This game is on my list of shame for games I have not beaten but really should have. The game is basically from Square's SNES "golden age." Its the story of a kid from the burbs that wakes up because a metorite crashed close to his house. I am not going to spoil any of the story but things get interesting fast.

The game is unique because the main character is a regular kid from a regular town. The enemies in the first areas are skate punks, birds and other normal things. The art style is very unique but the game doesn't hide that you are going from town to town in suburbia. Until you go into the city and other later areas.

The game has a great story and the way it hops around was pretty unique for the time. This game has one of the biggest rabid fanbases on the net as seen through the used SNES price of well over $150 for the cart itself. Square danced around Earthbound 64 but it was later canned for whatever reason.

At some point I will come back and finish this amazing game. When I do expect many more posts full of my experiences and TONS of spoilerrific material. If you are so inclined, check it out, its a great game.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 02/09/2012 at 11:38pm

This is one of my all time favorite games. I liked the modern setting (which is rare for RPGs), the humor, and the art style. One of the coolest things about this game was the strategy guide that came with the game. The guide is written like a travel guide, including ads and news paper clippings from the towns you visit in the game and it is actually really fun to read. I even still have the scratch-n-sniff cards that came with it even though they have long lost their scent.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 02/09/2012 at 11:40pm

In fact, I just really miss how awesome the manuals for games use to be. I remember getting the original Zelda and just looking through the manual at all the art work and reading the descriptions of the various enemies.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/10/2012 at 02:54am

Yeah, you got me into Earthbound and its a great game!

The other day I pulled out the manual to the link to the past and it was awesome. I still have the "super secret tips from sahasrahla." I waited till I was pretty far in the game before I opened it. Didn't want to spoil it.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 01/24/2014 at 02:21am

I finally played Earthbound in recent years on an emulator. I beat it, but I was cheating, too. LOL What can I say? I like cheating in video games. I didn't know about this game until I played Super Smash Bros.

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