EarthBound (1994)
"Mother 2: Gîgu no gyakushuu" (original title)

Video Game  -  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  1 June 1995 (USA)
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One night a large meteor crashes to the earth. A young boy named Ness goes out to investigate, and discovers that he and three other kids are destined to save the earth from an alien leader... See full summary »

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One night a large meteor crashes to the earth. A young boy named Ness goes out to investigate, and discovers that he and three other kids are destined to save the earth from an alien leader called Giygas, who is going to destroy the world. Written by Anonymous

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Was reissued on Game Boy Advance in Japan. See more »

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If you play the game for a long time, the character's dad calls to suggest you take a break, even *before* you get the Receiver Phone. See more »

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Pokey: [about Giyagas] What an all-knowing idiot.
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At one point in the game a character asks you (the player) to enter your name. Whatever name you enter appears at the end of the credits, as "Player: [Name here]", after the staff credits. See more »

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References The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Incredible adventure, a must play for RPG fans
5 June 2002 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

EarthBound is one of those games you finish playing and feel good about. The game takes place in an everyday town. A young boy named Ness (in the original Mother game, also called EarthBound Zero, the boy's name was Ninten). Ness meets a girl, a nerd, and a ninja. The take an amazing adventure across the world collecting pieces of songs to be able to stop an alien invasion from Giygas. Instead of swords and shields, you get frying pans, yo-yos, bats, and bottle rockets. Instead of earning gold, your dad puts money on your ATM card. Instead of monsters, you fight dogs, hippies, crazy shopping ladies, barf, and cavemen.

The music is memorable. I found myself leaving the game on just to listen to the music in Ness's house. The backgrounds during fights are trippy and amazing to watch, especially toward the end of the game. The fighting system is not too easy and not too hard. It's perfect for an RPG. SNES RPGs were known for excellent battle systems.

The main highlight of the game is the humor. The game gets ridiculous at times, with people telling you they farted, crazy enemies. It's fun to call your mom on the phone and listen to her talk about giving the dog a flea bath. You never see your dad in the game. You just talk to him on the phone. My favorite part of the game is when the owl takes your picture and says "say 'fuzzy pickles.'"

Simply put, this game is fun for all ages, especially adults. I'm about 20 years old and I found this game to be extremely enjoyable. This game has great moments that you don't soon forget. So go to the Onett library, pick up a map, and ZOOM great distances in the world of EarthBound. Very few RPGs out today are as enjoyable as this game. Even if you're not into role-playing games, you might just find yourself talking to a Mr. Saturn after popping this into the SNES.


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