EarthBound

Made by HAL Laboratories/APE, released in 1995

Magnet Hill



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2007! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




Hey, Hint Guy doesn't have a house in Fourside either! Maybe the rent's too high.

Heh, so both Poo and Paula have that ability.

Just showin you guys what it looks like to run from things. Frankly I hate these things and their explosive tendencies so screw that.

Oh neat, this is one of Poo's special abilities that only he learns!

You'd be surprised how many enemies this is effective on.

Oh yeah he learned this shield at some point.

IN THE MEANTIME

Poo I guess isn't used to the sun.

Yes, Ness is still getting stats like the huge tank he is, if you're curious

And her PP is going up as usual.

Another ability that they share!

Check out the stats. Keep in mind that Poo at this point has no armor and no weapons, since he can't wear anything the others can wear. These are his stats totally unaltered. HE IS BUFF.

And what a twenty level difference and armor can do! I should have really unequipped everyone at the end of this to see how they compared but I totally didn't.

GOD YOU GUYS

Meanwhile

gains 28 HP or something

Jeff's levels are still pretty weak.

Alright! Freeze is one of the more useful abilities to have, especially high levels of it.

Paula still outranks him with Omega though at the moment.

NO!

Pluggin away

NESS YOU TANK

In case you're curious, here's what a good level for Poo looks like.

:O

Neat! Now Poo can resurrect people too!

Poo's stats are pretty impressive, but again he doesn't have armor or weapons to back him up. JUST HIS FISTS OF FURY well for now

Got some ridiculous PP or something

Oh neat

Hey wait didn't Poo already know this

Woooo

Ness still leaves the others in the dust.

Oh yeah! I got a fresh egg off some enemy, and it hatched into a chick. I wondered what happened if you used it just like that, and here you go. :O Apparently it cures homesickness! How odd. But the message seemed so random it made me giggle.

Paula remains ahead of Jeff, but still behind Ness.

And here we are! I decided 40 was a good enough level cap for Poo, making him still pretty far behind everyone else, but still strong enough that he could probably handle himself. He can level with everyone else as we go along! LET'S CONTINUE THE STORY NOW man thank god for the Criminal Caterpillar, I'm telling you.

Oh yeah, here's a good point in the game where it's really really easy to get yourself killed. Remember the Captain and his wife? Yeah? And now she's making Magic Cakes again? Now the Captain can take you on his boat! And if you just went out leveling, or otherwise forgot what you were doing, or just didn't go in the museum (or apparently buy a hint from the hint guy, according to Del), you might totally forget about this and decide to go on the boat.

This is a big, big mistake at this point in the game.

It's really easy at this point to do that early, BUT YOU MUST NOT DO THIS, EVEN IF YOU ARE AS OVERLEVELED AS I AM AT THIS POINT.

Generally, Earthbound is pretty good about telling you where to go. This I think is its one fuzzy spot. But since I do know how to go, this is what you're supposed to do. :O

See, I totally forgot about this. Totally. I HOPE YOU GUYS DIDN'T, IF YOU'RE PLAYING THIS ALONG WITH ME OR SOMETHING

I said yes of course.

This guy just seems really sarcastic to me.

SUCKERS!

I BET HE WAS A FAT LOSER THOUGH, RIGHT? RIGHT? I hate you Pokey

Those coffins in the room attack you by the way. These guys can be nasty.

Haha worth a shot

HE HIT POO, IF YOU'RE WONDERING. SCREW YOU SHATTERED MAN

Jeff resists!

Ha, take that!

Hmm, mummy wrap.

THANKS NESS, I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT

YOU TOO THEN

Oh by the way if you leave one of those coffins in here, it can cause a glitch later on. More on that when we get there. REMEMBER THE COFFINS.

Also Poo can read Scarabian? Well he's probably pretty well educated, being a prince and all.

Giygas, or something else? YOU DECIDE.

What a cryptic way to end a message.

Hee hee, light bulb.

SURE WHATEVER YOU SAY

Seriously, this guy is just laying it on, I swear.

I didn't really get a good shot of it here, but the phone is ringing. :B

Hahahaha seriously love hate relationship going on here

I GOTTA GO! *beeep*

Well, that sounds like it's worth investigating! Let's go do that and not tell Mr. Fork about what we just learned! :D

y halo thar fourside

I'M IN A HURRY hey wait did she just jack up the price cause i tried to walk in without talking to her

hahahaha WHERE I DON'T THINK THERE IS ONE IN HERE

YOU EXTORTIONIST, MR. SPOON

Hmmmmmm

SO TRUE

Hahahahahahaha I just hear this in a progressively more desperate voice, breaking into sobs at the end. OH POOR ANNOUNCER GUY, YOU WILL NEVER FIND LOVE

THERE SHE IS!! Venus has her own song, which is kind of a slinky nightclub song, the kind a lady sings while she gets all up close and personal in some PI's face, twirling his tie with sass and then going back on stage to show off her great gams. Heh. It's actually pretty pleasant.

