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EarthBound (SNES / Super Nintendo)

Game Review

EarthBound Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

An RPG experience unlike any other

EarthBound landed on the SNES in 1995 with a dull thud. While the game didn't exactly light up the sales charts in North America and failed to make it to Europe, it has certainly gone on to become one of the most sought-after games in the second-hand market, selling for upwards of $80 as nothing more than a loose cartridge. When the Virtual Console was announced for Wii it seemed like the world's best chance at a reasonably priced go with Ness and his crew, but the generation came and went with nothing more than an increased presence in crossover title Super Smash Bros. Brawl. After years of fan outcry for Nintendo to do something – anything — with the franchise in the West, EarthBound has finally arrived world-wide in digital form on the Wii U Virtual Console. So what exactly is it that has made this title so revered by role-playing game fans since its original release 18 years ago?

While EarthBound's overall gameplay feels like a traditional Japanese RPG of the era, the game breaks from tradition through its modern-day setting: A world of nostalgic Americana seen from a uniquely Japanese perspective. It also tends to interchange many of the classic elements with a more modern-day equivalent: Instead of restoring the health of your characters using potions, you scoff down hamburgers and pizzas; you don't resurrect fallen comrades at a local temple, you visit them at the local hospital. It's these touches that give it such an original and fresh feel to set it apart from the countless other SNES RPGs of the time.

However, you'll still spend the majority of your time traversing its diverse world – both on foot and using various vehicles – while doing battle with a host of bizarre aliens. Sticking to the tried-and-true RPG design, each new area you visit has its own set of goals to achieve in order to progress to the next location. Most times, this includes a number of individual challenges leading up to a boss battle. EarthBound, probably more so than other RPGs, requires you to do a lot of exploration and places an increased emphasis on speaking to the various people in each of the game's cities and villages. It sometimes feels more like you're solving a murder mystery than playing a role-playing game. While the pacing can sometimes be a bit on the sluggish side — especially when compared to some of the other top-tier SNES RPGs — you can tell it unfolds in a deliberate fashion in order to allow you to unravel the story piece-by-piece. Once you've completed this one (and you'd better be ready to put in some serious hours if you're going to finish this beast of a quest), you'll see why the developers chose to allow it to play out at its own pace.

As EarthBound is ever the quirky one, combat is also quite a unique experience. Battles are carried out in traditional turn-based fashion, yes, but there are some interesting tweaks tossed into the mix. Your characters can choose to attack, cast spells using their PSI ability or even use the Goods in your inventory. As you purchase stronger weapons and level up your characters, new and more powerful attacks and PSI spells become available. If you don't feel like carrying out the battle yourself or find a particular fight troublesome, you can even allow the game's AI to carry out the battle for you via the Auto-Fight command – a nice, unique touch.

Another neat feature of the combat system is the way your character's hit point counter rolls down slowly, somewhat like an odometer. Even if your character suffers more damage than they have hit points, you can still quickly heal yourself before the counter reaches zero, thus not falling in battle. It's little touches like these that give the game its unique, defining character.

EarthBound might at first seem to control in a manner a little too dumbed down, but as the game warms up you see just how strategic a system it truly is. Unique additions like the rolling hit-point counter and instant victory over outmatched enemies gives the game not only a more streamlined feel but keeps it from becoming stale or repetitive during long stretches where enemies tend to be numerous and aggressive. With all of these twists on the RPG formula and a rock-solid foundation, EarthBound is an RPG that allows you to keep your focus on the task at hand and not have to spend time messing around.

As unique as its gameplay tends to be, nothing stands out quite like its visual style that features the simplicity of an 8-bit presentation with the power of a 16-bit processor behind it — suitable, as the game shares a lot of artistic DNA with NES original Mother. It's really something that has to be experienced first-hand to fully appreciate. The mix of simple textures with often vibrant and contrasting colour schemes gives the game a look all its own that defies comparison. Animations have a deliberate simplicity that fits in perfectly with the uncluttered, nostalgic art style. It might not be as flashy as some of the other 16-bit titles available on the SNES, but it is certainly among the most visually captivating.

