Mother 1

Made by Ape Inc., released in 1989

For Fun or For Glory



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2015! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




When we last checked in, I'd ended up in the land of cotton candy due to talking to a rock. I'd say this place looks strange, but thanks to SSB4, it's no doubt quite familiar to you! It's Magicant, of course! The original flavor Magicant, as opposed to the one that showed up in EarthBound (who would have thought it could have possibly foreshadowed the release of Mother 1 in English?).

oh well, obviously

Rare Candies, sure

but who am I to lie to a swimming cat?

KEEPING IT ALL FOR YOURSELF EH

->yes

I love how dubious this always sounds. You can picture the one raised eyebrow.

thank you, tiny witch

HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW IT WAS WITCHAPALOOZA

you okay hon

so far the most frustrating thing about this game is the limited inventory, I swear. Ninten has like ONLY EIGHT SLOTS FOR ITEMS. IT SUCKS.

Ooo a queen, I'll practice my curtsy

spot on :O

Which helpful old man

oh, the one, you know

throw in a nickel, is that what you said

POLICE

you seem legit

aw yeah, free flatscreens for everyone

what, no snakes?

stop pushing your magic herbs on me

CAN I DO THIS WITH EVERYTHING

i bet there isn't a restroom :(

(actually i should go check)

HOW COULD THAT EVER HAPPEN, HAHA

new reaction image just for you

might as well be honest to you dream wizards

->no

sure

please give him this letter for me, it's filled with hair

sure ninten says, scrolling through his phone

get diamondized, got it

that's how it gets you

how dare you THIS IS MY PLACE

he didn't give me one :(

then i said no and he said this. Aha!

i love how pointless this little dialogue chain is. So Mother.

watch me amaze you

hey, free hotel

OH yeah, there are two sleep themes in Mother, Comforting Sleep for houses and Hotel Sleep for hotels. Hotel Sleep ended up coming back in EarthBound I think. :B

If I remember where your house is, sure

you seen a kid in green around here

SURE, RANDOM GUY, GIVE ME YOUR LIFE'S WORK FOR NO REASON

yoink

That probably won't happen.

As you can guess, you can use the Ocarina to listen to whatever bits of the 8 Melodies you've got so far. Not unlike the Soundstone in EB.

WERE YOU LISTENING

Oh man are these the houses of Pincho Pancho and Tomas Jefferson

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i just lost the other half of this writeup

UGH

GDIT UGH

THIS SUCKS I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN

ugh i shouldn't split it in half though asfhghghjfdj uhgh

just gonna be really surly through the rest of this

how'd you get here

these showed up again in EB and mother 3 if you recall

with a nod

->yes

another place to sleep, like magicant even needs more at this point

->no

awkward silence

Magicant is really big on healing, it makes me nervous

sucks to be you pal

i tried to give him my ocarina but it wouldn't work

brrring

so this came back in EB as well

shows what you know

->yes

why are the monkeys in this game so rude

->no

probably a coincidence

seems appropriate

BUT THEN IT WOULDN'T TELL ME

playing it with his feet

i wonder what this about? i better not forget about this later

this guy's seen it all

hmm

5/5 would refresh again

was it dinosaurs

more weird x symbols

it knows Fury Swipes apparently

I REMEMBER YOU FROM MOTHER 3

YOU STILL LOOK CREEPY

FLYING MEN

I didn't know Flying Men talked in caps.

Trivia: They don't have a specific theme in the game, despite having a song on the vocal CD. That song did eventually become their theme in EB though.

just stay here okay

but then he wouldn't tell it to me, wtf

alternately reminded of a lollipop and uzumaki. not a great combination.

eyebrows

GET AWAY FROM ME

420 blaze it

AAAAAAAAGH

what

oh great you do that too

SO THIS ORIGINATED IN MOTHER 1 IF YOU'RE CURIOUS it's not as violent here without the rolling hit counter though

anyway I went to this part of Magicant with a bunch of holes but I didn't get a cap for some reason oops, I went in one and voila

swoosh family

NO

YOU BRAVE SOUL

I thought this was related to the Swoosh dying but it seems to be random.

what in god's name

this sounds important, better hang on to it

what a cute little dragon

probably for the best

i cleared up inventory space just to pick this up and I CAN'T EVEN USE IT UGH

at the end of the dungeon

More Beatles references, this series is full of them

i feel you forgotten man

->no

->NO

Then he looped his dialogue. Must be making a mistake here.

GO BACK TO YOUR 3DPD

welp there he goes

a new cave with a new windy path

where AM i

you kids got any drugs

not as impressed with the shading on this one

Anyway I eventually stumbled onto a school.

this is misleading, i said no

tough security

the theme here is Twinkle Elementary, it's jaunty and cute. Part of it reprises in the EB naming screens.

