Video Game: Touhou Mother

A fan-made crossover game of Touhou and EarthBound/MOTHER, made in RPG Maker 2000 by 'S'.

The game begins when a Meteor crashes into Gensokyo. After Reimu and Marisa fight of the mysterious alien that arrived with it, they find an unconscious boy nearby, who reveals that he has no memories. Soon after, things go to hell in Gensokyo. Not that that stops the lightheartedness and endless references to other works.

The translated game can be found here, while a playthrough can be found here. A sequel to the game, Return of Touhou Mother, was released on September 1st here, and the translator, vgperson, did playthrough videos of it before release here.

This game contains examples of:

  • Amnesiac Dissonance: When he first arrives, Porky has no memory of his past. Unfortunately, he gets better, and later fakes his amnesia to further his plans.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: After Reimu, Marisa and Yuka are sent to Old Gensokyo, Sanae stars in her own chapter. She returns after Reimu collects the seventh melody.
    • A really jarring one happens in the sequel: You'll have spent a lengthy part of the game playing as Ness, right up to freeing Reimu of her mind control, at which point she attacks you out of anger - and then you're suddenly controlling Reimu and fighting against Ness.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Reisen.
  • Art Shift: The early designs for Reimu, Marisa and other cast members are used when they're in Old Gensokyo.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Devil's Machine actually defeats Reimu and Marisa, and Porky gets away with everything he's done in the first game.
  • Big Damn Heroes: ...This happens a lot, let's just say that. It's subverted almost as often.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Suwako, a little bit, at least to Sanae. For one thing, if you say you don't understand what she's saying, she won't even bother to repeat herself and gets mad at you. Possibly a minor case of Took a Level in Jerkass too. Don't worry, she's undeniably still a good guy, and as a frog goddess, she's the one you have to go to save the game, just like in Mother 3.
    Suwako: "You watch too much anime."
    Suwako: "Did you understand all of that?"
    Sanae: "No."
    Suwako: "Since when were you this stupid?
  • Break the Haughty: After the party defeats Future Badass Cirno, she's reduced to staring at the wall and muttering about how useless she thinks she is.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Played with horribly near the climax, when everyone else shows up and mistakes the roboticised Reimu, Marisa and Tenshi for mere Mooks.
  • Call Back: After much Touhou-related stuff and references, this is finally done for the MOTHER series proper with Ran and Chen discovering the Absolutely Safe Capsule in Return of Touhou Mother, wherein the screen fades to black afterwards... and then you hear a click.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: This is how Mima joins the party.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Eight Melodies.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Tenshi gives Scarlet Weather Rhapsody of All Mankind a second try during her second fight... and the Rainbow Sword can't take a second round of it and snaps to pieces, knocking her out.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In the vein of Metal Gear Solid no less, complete with its insane Press Z To Not Die
  • Darker and Edgier: While the first game has a large number of lighthearted and comical moments in the middle of everything, Gensokyo's industrialization and the human/youkai conflict it escalates are always taken quite seriously. The sequel takes a pretty hard hit of Cerebus Syndrome as well, to the point where you have to squint for any humour that isn't in the battles.
  • Demoted to Extra: While the gameplay leans decidedly towards the MOTHER side of things, the characters from said series are for the most part pushed to the wayside - even Lucas and Claus are mere side characters. There's a reason for this.
    • Not so on the sequel though, where Ness enters the scene proper as a playable and important character.
  • The Dragon: Tenshi works against the heroes more than almost anyone else, effortlessly beats down Remilia and Yukari, and unlike the other Touhou characters is never persuaded to switch sides until the very end of the game, after Porky turns her into a robot to cover his escape.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: After fighting Ness which happen before entering final dungeon. Reimu gains very large boost in all of her stats and learns PK Dream Omega. And before that, Marisa learned PK Starstorm Alpha and Omega.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Both times against Tenshi's final attack. The first time has Ridley's battle music, the second time has Bhava Agra As Seen Through A Child's Mind start back up at full force.
  • Fantastic Racism: One of the conflicts for the sequel, found near the end of Chapter 1. Porky was just the nudge needed for the humans and youkai to realize just how much they disliked each other.
  • Glass Cannon: Marisa, having the second-highest speed and IQ, along with two immensely potent spells, but with the lowest Defense and HP.
  • Friendship Moment: Several between Marisa and Porky, until his Face-Heel Turn.
  • Future Badass: A few characters become this after the party returns from Old Gensokyo.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Several, always filling a 'fifth' slot. These include Nitori, Sanae and Tenshi.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Source of a fairly big Mood Whiplash in the sequel. En route to your next destination you happen upon Sanae and a very transparent Kanako. They explain that the incidents in the previous game caused a great many humans to no longer believe in or care about gods, so Kanako's physical being is vanishing from the world. And then when you return to that area later, neither Kanako nor Sanae are present.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Are the humans justified in liberating themselves from the youkai they had feared for so long by merging Gensokyo with the Outside World? Or is it the youkai who are justified in keeping the humans under their thumb if it means preserving Gensokyo?
  • Heel-Face Turn: Eirin, Kaguya, and Kanako.
  • Heroic BSOD: Reimu and Marisa refuse to fight all of Gensokyo, mostly ignoring the player's input.
