History Videogame / Mother

28th Sep '16 5:51:18 PM Eon-the-Dragon
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* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}'' are probably the best examples of this.

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* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' are probably the best examples of this.
28th Sep '16 5:50:44 PM Eon-the-Dragon
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* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. EarthBound and Mother 3 are probably the best examples of this.

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* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. EarthBound ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and Mother 3 ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}'' are probably the best examples of this.
28th Sep '16 5:48:51 PM Eon-the-Dragon
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* SurrealHumor: A staple of the Mother games, especially with enemy designs. EarthBound and Mother 3 are probably the best examples of this.
14th May '16 9:52:04 AM MissConception
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* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by the same translator who translated ''MOTHER 3''; however, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating ''[=EarthBound=]'' beyond a basic menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because of the system the game uses to display text), and, because of its [[PortingDisaster lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]

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* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by the same translator who translated ''MOTHER 3''; however, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating ''[=EarthBound=]'' beyond a basic menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because of the system the game uses to display text), text) and, because of its [[PortingDisaster lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]
14th May '16 9:47:27 AM MissConception
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* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by the same translator who translated ''Mother 3''; however, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating ''[=EarthBound=]'' beyond a basic menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because of the system the game uses to display text), and, because of its [[PortingDisaster lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]

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* '''''MOTHER 1+2''''' (2003, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): A CompilationRerelease of ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'', [[NoExportForYou released exclusively in Japan]] to promote the release of ''VideoGame/{{Mother ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', and notably incorporating practically all the modifications of the then-unreleased English localization. Also has a FanTranslation by the same translator who translated ''Mother ''MOTHER 3''; however, only the first game was translated, as the translator found that translating ''[=EarthBound=]'' beyond a basic menu translation was too time-consuming (especially because of the system the game uses to display text), and, because of its [[PortingDisaster lesser quality (mainly the sound)]], was not worth the effort. [[index]]
14th May '16 9:42:15 AM MissConception
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With an eccentric like Itoi at the helm, it's not a surprise that ''Mother'' exemplifies the "WidgetSeries": the crude-yet-oddly unique art style, the self-aware [[NoFourthWall wall breakages]], the parodical interpretation of modern-day Earth (in this case, [[{{Eagleland}} America]]... skewed by the perspective of a foreigner exposed to it only through TV and cinema), and an [[CerebusRollercoaster emotional roller-coaster]] of Dadaist humour and tragedy.

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With an eccentric like Itoi at the helm, it's not a surprise that ''Mother'' ''MOTHER'' exemplifies the "WidgetSeries": the crude-yet-oddly unique art style, the self-aware [[NoFourthWall wall breakages]], the parodical interpretation of modern-day Earth (in this case, [[{{Eagleland}} America]]... skewed by the perspective of a foreigner exposed to it only through TV and cinema), and an [[CerebusRollercoaster emotional roller-coaster]] of Dadaist humour and tragedy.



* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''Mother'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]], but an unreleased English cartridge known as ''"Earth Bound"'' was discovered in the late 1990s. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.
* '''''VideoGame/EarthBound'''''[[note]]JP: '''''Mother 2: [[RevengeOfTheSequel Gyiyg Strikes Back]]'''''[[/note]] (1994/1995, UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem): The series' only official international release for the longest time, and thus the one everyone's most familiar with. The star is Ness, one of the four chosen heroes to combat the Universal Cosmic Destroyer and his impending destruction of the universe.[[/index]]

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* '''''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'''''[[note]]JP: '''''Mother'''''; '''''MOTHER'''''; nicknamed ''Earthbound Zero'' until it got an official English title[[/note]] (1989, [[UsefulNotes/{{Famicom}} Family Computer]]; 2015, Wii U): The series' debut, telling the story of Ninten as he works to uncover his family's connections to an impending alien invasion. [[NoExportForYou There was never a physical release outside Japan]], but an unreleased English cartridge known as ''"Earth Bound"'' was discovered in the late 1990s. This version was finally officially released outside of Japan as a Wii U Virtual Console title nearly ''26 years'' after its release in Japan.
* '''''VideoGame/EarthBound'''''[[note]]JP: '''''Mother '''''MOTHER 2: [[RevengeOfTheSequel Gyiyg Strikes Back]]'''''[[/note]] no Gyakushū]]'''''[[/note]] (1994/1995, UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem): The series' only official international release for the longest time, and thus the one everyone's most familiar with. The star is Ness, one of the four chosen heroes to combat the Universal Cosmic Destroyer and his impending destruction of the universe.[[/index]]



* '''''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''''' (2006, Game Boy Advance): The series' apparent GrandFinale, featuring a wide EnsembleCast headed by Lucas, a timid child promoted to investigate the slow corruption of his home island. Again, [[NoExportForYou only released in Japan]], but is the subject of a particularly famous and polished FanTranslation.

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* '''''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''''' '''''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'''''[[note]]nicknamed ''[=EarthBound=] 2'' after the Fourside bulletin in the predecessor[[/note]] (2006, Game Boy Advance): The series' apparent GrandFinale, featuring a wide EnsembleCast headed by Lucas, a timid child promoted to investigate the slow corruption of his home island. Again, [[NoExportForYou only released in Japan]], but is the subject of a particularly famous and polished FanTranslation.



