EarthBound

Made by HAL Laboratories/APE, released in 1995

Smiles and Tears



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




I really can't think of a better way to sum-up the end of the game, really.

So we're finally here. The last installment of our trip through the world of EarthBound. It's been a long road since the first entry back in January (it's October now), but we've finally made it. We've made it to the top wait no. And even though it's taken a really long time what with all my random delays and such (although the trip to India played a part in that), some of you have stuck through the whole game with me, and more importantly some of you played the game yourselves, and that makes all the screenshots I've taken (over 11,000 of them jesus) this all worthwhile. Just knowing that some of you are playing this wonderful and underrated game for yourselves just makes me so happy. This game deserves all the fans and love it gets and more, and I'm really happy that I got to share it with you all and to know that it's touched some of you like it did for me.

But enough sappy nonsense about video games! It's time to say goodbye in this super-long installment.

It's really weird to go back to older entries for each area and match up who says something now to who said something then. Heh. There's so much new dialogue now.

YEARS OF POWERFUL ADLERIAN THERAPY

I honestly don't remember what this guy told me. PERHAPS IT WAS SOMETHING RELATING TO A COLOR...

Oh wow, Pokey's dad. Hahahahaha. You all remember him right? DRIVEN HIM TO DRINKING.

Yes, I'm sure he would listen to me.

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME.

The whole insane backwards tripped out psychedelic acid trip caused by something under the bar. My bad.

EVER SINCE THE MANI MANI STATUE GOT BROKEN THAT CAFE JUST ISN'T THE SAME. i need my neon and living flames darn it

Uh, sure! Yeah!

Ah, Magnet Hill. Hey, where'd that old peeping tom go? Well, I guess he got bored.

THERE ARE DOZENS OF US! DOZENS!

The what building

Hey, I remember you! You kidnapper.

YOU THIEF MONOTOLI STEALING AN ENTIRE BUILDING LIKE THAT what was that the mani mani statue's fault too

Awww. I'm happy for you, buddy.

Glad to see we've gotten past the whole hip-staring thing! :D

yeah well THANKS FOR NOTHING ELECTRA

Thank you, man I've never seen before!

Oh hey, I guess you can still do this. :O I didn't buy them though, for some reason. WAY TO GO SELF. Someone else check it out.

Oh Mr. Spoon. You and Mr. Fork need to get together and work out your differences.

I dunno if I'd want to live in a Ness country. All the billboards would have like, :D on them. Actually on second hand that might be kind of neat.

YEAH LET'S TAKE THE BUS IT'S THE END OF THE GAME WHY NOT WOOOOO

And thank you for your odd-flavored yogurt!

Saved the world, doin pretty good I'd say. :D

Awwww. I wish I could bring them back together. Ah well. On to Threed!

Dangling participles and you.

How do you really clean up a graveyard?

THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR BUILDING SOME OF THEM NEW-FANGLED "ROADS"

In a way, I can empathize with you, random chick.

ONE OR THE OTHER, DON'T GET GREEDY

Really well then WHY DIDN'T YOU OFFER THANKS FOR NOTHING HEALER MCUSELESS

BA BA BA BA BA BA. BABABABA BA BA BA.

It's good to be realistic.

BUT I DO REMEMBER THIS KID now i'm all confused

Knocking on doors takes moxie, kiddo!

Ness is a hit with aaaall the laaaadies.

BUT I BEAT THE GAME COME TALK TO ME

COME CONGRATULATE ME ingrates

Empty house? :O

:O!! Language!

EVERDRED IS NOT DEAD OKAY HE'S NOT HE'S LIVING IN HIS SHACK AND JUMPING OFF AND ATTACKING RANDOM PEOPLE AND ROBBING GUYS AND HE'S NOT DEAD OKAY ::single tear::

WHY ORANGE KID, FANCY SEEING YOU AGAIN. LET'S SEE WHAT YOU'VE COME UP WITH.

That money went right up your nose, didn't it.

A question that plagues the minds of lesser men.

I CAN'T HELP IT IF NESS HAS A YES/NO MINDSET

No problem, since this bridge was really useful. :D YES I EVEN WENT TO HAPPY HAPPY VILLAGE WHAT

You guys need to break that cult mindset.

This sounds strangely dodgy.

Well, not crazy cult happiness.

