History VideoGame / Mother4

13th Mar '17 12:19:03 PM lalalei2001
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''MOTHER 4'' is the previous title of a fan-made game continuing the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' saga, in development by Azure Studios. The game has since shifted focus to be a ''SpiritualSuccessor'' to the MOTHER series, but its new title has yet to be revealed. It started development in 2009 and has gained recognition as one of the most ambitious fangame projects ever.

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''MOTHER 4'' is the previous title of a fan-made game continuing the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' saga, in development by Azure Studios. The game has since shifted focus to be a ''SpiritualSuccessor'' SpiritualSuccessor to the MOTHER series, but its new title has yet to be revealed. It started development in 2009 and has gained recognition as one of the most ambitious fangame projects ever.
4th Mar '17 11:12:48 AM Randomfan11
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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zack's pre-2012 sprites used to depict him with dirty blonde hair.

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zack's [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/mother4/images/9/9e/Zack_sprite_development.png/revision/latest?cb=20160323000606 pre-2012 sprites sprites]] used to depict him with dirty blonde hair.
4th Mar '17 11:11:56 AM Randomfan11
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* BadassInANiceSuit: The Modern Mind wears a suit that's dotted with stars, similar to a cosmic body. In a gameplay trailer, he's shown to be still going strong, while the main party have severely depleted HP and PP. He's only defeated by one of his own attacks, [[AttackReflector which Travis hits back at him]].

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* BadassInANiceSuit: The Modern Mind wears a suit that's dotted with stars, similar to a cosmic body. In a gameplay trailer, he's shown to be still going strong, while the main party have severely depleted HP and PP. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard He's only defeated by one of his own attacks, attacks]], [[AttackReflector which Travis hits back at him]].



* DoesNotLikeSpam: According to WordOfGod, Leo distrusts foreign food, and thinks they're only good for hangovers and jet lag.



* {{Expy}}: The main characters echo the protagonists of the ''MOTHER'' franchise:
** Travis wears a striped shirt, similarly to Ninten, Ness, and Lucas, and gets his love for baseball and using a baseball bat as a choice of weapon from the former two. His calm and kind personality comes from Lucas, and also has a brother like he did.
** Meryl being the only girl in her group comes from Paula, while her love for books and studying comes from Jeff. Her unusual purple hair color and reckless confidence concerning her powers has shades of Kumatora.
** Leo leads his own gang just like Teddy did. His powerful, mixed offense/defense powers, and his serious disposition comes from Poo.
** Zack echoes Lucas' brother Claus, having a similar hairstyle and being a brother to the main protagonist. [[spoiler:Unlike Claus, he has no VOX powers and continues to live in a loving family with his brother.]]



* {{Foil}}: The [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[TheCharmer smooth-talking]] Floyd is the opposite of Travis, an [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy average kid]] who is calm, introverted, and [[MrImagination a frequent daydreamer]]. He is also one to Leo, a [[TheQuietOne soft-spoken]] and experienced [[GreaserDelinquents Greaser Delinquent]] who's older than Floyd.

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* {{Foil}}: Goes both ways in the main party.
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The calm, introverted, and [[MrImagination daydreaming]] Travis contrasts the [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[TheCharmer smooth-talking]] Floyd. Travis also contrasts the reckless Meryl, who also possesses more offensive-oriented powers compared to Travis' supportive and healing abilities.
** Leo contrasts both
Floyd is and Meryl in being calmer, older, and more cautious compared to their young impulsiveness. Floyd contrasts him the opposite of Travis, an [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy average kid]] who is calm, introverted, and [[MrImagination most, being a frequent daydreamer]]. He is charming loudmouth with no VOX-based powers to speak of.
** Floyd could
also one be seen to Leo, a [[TheQuietOne soft-spoken]] ''MOTHER'' characters such as Lloyd and experienced [[GreaserDelinquents Greaser Delinquent]] who's older than Floyd.Jeff, who are both {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es who use guns and bazookas. Floyd has none of their intelligence, fights with a rake, a melee weapon, and has the option to talk his way out of battles.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Zack's pre-2012 sprites used to depict him with dirty blonde hair.



* HotBlooded: Floyd is a loudmouthed kid who says whatever's on his mind. Meryl counts, too; with her clairvoyant abilities, she thinks she can take on anything.

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* HotBlooded: Floyd is a loudmouthed kid who says whatever's on his mind. Meryl counts, too; with her clairvoyant abilities, she thinks she can take on anything. And while usually cool and soft-spoken, Leo has been described in a few of his bios as "impatient".



