Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

With a shovel or a pick



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




Since we finished chapter four, here's the HQ zip file of all the songs for it. There's a lot of fun stuff in here, including the DCMC's performance! Such great guitar and bass, haha.

It turns out that so far chapter 5 is surprisingly short compared to 4, but then again a lot of things changed in 4 that required OBSESSIVE CHECKING so that's probably a factor. But that means that 5 will probably only take two posts like 1, 2, and 3. JUST ZIPPING ALONG THROUGH HERE

I can't help it, there are so many great sequences in this game I want to show you, haha.

pyew

bring the thunderrrr

i am yours to command, flashback claymen

Duster fixed his ladder! I wonder how it got broke in the first place?

SEZ YOU, I GOT BACKTRACKING TO DO

must check and make sure i don't miss ANYTHING

Do the saltwater guns work on these? I should check.

Alright now that that's done TIME TO SYSTEMATICALLY CHECK EVERY AREA I CAN GET TO BEFORE ADVANCING THE PLOT

JUST IN CASE

they're so cute, haha

I SORT of looked around for the Top Dogfish (which is a rare enemy) but didn't see it and got bored. I'M TOO LAZY

I'll look again later.

ooooo

AND MAN AND WOMAN, I GUESS

It weirds me out sometimes when the back sprites don't match the front sprites, haha. WHAT'S THAT OVER THERE says the ostrelephant

CAN I PECK IT TO DEATH

lucas hon you okay

I need to pay more attention to HP, I swear.

Lucas this isn't the time

YOU GUYS I'M LIKE FIVE FEET AWAY

Aha, now we're talking! Shields and buffs and debuffs, I'm telling you.

The same basic effect as Duster's staples, but I think a bit more permanent? I'm not sure, Kumatora gets a bunch of similar stat-based PSI to go with Duster's thief tools, but I usually have Duster doing most of that while Kumatora attacks. On the other hand, Kumatora's PSI is more accurate than Duster's tools, so if you don't want to risk it, you can use her instead. OR you can have Duster and Kumatora team up to do two offense-down's a round THE POWER IS YOURS

I try to be a bit conservative with PSI points though so I don't normally use her stat debuffers too much. They can still come in handy though.

Oh hey, we can't talk to him anymore. :O He's too high up. DETAILS

AGAIN?

ISAAC WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU

YOU USED TO BE SO SENSIBLE

Someone get the extra treadmills ready!

To Boney back there

Boney's disguise is flawless.

duster and kumatora just Lucas i don't think you should touch that

lucas

LUCAS

YOU GUYS ARE COMEDIANS

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

Jonel speaks for us all

NO ONE SEEMS TO NOTICE DUSTER WITH ME? NO?

Man a dogpalace would be fun.

THE CAPTIVATING CHARACTER ARC OF STRAY DOG

Yesssssss this is so useful.

You should move into the country.

Glad to see Ollie got over his broken Clayman, though what the heck did he do to it in the first place?

Probably a coincidence!

It looks like they keep track. :O I don't think you get anything special for doing it a lot of times or anything. BUT SURE WHY NOT

Aww yeah now I'll take you OUT

Then I was an idiot and didn't actually get a shot of it from the front. DOY. The next time I check the battle memory you'll see it though.

HELP I'M STUCK IN AN AIR CONDITIONER

Sit! Good boy, Muttshroom.

Haha dang I missed this one before

Of course Flint isn't at Hinawa's grave. BUT WHY NOT CHECK ANYWAY. You get the same flashback as before, although you can see Duster and Kumatora step back and give you a little space, and Boney lowering his head here though in sympathy.

