• The Mother series is among the quirkiest, most unique RPG series ever created and Shigesato Itoi is an artistic genius. Of this series, Earthbound/Mother 2 is by far the most well-known to the Engrish-speaking population, being the only game of its series released in the U.S. It was released here on June 1, 1995, two and a half months before the massively hyped Chrono Trigger, which along with Final Fantasy VI of yesteryear, surely stole a lot of its sales due to much higher-end graphics. While I personally cannot deny the supreme awesomeness of CT and FF6, I will say that no game made before or since Earthbound has matched its unique combination of wacky atmosphere and solid gameplay. It is a misunderstood masterpiece.
  • Earthbound/Mother 2 has a moderately small cult following due to its extremely unique modern setting, a stark contrast to medieval, fantasy-like settings most RPGs traditionally use, as well as a perpetually trippy, odd, and amusing atmosphere with influences as diverse as 50's horror movies, the Beatles, and the Japanese poking fun at Western culture.

    Are you an EB fanatic? This test will rate your knowledge of this 24-bit gem.

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