Dragon Warrior 4 is my brother's favorite one I think.

call the police

SHH

hang in there

cast your vote

how am i supposed to drop acorns on people now

some BOTTLE ROCKETS?

Middle of Nowhere, is that where we are?

DO YOU THINK I'M PRETTY, JUST LIKE A SUPER MODEL

DO YOU LIKE MY HAIR, WOAH OH, WOAH OH

->no

:(

thenks

just some test tubes in here

i'm just a nurse, i'm not liable

WHEN'S LATER

sounds megarad but i'm an upstanding gent

Ninten: :|

(it's the same either way)

Hey, this came back in the other two! As Trout Yogurt in EB, but still.

what

this sounds familiar

who are you talking to

too bad

i bet this piano isn't important

don't look at ME

READING RAINBOWWW

let's hope it goes better than some i've seen

wow thanks

jaaaaames

why am i taking damage THE GIRL SNEEZING ON ME GAVE ME A COLD

THAT'S HILARIOUS BUT ALSO KIND OF ANNOYING i don't have anything to cure this where's the hospital

get out of my town

i'll take your advice very seriously

never changes

I missed the first line, it was something like "I always say" or something

twinkleturkeys

a WHAT

is the department store going incognito

puzzle: solved

this is a family game, how dare you

just one?

i feed them to the dog instead

buncha thugs

hey i met your kid

uh bye

i bet i have to ride that train for some reason

I actually forget my answers to these questions

But it doesn't really matter either way

sounds legit

healthcare

like that CROOK IN THERE TRYING TO STEAL HALF MY DOUGH

this is the patriotic part

you can see i haven't found a hospital

Cars plagiarized Mother 1, write your senator

Oh yeah, Ninten has asthma, I totally forgot about that.

uh oh

UH OH

welp

Not too dissimilar to the end screens from the other games.

Game Over and Level Up! for no reason. level up hasn't changed between games I don't think

It occurred to me then that I hadn't checked any enemies in a while.

ominous

sure i lost half my money anyway dying to the devil truck BUT I'D RATHER LET IT GET RUINED SOAKING IN MY OWN BLOOD THEN PAY THAT RIPOFF DOCTOR

Anyway in Magicant I couldn't find an ATM so I looked it up and it turns out you need to use telepathy at the fountain to call up the dude, thus the cry from the heart thing.

Apparently in the original Mother he just healed you which seems really pointless. Like there isn't enough here to do that already.

There we go, decked out properly.

IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE THIS WAY poor flying man

great sorrow of ninten is odd phrasing

then i thought OH I SHOULD READ THAT GUY'S MIND

think up your own riddle

go in this twisty place

glossy :o

the music here is Wisdom of the World, one of my favorites from Mother. It kind of solemn and sad but there's also something kind of determined about it. The vocal version has some really pretty lyrics.

Dang, I need to help this lady

also these guys remind me a little of pigmasks

I'm picturing a fish hook

aww

sweet

I'LL FIND IT FOR YOU

I ALREADY HAVE ALMOST HALF OF IT

what is this thing i picked up

THANKS MOTHER

I didn't have the inventory space for these so I just left them, I'll have to get them later.

hehe

groucho swoosh :O

HMM

THE MOTHER EXPERIENCE

anyway in a hole i found this guy

BETTER STEAL IT

hey that guy was just talking about this

getting from magicant to where you want to go is trickier though

D:

heh

STOP LOOKING AT ME

what on earth

calm down there lynx

it looks a bit deranged for one

lot of random animals attack you in Mother

I'M EQUALLY CONFUSED

i hear you

yes

hey, my favorite

stupid inventory problems abound when i have no space to buy a new bat so i can equip it and sell my old bat

better steal it

cutting commentary!

STOP TELLING ME WHAT TO DO

ho ho ho

i fixed it

again that dubious look

WOOPS

well that was inevitable

so i died again but whatevs, checking more stuff

toss it around your backyard

the eyes... the eyes...

hmm, this looks promising

doubtful

i went in, then decided nah, i'll come back later

back at twinkle school, this guy finally opened the door for some reason

->no

tell it to your pushbroom buddy

nah it's fine

alright, ->yes

->no

huh, that wasn't what i expected

sure

woop, got it done! well i missed some convo options, oh well

So in EB it's Eagleland, in Mother 3 it's the Nowhere Islands, and in Mother it's the Middle of Nowhere, hmm.

don't spit off it, i will find you

hello jiggly trashcan

i'm not making any promises

->no

->yes

HI JEFF i mean lloyd

then no matter how much i talked to him he refused to move. FINE I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO GO GET YOU A ROCKET THEN

Time to explore the factory!

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