Venus Live!

SDUIGHAUIDHGHADUIGHAUIHGAG THERE'S A NEW OC REMIX FOR PHOENIX WRIGHT AHJSUGHAIGHASHG OH MY GOD OH MY GOD

WOAH what was I talking about? OH YEAH

Venus Live however becomes a million times more hilarious if you listen to the OCRemix for it, Venus Signed Banana Peel, which outfits the song with some incredibly hilarious lyrics. YOU'LL NEVER HEAR THE SONG THE SAME WAY AGAIN

THE MAN ONLY WANTS TO LOVE YOU VENUS maybe that's the announcer

Security hauls him off, sobbing hysterically.

THAT'S MY SHOW LADIES AND GENTLEMAN GOODNIGHT

The Runaway Five and Venus are like this - x

TAKE OUT YOUR GARBAGE VENUS although teehee banana peel.

Ness: :D

Although I can't stop thinking of this goofy comic now

BYE

I'M BUSY, DAD!

Heh, that's straightforward enough.

Well I guess that's kind of extraordinary, alright.

You'd wonder why this guy didn't think about checking out the MANHOLE IN THE CENTER OF THE ROOM earlier

SCREW YOU SEWER LEVELS actually this one isn't too bad. It is annoying though.

Roach upgrade! Not too much of a problem though.

Ooo, nice.

I hate these guys, cause they're the same as the Smelly Ghost in that they have a ton of HP and take forever to kill, and nail you with annoying attacks. ARGH.

Wow, we haven't seen one of these since...what, Onett? Hahaha wow. Well it's an upgrade, but it still criticals just as often, and it still hurts pretty bad. Can also poison you!

There we go! Pulled it off right that time! Haha I like that even the game is shocked.

Didn't I already fix this? I feel like I did...hmm.

POO HITS HARD

Anyway the party was kind of tired at this point, so I went and took a stop at the hotel to see if Jeff could fix that thing. Which he didn't. Darn it Jeff. YOU SLEEP FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE.

Hahahahaahaha

Ugh god can you imagine how unpleasant that would be jusdhgahdghaugahjg the smell alone would give you nightmares for life, and UP TO THE NECK NO LESS bleeaggh

JESUS NESS

Eh, I can sell this at least when it's fixed.

Normally, if I got an item like this in a game, I would keep it and never use it because I'm really compulsive about hoarding stuff like that. BUT I wanted to show you guys what it does, so here we go.

Well...that was something.

It's not really a maze, it's just...annoying.

Hmm, could be useful. I dunno tho.

Aha, a butterfly room! Now I can heal myself without worrying about conserving PSI. Awesome.

YES I remember the bazooka BEING AWESOME. I hope Jeff fixes this soon.

Aha, Shining Spot! Finally.

This guy doesn't have a lot of moves, but like Rowdy Mouse and Deadly Mouse, it criticals like nothing else. Basically, it can bite or poison bite you.

I didn't know this, but apparently Flash Omega can instantly kill the Plague Rat of Doom. :O Huh! I made a note of it in my little guide now so hopefully I'll remember in the future.

YEAH TAKE IT HARD

BAM I love Bottle Rockets so much.

That is a big grin yes

NOT STRONG ENOUGH

Good stuff guys, keep it up!

What is this all of a sudden

YAAA

YEAH TAKE THAT

Wow it's not really putting up a fight here.

WOO GO POO

Heh, since I overleveled so much, Guardians usually don't make anyone level, but this time was an exception I guess. :O

POO KNOWS HOW IT'S DONE

Surprisingly useful at times. Just make sure your enemy doesn't have a reflecting shield up beforehand.

Finally, my shiny triangle!

Which goes something like this.

A carrot key, eh? Where can I use this. :O

Da da da da, da da da, da

daaaaa, da da da

daaa da da daaa da da

daaaaaaa, da

daaaaa da daaaa daaa

And slowly the melody begins to take shape!

And another familiar melody arises...

Hello again, photoguy! Just waiting for Poo to show up, eh?

Jeff: HEY, IS SOMETHING GOING ON OUT THERE? COULD YOU MOVE, PAULA? IS THAT THE CAMERAGUY?

Poo: What are you talking about?

Jeff: Don't even ask, dude.

Bye, photoguy!

Now, to find out where this carrot key goes. :O

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