Review by Grant Evans

Reviewed: 01/02/04 | Updated: 01/03/05

The little known prequal to EarthBound

You might know Earthbound for the SNES. Well this is the game that came before it. Back in 1989 in Japan, Nintendo was translating Mother. The game was actually going to be called Earthbound like it’s younger brother. For unknown reasons, Nintendo decided to cancel the game. But something good happened out of this. Nintendo actually translated the game into English, but never released the game in the states. In 1998, a bunch of ROM translators discovered that Nintendo had auctioned off the only prototype of Earthbound. These people asked the guy who got the cartridge to let them borrow it for about $300 so they could dump the game into ROM form. It was successful! Now we can play the game here in the states. Mother or “Earthbound” is better known as Earthbound 0 in America, because Earthbound for the SNES was already released here. Okay, onto the review!

Gameplay: 10/10

Just like Tony’s cinnamon crunchers, it’s grrrrrreat till it’s gone.

Story: 10/10

The story is great. Strange things begin to happen, so a boy sets out to investigate these things and his own mysterious past and psychic abilities. He later teams up with friends who help him defeat a alien better known as Giegue. And That’s just a brief description!

Difficulty: 9/10

If you’ve ever played Earthbound for the SNES, you might say it’s kind of easy. Well, Earthbound 0 is a harder game. The enemies are a little smarter and more challenging.

Graphics: 10/10

This game uses a beautiful pallet which makes it one of the best NES games graphic wise.

Sound: 10/10

My friend said that a game is good music wise if the music gets stuck in your head. Well, a lot of the songs got stuck in my head.

Replayability/amount of play: 8/10

This is probably the worst part of the game. It has about 10 hours of game play, which is great for an NES game. But once you beat it, there’s not much to do other than make a new file. (Replayability: 6/10 Amount of play: 10/10)

Originality: 10/10

If you read the story you would see why it’s so original.

Buy, Rent, or burn: Buy

Well you can’t buy it in America. You can't rent it (Because renting is illegal in Japan). Don’t burn it. So your choices are to download it, or play the Japanese version. If you get a chance to buy the Japanese version though, buy it.

Final Score: 10/10

This is one (if not) of the best games available for the NES. Alternate choices are Mother 2/EarthBound for the SNES, Animal Crossing for the GCN (It even has the New Age Retro Hippie theme in it!), Chrono Trigger, Mother 1+2 (Which like the title says, it has this and Mother) for the GBA, and Final Fantasy II and III/ IV, V, and VI For the SNES.

Breakdown:

Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 10/10
Difficulty: 9/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 10/10
Replayability/amount of play: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Buy, Rent, or burn: Buy
Final Score: 10/10

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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