* MeaningfulName: Leo's name is latin for "lion", which indicates a noble and heroic character (despite him being a biker and gang leader).

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* MeaningfulName: LovableJock: Zack is a talented athlete, with several trophies and accomplishments under his belt, but he's a really nice guy and never picks on his brother Travis.
* MeaningfulName:
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Leo's name is latin for "lion", which indicates a noble and heroic character (despite him being a biker and gang leader).leader).
** Part of Floyd's name comes from Lloyd, which means "gray". It could reference Floyd's GuileHero tendencies, how he uses "gray" methods such as talking/bribing enemies instead of outright fighting them.



* {{Sampling}}: One of the battle themes sampled several sounds from ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. Fittingly, the theme's name is "Battle Against a Familiar Foe". It's unknown if this track will appear in the post-rebrand version

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* {{Sampling}}: One of the battle themes sampled several sounds from ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. Fittingly, the theme's name is "Battle Against a Familiar Foe". It's unknown if this track will appear in the post-rebrand versionversion.



* StrongFamilyResemblance: Both Travis and his older brother Zack closely resemble their mother and father, respectively. It's even reflected in their hairstyles!

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: Both Travis and his older brother Zack closely resemble their mother and father, respectively. It's respectively, even reflected in sharing their hairstyles!parents' hairstyles. However, their hair colors (mother has light brown hair, father has dark brown hair) are switched around.
1st Mar '17 8:35:55 PM Randomfan11
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* BlueIsHeroic: Meryl, one of the main characters, was featured on the official MOTHER 4 website with an indigo blue background.
* TheBusCameBack: Elements from ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', such as PK Beam, the [[GameBreaker gamebreakingly]] sweet 4th-D slip, and Telepathy were set to appear in MOTHER 4. We also saw the return of three PSI users like ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' with the {{Muggle}} getting their own special ability to use in combat. However, the rebranding of the game to disassociate itself with the MOTHER series means these powers will no longer appear in their original form, and instead be adaped to fit the new theme.

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* BlueIsHeroic: BlueIsHeroic:
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Meryl, one of the main characters, was featured on the official MOTHER 4 website with an indigo blue background.
** Zack wears blue clothes in all of his designs, and is the [[CoolBigSis Cool Big Bro]] to Travis.
* TheBusCameBack: Elements from ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', such as PK Beam, the [[GameBreaker gamebreakingly]] sweet 4th-D slip, and Telepathy were set to appear in MOTHER 4. We also saw the return of three PSI users like ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' with the {{Muggle}} getting their own special ability to use in combat. However, the rebranding of the game to disassociate itself with the MOTHER series means these powers will no longer appear in their original form, and instead be adaped adapted to fit the new theme.



* FingerSnapLighter: Leo uses fire based VOX to light his cigarettes.

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* FingerSnapLighter: Leo uses fire based fire-based VOX to light his cigarettes.



* HumanoidAbomination: We don't know ''exactly'' what the Modern Mind is; he's a space energy being that looks like a human [[SharpDressedMan wearing a spiffy suit]], save for the energy ball for a head.

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* HumanoidAbomination: We don't know ''exactly'' what the Modern Mind is; he's a space energy being that looks like a an adult human male [[SharpDressedMan wearing a spiffy suit]], save for the energy ball for a head.



** Unlike the fathers of previous ''MOTHER'' protagonists, whose absences aren't really explained, Travis's father frequently works at a far away place with little time to be with his family, which according to WordOfGod will become an [[WhenYouComingHomeDad important plot element]].

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** Unlike the fathers of previous ''MOTHER'' protagonists, whose absences aren't really explained, Travis's Travis and Zack's father frequently works at in a city far away place from his family, with little time and opportunity to be with his family, them, which according to WordOfGod will become an presumably [[WhenYouComingHomeDad important plot element]].impact his sons]].



* SerialNumbersFiledOff: The game began life and went most of its development as a [[FanSequal fanmade MOTHER game.]] However, after several months of silence from the developers, it was revealed that the game would be going through heavy rebranding to avoid legal issues.

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* SerialNumbersFiledOff: The game began life and went most of its development as a [[FanSequal [[FanSequel fanmade MOTHER game.]] However, after several months of silence from the developers, it was revealed that the game would be going through heavy rebranding to avoid legal issues.



* SleevesAreForWimps: The Punk Enforcer wears a leather jacket with the sleeves torn off, and she's one of the enemies the main gang must face.

