Some of you might have read through my EarthBound screencap adventure so long ago (all listed here), though if you didn't read it or don't know much about EB you might want to read it before going into Mother 3, since it IS the sequel to the game and there's a lot in it you won't fully appreciate without a bit of background.
I also want to exhort you guys to PLAY MOTHER 3 YOURSELF it's such an amazing game and it's SO GREAT and it's different when you're going through it on your own and you can pick it up right here so IT'S SUPER EASY and I included the english patch too, haha
As another bit of trivia, Mango sent me a copy of the Japanese Mother 3 a long long time ago, way before the translation patch was done. I was waiting for the patch to be finished before starting it, but then Super Smash Bros Brawl began to reveal Mother 3 spoilers and it sort of forced my hand. The battle with Giygas in EarthBound was such a powerful experience for me as a kid because I had no idea it was coming and it was such a surprise, and I hated the idea of ruining a similar experience like that in Mother 3. SO I loaded up two different walkthroughs/translations, one for dialogue and one for items and such, and I played through the whole thing. It's the only game where I've ever done that, haha. After that, I followed the translation patch blog (I found all the talk about coding and translating fascinating) and then beat it again with the patch. However, in the back of my head, I still remember bits and pieces from those first two translations I read that sort of color the game a little for me. Mato's translation patch is absolutely amazing, don't even get me wrong, but it's just interesting sometimes how multiple translations can give certain lines a different nuance, you know?
BUT if you played SSBB and always wondered who Lucas was or what his deal was or how he was related to Ness or what all that was about, this will TELL ALL! It really is such a shame that Mother 3 probably will never get an official english release. HONESTLY THOUGH I IMAGINE IT'D BE 99% JUST LIKE THIS PATCH it's that good
OH YEAH I also got the unofficial Mother 3 handbook! Which is so awesome. It really reminds me so much of the old EarthBound one which I loved. MEMORIES
BUT HEY, ENOUGH OF THAT, LET'S GET STARTED
The patchers add this in at the beginning just to make sure you know it's a fan translation. BUT HONESTLY IT'S REALLY HARD TO TELL MOST OF THE TIME it's so accurate to the feel of EarthBound, it's great.
2006 really doesn't feel like that long ago to me. Heck, 1996 doesn't feel that long ago to me. UGH TIME
TIME TO NAME SOME CHARACTERS in accordance with tradition there is only one name for the main character
only one name
A natural counterpart to Radic, why not. Also the little animations for this sequence are just so unbearably cute, it's hard to capture in screenshots but seriously ALL SO ADORABLE AND HAPPY
Of course, their real names are Lucas and Claus, but pshaw. They do this weird little shuffle dance here, haha.
FATHER OF TWINS, ONE RAMBUNCTIOUS AND ONE QUIET
SURE WHY NOT
also known as Flint
I seriously couldn't think of anything BUT SURE DAHLIA WHY NOT
Big Boss married to Dahlia Gillespie, sounds plausible
also known as Hinawa
Since I called the dog in EarthBound Cleo, I thought it'd be fair to name him Daisy here. Also looks like Daisy. :D Though this has the side-effect of me constantly thinking of Boney (the original name) as female, haha.
mmm noodles, musical noodles
Since I did Sleep in EarthBound MUSIC IN EVERYTHING
EVEN MY NOODLES
I just like how Mother 3 has the same window color options as EarthBound. :D Little throwbacks like this are such nice touches, haha.
I totally recommend watching a video of the naming sequence because seriously all the little interactions with everyone are so cute. I could watch these all day.
Side note - I always pronounced this Taz-milly. Like Taz the Tasmanian Devil. But I've heard others go Taz-miley? I DUNNO TAZMILLY JUST FLOWS TO ME
The two original translations had a heck of a time agreeing on how to romanize a bunch of stuff. I think one went with Tatsumairii.
The tiniest blanket
YOU GOTTA COME OUT HERE AND POSE WITH THEM WITH ME
Poor Lucas. MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU LUCAS, YOU IN YOUR SCRUFFY HAIR AND PAJAMAS
but i'm getting ahead of myself
The system in Mother 3 is much simplified from the Dragon Warrior-esque one in EarthBound, which is an improvement for the most part. Cuts down on a lot of menu hopping anyway, haha. Just run up to stuff and check it.
Lucas is feeling defiant today.
BUT SO IS HINAWA
Gonna go score some chicks
Dashing into Hinawa gets you some nut bread! I had no idea you could do this for the longest time, haha.
Alec and his snazzy hat.
Particularly because as far as I can tell Alec lives here alone? What happened to Hinawa's mom anyway?
IN GRAND TRADITION I MUST TALK TO EVERYONE
IS THAT ANY WAY TO LIVE LIFE
Delicately woven into the world
Mato mentioned that this was a really poetic and pretty passage in Japanese that was hard to get across in English but I think it does a good job. :O
Pretty much all the frogs say this, so in the future I'll mostly skip it. :B
Little things like this are why I love this series so much. Practically every weird thing you decide to do earns you a reward of some odd little dialogue. Who would step on ants??
