Earthbound has a special place in my heart, I have nostalgic overload when it comes to what I call a masterpiece but again my review or what i say about it is 100 percent biased. This was one of the very first game I ever got to experiences let along complete as a kid, it even produced memory's between me and my sis as I watch her play it for countless times I learn so much details about this game before I even got my hands on it. I loved even reading that simple players guide making Eagleland feel like a living, breathing country, with it newspaper ads and events page all from the guide. I even remember being so excited with my sister for the release of Earthbound 64 but we now know how that story goes. Lets jump 17 years later, it has been a long time since I played this game let alone the actual cart. I was about 4 when I first experiences E-bound jump maybe 7 years later I got to play the game again through the use of roms and emulators. So when I got the actual cart from my sister and her SNES, I would have been insane not to play it again and even better that my memory was a bit fuzzy about the game making it seem more fresh and more awesome to remember the wittyness the game has to offer, the classic 16 bit music and just how different this is game today and back then. Enough of hearing a boring back story, you guys wanna know why you should give a dam about Earthbound and why ever RPG fan should at least give this game a try.
Earthbound comes from an era where RPG's were just becoming mainstream in the gaming community, with stuff like FF6 and Chrono trigger coming on the SNES, games like those had there knights, potions, swords and staffs but the franchise of Mother (called in Japan, also I will get into the first game on a different blog) wanted to be different. It did away with the swords and potions for Baseball bats and hamburgers which even to this day I haven't played RPG in that vain. The setting ditch the fantasy land for the heart of America creating something you could relate to. I bet anyone if this game was released as a new IP on a hand held it would have been love today not just a cult classic its now know for.
I booted up the cart and the one thing Earthbound does the best out of anything is the 16 bit music, the title screen with the 16 bit rock sounds amazing, But needless to say why I love this music is with the infusion of classic hits like Johnny B Good and the Beatles making every song memorable and it seals a memory in time, right now I'm listen to the album and I can remember what part of the game that was from and what I was going in the game at the time which beside a famous gaming song or melody I have never been able to do. Earthbound has a slow start in the beginning but it picks up to tale of epic proportions and takes a surprising dark turn to how light hearted and cutesy the game takes its self. One of my favorite parts of the game is trip out coffee talks you have with a couple of NPC's. Having a chat with them make you feel like you came a long way in the 30 plus hours the game takes to complete, I really like when games does this because you have to reflected all the back to hour one and are like "wow I have come a long way and become so much more stronger" Needless to say this blog will become a 10 page essay if I talk about every little detail.
Warning spoilers in the video Trip out coffee video
Earthbound is a game every RPG fan should play, It may be Kiddie and light hearts but rest assured there is deep level of detail put into this game for even a Hardcore RPG fanatic to sink there teeth into. For the around 30 hours the games takes to beat I bet you can find a moment that every time someone mentions Earthbound you will look back to. It maybe a slow start and quite easy but complete it because there is always a surprise around the corner, an new dialog you haven't seen and even a new item or two you have never used before but maybe one day Nintendo will finally re-release this masterpieces and then everyone can play this game. So thanks for reading guys!! I will be playing through Mother 3 for the first time next to continue this franchise but I'm still working on Fuel, blog to come for both games soon but until next time "keep gaming gamers"