History YMMV / EarthBound

26th May '18 5:26:51 PM TheFarmboy
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** Many people believe that Ness's Mother is really a grown up Ana from ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings''. And given the fact that Ness resembles Ninten, they believe that Ninten is the Father.
13th May '18 1:26:52 PM costanton11
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* FandomBerserkButton: The [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Giygas Fetus]] theory, as well as the "Sans is Ness" theory below.
12th May '18 8:19:04 PM PsiPaula4
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** The first part of the FinalBoss has a dual weakness that makes it hard to get hurt. [[spoiler:Porky is weak to Paralysis and Giygas only uses PSI. Paralyzing Porky and putting PSI Shield Alpha or Sigma (not Beta or Omega, which will cause you to get hit anyway) will make you invincible until the shield runs out.]]

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** The first part of the FinalBoss has a dual weakness that makes it hard to get hurt. [[spoiler:Porky is weak to Paralysis and Giygas only uses PSI. Paralyzing Porky and putting PSI Shield Alpha or Sigma (not Beta or Omega, which will cause you to get hit anyway) will make you invincible until the shield runs out. And note that Heavily-Armed Pokey takes 1/7ths of the normal damage from Multi-Bottle Rockets, and they have a high chance of not working on Giygas, so it's very sad that even with Multi-Bottle Rockets out of the picture, the first phase of the final boss still manages to be easy.]]



** Multi Bottle Rockets. These things can only be used by Jeff, and can deal up to '''3000 damage,''' which is the highest damage roll any single attack has the power to deal in the game. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them. If the damage rolls 3000, the only bosses it cannot OHKO are Diamond Dog and Electro Specter, the former having 3344 total HP and the latter having 3092.[[note]]It also cannot OHKO Heavily Armed Porky, due to dealing 1/7ths of its normal damage to him, and they also have a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas.[[/note]] As a payoff for that, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, money comes so easily that you have oodles of cash to spend on these things. The Bag of Dragonite is a similarly overpowered item, except that not only are there only 6 in the whole game, but Multi-Bottle Rockets are '''even STRONGER''' than them. Somehow, Multi-Bottle Rockets get even more broken when Jeff is equipped with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed.

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** Multi Bottle Rockets. These things can only be used by Jeff, and can deal up to '''3000 damage,''' which is the highest damage roll any single attack has the power to deal in the game. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them. If the damage rolls 3000, the only bosses it cannot OHKO are Diamond Dog and Electro Specter, the former having 3344 total HP and the latter having 3092.[[note]]It [[note]]As mentioned above, it also cannot OHKO Heavily Armed Porky, due to dealing 1/7ths of its normal damage to him, and they also have a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas.[[/note]] As a payoff for that, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, money comes so easily that you have oodles of cash to spend on these things. The Bag of Dragonite is a similarly overpowered item, except that not only are there only 6 in the whole game, but Multi-Bottle Rockets are '''even STRONGER''' than them. Somehow, Multi-Bottle Rockets get even more broken when Jeff is equipped with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed.
25th Apr '18 9:09:28 PM PsiPaula4
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** Ness is almost always drawn with PurpleEyes in fanart, due to his appearance in VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee and VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl giving his BlackBeadEyes purple irises at the bottom.

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** Ness is almost always drawn with PurpleEyes in fanart, due to his appearance in VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee and VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl giving his BlackBeadEyes purple irises at the bottom. Super Smash Bros for 3DS and WiiU's Ness model does away with the purple irises, but fans still draw him this way.
25th Apr '18 9:03:17 PM PsiPaula4
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** [[FanNickname Paula's surname is commonly thought by the fandom to be "Polestar"]] which is the name of her and her parents' preschool. This is unlikely as the Japanese spellings for both Paula and the Polestar Preschool indicate that Polestar is in fact a pun on Paula's name. Paula is spelled ''ポーラ'' (Pōra) and Polestar is spelled ''ポーラ''スター (Pōrasutaa). Despite that, much of the fandom refers to her as Paula Polestar, which has caused turmoil in the past on the [[TheWikiRule Earthbound Wiki]] when fans argued over whether or not to call Paula's article Paula Polestar.

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** [[FanNickname Paula's surname is commonly thought by the fandom to be "Polestar"]] which is due to Polestar being the name of her and her parents' preschool. This is unlikely as the The Japanese spellings for both Paula and the Polestar Preschool indicate that Polestar is in fact actually meant to be a pun on Paula's name. name, as Paula is spelled ''ポーラ'' (Pōra) and Polestar is spelled ''ポーラ''スター (Pōrasutaa). Despite that, much There isn't any official material that calls Paula "Paula Polestar." There is official material however, though obscure and Japan only, that reveals Paula's last name to be Jones. Much of the fandom regardless refers to her as Paula Polestar, which has caused turmoil in the past on the [[TheWikiRule Earthbound Wiki]] when fans argued over whether or not to call Paula's article Paula Polestar.
28th Mar '18 12:05:15 PM PsiPaula4
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** Multi Bottle Rockets. These things can only be used by Jeff, and can deal up to '''3000 damage,''' which is the highest damage roll any single attack has the power to deal in the game. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them. If the damage rolls 3000, the only bosses it cannot OHKO are Diamond Dog and Electro Specter, the former having 3344 total HP and the latter having 3092. [[note]]It also cannot OHKO [[spoiler: Heavily Armed Porky, due to dealing 1/7ths of its normal damage to him, and they also have a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas]][[/note]] As a payoff for that, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, money comes so easily that you have oodles of cash to spend on these things. The Bag of Dragonite is a similarly overpowered item, except that not only are there only 6 in the whole game, but Multi-Bottle Rockets are '''even STRONGER''' than them. Somehow, Multi-Bottle Rockets get even more broken when Jeff is equipped with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed.