The SNES was home to some absolutely amazing RPG soundtracks, but none quite like that of EarthBound. It's not only one of the most captivating RPG soundtracks but one of the most varied as well. Some tracks tend to be very melodic whereas others are just downright bizarre — of course, considering the game world's variation it certainly isn't surprising. Granted, there are a few tracks that can be a little annoying due to their off-the-wall nature and length of time you'll spend listening to them, but considering how amazing the musical effort is overall, it's tough to complain too much. It's not difficult to see why EarthBound's soundtrack has become one of the medium's most beloved.

Some of the suspicion about why EarthBound hadn't released on Wii Virtual Console centered around the soundtrack: Its cherry-picking of melodies from pop music seemed ripe for copyright violation in our litigious times. There was some fear that Nintendo had caved and messed with the soundtrack for this Wii U release, but we are happy to report that isn't the case: EarthBound on Wii U sounds, and feels, like it always has. In fact, one could make a great case that it feels even better on Wii U as the Virtual Console allows for custom controls and save states, as well as fittingly cozy off-screen play. Nintendo even went the extra mile to digitize the giant strategy guide once bundled with the SNES cart and optimized it for the Wii U browser.


EarthBound succeeds at not only being one of the most unique and refreshing RPG experiences ever created, but also one of the most epic and entertaining as well. Combining classic RPG gameplay elements with a heart-warming modern spin, the game somehow feels familiar yet strange all at the same time. With a peerless visual style, soundtrack and storyline, playing EarthBound is like revisiting a vivid childhood memory of fun and adventure. You can't repeat the past, but you can certainly revisit it.

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User Comments (128)



Squashie said:

I don't think I needed to read this review, already downloaded and playing. It certainly lives up to what everyone says about it.



meltendo said:

I've had the guide for years just to relive the game. I'm looking forward to getting a Wii U. and replaying it. I wish they would port it over to the 3DS, also.



SCAR said:

I agree that the game is unique. The dialogue is legitimate while still being sarcastic somehow...



WingedSnagret said:

What? Not 10/10? By all the praise and downright worship this game gets I'm surprised to see it score a 9.



ogo79 said:

i can almost guarantee you there will be a release of mother 1 and 3 at this point. all 3 are great games.
perfect time for a fresh review on this game.



MadAdam81 said:

I've played 100's of RPGs, and I would probably put this just outside my top 20.
In the same way so many people think Harry Potter is the greatest fantasy book series, but for those who read the genre all the time, there are countless better out there.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'll be picking this up as soon as possible, sounds like a fun & long game. Great review, hopefully the other 2 games in the series come to Wii U too. Maybe time for a 4th?



WiiLovePeace said:

I'll be picking this up as soon as possible, sounds like a fun & long game. Great review, hopefully the other 2 games in the series come to Wii U too. Maybe time for a 4th?



Dizzard said:

Pretty disappointed it's only on the Wii U and not the 3DS virtual console.

I'll probably pick up a Wii U one day when the games are better....but even still it would have been nice to play it on the more portable 3DS. If it went up on the 3DS eShop today I'd buy it in a heartbeat.



Expa0 said:

Never seen the appeal of this game. It's way too slow paced and basic for my tastes, to be quite honest the game bores me. Imho story alone doesn't make the game.



Ras said:

@Dizzard Well, who knows? They've been putting a lot of stuff on both lately, like Super Mario Bros. 2 and I think the Mega Man games. I wouldn't count on it, but it could happen.



Big_L91 said:

played this to death and will definitely be picking this up when i get home. just hope for no.3 now since that one ive never played at all!!



XavandSo said:

My picture says it all.

Even though I live in Australia, I've liked EarthBound ever since I was 7-8 through Super Smash Bros on the N64, but I despise illegal emulation, so I didn't get to play it... Until last year when I imported a mint Mother 2. The game is perfect, lives well to the hype.

To any of my Starmen.net buddies, PSI/PK Seige worked, well done guys.



TomJ said:

I did not expect this to come out so soon.
I'll get it tonight!



