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Mother 3 For GBA Review

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Mother 3 For GBA Review

Author : Eli Gali

Submitted : 2013-12-23 23:51:36    Word Count : 573    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   Snes reproductions, Snes reproduction, snes reproduction carts, Super Nintendo Reproductions, Super Nintendo games, Buy Retro Games, buy retro video games, Buy NES games, Buy N64 game, Buy Classic games

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Copyright (c) 2013 Eli Gali

In the world of RPG's there's been numerous travesties.

In the Secret of Mana escapade, fans and lovers of the Snes classic had to wait many terrible years for a perfect translation of the 2nd game in the Snes series.

Another upsetting non-English release came in the form of Mother 3 (Earthbound 2). Originally destined for the 64DD, the game never arrived in stores and as history tells it, neither did the 64DD.

The only game I've ever played that had me weeping for joy was Earthbound. My joy was at my absolute amazement of finding something that has truly aged beautifully with time, a true classic. My joy turned sour upon the knowledge that Nintendo would be releasing a sequel to my favourite game (for the Game Boy Advance) but only in Japan. Unfortunately, my patience is minuscule and I begged forums and Nintendo for a release. The greatest thing happened. The translation community realised what a loss this game would be and began working meticulously towards an English release themselves.

It took years, it took so long, but it did happen.

Mother 3 is the perfect game to highlight what the majority of us missed. The GBA was actually pretty good. In fact upon writing this I'm thinking of all the amazing games to be released on this platform, from all the varied interesting Mario games, to the not so known but equally loved 'Car Battler Joe.' This hand-held has a bundle of games that transcend the software, which makes Mother 3's translated release all the more important.

The gameplay is the same at Earthbound, in that it has humorous elements, coinciding with the fighting mechanics of the first. However, the game differs in that you share the main characters responsibilities with other characters in the game culminating in different perspectives and different stories.

The plot is beautiful and really sums up society in its heavy message against consumerism (and the ongoing battle to rid the world of waste). All I can say for the rest of the plot is that there has never been a game that has pushed me so close to tears. The plot becomes darker, with the main characters having to deal with the death of loved ones.

The game highlights what we all know, if you want a quality RPG your first stop is Japan. Fortunately for us the Translation community is tidier nowadays and unlike Secret of Mana 2, Mother 3 was fantastically translated and within a decent timescale.

Although one of the important aspects is the translation, without it the game would still shine through. It's as if all the great parts of Earthbound were fed into this, with the humour perfectly reflecting life. The only other point I feel saddened about is that its on another platform to my beloved Snes. However, the GBA (for me at least) is what the Snes became (as most of the back catalogue arrived at some point) with the added incentive of sequels to our much loved classics.

The game in itself is a true collectors gem, Shigesato Itoi (the main writer) stated that he would not be making another which adds to the increased worth over the last 7 years and uf you haven't played this game, you should. It's not only a timeless classic, its also a product of what people can achieve when the unthinkable happens and something that will never happen again.

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