KAY LET'S GO

I wonder what this would be like in-world. Lucas like "oh, can we stop, I need to tell Mom about everything I've done so far", and he just sits by her grave and talks about finding Duster and Kumatora and how they're going to get the egg and everything, and Duster and Kumatora are just like :< this is so awkward

OR maybe Lucas doesn't talk to Hinawa's grave, maybe Flint does and just assumes that Lucas does too. WHO CAN SAY

Wandering around Osohe castle and woah, did not expect this to open for me. DID DUSTER DANCE IT OPEN

WHY WOULDN'T YOU SHOW ME, GAME

OOPS

Haha the ghosts still say the same thing from chapter 4. I GUESS THEY THOUGHT YOU'D ONLY BACKTRACK BACK HERE IN THIS CHAPTER

BUT I DID IT WAY EARLIER, HA HA

This time though I've got Rope Snake so I CAN GO FURTHER INTO THE CASTLE oooooo

Delicious back sprites, all mine. Though the sword and shield refused to join up with the armor when I walked in cause they kept running away from me. OH WELL

Just checking

Oh hey, you're back! I see those shoes. Those shoes are mine.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL

WHO CAN RESIST

Lucas looking so classy

Dang, I should have checked the other responses with Sir Passion before. OH WELL.

HOW DARE YOU

Lord Passion is a pumped up version of Sir Passion from before, so don't underestimate him.

YOUR DOG SNIFFED ME OH GOD I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE THIS AAAAAA

OW JESUS

arrrrrgh

Can still combo his song pretty easily if I hit the right part though, haha.

NOT THE THEME OF LOVE, NO

Maybe, the text sighs

STOP THROWING THINGS AT ME

There we go. Basically the same as before, hit him with a smoke bomb, lower his offense and defense, raise your own, and just wail on him.

AWW YEAH

These shoes as you can see are AWESOME for Duster, and this is your ONLY chance to get them. If you don't backtrack to Osohe in Chapter 5 YOU'LL MISS THE MYSTICAL SHOES FOREVER

So it's in your best interest to backtrack, haha. I do like that the game rewards you for it though. YOU'RE OBSESSIVE ENOUGH TO CHECK EVERY AREA AFTER GETTING A CHARACTER BACK? WELL HERE YOU GO

I use these shoes for pretty much most of the rest of the game from this point on because they boost up so many of his stats. They make Duster a real force to be reckoned with, and not only that, a really speedy one as well. Since I'm usually comboing with him and Boney, throwing some offense ups on him can have him doing TONS of damage while Lucas and Kumatora run support. BASICALLY THESE SHOES ARE GREAT

WHY DO YOU DENY ME A DANCING DUSTER SPRITE, GAME

You'll be mine someday, weird frilly toothpick.

OH NO

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DUSTER

Not only does Duster sometimes get a free turn at the beginning of battle, but if enemies sneak up on you, he can do this and get a free turn in ANYway! And sometimes I think he can even spin the enemy around so YOU get a free turn instead! Basically Duster is amazing.

(though the image of someone sneaking up on him to play a prank and then getting kicked in the stomach by accident is kind of hilarious)

Roundabout, loop-de-loops, corkscrews, you wouldn't believe

ANYWAY LET'S HEAD BACK INTO TOWN

Makings for a great prince and the pauper tale right here!

Then weirdly Mapson didn't say anything else. TALK ABOUT NON MAP RELATED STUFF LIKE WHAT? MAPSON FINISH YOUR THOUGHT

Go kill some birdsticks and come back, you'll be fine.

WHO'S EVERYONE

GIVE ME NAMES

And another reminder that Flint's life now entirely revolves around looking for Claus.

The Pigmasks broke us, it's not my fault

Someday, Pusher.

WE WENT TO AN AWESOME CONCERT AND... well that's mostly it, really

Duster just staring at her like "wha?"

I get you, Abbey.

WATCHING TV, THERE'S MY REAL PASSION

Keeps talking about pitch black bread rolls after he burns them, it's weird

I like that the Pigmask and other guy say the same thing, but the cop has an entirely new thing to say for no reason, haha.

DON'T GIVE UP HOPE, REGGIE

DOOR KNOB THEFT IS SERIOUS BUSINESS

Doggy biscuits are our goal~

I'm picturing Lucas with the same expression as the dumb-looking rock from Adventure Time.

HEY BATEAU WANT TO PLAY FIFTY TWO LETTER PICKUP

HOW WILL THIS LOVE STORY END??

Important life lessons from Mother 3.

