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South Park Creators Cite Earthbound as a Major Inspiration for Their Own Game

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Praise from all corners

South Park: The Stick of Truth is an RPG based on the adult cartoon series, and one that's had a troubled and challenging development history to date. It is coming, though, and is a project with the full involvement of series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

During a panel at Comic-Con, the two writers behind the franchise were asked to name games that have most influenced the approach to their own project. After jokingly naming Crash Bandicoot 2, Trey Parker got serious and named a title that's been making a big splash on the Wii U Virtual Console in the last couple of days — Earthbound.

We're big gamers and I think what was inspiring the game was a lot more lofty than what we could pull off. I was a big fan of it and what I kept thinking in my mind was EarthBound.

I haven't played it [EarthBound] again in forever, but I just remember something being about 'Oh wow, I'm a little kid in a house and there's my mom and I go outside my house and am fighting like an ant and a little mouse.' It started out feeling so real. I kept having in my head 'do I really want [South Park: The Stick of Truth] to feel like that you are a little kid and you're playing this game and bigger s**t ends up happening.' But I really loved that feeling that EarthBound had of 'I'm a cute little kid in my neighborhood and we're running around playing a game.'

Also noted as inspirations were Link as a silent protagonist in The Legend of Zelda, while the art style of the Paper Mario series supposedly influenced the design of the South Park game.

When it comes to Earthbound, it seems, its influence can be found in fairly unlikely places.

[via destructoid.com]

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User Comments (28)

MrWalkieTalkie

#4

MrWalkieTalkie said:

@manu0 The creators of the show (Trey Parker & Matt Stone) are also the creators of the video game. Everything that happens in the game is decided by them.

nomeacuerdo

#6

nomeacuerdo said:

Yes, it's a shame that The Stick of truth isn't coming to WiiU. Anyway, I'll pick it up for PS3 :P (Hopefully sooner than later)

fzerroo

#7

fzerroo said:

This is just like how Retro City Rampage had to be on a Nintendo console. Feels wrong on the other consoles and not as fun. Maybe it will suck anyway. But really should have been on Wii U.

Cloud-San-VII

#8

Cloud-San-VII said:

Call it what you will, but if Nintendo was really an inspiration, you'd try to bring it to Wii U (unless Nintendo gave you problems or this just doesn't work, you have no excuse)!!!

banacheck

#11

banacheck said:

Taking Inspiration from game's like Skyrim & Earthbound is a good thing, been looking forwards to South Park: The Stick of Truth.

I'm sorry to say this but all i hear from Nintendo fanboys on this website is how 3rd party games are crap & lazy dev's, as it would only sell very poorly anyway. So thay would have to be nuts to release this on the WII U, i'm supporting 3rd parties on platforms where people enjoy them games. And the developers will make a profit for there years of work on the game, and i'll support Nintendo for Nintendo games, rant over.

NImH

#13

NImH said:

Now everyone's gonna be drawing references to South Park from Earthbound... Ugh. This nearly ruins Earthbound for me. I hate South Park with a fiery melting passion.

moomoo

#14

moomoo said:

@Cloud-San-VII I think not being able to make money off a Wii U version is a good excuse for not putting a version of the game on the platform. Do you honestly think it'd sell well on the Wii U?

hydeks

#15

hydeks said:

I don't wanna be that guy on this forum, but this isn't really Nintendo news, cause the Stick of Truth isn't coming to a Nintendo system :P Awesome that they love and got inspiration from EarthBound, cause it is a fantastic game :)

@moomoo well, it would be another port, and I think we're all sick of that by now, so no, keep it the other systems, I don't think this will sell that well anyways.

StarDust4Ever

#17

StarDust4Ever said:

So... What systems will this be released on? I have Wii-U, PS3, and Ouya. Will not be buying PS4 or Xbox One.

Cloud-San-VII

#20

Cloud-San-VII said:

@moomoo
In time... But I was somewhat joking.

While I'm not the biggest fan (though I find it intriguing and I'll watch it if it comes on and it's not interrupting me), I know plenty of people who would consider buying this when they get Wii Us (if it came out).

MasterGraveheart

#23

MasterGraveheart said:

It's not even a Wii U game and it remains to be seen just how much "inspiration" was really drawn from this game. Is this really "Nintendo" news?

MAB

#24

MAB said:

I'm already playing the game that South Park TSOT was inspired from... So I don't need the crappy clone rip off anyway ;)

Cirno

#26

Cirno said:

It's a Shame that poor handling of sequels has caused three of my favourite PS1 games to be little more than punchlines in the gaming world.

They were made by Naughty Dog though, and right now considering they are pretty much the Sony fanboy's equivalent to God, the games might get more recognition (But then again, Jak and Daxter is even better and is outright ignored by many nowadays so I guess ND will just be known as guys who make cover shooters from now on.)

TreesenHauser

#27

TreesenHauser said:

I'll chime in the same way others have by saying, it's a shame this won't be coming to Wii U. Quite ironic actually, considering the cited inspirations only appear on Nintendo consoles. :|

FullbringIchigo

#28

FullbringIchigo said:

and yet there is no WiiU version of Stick of Truth but i guess that had more to do with THQ (before it folded) than the creators of the show

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