Meanwhile, in Jurassic Park
OH GOD YOU KILLED IT
Shake it off, Drago.
CONTRARY LUCAS DISAGREES
Valuable life lessons.
Or so you think
A world with giant friendly dinosaurs
who wouldn't want such a world
I actually went and explored the rest of the screen for the first time this run and it turns out it's full of Dragos everywhere. :O
I'LL DASH YOU DOWN YET, OLD MAN
YOU MOCK ME BUT SOMEDAY
I was a doofus and missed the first line but I'm sure you can guess the jist.
Battle time! The trippy backgrounds remain. :D As do a bunch of random bits and bobs from EarthBound, which is great. Although, from what Mato said in the translation blog, the coding for the battle system was an absolute MESS and INCREDIBLY hard to translate. You'd never guess just by looking at it. :o
Peeping from behind his stat window, I see you Lucas
You can see the options here are vastly simplified, haha. But I'll get more into it later.
A tiny Claus!
Originally it said YOU WIN in Japanese with a slightly different font, but they changed it to YOU WON to match how it looked in EarthBound. LITTLE DETAILS
I love the Drago's curious pose.
Yeah I'll mark it on my calendar.
yuk yuk yuk
I like how my added musical note makes it seem like everyone's singing the word. NOOOOODLES, NOOOOOODLES
noodles in a sauce, noodles in a soup, when noodles on a bagel you can eat noodles anytime no wait, that got away from me
Stop trying to survive on air and vibrations, it's bogus
the darnedest thing
And it was a little hard to catch but Lucas sweatdrops a bit. Or cries? Looks flustered? SOMETHING SOMETHING
Hinawa doesn't have to put up with this
I think one of the other translations had pampered for coddled, either way.
WE'RE HAVING A GREAT TIME HERE (PS YOU SMELL)
how you know this is EarthBound's sequel
noodles foie gras
FLY BIRDIE FLY
Probably a weather balloon
DUN DUN DUNNNNN
THE GAME'S STARTING GUYS LIGHT THE FIREWORKS WOOOOO
THROW THE M80 WOOOOOOO WOOOOOO
I'm feeling optimistic
Ol squiggly legs is on the move
excuse me i'm tipping my hat to the door
these chiseled features
so the fire can't get in, duh
A little hard to cap but Thomas threw the doorknob when Flint came out, haha
WHAT HIT MY DOGHOUSE??
Big Boss, reckless nice guy
Contrariness runs in the family
"but thou must!" is for chumps who can't get things DONE
Can't argue with that, got years of tradition behind it
soft and delicious, got it
I'd argue with that, but it is undeniable.
BETTER TALK TO EVERYONE and file away this important information
No mail for Thomas it seems
I WANT TO BUY A PAIL
Apparently this line was really hard to translate, so Mato sort of guessed. BUT YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THAT HERE this is all so fascinating to me.
You look worried, Jackie.
I forget but I think I said no, haha.
Just as planned.
I remember you, smiley lady! You were in EarthBound! :D
to be fair it seems like Flint was sleeping or dawdling before Thomas showed up
I'LL GO WHEREVER I WANT
Yeah sure, why not.
I really, really love how Mother 3 handles the fourth wall.
I JUST WANT TO TALK, PUSHER, JEEZ
he's a tall glass of water
BE THAT WAY, STRETCH
Then I skipped a bunch of it
This seems like such a weird feature. Why is it in here? Maybe if you were playing on the subway or something?
I'm so weirdly charmed by how all the advice sparrows end their speeches, idk.
YOU SAY THAT NOW BUT
If you're obsessive you can collect these but I only ever found the one
(on the ball)
It took me a bit but this is supposed to be about you the player pressing A, haha. MATO'S NOTES MADE IT MORE CLEAR TO ME
also i was pressing A at him like a fiend
the tiny twin dragons are talking to me!
JUST LIKE IN EARTHBOUND OH BOY OH BOY
what were we talking about
Not sure if you can skip this sequence or not, come to think of it. Probably not.
GO BE A HERO BIG BOSS
sauntering, legs bowed
i dropped it on the floor ONE time
I remember you! Hehehe.
As it goes along, note the words before each enemy name, like the, an, a, or nothing, that sort of thing. A bunch of extra coding had to be put in to do that since Japanese doesn't need to deal with that kind of thing. THIS IS JUST INTERESTING TO ME OKAY
helpful as always
The battle system in Mother 3 is interesting because it's more involved than most RPGs, and it can also alter the difficulty of the game depending on your skill level. When you attack, you can press A at certain points in a rhythm that goes with the background music, and if you press A at the right times, you can chain a combo of hits. The highest combo is 16 and it can be super hard to get on certain enemies/songs, but once you get the hang of some songs, you can combo them fairly reliably. The better you get at comboing, the more damage you can do. You can still get through the game without comboing if you suck at it, but it's a bit harder and requires more grinding. So you get rewarded for timing skill, haha. You definitely want to pay attention to the background music for any given battle as a result.
