The game cover for EarthBound.
|Developer(s)||Ape, Inc., HAL Laboratory, Inc.|
|Released|| August 27, 1994|
/ 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|
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.
Ness returns as a starter character in Melee.
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.
EarthBound is one of the Masterpieces, but it is only available in Japanese version of the game.
Ness returns as an unlockable character.
Onett returns as a Melee Stage and is almost identical, except for a smaller warning alarm, weaker cars, and other very minor changes.
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.
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.