WAY TO SKIP SOME DIALOGUE SELF WOO

Ness: :D

I AM :D

Ness: ...?

Paula: You know, I've been meaning to talk to you about that, Ness..."

Ness: D:?

HI CARPAINTER

Good for you. I hope those lightning powers work out for ya.

Hahaha oh cow.

I do indeed!

Oh hey, do you remember, way way back when we first visited Happy Happy Village how there was a pink house with a Mr. Saturn hiding in it?

GUESS WHAT WE CAN GO INSIDE NOW! :D

MR. SATURN HOUSE YEEEEEEEE

Hahaha it's all tall.

Something about this never fails to make me squeal with cute. HI YOU. <3 <3 <3 <3

Make it a thrift store!

Then weirdly enough, apparently this guy didn't ask me a question. Or I didn't screencap it. POSSIBLY ONE OF THOSE.

Oh I forgot about this my first time through. You can pester this guy for a while...

?

AND PERSISTANCE PAYS OFF this also happened in Chrono Trigger at one point. :B Sometimes it pays to pester people incessantly.

Quick, everybody get the pitchforks!

This game is trying to tell me something.

So hey, do you remember this couple? They also went to Happy Happy Village to bring back some happiness for their son. But little did they know what they really needed...was to go back home. Dun dun duun.

MAYBE, WAS HE APPLE SHAPED?

Hahahaha in a way I suppose.

Poochyfud's off in Summers having the time of his life. Haha.

Woah, Venus lives in Twoson? Who knew.

:O :O

WAIT I FORGOT YOU HAVE THE SHYNESS BOOK DON'T GO PAULA WAIT AAAAAAAAAAAAGH

well frick >(

Ness: ...:D?

Mmm, pasta.

Hahahaha continue dating. I didn't know they'd made time for a previous date with all that saving the world business.

SOLD

TALK TO ME KITTY! TALK TO ME!!!

For some reason I remember picking up something in here now at the end of the game, but apparently I was wrong? Eh.

BYE PAULA it was fun!

maybe cause I never ordered from you, Mach Pizza?

YOU NEED SOME MOTIVATORS

Haha, I remember you!

Good luck to ya, lady!

yes

pfft, things are worthless.

Captain Strong! Haven't changed much, I see.

WHEN WILL YOU OPEN AAAAA

Good for you all in the hospital!

FINALLY, AFTER ALL THIS TIME, THAT 7500 HOUSE WILL BE MINE

THIS WAS SO WORTH IT

Photoguy! :D :D :D

Of when you dropped 7k on a broken down hovel BYE

You bet I am.

THIS WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY

Oh Trumpet Player. :D He still plays his little song over Because I Loved You.

Honest work and clean living!

YOU'RE PARANOID LADY

Hahaha you bet I did.

ME AND MY BUDDY ANNOYING OLD PARTY MAN, YEAH!

Just thought I'd bring that up.

I love how the answers are in caps. Hahahahaha.

Ness: :/

Ness: :\

STALKER

YEAH I DO HERE I AM TALKING TO YOU HOW'S THE WEATHER IS THAT YOUR REAL HAIR SO HOT ENOUGH FOR YOU

I'M FAMOUS EVERYWHERE WOOOO

No seriously when did this happen I'd want to see that I bet it'd be adorable.

BYE

Don't worry, NPC, there's always next game! No wait.

Me too! :D

OPEN YOUR CURTAINS, MR. HAWKINS

Hey I remember this guy! Now what he said makes a bit more sense.

Fraaaaank

Hahahahaha I became serious.

I like the idea of these two being friends. :D

Although I still can't really picture Frank as a teenage hood. Maybe it's just his art? I dunno.

Did anybody try this? I wonder how many letters they got.

BYE RUFFINI

OH GOD HE'S DEAD D:

A bit abstract, but different!

Nobody rules the Nessmonster.

That sounds familiar for some reason. Is that where my new shack is?

SURE, YEAH!

AND SHE WOULD BE

IF I BROUGHT BACK THE SHYNESS BOOK

darn it

Well, Paula will take good care of the book in the meantime I guess.

Hey, you're that shy guy who never said anything! Hahaha.

EVEN TRADEOFF, WHY NOT!

WAIT TILL ONE ZAPS YOU IN THE EYE, YOU'LL BE SORRY THEN!

