Mother 1

Made by Ape Inc., released in 1989

Bottle rockets, bottle rockets for the rats!



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




I actually feel like I made a lot of progress in the game in a short period of time? I just have been too lazy to actually write the posts. |D I'm still really enjoying it so far! BUT WILL THE UPCOMING FACTORY SPOIL IT FOR ME??

Let's continue!

Might as well test this sucker.

Hey, it works! Is it just me or is the swimming cat always winking

If my shots of Magicant before weren't clear. So pointy.

Puri told me about this guy so I had to find him!

>YES

:O

HOW DARE

Apparently in the EB0/EBB translation it's Noodle Noggin Ninten instead. WHICH I KIND OF PREFER BECAUSE THAT'S SOME GREAT ALLITERATION

noodle noggin ninten

Oh right since i didn't get a shot of these before, here's what the holes look like. wells. whatever.

LOOK HOW MANY OF THEM THERE ARE i can never remember which one leads down through the minidungeon

thank god for that

After some painful inventory juggling FINALLY

I've been told repeatedly that this is going to come in very handy shortly.

Then I thought hey, I still have these breadcrumbs from some other point I used a piece of bread that I can't recall, I wonder where they'll take me.

Aaaand they took me here for some reason. What?! Darn it! Now I have to walk all the way back.

Alright THIS TIME let's get serious.

Here's the Factory Theme, it's very ominous and presumably haunts the dreams of those who've struggled through this area. I don't THINK this reprised in EarthBound but I can't remember.

The Sweet Lil Factory consists of tons and tons of empty space and also exit doors.

And the only enemies here are rats. WELL, EASY ENOUGH ninten can oneshot them with ease at this point, so getting interrupted by them is just a minor nuisance

stole this door design from metroid

boy needs a knife

Beth, Beth, who's Beth again

OH RIGHT TEDDY that's right, haha

man where IS he

FACTORIES FOR GIANTS

kind of a ladder-al move

beautiful tetris mural

MY LIMITED INVENTORY IS THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS FACTORY SO FAR

Really I should've dropped the Flashdark but I kept intending to use it and keep forgetting, at SOME POINT

Rats chewing on the walls

look rat we both know how this is going to end

ARRRRGHHHH

a waste but darn it

YOUR MOTHER WEARS ARMY BOOTS

it can't be true D:

check out our diddly bop, flashes for emergencies going WOOP WOOP WOOP

LLOYD???

(loid?)

hhhhhhhhhHHHHHHGH

well i was gonna use this eventually anyway

alright FINALLY

aww yeah

SHORTCUT

Lloyd come with me I need more pockets

aww yeah BOTTLE ROCKET FACTORY

wait wasn't i just there

As a note, apparently the weakling stinkling line is actually a running thing throughout the series. It's a really weird insult, let's see... I know Mato wrote something about it.

In EarthBound, after Pokey taunts you and tells Ness to use his “telepathy” to cry for help, he says to the party, “…you pathetically weak heroes of so-called justice!”

There’s nothing really wrong with this translation at all. It’s just that in MOTHER 2, the term he uses is a more unique insult (well, unique among the insults used in the MOTHER games), one that gets used only one time in MOTHER 1 and one time in MOTHER 3. In my translations of both games, I translated it as, “…you weakling, stinkling…” In all three games, the lines are used during important times; in MOTHER 1 it’s when you get Lloyd, and in MOTHER 3 it’s when you’re saving the Mr. Saturns.

So if I were to ever retranslate EarthBound (which I have no plans to) I’d probably change this to say something like, “…you weakling, stinkling so-called heroes of justice!” so that all three games would be consistent.

So there you go, haha.

I mean OUR rocket, right buddy

KABOOM

woops

I kept waiting for dialogue or something but nope that is the end of the scene LOID BLEW UP THE ROOM ALRIGHT DONE

FINALLY A SECOND PARTY MEMBER at level one, eesh

Well actually I'm not too worried, Ninten's so beefy at this point and the Easy Ring will get him up in levels in no time I'm sure.

