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  • Colbert Bump: The series has gotten more than a few fans of indie RPGs after their creators have cited the games as a major source of inspiration, especially Toby "Radiation" Fox, creator of Undertale and Austin "Dingaling" Jorgenson, creator of LISA.
  • Defictionalization: This tumblr blog focuses on making real life versions of a lot of the MOTHER series food items, from stuff like skip sandwiches to pork chips to peanut cheese bars.
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  • Doing It for the Art: Oh, yes. There is an absolutely ludicrous amount of detail in these games, especially the later two.
  • Newbie Boom: The EarthBound fandom got a sudden surge of new members when the game finally got rereleased on the Wii U. At one point it was the most downloaded Virtual Console game on the Wii U, which resulted in many newcomers to the series, with some being people who likely never heard of the game at that point. This has notably caused some friction between those who were in the cult fandom before it gained a wider audience, as not only are the newbies more willing to point out EarthBounds flaws, they've even started to criticize Mother 3's flaws upon finding out about it, which considering the game was considered a Sacred Cow by those who were in the cult fandom...
  • No Export for You: For a while, the series as a whole is possibly the most infamous example of this trope in all of video games. Only MOTHER 2 was released in America back in the day, under the name EarthBound. Europe got it even worse, as none of the three games were ever released there. EarthBound then proceeded to become a case of Keep Circulating the Tapes for years until it eventually got another rerelease during the Wii U era, which also finally brought the series to Europe. Then, on June 14, 2015, the first game finally got an international release under the name EarthBound Beginnings, nearly 26 years after it came out in Japan. Only time will tell if Mother 3 will at last be able to fully avert this trope some time in the future...
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  • Short-Lived Big Impact: The series consists solely of three games and a Compilation Re-release, yet has been cited as a major influence by a large number of creators across media, from indie developers (most notably Undertale creator Toby Fox) to let's players (e.g. Chuggaaconroy and StephenPlays) to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The series' nontraditional approach to the RPG genre also had a noticeable influence on later bigger-name games in the field, with urban settings, offbeat writing, and deviations from and expansions upon the gameplay template Dragon Quest set becoming an increasingly prominent element in series from Persona to Pokémon to Nintendo's own Super Mario Bros. RPGs.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The series' own name. The first game was planned to be released as Earth Bound, but the second game removed the space... although no one seemed to agree whether it was EarthBound or Earthbound (an actual word). The game itself went with the former, but the original Player's Guide used the latter even in the more recent online version. It wasn't until Super Smash Bros. that the former spelling was standardized in official sources, but the latter still pops up on rare occasions. If you don't believe that, check out Shigesato Itoi's announcement for "Earthbound" Beginnings.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • MOTHER 3 was originally planned for the SNES, subsequently developed for the Nintendo 64DD, then just the Nintendo 64, and eventually completed for the GBA; shedding international release plans, 3D graphics, two tentative subtitles, four story chapters, at least three playable characters, and who knows what else along the way.
    • Prior to the development of the GBA version of MOTHER 3, an installment for the Nintendo Gamecube was being considered, with some concepts for a felt-like art style being created. The project quickly died due to Itoi having little interest at the time.
  • The Wiki Rule: WikiBound, and the Wikia EarthBound Wiki.


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