It's cause I'm awesome, it's true.

On my waaaay home I'll remeeeeember all the goooood times

And on my waaaaay home

LET'S VISIT POKEY'S HOUSE FIRST

Maybe if Ness's dad would stop throwing money at him

In some apocalyptic spider machine or something, who cares

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Yes, I'm sure I will be.

Hi Picky! :D

But you're better than Pokey, and that's what counts!

okay, NOW it's time to go home.

DONE AND DONE

RAINING CINEMATIC PAYOFF you knew those photos would come into play sometime, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?

With your help! <3

I like picturing that HYORK being this huge, violent laugh. Hahahaha.

Yeah man, the catchup work will be murder. But then again Ness is like what, ten?

Why yes!

Love ya babe ciao

ONE OF THE BEST

And you can still check or store things if you want. :D Good if you stored your bike and want to run around in the Deep Darkness with it now.

Haha awkward

PHONE IS RINGING

The guy with his shy doctor friend, that's right!

Ooooh yeaaaah.

Is that an awesome detail or what? I love this game so much.

Yeah, let's do this!

And in kicks in Good Friends/Bad Friends, our happy triumphant music for our credit roll! :D God, this music kind of gets me choked up a bit. It just reprises a few of the themes from the game occasionally, but it's just so happy and upbeat. I love it so. :D It just captures so many different places and feelings for the whole thing. Hee.

And from the Bound Together project, there's Get on the Bus, a fantastic remix of the entire thing that's just so awesome. It even has the photoguy music and opening fanfare and some other bits of different songs in there like Fourside and whee. :D Get on the Bus is one of my favorite ones from the whole project, really.

Aloysius and Lardna, hahahaha. How strangely appropriate.

Oh Buzz Buzz. YOU FOUGHT VALIANTLY.

I never did go see what Lier had hidden in his shed. Well I know it was the Mani Mani statue, but eh. What can you do.

Shark attack shark attack shark attack

Pirkle, you're a terrible mayor.

WITH A CORRUPT POLICE FORCE

PAULA COME BACK IT'S TIME FOR YOUR PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEE

Mmm, fruitlicious.

MR. EVERDRED LIVES sob

Hahahaha you guys. You need to stop getting scammed into nonsense.

Blue blue blue blue blue

GO DIE, POKEY

Winters! :D

BRICK ROAD, FINEST DUNGEON MAKER ALIVE

Eh, you guys can fix it.

<3s for Jeff.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH

RUN MR. SATURN RUN

Pain in the butt.

Woah I forgot these guys had names.

KYA KYA KYA

Ah, Monotoli. What were you thinking.

VENUS BELONGS WITH JEFF AFTER ALL no wait

I love Poo's little meditating pose.

WAY TO DITCH ME UNTIL THE END OF THE GAME STAR MASTER also man what happened to Poo's parents.

DUNGEON MAAAAANN

You're a bit lost there!

Aww, Tendas.

FLYING MEN CAME BACK TO LIFE YAAAAAY

THESE PEOPLE DID NOT EARN TRIANGLES, BUT THEY CAN TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

As a side note though, I love how Earthbound has almost every sprite here. No matter how inconsequential, they were still a part of the game and still important in their own way. :B I'm a dork, don't mind me.

DAD WAS A PHONE NO WONDER I HEAR VOICES

:D :D I love you, Ness. I LOVE YOU ALL.

And the music quiets down, and we begin to hear the strains of...

PHOTOGUY! :D

But no, this is when the last song comes in, and one that never fails to get me all choked up. It's called Smiles and Tears, and when you listen to it, you'll recognize the melody immediately...

It's the Eight Melodies you collected throughout the game.

What more appropriate theme to end on? The song that gave you the strength to succeed, and pictures of all the places you went, and all the memories you gained. Remember how the Photoguy was always "This will bring back the fondest of memories?"

He was exactly right. Every picture...it does bring back memories, and to have this song as a backdrop is just perfect. So completely perfect. How it reaches its climax, and that sad little "I miss you" comes in...god, it totally gets to me every time.

A beautiful rendition from the Mother 1+2 CD
An early demo version!
From an old remix project I picked up many years ago, the Trancebound version.
And from Bound Together, a really lovely piano rendition called, appropriately enough, Bound Together.

