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 I Must Scream: Tenshi's punishment after helping Porky. She had ALL her five senses sap away, meaning she can't even move, feel, see, and hear, she's been that way for 6 months. When she's finally able to scream, she does so.
  • 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.
    • In the sequel, every time you finish a chapter, the main character changes as well.
    • 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.
  • Boss Rush: There's one in the sequel that pits you against 5 opponents in a row actually it's six against Evil Eye Sigma, Yuugenmagan, Kikuri, Elis, Konngara and Mima, Yuuka, Marisa
  • 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.
    • Ness and Co does arrive at Gensokyo... Six months after the incident.
  • 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.
  • Death Seeker: Tenshi in the sequel, after realizing the consequences of her action six months ago and subsequent punishment, she finds no more reason to live anymore and is all to willing to end it all. She gets better
  • 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.
  • Dueling Player Characters: In the sequel, the last part of chapter 6, Ness' party ended up fighting previous teams that you control before. They're actually one of the hardest battle Ness faced.
  • 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.
  • Friendship Moment: Several between Marisa and Porky, until his Face-Heel Turn.
  • Final Boss: Gensokyo in the first game, Yukari in the second.
  • Future Badass: A few characters become this after the party returns from Old Gensokyo.
  • Glass Cannon: Marisa, having the second-highest speed and IQ, along with two immensely potent spells, but with the lowest Defense and HP.
    • Koishi, offensively strong, defensively weak.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Several, always filling a 'fifth' slot. These include Nitori, Sanae and Tenshi.
    • In the sequel. Shou, Kasen, Elis
  • 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.
  • Important Haircut: After gaining her resolve, Tenshi promptly cut her hair short
  • 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.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Bhava-Agra As Seen Through a Child's Mind, this song played when Tenshi prepares her ultimate attack. And then, her sword breaks. Maybe you get to hear it for 15 seconds tops.
  • Medium Awareness: Marisa likes to make references to game mechanics, particularly the four-person party aspect.