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Release year: 1995 | Players: 1 player | Developed by HAL Laboratory

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EarthBound (AKA Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu in Japan) is a 2D RPG video game developed by HAL Laboratory for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and launched in 1994-1995. It is the sequel to Earthbound Beginnings, it was followed by Mother 3 (GBA) and… We love it!

There are some legendary names that just get their claim to fame long after they have gone away. The same can be said about EarthBound. Often ignored when it was first released in the SNES in 1995, it has become one of the best RPGs ever made, according to both fans and game experts alike.

EarthBound is the product of years of development, though for some it doesn’t seem to be too obvious. In this game, you would be controlling Ness. With his buddies Paula, Jeff, and Poo, they would be saving the Earth from Giygas, an alien force that has transformed just about everything in Earth into hateful creatures. It would be up to you to control Ness and his friends, strengthen their attributes, navigate them in different kinds of worlds, and help them win battles against all kinds of creatures.

EarthBound Cover Box

EarthBound Cover (SNES)

The graphics are what you come to expect from this generation of 16-bit games. However, unlike most RPGs of the time, EarthBound does not use a top-down or overhead view. In fact, it uses oblique projection. There are many aspects of the game that makes it stand out from other RPGs: it uses real-world settings (or more like settings that resemble the real world) and it uses humorous elements to keep the game light, just to name two unique ones. However, EarthBound perhaps stands out most for its superb storytelling. The story itself is unlike any RPG before or since, and it’s played out well over the course of the game.

EarthBound is considered by gaming experts to be among the most influential games in the history of the Super NES console. While it has achieved popularity relatively late, it is now better appreciated by gamers everywhere. There is a good reason why the game is still played by RPG fanatics both then and now; it is an RPG like no other.

EarthBound has been ported to SNES (this version) and Nintendo Virtual Console (Wii U).