If you'd like to laugh at his stats. No PSI of course!

yeah looks fine

OF COURSE

(then the hoarding begins)

i assume you didn't notice, person wearing them

WHY IS EVERYONE SO MEAN :<

whaaaat this conspicuous piano doesn't even do anything?? what a ripoff

why this is here i have no idea

Loid nodding quietly in the background.

Oh here's the first part of what that lady said the last entry, haha.

YEAH LET'S BUY A GUN

probably

BUT WHAT IS IT FOR

Let's head back to Magicant and get you equipped, bro

Dissed by a magic cat, when does it end

LOID WILL SHOW YOU ALL SOMEDAY, YOU'LL SEE

shouldn't take long

Two levels already! No problem.

After spending a good chunk of cash, hopefully Lloyd now will not die when someone breathes on him.

NOW WITH INVENTORY SPACE I CAN FINALLY PICK UP ALL THESE THINGS

But then I opened one box and took what was in it and it opened all the others :O I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS A CHOICE

FRICK

oh well

Ninten's a beast at this point who can one-shot practically everything, so Loid is just skimming along beside him for the most part. At one point he DID take a bit of damage, but Lifeup fixed that!

I missed some stuff in the Sweet Lil Factory, SO BETTER GO BACK AND MAKE SURE I GET IT ALL

it's so great to have more pockets, you really have no idea

YOU'RE ALL MINE

Anyway

HEY YOU HIT MY NERD HOW DARE YOU

GET WRECKED

loid standing there like :o

Might as well stay in a hotel to see what it's like.

Aww, no newspaper like in EarthBound! Oh well.

So maybe I can use this to make a shortcut from Magicant.

Nope. Apparently you can't use breadcrumbs to get to or from Magicant. DARN. It's so tedious having to go through the minidungeon everytime I want to leave.

Pickin up a lot of PSI here.

I WON'T DIE TO THOSE TRUCKS AGAIN

New enemies! Hey, that rope one came back in Earthbound!

KEEP TRYING, LOID

Hmm, this is a problem.

Wandering around a bit to see if I could find another way around, hey! I'll take that.

"Ninten what was that"

"NOTHING"

Not even a number, haha.

Bipedal dogs will guard all our factories

Uses it to make all his ice cream sundaes.

UH, UH

Then the dog ran back and forth for a bit

Oh just a normal stray dog, phew

(that can talk??)

So we meet at last, big brother factory.

Ain't spending ages in here, that's for sure.

Don't get too close to this thing.

Doesn't look that old. :O

There we go.

OW SHOULDN'T THE FRANKLIN BADGE BE BLOCKING THIS

Oh hey!

WHAT

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN

DON'T LEAVE ME IN SUSPENSE

YOU LIED TO ME GAME

turns out you have to use it in battle, haha

WHAT, THIS SUCKS

probably

Someone direct me to the Olympics!

Dr. Distorto has had better days.

Alright that's a BIT better for the beam.

deepdeep, deepdeep, deepdeep

Fancy ductwork in here

YEAH MORE BOTTLEROCKETS I CAN HOARD AND NEVER USE

I dunno, does it?

Harsh

Another Franklin Badge?? :O

This is definitely gonna come in handy.

totally underestimating it as we speak

REACHING MY LIMITS ALREADY

what a cute little rocket

thanks loid

I wonder where the other rockets went

Aaaand done! That wasn't so bad, actually.

Actually no I forgot something in a room so I went to go get it, haha.

WILL THIS BE USEFUL? (no)

Alright, fired off a cute lil rocket, let's go!

LOOKIN GOOD

GAH

get it

thanks granny :>

Said no to the guy, ARE YOU SURE, CAN I TRUST YOU

Aw yeah.

Snails aren't bugs I guess

CHECK OUT MY INTIMIDATING PAINT JOB

I found this tunnel but then figured I should probably ride a train through it instead of walk.

rope rope rope

this looks promising!

panics about what though

I JUST GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE MAN

what festive names

Let's just work down the list, why not

WHEEEEEEEEEE

Haha the train music is The Paradise Line, it's really fun and goofy. |D There's a vocal version off the CD as well that's really great, haha. It even has a bit of Paula's theme in it!