Where will you two show up next

I DON'T WANT NO PIGMASK BRAIN RAYS CONTROLLING ME

that actually isn't that much of an exaggeration I bet, though I do wonder what you see in the happy box. Some people suggested that you see whatever it is you really want, sort of like the Mirror of Erised I guess. I can't shake sort of a weird Hypnotoad/shifting colors sort of image myself with some kind of subliminal part to it that makes your brain release endorphins or something. I DUNNO

A big city, where

Only room for four characters on the battle screen, sorry.

BRONSON DUSTER IS STANDING RIGHT BEHIND ME

dumb looking rock again

Tessie giggles to herself. Duster remains puzzled and a bit unsettled by all these people who seem to know him/stuff about him. Who are you people??

Bum looking guy, kid, dog, punching lady - the classiest.

JACKIE I THOUGHT WE WERE BROS

Duster just like "why do people keep calling me a thief, i play the bass"

"just pay no attention, duster"

Though that'd be a bit freaky, come back to town with no memory of your past life and everyone keeps talking about you were a thief. Did you do something terrible in your old life that you can't remember? WERE YOU A MURDERER??? WOULD IT BE BETTER NOT TO KNOW??? I'm overthinking this aren't I.

Though to be fair, not a lot of people in town so far have noticed or cared that Duster's back at all. :< More evidence of people in Tazmily becoming more and more self-centered, if you want. OR MAYBE THEY JUST DIDN'T WRITE LINES FOR COMING BACK WITH HIM THIS EARLY but I dunno, that seems weird since SOME lines are still different when he's with you at this point.

That's how you get mold. :|

A RELATIONSHIP FORGED BY DESTINY

With the lightning around here lately, just wait a couple minutes.

Of course Flint isn't at home, why would he be? ABSENTEE FATHER OF THE YEAR

You two are new! And I bet you'll be significant later.

Lies, never seen one

At least it's not maliciously designed this way BUT WHY ARE THERE MANACLES IN THE ROOMS

Haha I totally didn't pick up that the headline last time was a palindrome until you guys said so. :B This one is a bit more obvious I guess, haha.

But it's not even raining

HEY WES HEY WES HEY WES

I FOUND YOUR SON YOU THOUGHT WAS DEAD FOR THREE YEARS

I bet this will be really emotional and touching.

Still got that leg I permanently messed up huh? Good times.

True - you can skip this entire conversation by not backtracking, I think. BUT THAT IS NOT FOR ME

WES YOU THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD FOR THREE YEARS

THREE YEARS

THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO??

On the other hand, at this point Duster wouldn't even know who Wes was, so it wouldn't make a difference to him. IS WES JUST BEING LIKE THIS BECAUSE DUSTER HAS AMNESIA? WOULD WES BE MORE OPEN IF HE KNEW DUSTER HAD HIS MEMORY BACK? I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO FIND OUT LATER WHEN DUSTER REMEMBERS WHO HE IS

Though does Wes know at this point Duster has amnesia? I'm going to assume Lucas mentioned it at some point when they started the convo, since that'd give him an understandable reason for acting so distant. Or maybe the pigeon told him (if Wes can understand animals?).

If I remember right, neither of the translations I had before the patch had this conversation translated and it killed me because I backtracked in the Japanese version as well and I could TELL there was something going on here, but I had no idea what it was. As you've probably guessed by now I'm sort of fascinated by Duster and Wes's relationship, so when the patch came out it was so satisfying to finally be able to read all these little convos.

SOMEDAY, PIGMASK

LIGHTER THANK GOD

FINALLY SOMEONE ACTUALLY ACTING LIKE A HUMAN BEING

Lighter is practically the ONLY one in town that recognizes Duster (that's not Wes or Tessie anyway) and seems happy to see him again, which matches with how Lighter is the only one in town who's refused to go along with modernization (well, him and Flint/Lucas) as well. Haha, sort of like Lighter is one of the last remnants of what Tazmily used to be like.

OH LIGHTER

duster's hairline is so mysterious. IS HE OLD ENOUGH TO BE PREMATURELY BALDING? DOES HE HAVE A HIGH WIDOW'S PEAK? IS HIS HAIR JUST THIN? IS LIGHTER JUST TEASING? WHO CAN SAY

DUSTER NO

THAT BUSHIE JUST WANTED TO HELP

Dang, can't go up to Drago Peak to look for Claus ourselves then.