I'm pretty good at comboing and can usually 10-16 most enemies, but there are always ones that give me trouble. :B It's easier to combo with some characters than others because when they hit they make a musical sound, and for me some of the sounds are distracting. Flint's is... I forget, a guitar I think? He's pretty easy to do it with once you get used to him.
Hi random astrological bracelet how you doin
hot spring haikus!
Rule of thumb for most RPGs, except for those ones where the enemies level up with you so it can screw you over later cough FF8 cough
MY FAVORITE HAIKU
You'll get very familiar with these by the end of the game.
After a bit of walking around
ON MY WAY
Pigmask what are you up to
delicious fried bacon
At some point you get a book that keeps all the monsters you've seen, and it also keeps the back of all the monsters you can see the back of. CAN YOU COLLECT BOTH VIEWS
Flustered by my great combos
Leveling also works much the same as it did in EarthBound. So nostalgic, haha.
Oh yeah the person
Any response to those allegations, firefly?
Just a big ol fire, no big deal
Now we're talking
I could go for a cookie
Time to use some special moves! Flint's got a set of four here he can use as many times as he wants. Strengthen/Toughen Up raise offense/defense respectively, Power Smash is an inaccurate heavy hit, and Swing hits multiple enemies. LET'S TRY SWING
When Flint feels like moving anyway
I wonder if anyone's done a speed/no save run of Mother 3, hmm.
YOU OKAY FUEL??
don't throw your loaf of bread out the window
That flying thing won't bug me, surely.
Got nothing on me, Flying Mouse.
THE DAY IS SAVED
what color am i again
Unlike Thomas, Fuel actually helps in battle. :B
Giant forest fire? better get reeally drunk
Well now I don't know what to believe.
Could this be a theme??
With tears in his eyes
Hitting each other with planks of wood, god I envy them
flower petals begin drifting by in the background
THE DAY IS SAVED
they owe me money
don't let the PITCH BLACK bite
sadly he also burned down
I'LL SAY WHAT I WANT
Isaac raising an eyebrow
DUN DUN DUNNNN
But seriously I like how ominous this is.
HOW WILL I GET MORE NUTBREAD
Seems less angry now
night is the only time to be up
Gonna move inside to read my letter now.
I CAN'T SAY NO TO YOU
Boney can't really use armor or weapons like the others, but he's super fast and can sniff out weaknesses. People complain about Boney being useless BUT THEY ARE WRONG BONEY IS GREAT AND CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE WITH A QUICK ITEM
ODD THAT YOU'RE SAYING THAT SINCE SHE'S PERFECTLY FINE, I KNOW IT
The translations I first read called him Wes and I seriously can't get that out of my head. It just looks weird to me with two s's. :B
Special dragony place.
incidentally it does not involve leaving my house
Boney's sprites are just so cute don't mind me
GET OFF MY BACK
These can come in super handy later.
I could go for some cheese
More delicious food
It is a hard life.
Reggie you make me sort of uncomfortable
THEY SURE ARE
I just keep dropping them, I can't stop
MY NUMBER ONE SUSPECT, NO
IF YOU SAY SO
After every bad joke they take a bow, haha.
DON'T BEAT ME UP FLINT
SURE IS A LOT OF TALK OF DRAGOS LATELY well anyway
Jonel what do you have against old people
I actually couldn't think of anything for him so Duster stays Duster. :B I LOVE DUSTER SO MUCH YOU GUYS
now you are the prettiest puppy
By "exactly what's going on" I assume Wes means GET OVER HERE NOW
This sequence has the best theme. It's called Run, My Dog, Run! AND IT'S AWESOME
I should really be doing the music more for these but lazyyy maybe later
you guys seen a guy named duster around here
SOMEONE OPEN THIS DOOR FOR ME
fine i'll just DRAG YOU THERE
YOU CAN DO IT, DUSTER
I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A WALK
YES OF COURSE I WILL
Duster's... left leg is the one that's messed up I think, and he limps as a result. You can see it in his overhead sprites regardless when he's running, walking, whatever. I THINK IT'S A REALLY NEAT DETAIL OKAY SHH
I BET SHE'S FINE
Haha I remember you
Duster's awesome for a lot of reasons but among them is that he has so many great battle bonuses being a thief and all. One is that randomly he'll just get a free hit right when the battle starts. BAM FREE DAMAGE
Weirdly, despite a permanent leg injury, Duster attacks via kicking. WHATEVER
Boney bites of course. :B
Not much I can do with this info for now BUT STILL
Duster also gets some cool thief items, among them the Wall Staples that can paralyze people. AND THEY COST NOTHING TO USE TOO, BAM
I haven't mentioned too much about the bosses so far but none of them gave me much trouble if I recall. :B JUST GOTTA LEVEL AND BE CAREFUL IS ALL
things get much harder later
WHO WOULD MAKE SUCH A PLAN???
Curse you, Pigmasks! I'll get you yet!
Back into the forest and
:O!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM
FIND OUT NEXT TIME