Mother 1 is not the best game in the series. Not writing wise, not gameplay wise. It's objdctively worse than Earthbound and 3, and by all means it is less well made of a game than either of the others. But a number of years ago, my dad got the Homebrew Channel on our Wii, and it came with the English prototype of Earth Bound Zero. I had heard of and wanted to play Earthbound because of Smash and was unsure if this was the game I was looking for, but I started it, named my characters, and proceeded to be attacked by a lamp.
I was confused but I believe I enjoyed myself nonetheless, I pressed on and got to the graveyard, met Lloyd on the roof of the school, and so on, and it went this way till near the very end of the game. Eventually I got stuck in Swamp and remember getting absolutely decimated by Kellys, Nancys, and Mooks. Sadly because of a series of unfortunate events, we no longer have EB0 on the Homebrew Channel and I never made it through to Mount Itoi.
Why does this matter? Because the entire, sole reason I prefer this game to Earthbound is because of love and nostalgia. This game made me happy when I played it, I didn't care that it wasn't the actually Earthbound I was looking for, it was just as good. For all intents and purposes, it was better. I will never forget how much I loved finding Snowman for the first time, the absolutely beautiful piece of music playing in the background that still holds up today, visiting Magicant and getting utterly lost, still humming the music, and riding a tank through the desert. Just as the series intended, I will never forget all the little moments in this game that make me cherish it.
I will always hold this game as one of my most loved of all time, even if it was horribly balanced and grind-happy. I just blissfully enjoyed it the whole way through. That after all, is what Mother is ultimately about, love. And uncondtional love is what I have for this game. Always have, and always will, till the end.
#earthbound #mother3 #nintendo #ness #shigesatoitoi #supernintendo #gameboyadvance #gaming #videogames