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Earthbound

Platform : Super Nintendo
Rated: Everyone
4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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The Earth is under attack by a strange group of aliens known as Giygas, and only a young boy and his friends have the power to save the planet. Unlike more traditional RPGs, EARTHBOUND actually takes place in a modern-day suburb featuring all kinds of wacky twists and turns. You're Ness, and along with your pals Paula, Jeff, and Poo you've got to hunt down the aliens sending them back to where they came. Armed with a baseball bat and psychic powers, your party must hit the road in search of the extraterrestrial scum. Along the way, you'll encounter all kinds of weird characters who will give you high-tech gadgets, time machines, and other items you'll need to prevail. The fate of the world is in your hands!

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  • ASIN: B002CT1RA4
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,696 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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I am not surprised by the cost of this game on Amazon. My copy was stolen many years ago and due to no chance of a re-make, it would be nice to have this game again. Out of countless hours of gameplay over 20+ years using various platforms, this is still my favorite game of all time.
Certainly one of the highlighting features of this game is the active sprites in the main overworld. Meaning, the enemies actively chase you through the map, and you can avoid having to fight them if you can run away fast enough or use the in game terrain to stay away. I've read that game developers can use something called the Yanfly chase script, to implement similar functionality into their games. The enemy sprites on the screen actually wander randomly, but when you get within range, they chase you. This is a feature that I think make this game more fun because I have a serious problem with RPG games that use an invincible/random/timed event to occur that calls a battle scene/event. Its rather annoying in other games, because you may be focused on getting somewhere, only to randomly invoke a battle scene, often wasting time. I love the Final Fantasy series, especially FF7, but even in that game, it uses a hidden/randomly triggered battle events, Final Fantasy 11 Online uses an active moving 3d enemy system, where they chase you around the map, which was refreshing.
Earthbound is more fun, letting you 'see' what is coming, and better yet, if your skills/level is much greater than your enemy, the screen just flashes and you 'WIN' the battle. No wasted time, no wasted effort in fighting something that is worthless to fight. Brilliant idea in my opinion, and something that more RPG's should implement in their game design.
Overall, my favorite game of all time.
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This is perhaps one of the most legendary RPG games to ever grace a system and one of the rarest games to buy or possess. You have to try this game atleast once if you are an RPG fan or even if you are a fan of games in general. It's storyline is very unique and at times is never afraid to make fun of itself as an RPG in dialogue. What also is a special treat above all else is the battle system in it's time redifined most games, instead of walking 5 steps and you are in a battle(like Final Fantasy etc etc) the enemy tries to run and touch you to initiate battle, once battle is commenced the background is different and morphs itself every 3 seconds which i can safely say has not been done in most games and sometimes during attacks can be funny due to the fact that some enemies either are afraid to attack, or just grin instead of attacking which creates witty dialogue.

In my personal opinion Earthbound is a timeless game, that has slipped into obscurity and has gathered a huge fanbase in America along with the United Kingdom in recent years due to this fact. There is an Earthbound 2 over in Japan, but sadly the release appears to be doubtful overseas in America or United Kingdom, as for a re-release on VC or SNES it has been doubted that there will not be a re-release due to copyright claims that Nintendo would receive in the U.S. or overseas. I truly hope that Nintendo can find a way just even if it was for one day only, to get the whole Earthbound series out around the world. For the fans like me, or others who are just playing this game for the first time with awe, this is more than a game, it is everything an RPG fan dreams of at night.
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EarthBound (or Mother 2 in Japan) is a unique experience that few other games can deliver. As you may know, you assume the role of Ness, a seemingly average kid who must save the world from invading aliens, giant moles, hippies, and other such threats. Equipped with a baseball bat and psychic powers, you must find your three friends who are destined to aid you and collect a series of Eight Melodies to gain the necessary strength to defeat the evil cosmic destroyer, Giygas.
EarthBound's graphics are simple, but the cute character designs and the beautiful colors make them look fantastic! The music is brilliant. In playing EarthBound, your ears will open up to a myriad of tunes ranging from the atmospheric Giant Step cave to the delightful Twoson theme.
The game difficulty is great for the game's wide audience (adults, kids, and even young women) and it's also packed with humor and pop culture references (yellow submarine, anyone?).
There's a good reason EarthBound is a cult classic. It's a solid game with fun music, graphics, and gameplay that rivals other Nintendo greats, like Mario. If you don't want to pay the ridiculous prices that EarthBound carts tend to be and if you're OK with playing Japanese language games, then I'll suggest this: Go to eBay and buy a Super Famicom copy of Mother 2 or go to PlayAsia and import Mother 1+2 for the Game Boy Advance. You'll get a much better price.
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Introduction

Here's my review of a very special game. The game is EarthBound. EarthBound is certainly at the#1 spot for my favorite game ever. It has had quite a big impact on my life. Why is this? There was a period of time about a year ago when I was hardly a gamer at all. I had been expecting so much from the two Mario Wii titles released around that same time (New Super Mario Bros. Wii as well as Super Mario Galaxy 2.) and ended up hating both of them for different reasons. Because of this, I nearly lost all faith in Nintendo and hardly played video games at all... but then one day in November 2010, I happened to stumble upon EarthBound. The game quickly got ahold of my interest and I became addicted to it almost immediately.

While Pokémon Red was technically my first RPG, this is the game that totally got me hooked on the genre and since then, I've moved on to other RPG classics like Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, and EarthBound's Japan Only sequel, Mother 3. But before I ramble about how much I love this game, I'd like to write about a few things to know while reading this.

In the year 1995, role playing games, to some extent, were still following the clichés that Dragon Warrior established 9 years earlier. Pretty much all of them took place in a medieval type setting. You could find a castle in pretty much all of them. Protagonists were usually equipped with swords or crossbows. You could almost never find a car in any of them.

And most importantly, magic was your main source of power. But then all of a sudden, EarthBound arrives in the U.S., an RPG that disobeyed nearly every cliche I mentioned above. The game takes place sometime in the 90's in Eagleland (an odd parody of America).
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