Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

What's the worst that could happen



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2013! I left my write-up mostly unchanged.




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

SOUNDS GOOD

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.

Aww yeah

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

Alright fine

|B

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

Important information.

SO LACKADAISICAL

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

A WHAT??

WHAT???

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

cruelly slain

BUT THEN

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!

Anyway

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

Aww yeah

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

WOOOOOOOOOOO

I'm feeling optimistic

Ol squiggly legs is on the move

excuse me i'm tipping my hat to the door

NONSENSE

these chiseled features

so the fire can't get in, duh

SCENE STEALER

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

BUT FIRST

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

Hahahahahaha

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

Makes sense.

mmm macademia

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.

wweeoo weeeooo

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

Hehehe

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.

So... beautiful...

Oh yeah the person

:o

Any response to those allegations, firefly?

A SANDWICH??

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

No problem

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.

NOO AAAAA

Got nothing on me, Flying Mouse.

really Flint

THE DAY IS SAVED

HOORAY!

what color am i again

WELP.

Unlike Thomas, Fuel actually helps in battle. :B

aaaahhh

WOOP

Giant forest fire? better get reeally drunk

I'M CONFUSED

Well now I don't know what to believe.

Could this be a theme??

With tears in his eyes

Hehehe

DUH

Hitting each other with planks of wood, god I envy them

flower petals begin drifting by in the background

GASP

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

UH SURE

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

HI THERE

hmmmmm

Aww

gasp

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

Deep stuff

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

:o

Special dragony place.

EVERYONE SING

incidentally it does not involve leaving my house

Boney's sprites are just so cute don't mind me

GET OFF MY BACK

mmmmm

>:[

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

Straightforward enough.

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

Naaah

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

amazing staples

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

oink oink

Uh oh

BOSS TIME

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

poke poke

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

for now

things get much harder later

mos definitely

WHO WOULD MAKE SUCH A PLAN???

A Pigcraft!

Curse you, Pigmasks! I'll get you yet!

Back into the forest and

:O!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM

FIND OUT NEXT TIME

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