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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Is this your first time playing Earthbound?



Friday is here already? That means it's my last day of my NC vacation. Time to hit the beach and pool one more time! That's happening between rounds on the site, of course! See you in a few, short hours.

We all know that Earthbound wasn't a hit when it first released. There are a number of factors you can chalk that up to. Perhaps the graphics weren't doing the game any favorite at the time. Maybe the promotional push for the game wasn't well thought out. Maybe the RPG scene wasn't wide open enough yet. Whatever the reason, Earthbound failed to attract a big audience.

The sad thing is, fans in North America have been paying the price for years. Nintendo decided to give us one shot at Earthbound, only to keep the series away from us for all these years later. Sure, there was only one other entry in the franchise in that time, but we still missed out. It was clear that Earthbound interaction in North America would have to come via Smash Bros. appearances.

There was a little glimmer of hope when Earthbound got rated for the Wii Virtual Console, but that release never came together. We still don't know why the rating popped up but failed to see release. When that happened, we all thought that hope was lost. Then many years later, a Nintendo Direct surprises us with a confirmation of Earthbound hitting the Wii U VC in Europe/NA.

Equally surprising was another Nintendo Direct that cropped up today, which included the announcement of Earthbound releasing just a few hours later. Now we can all play the game we love from our SNES days...or the game we never got to try for any number of reasons. I know tons of you have picked up the game on your Wii U, but is this your first time with the game? If so, leave a comment and let us know why you couldn't resist.

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19 Jul 2013 09:05

This will be my first time I play it. I can't wait! :D
I was quite surprised to see the work they did for that trailer during the Nintendo Direct Mini! They put a lot of efforts.
But... 10$? Why is it more expensive than normal SNES games? O_o
For those that played it before, have the game been altered?
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19 Jul 2013 09:14

Yes. I have found no personal interest in the game, but I have an open mind and patience, and would like to see what the high-praise is all about.
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19 Jul 2013 09:30

Mybfirst time too. Really enjoying it so far. Beat the giant ant thing!
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19 Jul 2013 09:34

No, I played and beat the entire series years ago. Loved it of course.
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19 Jul 2013 09:40

I never owned it, but did rent it a few times back in the day. I never got very far or remember much at all, though, so this will be my first time really playing the game. I'm pretty excited to see what all the fuss is about.
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19 Jul 2013 09:45

Yep, this is my first time with Earthbound...I'm not sure I'll like it, frankly, but I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I downloaded it last night but haven't started it yet.
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19 Jul 2013 10:01

Elfteiroh wrote:
But... 10$? Why is it more expensive than normal SNES games? O_o
For those that played it before, have the game been altered?


Saw someone say some animations were updated. Otherwise, it's presumably licensing stuff. Similar to how TMNT NES was more because of the music. I don't know the exacts for why this is more, but I'm assuming it was along those lines.

That said, it's still a significantly better deal than you'll get on a physical copy.
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19 Jul 2013 10:07

Probably gonna get crucified for this, but I never was much into RPGs prior to the 32-bit era mainly because the games were unappealing to me. Small moving sprites that are 1/4 the size of a non-moving enemy (Final Fantasy) or worst, your invisible characters attacking non-moving enemies (Earthbound, DragonQuest).

The only difference between these games and playing Dungeon and Dragons is that you don't need to keep track of character stats manually. The only exception I can recall is Chrono Trigger, which is one of the many reasons why this was and still is my favorite RPG of all time.

I may sound shallow, but if I'm playing a video game, especially a game where I do not control my characters in battle but rather give commands, I expect to at lease be entertained by having something move on the screen.
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19 Jul 2013 10:19

More or less. Or at least it's my first time playing the game the way it should be played -- on my couch, with a controller in my hands. I've tried to play it via emulator a couple times, but never made more than a couple minutes of progress because I hate playing games via emulator.

Loving the game so far -- so much personality and great little touches. Giving me massive doses of that "golden age of JRPGs" nostalgia.