Beta said:

I'm a big RPG fan, but I'm on the fence with this one. I haven't played it, so is it worth even if I have no nostalgic memories of it?



onlyaman said:

Whoa, it's Corbs! Haven't seen you around these parts in quite a while. Where ya been?



Mowzle said:

I do wish this could come to the 3DS. I've never played on anything other than a handheld, so I'm absolutely no authority, but would it be that difficult to bring it to the eShop for the 3DS?



unrandomsam said:

@XCWarrior Older games look better on the 3DS because it can do a 1:1 pixel representation. Neither the Wii or Wii U can do a proper 240p output to drive a CRT.

Japan got mother 2 in the equivalent of the 0.30 sale.

Don't see what they lose. (I have played it on an emulator before - I probably will buy it if I get a Wii U for another reason but buying a wii U to play it I might as well just buy a lose cart for my 60hz modded SNES)



unrandomsam said:

@Mowzle It could but I don't think Nintendo are that good at writing emulators. (If they contracted the right people to do a 3DS SNES emulator it could be perfect).



tchaten said:

I'm wondering how you guys do a review within 12 hours of release - I think it is a 25 hour game to finish.

Do you guys have any requirements for reviews as far as completion or playtime? I love the reviews, just curious the process for getting them out there this quickly.



bahooney said:

Corbie's reviews are what attracted me to the site some five or six years ago. He has such a knack for writing! I usually just scroll down to the conclusion of each review (unless I'm really on the fence about a particular game) but with Corbie's, I always read the whole thing. Masterfully written, good sir.



grovertheblue said:

Great review Corbie. I rented Earthbound as a kid, but didn't ever really get into it. Not playing it through is one of my biggest regrets from during my gaming childhood. I am very excited to play through (and finish) the game this go around.

I also have to say your closing statement is excellently crafted. "playing Earthbound is like revisiting a vivid childhood memory of fun and adventure. You can’t repeat the past, but you can certainly revisit it." Really sums up the nostalgia surrounding my and I am sure many gamers love of Nintendo and other retro experiences



Diogozaca said:

Ended the game many times and still it's interesting to play it again, really like the atmospherein the game, the characters and the total, crazy story, It's a really amazing game, and one of the most incredibles RPGs I have played to the date, and I'm a RPG fan so played a whole lot to compare.



rayword45 said:

Funny how people are objecting to a 9 when many years ago on a separate site Corbie gave this game a 6. How would people have reacted to that? XP



ParSnake said:

I've had MOTHER 2 for a while now, but I never liked it all that much... The game was nearly impossible playing in a foreign language for me, so it's so cool to be finally playing it in English!

On a somewhat unrelated note, are the MOTHER 1 and 3 reviews still on the site? I can't seem to find them anywhere.



bizcuthammer said:

I really hope this sells well. That way when the petitioning starts for Ninty to bring the VC version of Mother 3 over, they may be willing to translate it and finally give us that game legally. I dont care if that jacks up Mother 3's eshop price to $25, the west deserves to play that game in a way that is legal and official.



TheKachoMan said:

Downloaded it on day one and will play it all weekend... Still hope to be lucky enough to find a real copy at a garage sale one day. They are out there in attics and basements somewhere.



NintyMan said:

I'll be getting it as soon as I get the cash. I've always wanted to play this game, but the insane prices for the cartridge kept me at bay. Now that I can get this for a mere $10 with a strategy guide included, this will be a real treat to play.



Trippinator said:

@XavandSo In my mind, emulation isn't bad if 1) you already own the game or 2) there is no way you can get the game that would benefit the creators. For instance, I don't feel bad for emulating Super Mario Sunshine because there is no way I could get the game that would benefit Nintendo.



Marakuto said:

I don't know if I'll buy this when I get a Wii U, simply because I've completed this twice.



Emaan said:

I'm so glad everyone gets to play this game now. Such a wonderful experience.



KAHN said:

Dear NLife,
i've noticed the rating system is broken. this game got a 9, but you meant it to have a 10. just doing my part to serve the community.



