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Release year: 2006 | Players: 1 player | Developed by HAL Laboratory

Mother 3 (GBA)

Mother 3 (AKA Earthbound 2, マザースリー Māzā Surī in Japan) is a 2016 role-playing game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the GBA. Following Mother 2 (Earthbound), it is the final entry in Nobuyui Inoue’s Mother series. Although no official English version of the game was released, there are fan made translations of the game.

The development of Mother 3 actually spanned twelve years. It was supposed to be developed for the Super Famicom in 1994 before getting transitioned to N64. Eventually, it ended up on the Game Boy Advance handheld console.

Mother 3 Cover Box

Mother 3 Cover (GBA)

Overall, Mother 3 is a critically acclaimed role-playing game with great graphics, music, and story. At first look, the graphics look simplistic for both the background and the sprites. However, there are a lot of small animations and attention to detail that give the game a whole new feel to it. The menu system uses icons instead of text to differentiate it further from its predecessors and other games of the genre.

The music is on point as well, delivering brilliantly made tunes at opportune moments to give players great ambiance while going through the story. Although the story is not as long as that of the previous game, it is quite riveting and complex. All characters are new which gives a new dynamic to the storytelling of the game. Each chapter and new character brings a twist to the plot of the game which essentially keeps the player well invested.

Of course, there is no perfect game. Like many others before and after it, Mother 3 has some flaws as well. For one, it doesn’t really bring any new innovation to the genre. Instead, it takes the current features that players know and love about RPGs and improves upon it. Another knock on the game is the repetition of monsters that seem quite uninspired.

Despite these flaws however, Mother 3 has withstood the test of time and has become a cult classic in its own right. Players around the world still play the game to this day and find new and interesting details to it. Overall, not bad for a game which never saw an official release outside of Japan.

Mother 3 game has only been ported to Game Boy Advance.

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