EarthBound

Finn B, Local News Reporter

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“EarthBound” is a game created in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), a console created in 1990 by Nintendo. The plot follows four kids in the year 199X- Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo. Ness is a young boy from the suburbs of Onett. Paula is a nice, kind uptown girl. Jeff is a smart but reckless and shy boy. Poo is the young, but responsible, Prince of Dalaam. These kids are  known as the ‘Chosen Four’ and hold the power of PSI, or psychic powers. Jeff actually doesn’t have PSI, so he uses laser guns and bottle rockets. Their job is to defeat the evil alien, Giygas, who is a part of an alien race wielding the power of PSI, but Giygas is the strongest of them all. One day he discovered ‘The Apple of Enlightenment’ and it told him that he would be defeated by a boy named Ness. Giygas did not believe it, but he was afraid, so he lead a full force attack on Earth in the past so he could kill Ness while he was still young. He attacked Earth by turning animals and humans evil, leading an army of robots, and also the Starman, a merciless, PSI powered alien race. Meanwhile, back on Earth, a good alien from ten years in the future, named Buzz Buzz rides a meteor down to Earth and warns Ness of Giygas, so Ness starts his journey. Giygas then picks and empowers Ness’s overweight and annoying neighbor, Porky. Porky helps Giygas become even more powerful while also messing with Ness’s journey to defeat Giygas.

Ness and his team travel the world trying to stop Giygas. But as they get stronger so does Giygas. In their adventure they discover the Mani Mani Statue, a statue that creates illusions. It first appears in Onett, with a man named Leir x. Agerate, he thinks it’s buried treasure and he shows Ness. It then later appears and mind controls Mr. Carpainter, the statute gives him the ability to summon lightning and it also convinces him to try and paint the world blue… yeah. Next it mind controls the Mayor of the city, Fourside. He puts his life before anyone else in the city, and kidnaps Paula. Then the Mani Mani statue creates an alternate dimension called Moonside, everybody there talks weird, acts weird, and the place is weird. Finally it shows up in Ness’s mind, he has to defeat it, to get rid of all the evil in his mind.

This game is a turn based game, meaning you and the enemy take turns fighting, you can also use items in battle. Ness uses bats to attack, Paula uses frying pans, Jeff uses laser guns, and Poo only uses a special weapon obtained from the Starman Super, The Sword of Kings. In the game the characters have a health meter, but EarthBound is different from other games. EarthBound has a rolling health meter meaning it slowly rolls down so, if quick enough, you can heal your party members before they die. EarthBound was also very different because of it’s setting, the 1990’s which was different from many other RPGs of its time because most RPGs took place in medieval times. In America, EarthBound didn’t sell too well at 150,000 copies because the games slogan was “This game stinks!” referring to Master Belch, an enemy in the game made of barf. In Japan, the game sold really well at 800,000 copies it was also known as Mother 2 there, the game then went on to get a sequel in 2006 which hasn’t been released yet outside of Japan. And even before that they had a game called “Mother” or “EarthBound Beginnings” released in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and that wasn’t released until 2015 outside of Japan on the Wii U. This game is rated T for fantasy violence, mild blood, suggestive themes, and crude humor.

EarthBound is a great and beautiful game. The ending is amazing, the game’s quirky sense of humor makes it more memorable than any other game. The ending moment is just so Zenful, and when you finally finish the game, you get this feeling, not happiness, not sadness but frustration that the game is finally over, you just don’t want it to end. EarthBound is not just about four kids trying to save the world it’s about four kids growing up and facing their fears and you, as the player, have cared enough to play this heart touching game to the very end.

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9 Responses to “EarthBound”

  1. Lexi P on April 4th, 2017 1:19 pm

    It’s a really good article! (Undertale is still better though)

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    Jack C Reply:

    Well… I wouldn’t go that far.

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    Evan K Reply:

    She has her own opinion but yes I agree

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  2. Jack C on April 4th, 2017 1:25 pm

    For the readers sake I would put what PSI means. Also the ending was very sad, it almost made me cry… I mean… NO I DIDN’T, but the ending was still pretty good.

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    Finn B Reply:

    It doesn’t really stand for anything really.

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  3. Evan K on April 4th, 2017 1:26 pm

    You article is very good i like all of the deatail you put in it

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  4. Ella P on April 4th, 2017 1:30 pm

    This was interesting because I didn’t know anything about EarthBound

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  5. Natalie T on April 4th, 2017 1:31 pm

    Good Job! EarthBound sounds like a really cool game!

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    Finn B Reply:

    It is…

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