History YMMV / EarthBound

14th Oct '17 5:02:25 PM kklove689
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** Hmm, a LostWorld underground full of [[LivingDinosaurs surviving dinosaurs]] and luscious plants? [[IceAgeDawnOfTheDinosaurs Why does that sound familiar?]]



** [[HopeSpot "Paula's prayer was absorbed by the darkness!"]]

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** [[HopeSpot "Paula's prayer was absorbed by the darkness!"]]darkness."]]



** Really, almost everything from Fourside's department store up to the point you rescue Paula is painfully difficult. After the aforementioned department store, you're soon treated to Moonside, which is jam-packed with nonsensical enemies that have incredibly powerful attacks. Gas pumps that throw bombs, fire plugs that do ''more'' damage than the bombs, dali clocks that randomly do continuous attacks -- hope you bought a lot of double burgers! The Monotoli Building isn't nearly as difficult as either the store or Moonside, but that's not to say it's easy, especially considering the boss at the end.
** [[NonIndicativeName Peaceful Rest Valley.]] While the game itself is subjected to EarlyGameHell, no more so does it apply then here, so much so it's as if the localization team (it was known as the Music/GratefulDead Valley in Japan, thus necessitating a name change) realized this, and intentionally gave it an IronicName to troll the player. For starters, in addition to [[DemonicSpiders Territorial Oaks]], it has several other GoddamnBats in the form of quick moving enemies in the overworld that are near impossible to dodge and spawn at a stupidly high rate, one of which being the Lil' UFO. It's not dangerous in itself, but has an attack that causes Ness to catch a cold, which means he takes damage every turn. At this point in the game, Ness has very low PP, and very little inventory space amongst his plot relevant items and equipment. This means, at most, you can afford space for two cold medicines in addition to his small space for HP restoring items, nowhere ''near'' enough to keep him from using up all his PP healing his sickness status before the level ends. In addition, Mobile Sprouts patrol the area with stupidly high spawning rates, and ''will'' happily join in with any battle you get into. Again, they're not particularly powerful, but in addition to multiplying at insane rates in battle, they can also use ''PSI Magnet'' to ''further'' drain Ness' PP even ''quicker''. If you have ''extremely'' bad luck, it's not uncommon to get into a fight with ''one'' and by the time you're done fighting its damn offspring be completely drain of all of Ness' PP. In addition to ''all'' of this, you'll likely have Ness leveled up enough that his [[ScrappyMechanic homesickness mechanic]] starts kicking in, and try as you might, it's pretty much ''impossible'' to avoid Ness getting homesickness while he's in there, even if you try to speed run it. The place is so infamous in the ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' community that the best suggested strategy to get through it is to just ''ignore'' any and all presents and enemies in the area while making a b-line to Happy Happy Village, and only bother with them on the return trip when you have Paula to help you.

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** Really, almost everything from Fourside's department store up to the point you rescue Paula is painfully difficult. After the aforementioned department store, you're soon treated to Moonside, which is jam-packed with nonsensical enemies that have incredibly powerful attacks. Gas pumps that throw bombs, fire plugs that do ''more'' damage than the bombs, dali Dali's clocks that randomly do continuous attacks -- hope you bought a lot of double burgers! The Monotoli Building isn't nearly as difficult as either the store or Moonside, but that's not to say it's easy, especially considering the boss at the end.
** [[NonIndicativeName Peaceful Rest Valley.]] While the game itself is subjected to EarlyGameHell, no more so does it apply then here, so much so it's as if the localization team (it was known as the Music/GratefulDead Valley in Japan, thus necessitating a name change) realized this, and intentionally gave it an IronicName to troll the player. For starters, in addition to [[DemonicSpiders Territorial Oaks]], it has several other GoddamnBats in the form of quick moving enemies in the overworld that are near impossible to dodge and spawn at a stupidly high rate, one of which being the Lil' UFO. It's not dangerous in itself, but has an attack that causes Ness to catch a cold, which means he takes damage every turn. At this point in the game, Ness has very low PP, and very little inventory space amongst among his plot relevant items and equipment. This means, at most, you can afford space for two cold medicines in addition to his small space for HP restoring items, nowhere ''near'' enough to keep him from using up all his PP healing his sickness status before the level ends. In addition, Mobile Sprouts patrol the area with stupidly high spawning rates, and ''will'' happily join in with any battle you get into. Again, they're not particularly powerful, but in addition to multiplying at insane rates in battle, they can also use ''PSI Magnet'' to ''further'' drain Ness' PP even ''quicker''. If you have ''extremely'' bad luck, it's not uncommon to get into a fight with ''one'' and by the time you're done fighting its damn offspring be completely drain of all of Ness' PP. In addition to ''all'' of this, you'll likely have Ness leveled up enough that his [[ScrappyMechanic homesickness mechanic]] starts kicking in, and try as you might, it's pretty much ''impossible'' to avoid Ness getting homesickness while he's in there, even if you try to speed run it. The place is so infamous in the ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' community that the best suggested strategy to get through it is to just ''ignore'' any and all presents and enemies in the area while making a b-line beeline to Happy Happy Village, and only bother with them on the return trip when you have Paula to help you.
8th Oct '17 8:52:51 AM nombretomado
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** Overall, the Runaway Five are a parody of TheBluesBrothers, so their songs sound very much like those featured in [[Film/TheBluesBrothers their first movie]].

