EarthBound

Made by HAL Laboratories/APE, released in 1995

Need a more Magican do attitude



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




WHAT'S GOING ON WITH ALL THESE GIANT VEGETABLES AND PAJAMAS you may be asking yourself, and rightly so! LET'S FIND OUT!

This part includes one of my favorite themes in the whole game. 8D And also if you thought Moonside was weird, well this place ranks right up there. You know come to think of it, I can't really think of any games that had sequences and areas as bizarre as Earthbound. Well no, the Compression of Time from FF8 was pretty freaky. That's the only thing I can think of that even comes close to the sheer insanity of some of Earthbound's locales though.

HOW INSANE IS IT? WHY DON'T YOU FIND OUT.

Hey that guy looks like Poo's Starmaster guy.

Oh dang, Magicant music! Let me find it...

Entering Magicant for the tripout

Aha! Welcome Myself. Magicant's music is...odd. Kind of upbeat in a kind of circusy way, but still kind of...I dunno, strange.

IT WAS AN ACCIDENT

I've always kind of liked this about Earthbound, that Ness has a darker side that he has to overcome. Most RPG heroes don't do this kind of thing, I mean, like face an internal battle rather than fight an outer one this blatantly/openly, and I don't mean overcomning an angsty past or something, that's not the same thing. I mean, it's like... it's something about ourselves that we all have to face, that there's that dark part inside us that we don't want to acknowledge. Everyone has it, but you so rarely ever see it really stated like this. It's just kind of refreshing to see that in something like this. Especially for a game so generally lighthearted as Earthbound. Don't mind me.

woah i'm tripping out

YOU'LL FIND MAGICANT IS A PLACE OF MANY COLORS

Hey didn't I like kill you with a carrot key or something

Why thank you bunnyman

hayhghagha

MR EVERDRED! :D We haven't seen you since Fourside!

Awww. You're alright, Mr. Everdred. :<

NO WAIT COME BAAACK

Is that an Antoid on that sign?

STOPSIGN OR CLOCK YOU DECIDE

:)

Hahaha keep in mind that this world was created from Ness's mind, and you can only wonder why the things that are here are here. Does Ness like flowers? Flowers that dance?

They do make me smile.

Bird! :O

Now there's a wacky ATM. And telephone. wait this room doesn't have a floor

CALLING ME FROM INSIDE YOUR HEAD THAT'S GREAT WELL GOTTA GO BYE

Wow, they don't lie.

Until that meteor struck and changed everything. :O

Hey, it's the family!

Odd.

Obviously, I have to go there.

This is very useful in Magicant, since you abruptly go from four people to one, and really, it's hard to get used to only having 20 item spaces down from 80.

equip?!?!

Does this sound ominous to anyone else? This always sounded ominous to me. I never trusted Magicant!Mom because of this line.

PINK PASTA

Awww little baby Ness awww

Something just seems off...I dunno, maybe it's me.

ZOMBIEEEE

:O

I also think it's neat that apparently all the enemies that Ness has battled with over time are in his thoughts, or that he thinks about how they feel about his victories, or what he did to them. Mostly RPGs are just a nonstop killfest, but Ness seems to actually think about it, if Magicant is any indication.

Yeah Magicant WOOO

Little Ness!

DON'T BE TOO BUSY FOR YOUR YOUNG SELF

Little!Ness: :O

Also wow that is a weirdly proportioned snowman.

Aww.

what did Ness whisper it in the snowman's ear before he kicked it to pieces what

Those things gargoyles, goblins, what

That sounds ominous.

BUT APPARENTLY NOTHING HAPPENED WOO

PSI restoring items are VERY important for this part. If you have any truffles, stock up on them. You will need them for what comes up next, and healing items too.

y halo thar random line waiting for...nothing.

OH HEY PICKY I was wondering what became of you. Your brother sucks by the way.

Fun Fact: In the original Japanese version of Earthbound, Ness was naked in Magicant except for his hat. I'm totally not lying about this. And darn it, I can't find the link to that site that had all those comparisons between Mother 2 and Earthbound, but it did happen. (Current Zar note: here it is)

Anyway, they decided that was a bit too much for American audiences and gave Ness his pajamas instead. It does put this lady's dialogue in a different light though.

AND ALL OF US WILL STOP EXISTING AND EVERYTHING BUT YOU KNOW NO PRESSURE OR ANYTHING

Ness remembers everything. :O

Screw you, Pokey.

This is one of the more interesting bits of dialogue in the game, I think, because it adds a very strange facet to Pokey's character. This is of course Ness's mind and his memories, but this could mean a whole lot of things. Were Ness and Pokey friends a long time ago? Did Pokey ask him this once, or say this to him? Or does Ness still have faith or believe in Pokey, even after all this time? Does he still believe that Pokey deep down wants to be his friend, or is this the only image of Pokey that he wants to remember, the Pokey that he used to know that wasn't a giant jerk?

