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Earthbound: A History January 28, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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The guys over at Clan of the Gray Wolf have done something incredibly impressive.  They have made the definitive documentary on the history of EarthBound (Mother).

EarthBound (Mother 2) is one of the most classic JRPGs of the SNES era, which included such classics as Crono Trigger and Final Fantasy III(VI).  However, EarthBound really succeeded in breaking all the rules of the traditional RPG, by deciding to set it in a modern setting and exchanging magic spells with sci-fi PSY(onic) powers.  They also revolutionized turn-based RPG battle mechanics by taking away random encounters and having your position near visible enemies affect who gets the first attack.

I remember watching a good friend of mine demo it for me on his SNES back in 1995 and was really impressed by it.  Like many who missed out on earlier Nintendo consoles, I’ve been waiting for a lot of the best games on the platforms (like this one) to be made available on the Wii Virtual Console, but alas that has not yet happened.

So how did this quirky game that stands the test of time happen, and why is it that it’s sequels and prequels have never left Japan?  Roo from Clan of the Gray Wolf presents the most detailed game history I have ever seen on a series and tries to answer some of these questions, as well as ask a few more of his own.

Here’s to hoping that Earthbound does see a release in the US Virtual Console, and Nintendo decides to wise up and release its sequels officially in the US in some form.