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EarthBound (game)

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EarthBound Box
The game cover for EarthBound.
Developer(s) Ape, Inc., HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shigesato Itoi
Released Flag of Japan August 27, 1994
Flag of the United States / Flag of Canada June 1, 1995
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Ratings ESRB: K-A (Kids to Adults)
Platform(s) Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Media 24 megabit cartridge
EarthBound (MOTHER 2 ギーグの逆襲, Mazā Tsū Gīgu no Gyakushū, lit. "Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back") is a role-playing video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the second game in the Mother series, following the Famicom game Mother which was not released outside Japan, and therefore its status as the second game in the series was left unreferenced in its US title. The game is only loosely connected to Mother, in that it shares neither the primary protagonists nor the primary setting; one of the few notable connections is Giygas, the primary antagonist of both games, here seemingly executing the revenge he swore to uphold against the planet Earth at the end of Mother. It was not released outside of Japan, the United States, or Canada.
Earthbound screen

A screenshot of EarthBound, including Ness, Paula, Jeff, Poo and some Mr. Saturns

In Super Smash Bros.

Ness, the main protagonist of EarthBound, is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Paula, Jeff, Poo, the Runaway Five and a Mr. Saturn make a brief appearance in Ness's 1P Game "congratulations" graphic.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee


Ness returns as a starter character in Melee.


Mr. Saturn is an item which can be picked up and thrown at opponents, dealing very low damage and knockback, though it's effective at breaking shields.


Onett, the first town from the game, becomes a starter stage complete with the meteor in the background and a "Runaway Five" bus. Curiously, the music is not from EarthBound, but from various music tracks from EarthBound's predecessor, Mother. The metropolis of Fourside, the fourth major city in EarthBound, is unlockable after playing 100 vs. mode matches. It contains skyscrapers, a UFO, and even Porky Minch's helicopter. Its music is a soft rock version of the Fourside theme.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl


EarthBound is one of the Masterpieces, but it is only available in Japanese version of the game.


Ness returns as an unlockable character.

Lucas is an newcomer from Mother 3


Onett returns as a Melee Stage and is almost identical, except for a smaller warning alarm, weaker cars, and other very minor changes.

A new stage called New Pork City appears from Mother 3

Assist Trophy

Jeff Andonuts is now an Assist Trophy. He fires Multi Bottle Rockets at opponents in several waves of five, the number of waves being random per summoning.


Mr. Saturn returns as an item, identical in function to his role in Melee. The Franklin Badge, a lightning-repelling badge which Ness receives in Happy Happy Village, also becomes an item.


Porky Minch is a boss in the Subspace Emissary, although his design is taken from Mother 3.


EarthBound trophies include:


  • Jeff [PK] Attack +24
  • Master Belch [Bite] Attack +9
  • Mr Saturn - Carry Mr Saturn
  • Ness [PK] Attack +33
  • Paula [PK] Attack +10
  • Poo [PK] Attack +9
  • Porky [PK] Attack +15
  • Starman [PK] Attack +10


Data was found in indicating that four songs from the EarthBound series, three from EarthBound itself, were intended to be used in the game but ultimately did not appear. The reason for this has not been clarified, but in the case of one of the songs it may be related to a copyright issue which is generally theorised to be the reason for the ongoing lack of a release of EarthBound on the Virtual Console.

  • Because I Love You
  • Smiles and Tears
  • Hippie Battle Medley


  • EarthBound is one of two Masterpieces not available on Virtual Console in the United States, and the only Masterpiece that is not available anywhere in the world.


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