MOTHER/EarthBound Beginnings

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"エンディングまで泣くんじゃない。(No crying until the end.)"

Mother (Japanese: マザー, MOTHER), later released outside Japan as EarthBound Beginnings, is a role-playing video game developed by Ape and published by Nintendo for the Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System (cancelled).

Why It Rocks

  1. Simplistic and fun RPG.
  2. Bizarre and awesome soundtrack.
  3. It combines traditional RPG and sci-fi elements.
  4. Humorous and quirky dialogue.
  5. Original and unique plot.
  6. Explore a real world setting, such as traveling to different cities, visit malls, hotels, parks, etc.
  7. Instead of your traditional RPG weapons, you equip your characters with yo-yos, frying pans, baseball bats, et cetera, which comes part of the game´s humor.
  8. The protagonists can use "Psychic Powers", such as Teleportation and Pyrokinesis to fight against hostiles.
  9. Explore a vast and huge open world.
  10. It is a parody of the traditional RPG games such as the Dragon Quest series.

Bad Qualities

  1. The graphics aren't the best and look a bit too simplistic.
  2. Some dungeons are difficult.

Reception

MOTHER received critical acclaim upon its release. Mother sold 150,000 copies and received a "Silver Hall of Fame" score from Japanese reviewer Weekly Famitsu.

RPGamer praised the game's graphics and music, and considered it among the console's best, with "rich, ... nicely detailed" visuals, Peanuts-style characters, and "simple but effective" audio.

Overall, critics found Mother "surprisingly complex ... for its time", and considered its story superior to (but less "wacky" than) its sequel.

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