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** Multi Bottle Rockets. These things can only be used by Jeff, and can deal up to '''3000 damage,''' which is the highest damage roll any single attack has the power to deal in the game. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them. If the damage rolls 3000, the only bosses it cannot OHKO are Diamond Dog and Electro Specter, the former having 3344 total HP and the latter having 3092. [[note]]It also cannot OHKO [[spoiler: Heavily Armed Porky, due to dealing 1/7ths of its normal damage to him, and they also have a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas]][[/note]] Giygas.[[/note]] As a payoff for that, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, money comes so easily that you have oodles of cash to spend on these things. The Bag of Dragonite is a similarly overpowered item, except that not only are there only 6 in the whole game, but Multi-Bottle Rockets are '''even STRONGER''' than them. Somehow, Multi-Bottle Rockets get even more broken when Jeff is equipped with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed.



** Those trees those trees those trees...those [[TakingYouWithMe suicidal,]] [[MadeOfExplodium exploding]] [[WhenTreesAttack trees...]]

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** Those trees those trees those trees... those [[TakingYouWithMe suicidal,]] [[MadeOfExplodium exploding]] [[WhenTreesAttack trees...]]



** The Happy Happyist religion dictates that everything must be painted blue. Twenty years later, Nintendo releases ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', a game where the primary objective is to cover the map with as much of your team's paint color as you can...which can sometimes be blue!

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** The Happy Happyist religion dictates that everything must be painted blue. Twenty years later, Nintendo releases ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', a game where the primary objective is to cover the map with as much of your team's paint color as you can... which can sometimes be blue!



** Th-the Boogey Tent...it's bad enough as-is, but isn't there a slit in between its jaws, and around that, the inside of his mouth colored slightly differently? Like there's something ''inside'' his mouth that he just hasn't swallowed yet?

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** Th-the Boogey Tent... it's bad enough as-is, but isn't there a slit in between its jaws, and around that, the inside of his mouth colored slightly differently? Like there's something ''inside'' his mouth that he just hasn't swallowed yet?



** Inventory management and Escargo Express in general. The $18 fee is a pittance, but they take a surprising amount of time to arrive and you can't call them in some areas of the game, which happen to be the areas where you find a lot of good stuff you don't want to throw away or leave behind but can't carry. A surprising amount of items you'd think would be one-use, like the [[spoiler: pencil eraser]], aren't, so you have to find a place to call Escargo Express and engage in inventory tetris. And then, if you are at all conservative with item use you WILL run out of space by around Fourside. Not to mention that half of Ness's inventory is taken up by useless-in-battle stuff like his ATM card and the Sound Stone, although you can trick the game into sending it to Escargo Express by loading up on Cookies early game, you know, [[GuideDangIt before you'd ever think to do so]], that Poo requires all his own food.... It never really gets better.

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** Inventory management and Escargo Express in general. The $18 fee is a pittance, but they take a surprising amount of time to arrive and you can't call them in some areas of the game, which happen to be the areas where you find a lot of good stuff you don't want to throw away or leave behind but can't carry. A surprising amount of items you'd think would be one-use, like the [[spoiler: pencil eraser]], aren't, so you have to find a place to call Escargo Express and engage in inventory tetris. And then, if you are at all conservative with item use you WILL run out of space by around Fourside. Not to mention that half of Ness's inventory is taken up by useless-in-battle stuff like his ATM card and the Sound Stone, although you can trick the game into sending it the latter to Escargo Express by loading up on Cookies early game, you know, [[GuideDangIt before you'd ever think to do so]], that Poo requires all his own food....food... It never really gets better.



* ViewerGenderConfusion: Believe it or not... Giygas. Giygas is referred to as "he" throughout the game, but an addition to being an alien, an NPC even remarks that they can't be sure of "his" gender because no one has ever seen "him". Once you actually get to Giygas [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the lack of anything resembling a physical body]]]] leaves the situation completely ambiguous to anyone who didn't play the first ''MOTHER'', which is probably most English-speaking fans (especially before 2015). Adding to the confusion, the work of a certain Japanese fan has begun a proliferation or fan art featuring Giygas as female.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Believe it or not... Giygas. Giygas is referred to as "he" throughout the game, but an addition to being an alien, an NPC even remarks that they can't be sure of "his" gender because no one has ever seen "him". Once you actually get to Giygas [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination the lack of anything resembling a physical body]]]] leaves the situation completely ambiguous to anyone who didn't play the first ''MOTHER'', which is probably most English-speaking fans (especially before 2015). Adding to the confusion, the work of a certain Japanese fan has begun a proliferation or fan art featuring Giygas as female.female, with NonMammalMammaries [[{{Squick}} no less]].