SmaMan said:

I think they meant the 9. They mentioned the sluggish pacing at times, and I have to agree with that, as big a fan as I am. This game takes a while to get started, but it builds and builds. The last two hours are INTENSE!



Ryno said:

@Corbs: Did you really play the entire Wii U VC version of Earthbound in the past 24 hours? Also, I would loce to see you do some more retro reviews on this site!



Squiggle55 said:

Great review. I personally have no complaints about pace or anything in this game, so for me it's a personal 10. Easily in my top 5 favorite games of my life. Probably top 3.



Megumi said:

I wonder what it was that kept Nintendo from releasing this game then, if it weren't copyright issues.



Big_L91 said:

@Prof_Elvin_Gadd lol yeah, this hippy stinks!
im not positive but i think its new age retro hippy, i should know better really having him as my avatar lol



Moonhillwat said:

This game is really funny so far. In sharp contrast to the War of the Worlds like picture you see at the very beginning. xD



thesilverbrick said:

@Erica_Hartmann Part of me believes they held off and released it now so that it would be Wii U exclusive and would hopefully sell systems, instead of releasing it on Wii or 3DS.



RevolverLink said:

I don't have a Wii U yet, so I'm just going to go somewhere private and brood over how I still can't play EarthBound.




Marshi said:

@KAHN does it realy matter so much whether its a 9 or a 10?Both are great scores. I mean does it realy hurt your experience of a game if the reviewer dosnt share your exact score or opinion on the game?



wober2 said:

This is my first time playing and I have to say it holds up phenomenally! It am really enjoying everything about this game especially the art style. Love it so far and the dialogue is surprisingly funny.



KnightRider666 said:

As others have said, I'm REALLY surprised this didn't get a 10/10. The only RPG that had nearly the same impact on me when I first played it was Final Fantasy VII on the PSX. I too are hoping that one day after the Wii U sales take off this gets ported to the 3DS VC.



XCWarrior said:

@unrandomsam I get what you are saying, but I still stand by the fact the Wii U needs big time exclusives, and 20-year-old game or not, Earthbound is a big exclusive it needs to have.



Giygas_95 said:

I got this last night. I haven't played it yet because I'm waiting for my brother to be able to play it with me so maybe we will tonight. I'm looking forward to it!



Cyberbotv2 said:

@XCWarrior : Agreed. Releasing on both consoles would be a foolish business decision. Plus, I bet playing on the WiiU game pad is just as good as the 3ds.



LordJumpMad said:

Good to see Nintendo making their money back, after all those lawsuit from the game.
Way to make a 20 year old game sound new.



Squiggle55 said:

@KnightRider666 I had the exact same experience. EarthBound, Final Fantasy VII, and A Link to the Past probably had the biggest effects on me in gaming. All 10s from me.



Lobster said:

This is the first game I've not waited for a review for, ever.

But then I've been campaigning for it for ages. It's only fitting.

Makes me laugh that my SNES cart is rated K-A and the VC version is rated T. Are kids more sensitive these days? Oh, I get it! Adults are more touchy! I was eight when Earthbound first hit the States and I'd still let an eight year old play.



suburban_sensei said:

Never got around to playing this. Always wanted to, so I think when I get a Wii U next year, I will make this game my first VC purchase.



fluggy said:

Tried so hard umpteen times with this one. . . I'm more a Zelda action RPG kinda guy. These FF style games with hit points n powering up bore me to tears. The same animal sniffs u out over and over for a fight. Ni No Kuni was exactly the same. Wanted to love it but CANT STAND turn based crap... Is there anything more unnatural/illogical than ALLOWING an enemy to attack u.



Metal_Slugger said:

Nice review Corbs. I bought the game last night, and just put in a little time. Pretty darn funny at times. Kind of feels like i'm in a twisted scifi episode of the Peanuts gang. Which is great. I'm not sure about combat I'm not used to these types of games it feels like i'm using a slot machine to determine my battle. That may actually grow on me in a good way. Time will tell. I look forward to checking more of it out.