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** Overall, the Runaway Five are a parody of TheBluesBrothers, ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', so their songs sound very much like those featured in [[Film/TheBluesBrothers their first movie]].
5th Sep '17 12:13:59 PM madius
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** Mainly because [[SurpriseCreepy it stands out so much from the rest of the game]], the final battle with Giygas is easily the most well-known part by those that have not played EarthBound.

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** Mainly because [[SurpriseCreepy it stands out so much from the rest of the game]], the final battle with Giygas is easily the most well-known part by those that have not played EarthBound.''EarthBound''. For those who have played through it, the method used to defeat Giygas doubles down on this scene.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The Chaos Theater's music's bass line and melody sound almost the same as the bass line and guitar portion from Music/TheDoors' song "Cars Hiss by My Window" while the Runaway Five, who first appear there, play a song resembling the song "The Changeling," also by the same band. In a similar manner, the song that plays during battles with Frank Fly and New Age Retro Hippies is very, very similar to Music/ChuckBerry's "Johnny B. Goode." Many Beatles influences as well. The rest theme upon waking the party playing the first few chords of Good Morning from Sargent Pepper. The trumpet of All You Need is Love is distorted with reverb and acts as late-game dungeon music. And back to Sargent Pepper, the percussion used for Dungeon Man while he walks is the same drum sample in the album's reprise. Lastly, one lesser known example is the Cave of the Past. You know, the desolate, haunting bgm? that comes from a Beach Boys song Of all things; Deirdre. The theme is a sample of the first four seconds of dense vocal harmony, merely pitch-shifted and slowed down until it's hard to identify unless you've heard the song. In short, the composers must have a thing for 50s and 60s American hit singles, [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense, given the setting.]] Not that even the above is a fully comprehensive list, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oc9Ypcb2Q here are a few more.]]

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Considering that half of the game is a parody of the United States, this happens a lot.
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The Chaos Theater's music's bass line and melody of the song played in the Chaos Theater sound almost the same as the bass line and guitar portion from Music/TheDoors' song "Cars Hiss by My Window" Window"; while the Runaway Five, who first appear there, play a song resembling the song another Doors song, "The Changeling," also by Changeling."
** Overall, the Runaway Five are a parody of TheBluesBrothers, so their songs sound very much like those featured in [[Film/TheBluesBrothers their first movie]].
** The music heard after waking up from sleep uses
the same band. In a similar manner, the progression as "Good Morning Good Morning" by Music/TheBeatles.
** The
song that plays during battles with Frank Fly and New Age Retro Hippies is very, very similar to Music/ChuckBerry's "Johnny B. Goode." Many Beatles influences as well. "
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The rest theme upon waking Skyrunner's organ music is very close to a similar part in Music/TheWho's "Won't Get Fooled Again".
** The Coffee Break music is similar to
the party playing the first few chords final portion of Good Morning from Sargent Pepper. Music/PinkFloyd's "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast".
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The trumpet of All You Need is Love is distorted with reverb and acts as late-game dungeon music. And back to Sargent Pepper, the percussion used for Dungeon Man while he walks is the same drum sample in the album's reprise. Lastly, one lesser known example is the Cave of the Past. You know, the desolate, haunting bgm? music that comes from a Beach Boys plays in Summers resembles "San Tropez", another song Of all things; Deirdre. The theme is a sample of the first four seconds of dense vocal harmony, merely pitch-shifted and slowed down until it's hard to identify unless you've heard the song. In short, the composers must have a thing for 50s and 60s American hit singles, [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense, given the setting.]] Not that even the above is a fully comprehensive list, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_oc9Ypcb2Q here are a few more.]]by Pink Floyd.
22nd Jul '17 3:04:16 PM PsiPaula4
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** For some reason or another, Ness is almost always drawn with PurpleEyes in fanart.