To the few of you who aren't so sure if you should play it -- play it. The RPG aspects of the game really aren't that deep or challenging, so if being into RPGs shouldn't be a big hindrance. It's all about character, and atmosphere and humor, all of which this game has in spades.
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19 Jul 2013 10:39

I only played it a few times via emulator. I didn't really like the style. It's funny though. I love watching playthroughs of it. But not actually play it myself. I don't get it either.
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19 Jul 2013 10:41

Elfteiroh wrote:This will be my first time I play it. I can't wait! :D
I was quite surprised to see the work they did for that trailer during the Nintendo Direct Mini! They put a lot of efforts.
But... 10$? Why is it more expensive than normal SNES games? O_o
For those that played it before, have the game been altered?

The only difference I am aware of, during battle whenever a character or enemy attacks, uses magic/heals , the "flashy" effect has been either omitted or toned down in the VC version.
Also with the VC version I think the colors and animations are different.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx38DBBgnSs
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19 Jul 2013 11:07

I've played and beaten it before, but not without cheating. Messing around with the debug mode was just too tempting.

Going at it for real this time, though!
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19 Jul 2013 11:16

33 year old European dude, first time playing the game been waiting for what now 10 years or so? There´s only one thing I can say about the game and my first foray into it. BELIEVE THE HYPE!!! This is one of the best games ever made and it shows, truely a work of art and a labor of love.

Btw if I'm not mistaken there's a lot of grinding in the game or should I avoid grinding? :P
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19 Jul 2013 11:35

I don't get the people complaining about the $10 price as opposed to the $8 one. I mean they probably have their reasons, and it's only $2 more.

Unless you wanna pay HUNDREDS of dollars to get a copy online...

On topic: yes it will be my first time playing Earthbound. Not sure the battle system will stick with me but we'll see.
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19 Jul 2013 12:13

I tried playing it way back before I knew it was popular... I was just interested in the idea that I could play 'any game I wanted' so I probably picked it up once and put it down again without thinking too much about it. Tried to do it again a little later, couldn't bring myself to get past the second town.

Then later it blew up in popularity and I got to feeling like maybe I should give it another try. That time I got to the desert-highway before getting bored-sick of it and stopping again. At the time, I was wishing I was playing Desert Bus instead, which isn't saying a whole lot.

Still later, I kept coming across other sites that kept saying it was the best and most underrated game ever, blah blah blah, so I tried it again, got to Summers/sea-monster battle, got stuck, stopped, picked it back up again muuuuuch much later, beat that boss, got into the Egyptian area. Got bored-sick, gave up again.

I understand some of the love for the game, and to some extent even I like the overall things about it(appreciating old-school JRPGs, appreciating that it's not based in medieval times, "interesting"(but almost-invisble) battle system, etc).

But in no way have I ever appreciated its dry humor and low-balled presentation, such as characters not visibly reacting to anything, battle animations worse than Phantasy Star 4(which IS my favorite old-school-old-style JRPG) that don't include any graphics for the player-characters, and generally just low-balling everything as a sort of running-gag/gimmick.

Despite all that... I want to see it do well, sure. But I don't feel like it's quite the underdog anymore that everyone thinks it is, and as many times as I've TRIED to like it, I just can't get into it. At all.

Also, I don't have a Wii U.
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19 Jul 2013 12:24

I'll get it once I get a Wii U.
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19 Jul 2013 13:35

I put up the first video playthrough on YouTube in '06. Man, that was a fun summer.



http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... re=mh_lolz

Sadly the quality isn't great. I just took the raw movie files created by my emulator and uploaded them. Also I have the tendency to rush through conversations, and my battle strategy isn't that great.

I did get a credit in a fan film, which was cool.