G3ry said:

This games is on almost every gamers top 10 list of the BEST GAMES OF ALL TIME!!!
This game was a true masterpiece and an excelent of what human kind can create!!!
Just saying!



G3ry said:

Why do U think Its T (now), there a lot of references to controversial themes which are really creepy and disturbing!!!



tanookisuit said:

@rayword45 Wow I'd like to see the justification of such a much higher review score than what it got some years ago. It's not like the game changed at all other than getting even older.

I don't see it as a 9, there's better for sure, but it's not a 6 either. It's one of those oddball games with issues, but due to the fun unique things and quirks you just can't walk away and you'll enjoy time on it.



Rockman said:

Now.. that Mother 3 thing.. errrm... can we get that too nintendo? Ow.. and while U guys are at it.. the original Mother?



Melkaticox said:

I can't believe so many people are complaining about "the lack of Earthbound on the 3DS".
You ALL know how the 3DS VC works: No SNES games, no N64 games, no GBA games. Period. Deal with it.



CrissCross87 said:

Disappointed to see the game is not available on Wii. Should've been available for both virtual consoles. I'll be sure to write Nintendo a letter at Nintendo.com



GamerJunkie said:

This game is a classic, but nowadays there are tons of indie RPGS that are just as good and even better.

It was a 9/10 when it came out in 1995, if it was compared to the new 2D old-school indie RPGs of today itd be more like 6/10 in the middle of the pack.

Its for sure the best on Wii U since there are no real RPGs on it yet, so its a must buy if all you have is Wii U and want a game of this genre, otherwise, its overpriced compared to ones you can get on PC that are better. Steam Summer Sale is on right now BTW.



ikki5 said:

Honestly, all the people wanting it to come to the 3DS, to me, I actually hope it doesn't. I really don't want to see all the great VC titles the Wii U gets go to the 3DS for one main reason. If you got them all, that is less incentive for people to pick up a Wii U and I for one want to see the system be a huge success as I completely love it. I like seeing exclusives to a system, it means people will be more likely to buy it to play the games they love that they cannot get anywhere else.



ricklongo said:

This is likely the most charming RPG in a console known for its charming RPGs. An absolute masterpiece that will leave you wanting more. A 10/10 for me, and a franchise Nintendo should definitely molk a lot more..



voljin1987 said:

Personally a 10/10 for me.. I have played the game overall 6 times now.. looking forward to playing it again. .



ouroborous said:

i guess its a shame that i never played this as a child because i just cannot get into it. the beginning is pretty boring and the fights are pretty much just a drag.
guess you had to be there to get this one.



MeWario said:

The wait is over and it was an epic wait at that! I think it's classy that Nintendo included a digital version of the strategy guide; that's the most effort they have ever put into their digital service Good stuff Plus, I can't believe how good this game looks!



Relias said:

@GamerJunkie Shush you.. or we lock you up in a room playing Michael Pachter 24/7 for the next 4 years...

Honestly just cause your to cheap to support.. you know.. anybody.. or anything.. on the Wii U and the Eshop apparently.. does not mean we are... you can keep all your Indie stuff.. we will take our Nintendo and others stuff.. and then come back and support the Indies when we are ready..



Jumpman said:

This review makes this game seem so appealing, even to a non-rpg gamer such as myself. If only one SNES title can be ported to the 3DS, it should definitely be EarthBound.



GamerZack87 said:

I'd like to download this, but Nintendo still hasn't released the white Wii U Premium Pack in Australia.



MetalMario said:

Love this game so far.

Also, I find it funny how in a lot of the screenshots all the characters are facing left.



mozie said:

It's certainly strange that the same reviewer's opinion of the game seems to have changed fairly significantly since that review in which he claims the game "is just way too plain when it comes to graphics, music, and even gameplay" and this review in which he describes the visuals and soundtrack as "captivating". I know peoples opinions can change but this drastically? or a softer scoring policy here on nl? would appreciate an explanation.



LindsayPez said:

I bought this game just because of all the hype over the years. Every single forum and website I've been to had people saying, "GIVE US EARTHBOUND!!" for years and years. I bought this game just to support those people who have been wanting it for so long, haha. I hope I enjoy it as much as you all!



