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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.
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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I know why this SNES games was very rare cost, because I think of that Earthbound was overrated along with Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Henry Segura (Itchy Runt Rolly)
243 bucks for an snes game?! HOLY CRAP! Might as well download it on the wiiu for ten bucksPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS!!!!!!!! This game and by that i mean all copies. Are not worth near as much as most sellers are asking. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bob Dole
Was very happy with this product, it was in great shape and plays perfectlyPublished 17 months ago by Savannah Baughman
I have played many games in my day, but no game has matched up in my eyes as Earthbound has. It's a shame that game didn't get the love it deserved when it came out and that most... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shawn R. Isham
This is my favorite game of all time aside from Zelda, A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. Even though there's a high asking price for it now, since it's rare, it's still worth... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Dave
I bought this for my boyfriend's birthday and he was so excited! He beat it in a few months, but still plays it and shares it with his younger relatives. No problems at all!Published on September 11, 2013 by csi_speedchick
First of all, I have never had the chance to play this game.
I wanted to buy it from Amazon, until I saw that the sellers didnt get the memo that
this game was just... Read more
I Love this game. I recived it within 6 minutes. tottaly worth every cent. I spent my college funds on it.Published on June 27, 2013 by jaydeebow