a new NES game). In 1998, a prototype cartridge surfaced, and the ROM file was made available (illegally) on the Internet. This version is referred to by fans as "Earthbound Zero," a reference to its sequel ('Mazâ 2: Gîgu no gyakushû (1994) (VG)') being released in the United States as "Earthbound." See more »


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Mother/Earthbound Zero
14 November 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Since I can't read Japanese (yet) I had to play the English translated ROM of EBZ. While you can clearly see the roots of the game that proceeded Earthbound, the sense of humor is a little less evident. EBZ is also harder than EB, which decreases the fun of playing it somewhat. It's irritating to keep getting into a battle when you take a step.

The story and acute sense of adventure are what really make this game work. It's fun to travel to new towns and meet all the weird people there (like the kid who says "Have you played Super Mario Bros. 7? I'm still playing part 3"). Along the way you get to fight flying saucers, hippies, Starmen and a large amount of other enemies. The music doesn't have anything on EB, but it's catchy enough.

If you have NESticle, I'd urge you to get the ROM of this game (unless you have a Famicom and can read Japanese) and give this unfairly neglected game a go.

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