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The Mother series consists of three games released on the Famicom, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy Advance. The games include Mother, Mother 2, and Mother 3. The only game on its original system to have been released outside of Japan was EarthBound for the SNES. EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings was later released on Wii U Virtual Console.

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EarthBound Beginnings

Mother (JP)

EarthBound Beginnings was released for the NES (Famicom) in 1989, in Japan only. Mother is about a boy named Ninten who goes around the world with his friends defeating aliens using many different powers. Mother is still one of the most traditional games in its genre. The gameplay is heavily reminiscent of the Dragon Quest series, though the appeal stems from its abandonment of other common features that were present in role-playing games at the time, perhaps most notably taking place in a modern day area opposed to the fantasy worlds that were common at the time. This game was planned to be released in North America in the Fall of 1991 under the title "EarthBound", It almost got released, they had the English translation and everything, but it was cancelled at the last minute, due to that it was too late because Nintendo was then moving on to focus on the SNES. But in 1998, Rom hackers found and bought beta cartidges of the Unreleased English prototype of the game on eBay and dumped the rom files online for gamers to enjoy with the use of emulation. To avoid confusion with "EarthBound" (which was Mother 2) on the SNES, the Rom hackers unofficially changed the title to: "EarthBound Zero" for English-speaking gamers. When it was finally released officially in the West, the game was titled EarthBound Beginnings.

EarthBound (Mother 2: Giygas Strikes Back)


Earthbound was released for the SNES in 1995. It was released in 1994 in Japan titlted: "Mother 2", which presents as a sequel to Mother and is about a group of people called the Chosen Four, Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo, who must stop an alien named Giygas from having the entire universe. This game was released in North America titled: "EarthBound" as a stand-alone title.

Mother 3


In 2006, Mother 3 was released in Japan only for the Game Boy Advance. It is the sequel of Earthbound and is famous for its humorous elements, intriguing storyline, and innovative beat-responsive battle techniques.

Mother 1+2

Mother 1and2 box
Mother 1 + 2 is a Game Boy Advance video game released in 2003 by Nintendo, HAL Laboratory, and Ape. It was released only in Japan, and is a compilation containing Mother and its sequel Mother 2 (EarthBound).

EarthBound 64 (Mother 3: Fall of the Pig King)

EarthBound 64
EarthBound 64 was a canceled sequel to EarthBound (Mother 2) planned for the Nintendo 64, which eventually became Mother 3 for the Game Boy Advance.

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