NESS... It Hurts...It Hurts...
Inside the mailbox was absolutely nothing.
It may look like another innocent series made by Nintendo... But it's far worse than the outside implies, which delving deep into its subconscious may end up driving you mad. Case in point and putting it short, it might just be the darkest Nintendo series to date. And that's saying a lot.
MOTHER 3/EarthBound 2
- While not nearly as famous as the one in the sequel, the final battle against Giygas is actually pretty terrifying when placed into an appropriate context. If you were playing as a child in 1989, this was probably the very first video game battle you'd experience where everything you thought you knew about playing games doesn't help you. You can try and try with all your might, using all the amazing powers you'd earned during your adventure, but no matter how hard you try, he will just continue mocking your ineptitude, telling you your only options are to give up or die. Coupled with the white-on-black contrast of his sprite, the ear-bleeding eeriness of his "music", and the fact that there's a good chance you're in a dark room, for the NES, that was some pretty unnerving stuff.
MOTHER 4/EarthBound 3 (fangame)
- MOTHER 3 would have a terrifying scene at the final boss fight, but it is cut off. You still can see the unused scenes by special code (or by this link) if you dare...
- What role was it meant to play in the game?
- Note that some people think they are unused bosses, but Itoi has said in an interview that they are just unused backgrounds.
- You can view a fan concept of what the unused backgrounds and cutscenes would have been like here. Again, if you dare.
- Flint's breakdown after learning of Hinawa's death. Not so bad for a kid, home-hittingly scary for those who are older.
- The Ultimate Chimera. After the duel with the Almost-Mecha Lion in the Chimera Laboratory, your fellow Pigmask co-worker alerts you to pretty much get the hell out of a room if you see it, and for good reason: running into it kills you, no ifs, ands, or battles. If that warning doesn't scare you, the next part will: the creepy music will cut out, replaced with background sounds of other Pigmasks fleeing for their lives only to get devoured by that thing. Can you confidently traverse from one room to another knowing that such a powerful creature is loose inside the lab?
- Perhaps even more horrifying, if you DO run into it, you get to witness the Ultimate Chimera chomping and crunching on Lucas while the screen turns red.
- In Bathroom Dungeon, get near one of the doors to the women's restroom and hear an all-too-familiar Ba-DEET! noise. Go inside the room and see the Chimera, inches away from you, on a toilet.
- The rather horrific changes that Fassad undergoes. It may look funny to some, but he's been turned into a cyborg who can't even speak anymore because they've replaced his mouth with trumpets. The second time around is even worse.
- The horrible change that occurs to your hometown. In the beginning, no one locked their doors, there was no crime, and everyone helped one another if the need arose... there was no concept of 'money'.
- By Chapter 7, everyone is gone. All the doors are locked, and the only people left behind are complaining about their lot. The town is still there, but its soul is sucked away bit... by bit... by bit until everyone's gone. Shudder.
- Tanetane Island. Oh God. The trip went bad, the trip went bad, the trip went bad...
- To clarify if you haven't played: You have to eat the funky-looking mushrooms, which send you into a trippy world of pink trees and creepy music, plus the occasional mailbox (see page quote). Oh yes, and all the enemies look like people you know, most notably your father and your dead brother. They spout insane dialogue ranging from funny, "I'm going to lick you all up, ice cream!" to threatening, "I'm gonna beat you, boy. Daddy's gonna beat you." to batshit insane. "Touch my heart. See how it beats in and out? Lucas! There's noooothing to worry about now."
"Everyone's waiting for you, Lucas. Waiting to throw rocks at you, and spit on you, and make your life Hell. Who's everyone? Everyone you love."
- More specifically your father and your allegedly dead brother.
- After waking up from the mushroom-induced trip, you can backtrack to an area where a healing hot spring is located. It's essentially a toxic waste dump.
- The script for this was rewritten, because the original terrified its creator... So if you thought this was horrifying, imagine what the original script could have been!
- The People Jars in the Empire Porky Building. Made all the more disturbing by the fact that you can talk to them, and they're all quite 'happy' being there. There's even a cow, who will say he's going to become a wonderful steak. Yeesh.
- If you've seen the unused sprites you can pretty much tell what happened between the prologue and chapter 1. As seen in this vid here To make matters worse this happens BEFORE the twins were found in the river WHILE they were still with Hinawa.
- There is also Porky/Pokey Minch's original (or unused) death scene. While some people like to see what's coming to him for all he's done, others might find it disturbing when they see him in a sympathetic light. his machine crashes into the ground after his supposed defeat, breaking the glass on it. Pokey tries to reach out to get out of it, but he starts to go limp and he dies. What a way to go.
- Speaking of Porky, that's nothing compared to his canonical fate. True, he did it to himself and he probably deserved it at this point, but still: he ends up being trapped forever in the Absolutely Safe Capsule. A capsule that will keep whatever's inside it completely immortal, and can never be destroyed. Even after the death of the sun, Porky Minch will still be alive. The purest example of And I Must Scream.
- Porky/Pokey's situation provokes chilling thoughts: a little boy, yet trapped in the body of an old man and, by this point, is already the series' equivalent to Dr. Weil.
- The final battle with him is rather horrifying itself.
Porky sprayed something!
Porky sucked something!
Porky did something!
?!... What did Porky do?
Porky coughed something up!
What did Porky do?
What did Porky do?
- One of the unused songs (here) was seriously creepy - in fact, that might be the very reason it remained unused, because it really is disturbing.
- How about the zombies from the canceled N64 version of the game Here's what they originally looked like◊. Compare that to what we eventually got on the resurrected GBA final version of the game and many will agree they were toned down greatly.
- All we can tell from the teaser thus far is that the game takes place in a fantastical, whimsical Eagle Land... But if the ominous, cacophonic music and title screen is any indication... Something in this world is very, VERY wrong.
- "Whoa, this game looks awesome! I can't wait to see how... w-wait...why is...why is the music getting weird? ...Is that...was that a baby?!"