EarthBound(JP) is a series of role-playing games created by Shigesato Itoi and produced by Nintendo. The first two games were later re-released on Wii U Virtual Console.

List of games

EarthBound Beginnings

EarthBound Beginnings (Famicom, 1989), originally released in Japan as MOTHER, is about a little boy named Ninten who goes around the world with his friends defeating aliens using many different powers.

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 completely localized and set to be released in North America in the Fall of 1991 under the title "EARTH BOUND". Its release was cancelled due to Nintendo of America shifting focus to the SNES. A copy of the Mother translation was later found and circulated on the Internet under the unofficial title EarthBound Zero to differentiate it from its officially-released sequel, EarthBound. Plans for a western release of Mother were revealed at the 2015 Nintendo World Championships, and the localized game was made available on the Wii U Virtual Console under the name EarthBound Beginnings on June 14, 2015.



EarthBound was released for the SNES in 1995 originally being the only game at the time. It was released in 1994 in Japan as MOTHER2, which presents as a sequel to EarthBound Beginnings and is about a group of people called the Chosen Four, Ness, Paula, Jeff, and Poo, who must stop an alien named Giygas from taking the entire universe.

Mother 3


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

It was originally planned for the Super Famicom, but then development for the game shifted to the Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 64 version was cancelled and after some time passed, a Game Boy Advance version was developed.

Mother 1+2

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

Super Smash Bros. (series)

Ness from EarthBound became widely known for his later appearances as a cast member in the Super Smash Bros. series, and Lucas from Mother 3 joined Ness in Brawl and returned in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as a DLC character. They both returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo also produced Amiibo figurines based on Ness and Lucas.

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