Love Earthbound. It's my number 1 feel good game even today. Some of its systems remind me of Pokemon but its got a blissful charm of its own. Mother 3 us worth tracking down for GBA if your able to read Japanese ... Or run the translated version on an emu!
I think Phil Fish is a smart guy. He doesn't have million$ for advertising so he manipulates the naysayers to publicise his games on the internets for free. No publicity is bad publicity and he knows it!