Food for thought.

GOODBYE FOURTH WALL

But poor Buzz Buzz. I do wonder what his deal was. What happened to him in the Future that turned him into a bug? So curious. AND SOME EVIL WOMAN CRUSHED HIM FROM THE SKY, WHAPOW.

FLYING MAN'S HOUSE! :D I love the Flying Men AND GOD I LOVE THEIR MUSIC SO MUCH. IT'S SO UPBEAT AND HAPPY AND I LOVE IT TO DEATH. One of my favorite themes in the whole game. :D

Flying Man. And if you listen, and if you've been downloading all the songs the whole time, this may sound just a tad familiar...that's because the Flying Man theme is reprised in the music that plays when you die, The Light of Courage. Listen and compare, and you can tell. There's a reason for that, you'll see when we talk to one of the Flying Men.
From the official Mother redone soundtrack, Flying Man complete with some beautiful lyrics and just...I love this song so much. I love the words, I love the melody, I love the voice, I love it all to death. It just makes me smile. YOU CANNOT RESIST THE POWER OF FLYING MAN. If nothing else download this.
Flying Man from the Bound Together remix project is a more upbeat version of the theme, complete with words. I like them both, although the original still holds my heart.
Flying Man from Bound Together with no vocals!
Defeated Courage, a very sad, kind of melancholy take on their theme that just...kind of captures the feel of Magicant to me. It's a strange, almost silly place but there's just something...sad about it. You remember the guy who just said that everything vanishes when Ness wakes up? That kind of thing. It's all so temporary. You know what has to happen to it. Just a world that exists like the lyrics say, in the blinking of an eye. Just a sorrow underneath it all, something dark. I dunno. I'm tired and I'm rambling. bluewolf did the most amazing shot of Magicant and the Flying Man, where is it...aha! So pretty and it just catches what I'm talking about. I AM GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF A BIT MAYBE i'm tired okay get off my back
Flying Ska Men, in comparison, is as cheery as can be

I love that for some reason. Just Flying Man.

And the Flying Man will help in battle too!

I'M JUST VERY BRAVE, I DUNNO. I GOT NOTHIN.

Ness feels guilt.

WELL I'M GOING THERE ANYWAY I'VE COME ALL THIS WAY AFTER ALL

You saw that one area where it all changed color? The music changes there too.

The Maze of Dreams is...bizarre. Floaty, echoy, plunky? I'm not sure how to describe it. Bizarre.

Hey it's...me!

DARN IT I backtracked to go make room. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT THE HAT WAS

These guys won't attack you. They have only one move, and that's to call for help. This makes them the most irritating thing imaginable, especially since you're alone now. Paula, Jeff, and Poo make a BIG difference, and BOY does Magicant make that super clear real quick.

Well, there is Flying Man, but you can't control him.

Hahaha Carefree Bomb. Looks carefree enough. I HATE THESE THINGS SO MUCH THOUGH, SINCE ALL THE DO IS THROW BOMBS AT YOU THEN EXPLODE THEMSELVES AND JASGHSAOGHAGH

I BELIEVE IN YOU, FLYING MAN!

DROP THE BOMB

D:

YEAH THERE WE GO

OW SCREW YOU

WHERE ARE YOU ANYWAY? HAHA WELL GOTTA GO

Backtrackiiing

There we go

DARN IT I WENT THROUGH ALL THAT FOR THIS FRICK

The Mets? I dunno nothin about baseball.

There we go.

HATE YOU SO MUCH

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH

NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Once a Flying Man is dead, you can go back to their house and he'll have a little tombstone beside Buzz Buzz's. You can go in the house and ask another Flying Man to join you, and he will, and you can kill off all of them if you want. I can't bear killing more than one of them though. D:

OH FLYING MAN.

Their tombstone says something like "Here lies Ness's courage. He fought bravely and well."

god i hate you guys

LOOK AT THIS, ALL FROM THAT ONE PAIR OF LOADED DICE, GOD I HATE THEM SO MUCH

Why it's a good idea to hang on to the Franklin Badge for this point.

somuch

Oooo there we go.

These guys are super easy. Memories of Ness's science class?

Mmm, tarts.

Magic caramel tart.

YEAH TAKE IT HARD

A squiggly.

WOOOO TELEPORTING

This looks like a Sea of Eden to me, don't you? The Sea of Eden might sound a little familiar too...bits and pieces of it play when you visit Sanctuaries, just in the background occasionally, I think. Just kind of strange...I'm not sure how to describe it really.

OH FRICK

YEAH GUESS WHAT I GOT NOW

This useful little status ailment makes it so the enemy can't attack you physically at all. AWESOME. Krakens are a cinch with this.

HA I'M WEARING A PENDANT THAT PROTECTS ME FROM FLASH LOSER HAHA IN YOUR FACE

BAM

Darn it Ness why don't you have more PP, that'd be really useful.

