(GBA / Game Boy Advance)

Mother 3 (GBA / Game Boy Advance)

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The sequel to Earthbound and a game only released in Japan some 12 years after the release of Mother 2 (Earthbound) for the Super Famicom system.

Mother 3 also marks the game's first appearance on a portable game system and despite not being localized for released outside of Japan, the game has an outstanding fan translation that allows English-speaking gamers to enjoy the game.

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User Comments (30)



KeeperBvK said:

I really gotta try out a Mother game at some point...are these very text-heavy or could my limited knowledge of the Japanese language possibly get me through?



MrPinguy said:

They are all text-heavy yes, and it's one of it's strong points.
(The battle screens are from Starmen.net's Fan Translation, just for warning you, you don't have this on english in the jp version.)



Aenaida said:

Incredible game. In a lot of ways it's much better than EarthBound (although I still love it).



StarBoy91 said:

I notice that all three Mother games are gonna be reviewed in the same month. Nice.



Paperclip said:

I've got 16 hours right now on the English patch for this game. I have no idea when I'll be done the game, it's simply marvelous. The battle system is much more fun that Earthbound.

But I hope the game will be reviewed using the English patch. The story is so awesome, I don't know how you could review it if you weren't fluent in Japanese.



StarBoy91 said:

So, if anyone were to recommend a Mother game, which one would they recommend to start with first, out of curiosity?

EDIT: I recognize Lucas from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He looks like a blonde Elvis.



StarBoy91 said:

So the first step I take is importing the FamiCom Mother game?
Lately, I've been playing video game series in their sequential order.



MrPinguy said:

Actually you can play them in any order you want. (If you want, the "retro" of Mother 1 maybe it's too much to bear sometimes )
The only thing they have in common are just the recurring villains.
Gyigas (Mother 1 & EarthBound) and Porkey (EarthBound & Mother 3).



SuperPeach said:

I imported this game recently. It's great even though I can't understand a lot of what's going on.



MegaJoeySA said:

What got me into Mother 3 was all thanks to Chuggaaconroy during his mother 3 let's play and the game was awesome, incredible.



ogo79 said:

this game will soon be available to everyone besides site auctions in english on a reproduction gba flash cart, use a gamecube gba player to play it on your tv instead.



2Sang said:

The best game of my teenage years, even if I only have beaten it in Japanese



Adam said:

A lot of people don't like Earthbound, but I think this one has a broader appeal while still being a Mother game. I hope a review gets it more attention among those who only know of it from the raving of Earthbound fans, who they've long ago learned to tune out (perhaps wisely... except when it's me, of course).



Rockman said:

I own the Mother 3 Game Boy Micro and game; in japanese it's unplayable.. haha! The game itself is a marvel! Highly recommended for Zelda and Earthbound fans.



TomJ said:

Gotta try this somehow sometime after I beat EarthBound once I get it.



Gregor said:

If this ever comes out in America I will buy it. I played it and loved its take on fast pace turn battling. The main characters could have been given more dialog though.



RegalSin said:

Finished this without the translation a long time ago. Very sad game. Basically this game is suppose the be prequel to the first game. The story of NEC and his parents. The bottom line the real Mother 3, was never actually released at all.
Porky Ha ha, th th that's all folkss!!!!

I really enjoyed this game but I don't know how to rate them. All three games are great to play.

Personally I don't like to call discrimination but it makes no logically sense for this game to take place in the future when they curl up every single non-european culture into one ball and have them reduced to one woman. Seriously you have stereotypical African Aftican/Indian/Latin woman, living inside of an Native American ( Indian ) tent.
That makes no sense at all. Their is no signs of any other people like that in this game at all.

At least in M2 they had mister T, the Reggae man, and so many other "black" characters. This game just left an question mark in my head.

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