  • Heroic Mime: You'd expect Ness to be this instead of Reimu, but it's surprisingly the other way around in the first game. This is corrected in the sequel.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Several, but the worst comes right at the end, against all of Gensokyo.
  • Homage: Sanae's side of the story is a loving tribute to Metroid and Metal Gear Solid.
  • Karma Houdini: Unfortunately, Touhou Mother is set before MOTHER 3, meaning that Porky gets to escape justice. Considering the Cold-Blooded Torture she engaged in, Eirin is also Easily Forgiven.
    • In a surprising twist, the sequel reveals that MOTHER 3 (in this continuity anyway) chronologically precedes the Mother series and thus this fanseries, made apparent by the Absolutely Safe Capsule making an appearance and Porky returning near the end where he is fought and defeated for real.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Reimu throws off Yukari's helmet, the latter pretty much just leaves the scene rather than force it back on.
  • Let's Play: Naka Teleeli has a blind run beginning here, where he points out many of the Shout Outs and references. Notably includes character 'cheat sheets' to help anyone unfamiliar with the Touhou series, and a quick summary of the events of the MOTHER series as an optional starting point.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Mima hits almost as hard as Yuka, is faster than Marisa and has some of the most powerful offensive and healing spells right from the beginning.
    • Reimu in the last dungeon is this. All her stats have skyrocketed. She can basically defeat all the mooks in one hit and tanks their attack. Also she has PK Dream Omega.
  • Medium Awareness: Marisa likes to make references to game mechanics, particularly the four-person party aspect.
  • Mighty Glacier: Yuka fills this role.
  • Mood Whiplash: All over the place. The game is so full of these that it's very easy to be laughing or enjoying a Crowning Moment of Awesome at one moment then bawling like a baby the next.
  • More Than Mind Control: In the sequel, it's assumed that Yukari put a mind control helmet on Reimu. It turns out that Reimu put it on herself, after Yukari told her what it did, because she was so distraught by everything that was happening and didn't want to think anymore. Yeesh...
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Marisa wants to be the one to save Reimu so badly that she's willing to kill Ness just so he can't.
  • Mushroom Samba: Mimicking Tanetane Island, of course.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-related items are presented with much more dramatic fanfare than the normal items. How much? Finding Remilia's full JJBA collection causes the earthquake in the Scarlet Mansion.
  • My Human Village Right Or Wrong: Poor Keine...
  • Mythology Gag: Because of Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Yuka's speed never naturally increases.
  • The Obi-Wan: Mima invokes this in order to teach Marisa Starstorm.
  • Oh Crap!: The sequel is quite possibly the only time you will ever see Yukari having this reaction. And it is glorious.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Sanae, for a little while, anyway.
  • Recurring Traveler: S, appearing as a white Kirby, more or less.
  • Recurring Boss: "a", a slime who multiplies his stats by some number each time you fight him. Also Tenshi and Reisen, as New Reisen and Miracle Reisen.
    • Marisa is fought twice in one of the later chapters in Return.
  • Rogue Protagonist: In the sequel. While Reimu doesn't qualify due to More Than Mind Control, Marisa is a different story - she is absolutely livid at Ness, whom she holds responsible for her friend's current state.
  • Running Gag: Yuka and her (lack of) speed.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mima seems to ship Marisa/anyone.
  • Shout-Out: So many that it's hard to know where to begin...
  • Silent Protagonist: Reimu has no written lines; Marisa and her other companions do most of the talking.
    • Until the The Stinger at least.
    • Ness takes up the role instead in Return. It's ironic given that he was given lines in the first game, despite being a Silent Protagonist himself in EarthBound.
  • Squishy Wizard: What else would you expect of Marisa?
  • Stable Time Loop: The game's author seems to have gone with the "MOTHER 3 precedes EarthBound chronologically" route, so all of the characters are living in the world Lucas rebuilt using the Dragon in Mother 3 - which Porky was born in. Loose knowledge of those two games is all you need to know what happens next...
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The humans who want to rebel against the youkai's rule aren't portrayed in a positive light. After all, they are led by Porky and if they get what they want, Gensokyo will vanish as the consequence.
  • Time Skip: The sequel is set six months after the end of Touhou Mother. Things aren't going well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cirno goes from goofy comic relief boss battle to one of the more difficult boss battles in the game sometime while the party is stuck in Old Gensokyo.
  • The Unfought: Porky, Eirin.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Happens to Sanae and poor Reisen, with the latter sticking better than the former.
  • Technology Is Evil: One of the major conflicts is the forced modernization of Gensokyo.
  • The Quisling: When stuff starts going to hell in Gensokyo, Kanako, Tenshi, Eirin and Kaguya align themselves with Porky and the Pigmasks.
  • Victory Is Boring: Porky finds that he's just too bored to kill off Reimu and Marisa after they're beaten, and instead roboticizes them as a final "screw you" to Gensokyo before leaving.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Remilia tries to take over the human village to drive Porky out of Gensokyo. By bringing an army of undead there and killing everyone in it.
    • The sequel has Yukari bring some of the most powerful youkai in Gensokyo together and forcefully taking over, under the impression that should humans get any sort of power they will always abuse it.
  • Worthy Opponent: "a" considers you this by the end, healing you to full before the fight and giving you a strong weapon upon defeat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Rinbokusan is stated to be on board Porky's ship. She never actually shows up.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Marisa does most of the calling-out.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Unreasonable Guy... did something!