The game shows you the whole trip, but the train music is so much fun, who even notices |D

Reindeer here we come!

Well eventually but

A favor :o

ALRIGHT, A QUEST

AND A THIRD PARTY MEMBER

I'll do it when I feel like it, buddy

pretty impressive :O

IF ONLY I COULD CARRY MORE

Then I thought you know what, might as well go pick Ana up now just so I can have the inventory space, who's to stop me

wheeeee

Something's going on in Easter, but what?

And here we are! And the theme here is Snowman, a song that's reprised in all the Mother games. :D You've probably also heard it on the Smash Bros. soundtrack, haha.

COULD IT COME TRUE

Way down in the right corner of the map now.

any of you kids got a cigarette

PSYCHIC BIGFOOTS NO

pyew! I worried this guy might be too high up for me to take out, but it turns out it was fine.

THIS BATTLE WAS MORE OF A PROBLEM

in old SPOOKANE

you look like ghost hunting types

More of a bed n breakfast it looks like

A FRYPAN, I WONDER WHO THAT'S FOR

Advent Desert, eh

NOOOOOOOO

Protagonists don't NEED warm clothes

deep thoughts

PLAYING HOOKEY AGAIN

Did I?

ARGH WOLVES

Yeah not dealing with this

WOOP

haha so that's what it looks like

FROM THE BRINK OF DEATH

i gotcha loid don't worry

tiny little cross on top!

There she is!

But first

Didn't Paula have one too? HMM

Man I should've said no to see what she'd say. Oh well.

That's straightforward enough

SOMETHING, OBVIOUSLY

LOOK AT ALL THIS OVERT RELIGION

Ana then shoves Lloyd out of the way to make sure she walks next to Ninten instead

also puts on her hat, aww haha

Our vague God figure will do the rest!

Level 1 again, eh

She does start with Lifeup B though!

EVERYTHING'S FREE IN MAGICANT

I think I got jumped accidentally here but hey I'll take the level

got a dance recital to go to

Then I was really tired so I decided to take a break. :B

(backup save file just in case)

Pink Shell houses! Just like the Magypsies~

Another chunk of change sunk into equipping Ana and we're on our way!

Ana then proceeded to learn new PSI like once every battle, even if she didn't level. SHE'S ON A ROLL

I think at one point she learned two at once.

Anyway, wheeee

THIS IS TRUE

BEHOLD!

More and more PSI

Finally made it to Reindeer! They have a lot of dogs here.

Lot of dogs

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOUUUU

oh phew

IT WAS DEFINITELY THE COLD THAT DID IT OKAY

This kid mocked me in his hideout of trees, it was hard to get in there

COULD IT BE THE TREES I'M HIDING IN??

intertown rivalries abound

game the system

YEAH!!

YEAH!!!!

haha aww

when i said no

LET ME SING MY COOL SONG FOR YOU

overalls perhaps

more good old fashioned american food

WHO ME

ana no don't set him on fire

i'm convinced

WHAT, ICK

ICK!

i was going to rub my head all over your face, who wouldn't want that?

No wonder that other lady was cautious :O

The cops here aren't very determined

Ana waving her hand like ME ME I DO

Hey someone's looking for you buddy

NOOOOOOOO

what are you up to

more and more expensive with more people

this lady thankfully did not make me sick

>:O

pointedly ignoring the guy

an unattainable dream

I DON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS

and then i got 500 bucks

NO NOW I AM A CRIMINAL

don't you, don't you

mm, sportsdrink

YOU SAYIN I'M FAT

This'll probably come in handy.

Maybe??

aw yeah NOW WE'RE TALKING

even the narration has no respect for lloyd, haha

Could be all the death beams we're selling to children, but eh

HE GAVE ME THIS MONEY

IT WOULD BE but that's yet to come in EarthBound

poor hungry npcs

take your kettledrums and your screaming and get outta here

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE

ghosts are mean!

Clear this stupid annoyance up

Not as good as I was picturing but still!

Anyway I went and wandered up and around Reindeer a bit and found this path.

And a house!

Man lost dentures were a plot point in Pokemon too.