** It's telling that when the game was finally released on the UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole, it quickly rose to second place in the Wii U digital shop's "[[http://earthboundcentral.com/?p=11519 recent best sellers]]" list in America. It was beaten only by ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', which at the time was on sale for thirty cents...and then it surpassed ''Donkey Kong'' [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2013/08/earthbound-moves-up-the-charts/ while it was still on sale.]] [[http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/34985 It also topped the same chart in other countries]]. Furthermore, a large Miiverse community quickly formed around the game composed of both old and new players.

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** It's telling that when the game was finally released on the UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole, it quickly rose to second place in the Wii U digital shop's "[[http://earthboundcentral.com/?p=11519 recent best sellers]]" list in America. It was beaten only by ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', which at the time was on sale for thirty cents... and then it surpassed ''Donkey Kong'' [[http://earthboundcentral.com/2013/08/earthbound-moves-up-the-charts/ while it was still on sale.]] [[http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/34985 It also topped the same chart in other countries]]. Furthermore, a large Miiverse community quickly formed around the game composed of both old and new players.
28th Mar '18 11:39:50 AM PsiPaula4
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** Any boss really after getting access to Multi-Bottle Rockets, which can one-shot almost all of them and make them all a joke. See GameBreaker below for elaboration.

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** Any boss really after getting access to Multi-Bottle Rockets, which can one-shot almost all of them and make them, making them all nothing more than a joke. See GameBreaker below for elaboration.



** Multi Bottle Rockets. As a payoff for their immense power, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, this is simply not the case. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them, and they are even more powerful than the Bag of Dragonite, of which there are only 6. They are even stronger when combined with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed. [[spoiler: They do, however, 1/7 of the normal damage on Porky's Arachnid Machine and has a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas.]]

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** Multi Bottle Rockets. These things can only be used by Jeff, and can deal up to '''3000 damage,''' which is the highest damage roll any single attack has the power to deal in the game. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them. If the damage rolls 3000, the only bosses it cannot OHKO are Diamond Dog and Electro Specter, the former having 3344 total HP and the latter having 3092. [[note]]It also cannot OHKO [[spoiler: Heavily Armed Porky, due to dealing 1/7ths of its normal damage to him, and they also have a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas]][[/note]] As a payoff for their immense power, that, they were intended to be too expensive to buy in large amounts, but by the time you can buy them, this money comes so easily that you have oodles of cash to spend on these things. The Bag of Dragonite is simply a similarly overpowered item, except that not only are there only 6 in the case. Jeff can kill almost any boss in a ''single hit'' with them, and they whole game, but Multi-Bottle Rockets are '''even STRONGER''' than them. Somehow, Multi-Bottle Rockets get even more powerful than the Bag of Dragonite, of which there are only 6. They are even stronger broken when combined Jeff is equipped with the Rabbit's Foot, as their strength is relative to Jeff's speed. [[spoiler: They do, however, 1/7 of the normal damage on Porky's Arachnid Machine and has a very high chance of not working at all on Giygas.]]speed.
28th Mar '18 11:13:52 AM PsiPaula4
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** Mondo Mole, but only if [[AchillesHeel paralyzed]].
** Master Belch is this once the [[AchillesHeel Fly Honey]] is used on him. Without the Fly Honey though, he's nigh impossible.

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** Mondo Mole, but only if [[AchillesHeel paralyzed]].
paralyzed]], which he very, very easily gets hit with. If you don't paralyze him though, he's ThatOneBoss.
** Master Belch is this once the [[AchillesHeel Fly Honey]] is used on him. Without the Fly Honey though, he's nigh impossible.impossible to defeat.[[note]]He is for the most part completely invulnerable without Fly Honey. The only thing that actually deals damage to him, for some strange reason, is Jeff's HP-Sucker.[[/note]]
12th Feb '18 12:03:00 PM lvthn13
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* ManualMisprint: The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Gutsy Bat]] is a RareDrop from the ''Bionic'' Kraken, not the regular Kraken as printed in the official guide packaged with the game. The official guide also listed the Broken Antenna (repaired to become Jeff's strongest weapon) as the "Broken Parabolic" found in a gift box, location unknown; in reality it's a rare 1/128 drop from Uncontrollable Spheres.
22nd Jan '18 8:21:34 AM CherryLotus
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* NightmareRetardant: The Cave of Winter, Giygas theme, and Cave of the Past songs get so used in .exe [[Creepypasta]] games that most people just find their overusage to be more annoying and boring than scary.
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