I was one of the lucky ones who got the game for 20 bucks when stores were trying to give the game away. I played the heck out of it. I must have beaten it about a dozen times.
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19 Jul 2013 16:19

Not really a fan of turn-based combat but I was able to get an eshop card as a gift so that's what part of it will go to. But, no, i've never actually played Earthbound myself so i'm looking forward to see what the fuss is about.
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19 Jul 2013 20:33

I don't have a Wii U yet but I plan to get EarthBound when I do but, no, it won't be my first time. I'm lucky enough to own the original SNES cartridge of the game and have played it before.
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19 Jul 2013 20:51

I played it three years ago on an emulator, and once I own a Wii U I'll purchase it immediately to ease my guilt.

Although I am of the opinion that Mother 3 is superior to it in almost every way. (Don't hurt me)
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19 Jul 2013 20:58

I am also a proud owner of the SNES cartridge as well. Its great the masses finally have the opportunity to experience this epic game without breaking the bank. I downloaded the Wii U port and am having a blast playing the game on there as well. Every Wii U owner needs to experience this treasure.
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22 Jul 2013 07:54

beaus27 wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:This will be my first time I play it. I can't wait! :D
I was quite surprised to see the work they did for that trailer during the Nintendo Direct Mini! They put a lot of efforts.
But... 10$? Why is it more expensive than normal SNES games? O_o
For those that played it before, have the game been altered?

The only difference I am aware of, during battle whenever a character or enemy attacks, uses magic/heals , the "flashy" effect has been either omitted or toned down in the VC version.
Also with the VC version I think the colors and animations are different.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx38DBBgnSs

MoldyClay wrote:*SNIP* (it's me talking...)

Saw someone say some animations were updated. Otherwise, it's presumably licensing stuff. Similar to how TMNT NES was more because of the music. I don't know the exacts for why this is more, but I'm assuming it was along those lines.

That said, it's still a significantly better deal than you'll get on a physical copy.


Thanks! Ok yeah, that make sense! :P
(oh, and I wasn't moaning the price was high, I was genuinely curious)

I Really like the game so far... Didn't play a lot, but it looks like a solid RPG with a very "cute" story.
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26 Jul 2013 13:55

I was neither a murder suspect, nor a target for an international spy organization. But I drove a car down the Jersey Turnpike at 80 mph….

A police officer pulled me over and asked for my driver’s license. He said I was going 20 mph over the speed limit. I instantly pointed to my wife and said “I’m in a hurry, my wife wants to pick up Earthbound.” Fortunately, my wife actually looked pretty nerdy. I hoped he’d let me go with this excuse.

“Oh, since it’s an emergency. I’ll lead you to Funcoland with my police car,” he said.

“No, it’s not necessary.”

“Why not?” asked the officer.

“Uh… well…”

“Let’s get going,” said the officer…

And because I had no other choice. We came home with a demon childs game
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29 Jul 2013 17:37

beaus27 wrote:No, my SNES copy is protected in my room.
Paid $15 for it new at Wal-Mart, just sitting there on the electronic clearance shelf.


That's what happened to me. One Christmas my mom said, "You can have a PlayStation (the original) or like $200 worth of games (the value more or less of the PSX at the time). I ended up going to Walmart and buying a few games from the clearance aisle. I only picked it up because it had a big box and the giant Starman on the cover intrigued me. I remember thinking I was going to be this big gold guy. One of my favorite games of all time, and I still have it sitting in an SNES.
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29 Jul 2013 19:17

joltmasta wrote:I was neither a murder suspect, nor a target for an international spy organization. But I drove a car down the Jersey Turnpike at 80 mph….

A police officer pulled me over and asked for my driver’s license. He said I was going 20 mph over the speed limit. I instantly pointed to my wife and said “I’m in a hurry, my wife wants to pick up Earthbound.” Fortunately, my wife actually looked pretty nerdy. I hoped he’d let me go with this excuse.

“Oh, since it’s an emergency. I’ll lead you to Funcoland with my police car,” he said.

“No, it’s not necessary.”

“Why not?” asked the officer.

“Uh… well…”

“Let’s get going,” said the officer…

And because I had no other choice. We came home with a demon childs game




"7500 dollars; well worth it!"

"For the house in Onett?"

"No, the EarthBound cartridge on Ebay!"

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