Itoi actually wrote lyrics for the song, as some random trivia. WHICH I WILL INCLUDE JUST FOR YOU although due to the SNES's limitations, he couldn't put them into the game...but you can hear where they would go.

Otona no hanbun mo ikitewa inai keredo
omoide no kazu naraba ryukku ni ippai sa
o ki ni iri no besubooru kyappu kakato tsubureta suniikaa
poketto no oku ni aru yo surihetta gitaa pikku
namida ga chigireru kurai kanashii koto mo atta kedo
itsudemo kimi ga boku no soba ni itekureta
tomodachi no mama iru to futari zutto omotteta
kizukanai mama tabun kimi o ai shiteta

I haven't lived even half as long as adults have,
but I do have plenty of memories in my backpack
My favorite baseball cap, my sneakers with worn-out heels
Deep in my pocket is my worn-down guitar pick
There were some things sad enough to make tears come out,
but you were always by my side
I thought of the two of us as just friends the whole time
I probably loved you without ever realizing it

warai attari asondari kizu tsukinagara aruku
chikamichi mawari michi mo mayoinagara oboeta
shinjirareru hito dake iru wake nai to shitemo
shinjiru haato dake wa suterarenai to shitta
ari no mama no kimi dake ga boku o tsuyoku shitekureta
itsudemo kimi ga boku o tsuyoku shitekureta
yasashii kaze ga fuku yoo ni kusa o nadeteiku yoo ni
itsudemo kimi wa egao misete aruiteta

We walked while we laughed, played, and got hurt
I realized it as we took shortcuts and went in circles:
that even if you can't believe in everyone
you can't cast aside a heart you do believe in
You made me stronger just being who you are
Like a gentle wind blowing and swaying the grass
you always walked with a smile

soo namida to egao kawarugawaru ni
miseatta futari wa.....
I miss you
tooku ni hanarete

Yes, the two who shared smiles and tears one after the other.....
(I miss you)
.....are now far apart.....

There are a lot of vocal covers of it, but here's Kanipan's version!

On a related note, someone also put words to the Giygas theme, which you can hear here! It can get a bit weird at parts but some bits I think are pretty cool (the beginning in particular, with the t-t-t-t-tasuke bit). And ripped audio for that one too!

But god I love this song. It just brings back so many memories of this game, and all the fondness I have for it right to the front of my mind. Oh EarthBound, I love you so much.

WOO SHACK

Marcus Lindblum. Heh. Don't mind me.

Objects from the ceiling, hahaha.

LOOK OUT FOR THE GHOSTS

Ah, so boring.

TRIP OUT COFFEE WOO

Black sesame! And his lost love.

The digger guys!

POO IS NOT AMUSED

Man this part was annoying.

HI POO AND MANPHONE

Poo just standing over to the side there.

Hahaha when photoguy landed on that lady's table and took the picture.

DUNGEON MAN yee

Hahaha I remember when we took this picture originally Jeff was like, stuck in the ground somehow. Ah, memories.

I have to admit you guys, whenever a game thanks me for playing it, I always feel all stupidly happy. :D I LOVE YOU TOO, GAME. I WAS GLAD TO PLAY YOU.

But wait, I hear a knocking sound!

Oh woah, there's some odd timing. I guess I was wandering around talking to people for a while. :O

I didn't save and quit though, since I wasn't sure what would happen. I think later on the same thing happened to Del, and he said if you start up again, you're just back in Saturn Valley before you turn into robots. Heh.

Oh god IT'S ALL HAPPENING AGAIN

Oh hey wait

kaishgiaggha

THIS IS THE BEST THREATENING LETTER I'VE EVER GOTTEN

AND THE PERFECT FINISH TO A FABULOUS GAME, A QUESTION MARK AT THE END! GOODNIGHT, EVERYBODY!

And so there you have it, EarthBound. If you haven't played it yet, you totally should. Heck, you can download it right here from my domain. This game deserves more love and attention because it's just perfect in so many ways. The fans at starmen.net are obsessed for a good reason after all. It's THAT good.

Thanks to all of you who have stuck with me through this whole screencap adventure, as long as it did take, and everyone who left comments or the like or started to play the game themselves. You're why I do these in the first place, and knowing new people are playing this game is just awesome, I think. :D

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