!!The ''Mother'' trilogy as a whole contains examples of:

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!!The ''Mother'' ''MOTHER'' trilogy as a whole contains examples of:



** Similarly, all the games have a mini-arc that deals with the undead in some way. [[note]]Podunk Graveyard in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Threed in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', and chapter two in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''[[/note]]

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** Similarly, all the games have a mini-arc that deals with the undead in some way. [[note]]Podunk Graveyard in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', Threed in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', and chapter two in ''VideoGame/{{Mother ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''[[/note]]



** Magypsies fill the role left behind by Queen Mary and the Mr. Saturns: benign but weird. "Magypsy Party" is one of the best songs in ''Mother 3'': a heavenly synth with a {{scatting}} sax overlay. [[spoiler:Fassad is the traitorous Magypsy]]: once he falls off the Thunder Tower, he reappears as a cyborg with an array of horns strapped to what used to be his nose: a rocket-powered, robotic "translator" does the talking for him. His "speech" is [[spoiler:a hideously off-key version of "Magypsy Party".]]

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** Magypsies fill the role left behind by Queen Mary and the Mr. Saturns: benign but weird. "Magypsy Party" is one of the best songs in ''Mother ''MOTHER 3'': a heavenly synth with a {{scatting}} sax overlay. [[spoiler:Fassad is the traitorous Magypsy]]: once he falls off the Thunder Tower, he reappears as a cyborg with an array of horns strapped to what used to be his nose: a rocket-powered, robotic "translator" does the talking for him. His "speech" is [[spoiler:a hideously off-key version of "Magypsy Party".]]
19th Apr '16 8:51:37 AM Silverblade2
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* {{Eagleland}}: America in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and Eagleland in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.



** {{Eagleland}}: America in ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'', and Eagleland in ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.



* PoliceAreUseless
** PoliceBrutality: In ''[=EarthBound=]'', the cops attack Ness just because he refused to read the "DO NOT ENTER" sign at the traveller's shack leading to Giant Step, despite the fact that he clearly received the shack's keys from the equally incompetent MayorPain B.H. Pirkle.

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* PoliceAreUseless
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PoliceBrutality: In ''[=EarthBound=]'', the cops attack Ness just because he refused to read the "DO NOT ENTER" sign at the traveller's shack leading to Giant Step, despite the fact that he clearly received the shack's keys from the equally incompetent MayorPain B.H. Pirkle.Pirkle.
%%* PoliceAreUseless



%%* ScriptedBattle



** ScriptedBattle
19th Apr '16 8:49:20 AM Silverblade2
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* [[SameStoryDifferentNames Same Story, Different Games]]: ''[=EarthBound=]'' shares many plot similarities and musical cues from ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'', to the point that some theorize it to be a [[VideogameRemake re-envisioning]] of the Famicom title.

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* [[SameStoryDifferentNames Same Story, Different Games]]: SameStoryDifferentNames: ''[=EarthBound=]'' shares many plot similarities and musical cues from ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'', to the point that some theorize it to be a [[VideogameRemake re-envisioning]] of the Famicom title.
3rd Apr '16 4:08:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are opposite numbers in terms of their endings. In the original, Magicant is a figurative representation of Ninten's great grandmother, Maria, restoring his HP and providing a safe haven at the cost of halting the game's progression; indeed, it gets easier to visit Magicant (via a WarpWhistle item), while getting back "on-track" becomes increasingly harder since Magicant's exit spits you back out at the game's starting point, [[BeingJohnMalkovich like John Cusak flopping into a ditch on the New Jersey Turnpike]]. Eventually, Maria regains her memory, and Magicant vanishes for good. However, in ''[=EarthBound=]'', the PlayableEpilogue is a one-way track leading back home; Giygas's minions are all gone, you can guide Ness around the world for as long as you please -- but it'll get boring. There are no new places to explore and nothing left to do but return to Ness's house in Onett.

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** ''[=EarthBound=] Beginnings'' and ''[=EarthBound=]'' are opposite numbers in terms of their endings. In the original, Magicant is a figurative representation of Ninten's great grandmother, Maria, restoring his HP and providing a safe haven at the cost of halting the game's progression; indeed, it gets easier to visit Magicant (via a WarpWhistle item), while getting back "on-track" becomes increasingly harder since Magicant's exit spits you back out at the game's starting point, [[BeingJohnMalkovich [[Film/BeingJohnMalkovich like John Cusak flopping into a ditch on the New Jersey Turnpike]]. Eventually, Maria regains her memory, and Magicant vanishes for good. However, in ''[=EarthBound=]'', the PlayableEpilogue is a one-way track leading back home; Giygas's minions are all gone, you can guide Ness around the world for as long as you please -- but it'll get boring. There are no new places to explore and nothing left to do but return to Ness's house in Onett.
2nd Mar '16 6:05:58 PM arrgh
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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes". Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''{{VideoGame/SpaceFuneral}}''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.

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The series has become a major source of inspiration for indie-produced [=RPGs=] with a similar offbeat-yet-creepy atmosphere deemed "Motherlikes". Notable examples include ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}', ''Videogame/{{Ib}}'', ''Videogame/{{Anodyne}}'', and ''{{VideoGame/SpaceFuneral}}''. ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth'' is another game influenced by ''MOTHER'' that focuses more on the offbeat nature rather than creepiness.
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