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Mother of God

EarthBound is a game that has, for no reason other than my sheer laziness, eluded me for many, many years. It’s a bit of a mystery to me really. Since my early teen years sat in front of an old CRT television at my friend’s house playing Super Smash Bros on the N64, beating the crap out of each other and laughing hysterically at one another (ah, those were the days) my main character throughout that entire series has been Ness.  

Ness throughout the ages.

I don’t know what drew me to Ness initially. He’s a bit fiddly on the N64 but was easily my go-to for many games. His attacks were quirky, quick and varied, and equally frustrating to my friends, adding to my delight. The Earthbound level on Melee was one of my favourites and the music from the series was what I would be humming when not playing the game.  

It took me years to figure out what he was even saying when he attacked, which I later found out was PK Flash and PK Fire. I didn’t know what they were or what it meant, but that didn’t matter. The important thing was that Ness was cool and that was enough.  

I never made much of an effort to find out exactly which game he was from, and even if I had there was little chance of me playing it as I didn’t have a SNES myself at that time; I wouldn’t have been able to have even got a copy as it was never released in the UK and I can’t imagine getting hold of a North American SNES and copy of the game that sounds like it was elusive enough over there just to play one game no-one had ever really heard of. My interest was not strong enough for me to go to such lengths to get it. What would my mother have said!  

Mother, being the original title for the game in Japan, was just not within my grasp.  

Mother (NES) box art. Later released outside of Japan as EarthBound Beginnings.

Fast forward to 2021 and a number of Super Smash Bros entries later, Ness still remains my favourite character in the series, despite the utter madness of characters that are available to players. And even so, I still haven’t played a single Mother game. This is just unacceptable and needs rectification. But what has brought on my decision to finally site down and play it? The former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, recently posted on Twitter rather cheekily that one of the games he has been meaning to play but hasn’t picked up yet is the English version of Mother 3. 

This caused a bit of a stir amongst the game’s fanbase, as the game has never officially been released in English. Throughout his career he has been harangued with questions on the game’s localisation since its release in 2006 but the game, as of now, is still a Japan-only title. Naturally this sent Twitter users into a bit of a frenzy. Is he emulating it? Does he have a real copy? Wait, Mother 3’s 15th anniversary is this month – is there a Nintendo direct? Master trolling by the Regginator. I understand that there are a number of ‘issues’ with Mother 3 that would make it difficult to release in the west, which I may cover later on when I sink my teeth into it. Something to look forward to! 

I’m fairly aware of the ‘cult’ following of this game and I know that is considered a bit… wacky to say the least. But really, I will be entering this series quite blind. I know Ness, Lucas (just finding out that he is from Mother 3 – shows how much I know!) and Mr Saturn, and that’s kind of it really. I wouldn’t consider myself as part of the game’s fanbase by any means. 

To rectify my complete ignorance of this series and the feeling of unjustifiable likeness for Ness and the game series, I am going to… play the games. Quite simple, really. That’s probably the very least I can do familiarise myself with it so that’s what I’m going to do!  

Lucas joined the Smash roster in Super Smash Bros Brawl

I’ll be making my way through the series one game at a time from Mother 1 to the infamous Mother 3 and will be mostly streaming my play through of the game on Twitch.  

I’m actually very excited to see what the game has to offer and finally understand the roots of a character I have known and played with for the past 20 or so years. Let’s go!  

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