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->''"Listen Ness. I'm going to tell you something very important. You may want to take notes. Ready? ......You're the chosen one."''
-->-- '''Talking Rock'''

''[=EarthBound=]'' is a twist on the standard RPG setting for the {{UsefulNotes/SNES}} that follows the story of Ness, a seemingly normal boy who lives in {{Eagleland}}. Late one night, a meteorite landing outside town awakens Ness. The meteorite brings with it a bee ([[IAmNotWeasel or not]]) from the future, who tells Ness of [[ApocalypseHow its devastation]] at the hands of an indestructible being called [[EldritchAbomination Giygas]] -- a being Ness is destined to defeat. Ness's journey to stop Giygas will take him through time and space to meet the remainder of the [[TheChosenMany Chosen Four]] (Paula, Jeff, and Poo) and collect the Eight Melodies for his SoundStone to unite the power of Earth as his own.

''[=EarthBound=]'' is the second of a series of Japanese role playing games known as ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'', an experiment in storytelling in a different medium by Japanese essayist Creator/ShigesatoItoi. ''MOTHER 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushū'' (or ''[[RevengeOfTheSequel Gyiyg Strikes Back]]'', as it's called in Japanese) serves as a loose sequel to ''[[VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings MOTHER]]'', since the two games share the same essential setting ([[{{Eagleland}} an affectionate homage]] to idealized America). Of the three games in the ''MOTHER'' series, only ''[=EarthBound=]'' ever received a physical release in North America (as Nintendo has eventually digitally released the unproduced localization of the first game and has [[NoExportForYou not currently released an official English translation]] of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'').

On the 19th of July 2013, Nintendo finally re-released the game via Virtual Console (in both Europe and the US) at the far-lower-than-[=eBay=]-auctions price point of $9.99; to round out the package, it also [[http://earthbound.nintendo.com/playersguide/ digitized the original Player's Guide]] that it bundled with the SNES release and offered it up for free (so that gamers could read the guide in a browser, including using the Wii U's browser on the [=GamePad=]). Nintendo also re-released the game on the New Nintendo 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld systems as a part of their Super Nintendo Virtual Console in early March 2016 [[note]]this excludes the original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo 2DS[[/note]]. It was also included on the Super NES Classic Edition in 2017.

As a side note: Ness and Lucas (the protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'') [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros are probably best known to Western audiences via their appearances]] in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games.[[note]]Until this game's release on the Virtual Console, Ness was only known this way outside Japan and North America.[[/note]]

!! Because of the number of tropes associated with ''[=EarthBound=]'', we've split them up into separate pages:

* EarthBound/TropesAToG
* EarthBound/TropesHToM
* EarthBound/TropesNToS
* EarthBound/TropesTToZ