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** For some reason or another, Ness is almost always drawn with PurpleEyes in fanart.fanart, due to his appearance in VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee and VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl giving his BlackBeadEyes purple irises at the bottom.
5th Jul '17 7:15:04 PM PsiPaula4
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** Condiments to some. Not only are they [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]] because said space they take up could better be used for another healing item, as well as generally taking up precious inventory space, it's all too easy to forget you have one in your inventory if you don't immediately drop it and end up accidentally wasting one of your healing items since they activate whenever you use a food item, regardless if it would work well with said item.

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** Condiments to some. Not only are they [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]] because said space they take up could better be used for another healing item, as well as generally taking up precious inventory space, it's all too easy to forget you have one in your inventory if you don't immediately drop it and end up accidentally wasting one of your healing items since they activate whenever you use a food item, regardless if it would work well with said item. The only time many players use them is to exploit the aforementioned Rock candy + Sugar packet trick.
1st Jul '17 9:18:11 PM Blazer999
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** A lot is also applied to Pokey and Giygas. We can't list them all, but you can probably think of a few off the top of your head if you're familiar with EarthBound.
13th Jun '17 5:46:10 PM PsiPaula4
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** [[GoodBadBugs The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick]], which involves exploiting a glitch, often dubbed "The Rock Candy glitch." You do it by using a food item at the bottom of the inventory with a condiment. The condiment gets used, but the item doesn't, which effectively means that by keeping a consumable item at the bottom of the inventory, you can use consumables over and over without them ever running out so long as you have a condiment. As the name of the glitch suggests, this glitch is most often exploited with Rock Candies, which raise a random stat, and by several extra points when combined with a sugar packet. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.

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** [[GoodBadBugs The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick]], which involves exploiting a glitch, often dubbed "The Rock Candy glitch." You do it by using a food item at the bottom of the inventory with a condiment. The condiment gets used, but the item doesn't, which effectively means that by keeping a consumable item at the bottom of the inventory, you can use consumables over and over without them ever running out so long as you have a condiment. As the name of the glitch suggests, this glitch is most often exploited with Rock Candies, which raise a random stat, stat permanently, and by several extra points when combined with a sugar packet. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.
13th Jun '17 5:45:04 PM PsiPaula4
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** The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick, which involves exploiting a glitch the game has where when using a food item at the bottom of the inventory with a condiment, the condiment gets used, but the item doesn't, which effectively means you can have infinite amounts of consumables. This glitch is most often exploited with Rock Candies, which raise a random stat, and by several extra points when combined with a sugar packet. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.

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** [[GoodBadBugs The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick, trick]], which involves exploiting a glitch the game has where when glitch, often dubbed "The Rock Candy glitch." You do it by using a food item at the bottom of the inventory with a condiment, the condiment. The condiment gets used, but the item doesn't, which effectively means that by keeping a consumable item at the bottom of the inventory, you can use consumables over and over without them ever running out so long as you have infinite amounts a condiment. As the name of consumables. This the glitch suggests, this glitch is most often exploited with Rock Candies, which raise a random stat, and by several extra points when combined with a sugar packet. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.
13th Jun '17 5:38:37 PM PsiPaula4
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** The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.

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** The Rock Candy + Sugar Packet trick.trick, which involves exploiting a glitch the game has where when using a food item at the bottom of the inventory with a condiment, the condiment gets used, but the item doesn't, which effectively means you can have infinite amounts of consumables. This glitch is most often exploited with Rock Candies, which raise a random stat, and by several extra points when combined with a sugar packet. (Ab)Using this leads to characters with erroneously higher stats than they normally would have. If FridgeBrilliance sets in, getting kids hyped up on sugar would totally add a new level of depth to the game.
27th May '17 5:30:41 PM Blazer999
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* FriendlyFandoms: While, noted above, Earthbound and Undertale have a bit of a rivalry, parts of these fandoms actually get along quite well.
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