Sign casually jostling you and rifling through your pockets

YES SWEET i thought i was going to have to wander around and check the ground or something

oh man oh man

:/

Man that guy in town wasn't kidding

I THINK I HAVE ENOUGH

well at least i don't have to worry about colds anymore. what a weird little subquest.

a fence for this house

Let's go see what's going on in Halloween.

Hey, fire escapes!

Lots of fire escapes.

YOU'RE DEAD MEAT, SNAKE

Big tall building here

A hospital!

But there's no doctor in it, wtf.

Well there's this guy, but

Alright finally, I started wondering where all the people were

Aha!

Our ghost piano must stay our town's secret.

I'm going to be out a job if I can't find them, lalala

them and their DEMON BABY

hahahahaha

That'd explain it.

WHERE'S THE GHOSTS

talking about satan and such

OH I guess this is her

haha brass key with a tiny little ghost hovering over it

in our summer home

The mailman seemed pretty happy

i need a second to process this...

then i said yes. CHEER UP, GUY

Hey, a hint lady! Oh dang I totally would but I don't have enough money.

WHAT NO

I JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH CASH

COME BACK

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

that haunted house is mine

oh what THE DEATH BEAMS CAN BREAK? what a ripoff

looks promising!

What a dark house.

Haunted house, haunted mouse

A SHEET!

>:E

that dust doesn't look as lively as it usually does

OH NO YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE

hey biobatta

big long stairs in here, it reminds me of yume nikki, haha

I WAS A MONK IN MY PAST LIFE, HELP

WHO ARE YOU, WHO'S TALKING TO ME

the timing on this was pretty effective, it doesn't really come through the cap though.

You can't keep me from that ghost piano pal

On and on we go

REMEMBER ME, GIVE ME A HUG

This feels like a room where something should happen.

GHOSTS!!

THESE GUYS ARE A GIANT PAIN they hit HARD

slowly filling out the list

IT'S NOT RIGHT... NOT RIGHT...

did not understand the form of the ghost's attack

Aha!

Expecting something a bit fancier than that, but sure.

yeaaaaahhh FOUR MELODIES DOWN

The piano was practically the first path through the place I tried, that was simple enough. Though I was an idiot and didn't lay down any BREAD CRUMBS SO NOW I HAVE TO BACKTRACK

time for school

I KNEW IT

This house is confusingly laid out.

noooooo

hahaha ONLY A WING AND HALO REMAIN

woops, this is going badly

WELP

OW LOOK DON'T START WITH ME

Some more little shots of the angel sprites

oh WHAT

THE HEALER CAN'T FIX THIS AND THERE'S NO DOCTOR IN THE HOSPITAL

UGGHHH

i swear to god

Anyway eventually I finally took the train back to Reindeer and went to their hospital instead.

FINE I'LL GO HIT THE ATM FIRST

healthcare at work

Alright, back on track.

SUUUPER HEAL!!! Which can actually revive dead friends I think, though I suppose it doesn't matter since she was the one who died first.

just one smoke, i swear

:o

SHE'S RIGHT HERE

durr why didn't i think of this before

Got her a frypan, not that she's going to be attacking anything any time soon

Sure, why not

shield OFF!

BLAR HAR HAR

oh rub it in why don't you

Lots of status effects here.

Just wanted to make sure this dead end room didn't have a secret or anything! I had to go through the whole haunted house to make sure I didn't miss anything. :B

that WOULD be nice

Anyway my internet connection was out while I was playing this part, so I decided to try and make my own map of the haunted house.

IT TOOK ME A FEW TRIES

(the other page is just notes on layton puzzles, i wonder sometimes what it'd look like to someone who just picked my notebook up off the street)

Aww yeah, Freeze Y! This is so handy. It lowers an enemy down to a critical state.

I totally missed the first screen somehow, durrhey. I think she said the ghosts hadn't left yet. :B

you seem impulsive, lady

GOTTA SAY, IT'S AN IMPROVEMENT

:o

IT'S SNOWING

:o what's this all of a sudden

aww

I wonder what the game will use this for. :O

Next up, the desert!

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