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* SleevesAreForWimps: SleevesAreForWimps:
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The Punk Enforcer enemy wears a leather jacket with the sleeves torn off, and she's one of off.
** Zack's pre-2012 character design wore a blue undershirt with a white horizontal stripe around
the enemies the main gang must face.waist.
1st Mar '17 7:29:53 PM lalalei2001
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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced]] by [[[[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism other]] Nintendo fangames. This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced]] by [[[[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism [[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism other]] Nintendo fangames.fan games. This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' PsychicPowers with an original power called VOX.
1st Mar '17 7:25:46 PM rmctagg09
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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced by other]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced faced]] by [[[[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism other]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism Nintendo fangames.]] fangames. This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.
1st Mar '17 5:59:42 PM TokoWH
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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced by other]] [[VideoGame/PokémonBrownAndPrism Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake faced by other]] [[VideoGame/PokémonBrownAndPrism [[VideoGame/PokemonBrownAndPrism Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.
1st Mar '17 5:59:19 PM TokoWH
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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake other Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, IP]], as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake other faced by other]] [[VideoGame/PokémonBrownAndPrism Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.
1st Mar '17 5:57:17 PM TokoWH
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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[''videogame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' other Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[''videogame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' [[VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake other Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.
1st Mar '17 5:51:12 PM Kenji115
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''MOTHER 4'' was a fan-made game continuing the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' saga, in development by Azure Studios. It started development in 2009 and has gained recognition as one of the most ambitious fangame projects ever.

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''MOTHER 4'' was is the previous title of a fan-made game continuing the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' saga, in development by Azure Studios.Studios. The game has since shifted focus to be a ''SpiritualSuccessor'' to the MOTHER series, but its new title has yet to be revealed. It started development in 2009 and has gained recognition as one of the most ambitious fangame projects ever.



Overall, the gameplay so far seems to stay true to the Mother experience, with a few minor tweaks. Notably, while it is generally turn-based, with you selecting the characters actions before the battle phase and having them play out accordingly, there's also an addition of a cool-down system. During the battle phase, the characters' status bars will slowly fill up with each successful attack and combo attack they do, and if the status bar fills up completely during it, they will be able to perform an additional attack during it, allowing for more strategy than the past games.

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Overall, the gameplay so far seems to stay true to the Mother MOTHER experience, with a few minor tweaks. Notably, while it is generally turn-based, with you selecting the characters actions before the battle phase and having them play out accordingly, there's also an addition of a cool-down system. During the battle phase, the characters' status bars will slowly fill up with each successful attack and combo attack they do, and if the status bar fills up completely during it, they will be able to perform an additional attack during it, allowing for more strategy than the past MOTHER games.



On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[''videogame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' other Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]]

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On March 1 2017, the dev team announced that the game will be [[SerialNumbersFiledOff rebranding itself into an original IP, as to not encounter the legal issues faced by]] [[''videogame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' other Nintendo fangames.]] This was done via an AMA on Reddit which can be found [[https://www.reddit.com/r/mother4/comments/5wzfjk/todays_announcement/ here.]]
]] Notable changes include removing the series mascot Mr. Saturn, changing the user interface to less directly resemble the MOTHER games, and replacing the series staple ''PsychicPowers'' with an original power called VOX.



* AmbiguousTimePeriod: Similar to ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''EarthBound'', the game is said to take place in 197X. [[spoiler: Though it's left to the player's imagination if this is set before or after the Dark Dragon recreates the world in VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}.]]
* ActionCommands: The rhythm-based combo system for VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}} makes a comeback.
* AnimateInanimateObject: From an Autumn Leaf to mops with eyes and arms to the standard evil mushrooms known in nearly all ''MOTHER'' games.

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* AmbiguousTimePeriod: Similar to The game is set in the year 197X. This is inspired by ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' and ''EarthBound'', the game is said to whch take place in 197X. [[spoiler: Though it's left to the player's imagination if this is set before or after the Dark Dragon recreates the world in VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}.]]
198X and 199X respectively.
* ActionCommands: The rhythm-based combo system for VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}} makes a comeback.
has been implimented.
* AnimateInanimateObject: From an An Autumn Leaf to mops with eyes and arms to are only a few of the standard evil mushrooms known in nearly all ''MOTHER'' games.bizarre baddies that can be encountered.



* AttackReflector: When [[BatterUp equipped with a bat]], Travis has a random chance to hit enemies' projectiles back at them, just as Ness and Lucas do in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.

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* AttackReflector: When [[BatterUp equipped with a bat]], Travis has a random chance to hit enemies' projectiles back at them, just as them. This is a reference to an ability Ness and Lucas do have in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''.
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