GamerJunkie said:

@Relias I spent $55 so far on steam stuff this week.... Its not that I am cheap, I am saying Earthbound was a great game 20 years ago. But, now it is OLD!!! and not a good value if you have a PC and also not a good game compared to other games you can buy in the same genre on PC for the same price.

If you never played it before, then maybe it is worth it, but I played it, its been around forever, so to me, I'm not getting it.

I bought Star Wars pinball on Wii U recently and donkey kong(because its on sale). I buy stuff on Wii U. I just don't become a sucker and buy everything Nintendo shoots out with fake hype behind it.

Nintendo has people brainwashed. They are giving you old games and charging you more than new, better games.



CanisWolfred said:

@GamerJunkie You break me heart, man. Just because a game is old doesn't mean it can't be great, especially for a genre that ages as gracefully as the JRPG. I'm playing Earthbound alongside SMT4, a brand new game from a series I adore, and I honestly think I'm enjoying Earthbound more.

And I don't care what anyone else says, those cheap knock-offs those indies produce will never be as good as the real deal.



TreesenHauser said:

I'll always see EarthBound as a perfect 10/10 game, but if a reviewer gives it a 9 I can respect that. I'm just happy I can replay the game on Wii U and keep my cartridge I paid $70 for three or so years ago as a collectors item. Oh, and I'm very happy for my fellow gamers here in the US and in Europe who will be discovering this game for the first time. Hope you all enjoy it!



Corbs said:

@rayword45 I just appreciated the game much more when I played through it again years later. I understood better how unique an RPG experience it truly was.



odd69 said:

I bought this day one, I did remember playing mother on rom but never played earthbound for snes. I actually didn't like mother all that well ,but after watching youtube videos for earthbound I was more interested even though its the same-y but with a fresher paint of coat. I didn't think it was ever going to release on the virtual console anyway so I forgot about it. But the Wii U's virtual console can still make up with retro games that still need to be released. I am satisfied with this. Im enjoying earthbound though, it really does have this charm.



ljinkakidd said:

This is definitely one of the best games in existance. I love it so much. It has aged reaaaaaaalllly well in the game world. You get about 50+ hours of playtime for $10 and it is well worth it. I really want a 3D remake but I guess that won't happen will it?



yojo said:

Nintendo shooting out "fake hype" fans have been asking for this for the better part of half a decade! And up until now Nintendo has been as stubborn as a mule when it comes to Earthbound on VC. And don't even get me started on the whole "its good for a OLD GAME" stereotype.



tchaten said:

@GamerJunkie I'm playing it for the first time and it is surprisingly amazing. I have no nostalgia for this title. But, it is a great game no matter what era of game you are talking about. It is better than games I pay $50-$60 for. From what I can tell it will be a long game too. $10 is a steal for a game that I'm enjoying this much. The original game guide is a wonderful treat as well.

Not sure why you are so against this wonderful and charming title - I'll be playing this much more than Star Wars Pinball that I also bought.



GamerJunkie said:

@ljinkakidd @yojo Most people have already found a way to play this game in the past 20 years, if not then its a nice game for people new to it, but I've played it already.

I picked up FFVII on steam this week for free and it is better than earthbound. How is it free? Well Steam has something called playing cards now, when you play any game, cards drop that you can trade or sell on the steam market. I sold a bunch of them at it added up to $10 made in 3 hours while I was out at the mall.

This is why I'm saying, Nintendo is charging too much, You can get old games cheaper everywhere else. People stuck on Nintendo consoles don't realize it I guess. I play on PC, Nintendo consoles and always get a Sony console as well.