HAW HAW HAW

AHA that must be it. THAT FRIGGING MANI MANI STATUE. You remember the Mani Mani statue right?

Might as well get this out of the way. OH YEAH another fun fact: Earthbound came with a strategy guide, which I still have to this day. The guide erroneously states that the Kraken here has the 1/128 ultimate weapon for Ness, which is not true. The BIONIC Kraken at the very, very, VERY end of the game actually has the Gutsy Bat. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW FRUSTRATING THIS WOULD BE? There are only THREE Krakens in the Sea of Eden, and they do not respawn. Imagine going in here, killing the three Krakens, then loading your game and going all the way back here to try again, when really, it was the BIONIC Kraken that you hadn't even seen yet that had your 1/128 bat?

So frustrating.

You're awesome PSI Flash, I love you.

You're going down, dark part of me.

Oh MAN did I get stuck here as a kid. NESS'S NIGHTMARE IS HARD. It has all the same abilities Ness does (PSI Rockin, notably), except with a TON more HP and PP to back them up. If you haven't leveled, you are in deep trouble here. I had SO MUCH trouble with Ness's Nightmare, not only when I was younger but when I played through again and did not level. You're only REAL advantage against the Nightmare is that you have items, and it does not. THIS IS WHY I SAID STOCK UP ON PP RESTORING ITEMS BEFOREHAND. I HOPE YOU DID THAT.

Also MAKE SURE you have a pendant that protects you against PSI Flash, because that can instantly kill you or make this battle really REALLY suck.

Basically, what you need to do is focus on the opposite of its shield, since something can only have one kind of shield up at a time. Here, it's got a power shield, which means time to whack it with PSI attacks.

HEY THAT'S MY MOVE and let me tell you, it hurts to get hit with your own move.

THAT WAS THE WEAKEST FORM OF IT, BUT YOU'LL SEE

jaushgsuiaghahsg

OH YEAH, IT HAS THIS CHARMING ABILITY TOO BY THE WAY

OW OW OW OW

there we go, finally

screw you.

AGH NO NO NO

QUICK GOTTA MOVE QUICK COME ON COME ON BEFORE HP ROLLS TO ZERO

There we go.

That's PSI Flash and it can completely mess you up if you're not careful.

Truffles om nom nom

HA I'VE GOT MY PENDANT, YOU CAN'T FLASH ME

This would be so much easier if it'd just SWITCH SHIELDS.

YES, FINALLY! HAHAHAHAHA!

I think this is when Power! begins to kick in. Leveling music...BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT!

SORRY TYPO I JUST GOT OVEREXCITED

Hmmm

YEAH THAT'S RIGHT I'M GONNA MESS IT ALL UP HARDCORE

OKAY!!! :D :D :D

WE ARE BUSTING UP PRICES FOR A LIMITED TIME!

WOAHO MY STATS WOAHHOHOHEYAWOAHNICELADY

OH AWESOME

Of course Milky Well would up IQ, the Mr. Saturn live there. <3

AND THAT MANI MANI STATUE HAD BEEN KEEPING IT ALL TO HIMSELF, THE JERK

woah

!!!

!!!!!!!

YES FINALLY WE CAN STOP BUMMING RIDES OFF OF POO

Goodbye Flying Men. :(

Another fun fact: if you're leveled up to 99, the boost here won't let you go up a level (since you're already at max), and you can miss this stat boost (since hp/pp gain is only calculated after you go up a level depending on your vitality/iq gains). D: This is why I began getting cautious about leveling too much around the Stonehenge Base and such, because I didn't want to miss this boost. SO WHILE LEVELING MADLY IS ALMOST ALWAYS A GOOD STRATEGY, DON'T LEVEL TOO MUCH BEFORE YOU GET TO MAGICANT

or at least, don't level NESS too much

Wake Up WOAH HO THINGS ARE GETTING CRAZY

AGH STOP THE RIDE I WANT TO GET OFF

So has Ness just been writhing about the floor frothing at the mouth and babbling nonsense for the past hour or two?

Immediately smothered by everyone all going ARE YOU OKAY ARE YOU OKAY OMG NESS OMG OMG OMG

NEVER MIND YOU WERE JUST IN A STRANGE COMA INDUCED BY THIS VOLCANO HERE LET'S KEEP GOING

Now THAT's some stats right there. Jesus Ness, you are the ultimate tank.

Oh Magicant. I always thought you were completely fascinating, not to mention totally off the wall. I mean, it's just such a neat thing to go inside someone's head and see their thoughts and memories, and what they remember and how they remember it and what it means. WHAT FASCINATED BY PSYCHOLOGY ME WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT

SO WHAT CAN BE WAITING FOR US IN SATURN VALLEY??? TUNE IN NEXT TIME!

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