I just finished Earthbound a few days ago and I'm about to move onto pic rel.

I just finished Earthbound a few days ago and I'm about to move onto pic rel. Is there anything essential I should know before playing?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, don't play it.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No but why not play 1 first? Especially if you want more of Earthbound. 3 is good but it feels like a completely different game

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Who says he didn't moron

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Fair enough

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a very different game in tone and style. Don't expect the same comfy 90s setting.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, the game deliberately plays with your expectations in that sense. I think it's really good but it's completely different in setting and tone.

      It's weird how it became the norm to hate on 3 on Ganker (or at least, from what I see here), it used to be a game that somehow united Ganker back in 2008 when the fan translation released (before gamergate and before 2016, it was a different Ganker but shitposting was still rampant, however Mother 3 was one of the rare topics that made people post positively, everyone was in love with the game).
      Fast forward to 2024 and everybsays it suuuuucks. Well, "everyone", maybe it's just one guy samegayging, who knows.
      Speaking of, what happened to that one autist that spammed that whole juxtaposition stuff? He used to spam a lot and suddenly disappeared.

      I think a lot of the hate stems from the fact that "Earthbound" has become a minor genre in itself (Undertale, Omori etc).

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >think a lot of the hate stems from the fact that "Earthbound" has become a minor genre in itself (Undertale, Omori etc).
        Something like that I guess, yeah. At any rate it's a shame that modern events unrelated to the game itself (modern western fanbase, modern indie games) generated a retroactive backlash that ended up being more obnoxious than the fanbase or the indie games ever were.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mother 1 is Earthbound but dial up the Pulp. Mother 3 is Earthbound but dial up the Quirk.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In terms of pacing, Mother 3 is EarthBound but dial up.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Is there anything essential I should know before playing?
    its legitimately one of the worst games ever made. just dont bother. play the first game if you havent, then forget this series exists.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buffs and debuffs are good. If you can't hear the rhythm in an enemy battle, putting them to sleep will mute the melody and add a drum that will tell you the beat. If you get the beat and still can't land a rhythm combo your GBA emulator sucks and you need one like mGBA.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Is there anything essential I should know
      not really, not that it matters much what you do or don't know if you're the kind of silly person who comes to Ganker to get yourself all charged up with negativity about something new before you dive into said new thing - go ahead and make a mess of things, maybe you'll have fun in spite of your bad decisions

      ...that said, this is the one post in this thread thus far you should actually pay attention to, and it's probably going to stay that way no matter how many more replies there are

      also, this game is good and people who like its predecessors yet hate it are morons

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's weird how it became the norm to hate on 3 on Ganker (or at least, from what I see here), it used to be a game that somehow united Ganker back in 2008 when the fan translation released (before gamergate and before 2016, it was a different Ganker but shitposting was still rampant, however Mother 3 was one of the rare topics that made people post positively, everyone was in love with the game).
    Fast forward to 2024 and everybsays it suuuuucks. Well, "everyone", maybe it's just one guy samegayging, who knows.
    Speaking of, what happened to that one autist that spammed that whole juxtaposition stuff? He used to spam a lot and suddenly disappeared.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Mother is something of an untouchable "prestige series" that everyone appreciates even if it isn't their thing, simply because it occupies its own unique space in gaming that no one can really complain about without sounding mad.
      Thanks to the morons at Starmen/Tomato himself, in the west, it quickly grew into a poser series that people only liked to appear fashionable to other gamers. Hence the phenomenon of gamers who "love EarthBound" but have never played it before, and the meme about the "world's biggest EarthBound fan excited to play the game for the first time." People want to claim influence from these games without ever actually having been influenced by them in a meaningful way.
      Japan didn't (and still doesn't) have this problem, in part because of the games being more accessible there, and in part due to Japanese players simply being better gamers than most westerners in terms of actually playing shit.
      Had morons simply kept quiet about EarthBound/Mother in the west instead of trying to prop it up, deify it, and turn it into a fashion statement, it wouldn't have attracted nearly the hateful following it has amassed since the 2010s.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Japan in general seems waaaay less shitposty than the west. I remember Hideki Kamiya saying that westerners were very rude and obnoxious compared to japanese on Twitter. Which is why he started the "blocked" meme.
        I see the same thing in other topics, for example they weird rivalry between evagays vs gundamgays, seems to be entirely western, Japan doesn't have that.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >in the west, it quickly grew into a poser series that people only liked to appear fashionable to other gamers. Hence the phenomenon of gamers who "love EarthBound" but have never played it before, and the meme about the "world's biggest EarthBound fan excited to play the game for the first time." People want to claim influence from these games without ever actually having been influenced by them in a meaningful way.

        I've seen the meme, but I've still never seen the original phenomenon. I accept that there are probably nice morons out there who become annoyingly fanatical about Mother, but I wish the mean morons who in turn become fanatical about how stupid the nice morons are would stop spreading their depressing, needlessly hateful message far beyond the scope where it's actually relevant, wherever the heck that's supposed to be. Anyway, you shouldn't blame nice morons for the excesses of mean morons who arise to fight them. They're all still morons.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          This is usually what ends up happening. Fans of something arr obnoxious but then the backfire anti-fan people become even more annoying.
          You could say Mother went from underrated, to overrated, to underrated again.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I played Earthbound soon after it released. Loved it. Was one of the first games I emulated on PC later. Was pretty disappointed after playing 3. After loving Earthbound for so long and all the hype I just kind of stopped thinking about the whole series for a long time.

      Maybe it just takes a while for games like that to get criticism. Silent Hill 2 went through something similar.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yea there is literal trannies in it. Im not joking.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      They're caricatures of trannies, western sensibilities would find it offensive.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's literally muscular hairy dudes in fishnet stockings crossdressing. It's offensive to modern day westerners and probably why Mother 3 won't ever be localized any time soon.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I see it as mocking trannies (which was the norm for the whole world until blue states and feds tried to make drag queen libraries a thing a few years ago). And it's supposed to be a wacky parody of sages/fairies, rather than any agenda being pushed as with "anti-poaching" shit of the 90s and anti-white shit of today.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Thanks for bumping the Earthbound thread while riffing about your wholesome trans experience with the Magypsies

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It isn't even close to as good an RPG as EarthBound. As for the story, it's more poignant, but less cohesive and more poorly structured.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's a generic linear story-driven JRPG lacking the minimalist and forward-thinking qualities of Eathbound
    The story and "teenager's first social commentary" parts are very clumsily written and gay
    Also the pacing is shit, the first half is a miserable slog while the second half is ADHD as frick

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    When you start Chapter 5, go back to the room where the Chapter 2 boss was for a secret boss fight and one of the best weapons in the game

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Always do the opposite of what Ganker says
    (neo /vr/ is basically Ganker)

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