As you may or may not know, today is the day that EarthBound came out on the Super Nintendo in North America. Being the nerdy Mother fan (Mother is the name of the series in Japan), I would like to pay a little tribute to it.
Originally the United States was supposed to get Mother (the first in the series) on the Nintendo Entertainment System, but it would have been released at the time Nintendo was going to release the Super Nintendo, they felt it would have been too late for the game, although they had a copy of the game that was translated and someone bought that copy and it was released on the internet as "EarthBound Zero", but that's a different story. It was later that Nintendo of Japan announced the sequel to Mother titled, you guessed it, Mother 2. Nintendo of Japan put a lot of advertising into this game, in fact they even had a Japanese pop-star star in the commercial for Mother 2, that's Japan for you.
In North America it was a whole different story, Nintendo advertised EarthBound (Mother 2) like they didn't know what they were doing, I clearly remember the game's slogan as, "This game stinks." I'm 100% positive that Nintendo of America didn't think the game stunk, but I'm damn sure that slogan turned off a lot of gamers and it was released as commercial failure. It also didn't help that EarthBound was released at a time where games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest were extremely popular and it only sold about 140,000 copies in the North America while that number was doubled in the land of the rising sun. Although it sold very poorly, it was met with very positive reviews and fans who played it knew that one day this game would become an instant classic.
I found out about EarthBound by unlocking Ness in the very popular Nintendo 64 game, Super Smash Bros. When I saw him, I didn't know who or what game he was from, but I wanted to know more about this character, why haven't I seen him in more games? I finally got around to playing EarthBound at a time when I started to understand stories in a video game and I can't believe how much my perspective changed after I played that game, it was an incredible experience. The way the game is written is genius and it sinks it's claws into you in a way that no other game can do in my opinion.
Now I know I'm not the best writer on the face of the Earth and I'm sure someone who is die hard fan would write something better, but I wanted to let everyone know a little bit of the history behind this cult classic and I hope that people who haven't played it yet would read this and maybe try to play it, I think it's a game that a lot of people can relate to.