Hairmanban19 said:

@Gamerjunkie yeah,true,steam is pretty awesome. Its just these people's opinions,there are tons of games that are better than this but the reason most people buy this and many other Nintendo games is just because its their opinion. To them this game is worth it.



yojo said:

@GamerJunkie Its funny you say most people have played EARTHBOUND in the last 20 years (only 200,000 SNES carts were made, meaning you either have to be rich, lucky if you got a cart when it was cheap or found one for cheap, speak japanese to get the mother 2 version, or pirate it illegally), but your talking about playing FF7. That game has been out for 16 years, is the 3rd best selling PS1 game with almost 10 million units floating around, and the PC port has been on the Sqaure Enix store for about a year. And ya know how much it costs? 12 bucks. For a game that goes for around 60 bucks on ebay, which is about a third of earthbounds price. So you got it for free, that's steam being awesome, not Square Enix. I don't think either sqaure or nintendo are ripping people off by selling old games, its a great way for people who have not played them to play it for cheap, or people who have to play them with new features like off-tv play.



GamerJunkie said:

@yojo No FFVII was on sale for $8.00 2 days ago(steam summer sale was on the last whole week) and like I said Steam lets you earn money just by playing its games or even afking them overnight, so I got it free. Also its way better than earthbound. In addition, this is a new steam edition FFVII with cloud saves and achievements. Can't say no to that for free.

I agree Earthbound is nice, I am just sick of Nintendo churning out games that are 20 years old on a brand new system and charging $10 and $15 for them as if its something new. I bought a few of them, but did you buy a Wii- U just to play these old games? I sure didn't

I'm not saying you guys shouldn't buy it, but I just wont for this price. Have too many games I just got on steam that are better and were cheaper.



yojo said:

@GamerJunkie Since when do AAA games come out at 10-15 bucks?! The games are old, and nintendo prices them to be cheaper than retail games so new games can play them, or if someone does not have the space for a lot of systems or other reasons. Plus most games are CHEAPER on the virtual console, than buying them used. Obviously you can resell a physical game, and that's why they keep their value, but most people like games that get high reviews and are on the virtual console. And very few people buy systems new to play old games. People did not buy a PS2 at launch to play PS1 games, they bought for the new features and games! Its a nice extra and no, its not the reason people will buy the system, but why are you complaining about it? It adds value to the product, and considering how expensive Earthbound is on eBay, and the slew of good Wii U games coming out this holiday, it might be enough to push people over the edge to buy a WIi U.



StarDust4Ever said:

$200 for an Earthbound cart, or $10 for the VC version, hmmm?

IMO, it's well worth the $2 price hike compared to the usual $8 SNES games. So where's all the N64, Genny, and Turbo games?



itsiantime said:

@GamerJunkie Hey don't knock the game even if it's "old". People (including me) wanted to play this game for a long time. They're just giving the fans what they want.



TylerBH said:

Beside it's childish look and charm, EarthBound is a very serious kids game if you look into it. I've heard wonderful things about this game and if I get a Wii U, I'd buy this in a snap.
Though what I'm wondering is 'Why did they change the ESRB rating from KA/E to T?'. I know it doesn't matter but it's been bugging for a while (if you know why, please reply).



HeatBombastic said:

@WingedFish 9 is a fantastic score, but Earthbound still had room for improvement. While it doesn't really need anymore improvement, there's still some room for it.

I remember when I saw two people rate Mother 3 8/10. I flipped. Now that I use my brain, I agree with them. I also think this game is between 8-9. 8 is far from a bad number.



Slayer said:

What I found most annoying about EarthBound for the SNES is that guy that goes with you at the beginning. I haven't played EarthBound too much anymore, but I find that he is useless in combat, because all he does is use you to defend himself or just acts ridiculous for his own safety. I also notice you have to name TOO MANY lifeforms at the beginning. Kind of annoying...



Slayer said:

For a SNES game, it well-earns its 9/10 score. I really enjoyed playing A Link To The Past, but this game was one of my favorites with that one fun Zelda game.



Giygas_95 said:

Why this didn't do so well in NA back in '95 is beyond me. I played this game for what seems like forever and I've finally reached the end. Every step of the way was completely unique and memorable.

One of the weirdest games I've played yet which is also a plus. ^-^



Steventurous said:

Club nintendo is offering it as one of the Platinum Elite rewards. Im thinking about getting it now. The only reason I know of Ness is because of Smash. I was born in 95 so I wouldn't have remembered it.

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