Up to Alec's house, noooo

Huh, I'll have to come back and check on this.

Where Lucas and Claus played with the Dragos what seems like a million years ago. THERE ARE NO MORE DRAGOS HERE ANYMORE THOUGH

In fact, haven't seen ANY Dragos since the timeskip, you notice that?

Standing properly at attention.

Alright, back to what I was supposed to be doing.

Man these haiku writers just have no luck with these.

They can just see the wonderfulness in Lucas's sad eyes.

Less splinters!

Haha I don't need new shoes with my fancy MYSTICAL SHOES. Although picturing Duster with these elf-y shoes is great.

Awwww Boney can wear a ribbon. :>

Just stand directly in front of it!

Heh, this lion was the main enemy in that one Mother 3 flash I did a while back. I'd link to it but it has spoilers. BUT WHEN WE GET TO THE APPROPRIATE POINT, I WILL LINK TO IT AGAIN FOR YOU

Reminded of an orange for some reason

This guy is a bit interesting because you actually don't WANT to sneak up on it from behind since all its guns are back there. You actually want to get it from the front most of the time. It's just neat there are situations where what direction the enemy's facing make a difference, haha.

Aaaaah nooooo

EXCUSE ME??

I bet you can actually go backtrack with Boney back on all fours, but I assumed the only thing that'd change would be the factory dialogue. Although, maybe Boney would have said something else while running on the treadmill? I GUESS WE MAY NEVER KNOW because i just kept going this time, haha

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN

Well I learned something today.

THE NERVE, WHY I NEVER

There we go, the mecha turtle from the front.

NOODLES ARE EXCITING, IT'S TRUE

DIG TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Reach for the underground stars, moles.

FINALLY, A MOLE I CAN RELATE TO

Awwww with the little baby on its head

Ooooh, now we're talking.

Touched down in the land where the skies were blue in the middle of the pouring rain

Mlole!

horticultural!

Neither am I it's fine

Beautiful.

After a bit of wandering

That doesn't seem very safe to me.

Woah really

Then I missed this since it happens kinda fast but there's a SUDDEN BOLT OF LIGHTNING

And I didn't get a shot of that either DURRR

But you remember Claymen coming back to life via electricity right OH WHO SAW IT COMING

No love and peace for you

Looks sorta veiny

No one ever saw it zapping people? It seems to do it a lot.

Moonwalk

SO MUCH SWEARING

After a bit, hey a factory! A different one it seems.

Big pile of clay corpses, no big deal.

Why would you need to take your mask off to pee anyway?

WE HEARD ABOUT YOUR BATHROOM HABITS

Commander?

BUT WHO COULD LUCAS BE CONFUSED FOR AND WHY

HMMMMMMMM

haha I love Boney's disguise

Aww thanks Pigmask. I guess.

Better get it together, Porkins! It's getting ribbit-culous!

zzzzz

You guys are so lazy.

Oh this is probably a good time to mention it. As you know by now, Duster has a limp. You can see it whenever he's walking or running around, like so.

Which I always thought was neat, haha. But even better, when Duster puts on the Pigmask uniform...

He still limps! I just think that's a really cool detail. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASY TO REPLACE HIM WITH A GENERIC PIGMASK SPRITE BUT NO, IT'S STILL HIM UNDER THERE

I don't have the sprites off-hand to show this either, but when Kumatora runs, she moves her arms in this specific way, and she does the same thing while in disguise too. I JUST APPRECIATE THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

And while I was looking for a Kumatora runsprite I found that adorable little shuffly animation that Lucas and Claus do during the naming sequence, so here you go.

Hehehehe

my comic books, no

Yup, I suppose.

obviously the first thing to do is go RIGHT back in the factory

Who needs details!

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Awww yeah

GAH

The way its back just ends in that metal plate weirds me out.

These robots have the Rock n Roll music as their bgm for some odd reason.

CAN DO

woops

UH OH

And finally, after all this time, the Pork Trooper (also known as the Scary Womanizing Pigmask in one translation I read) has Unfounded Revenge as his battle theme. UNFOUNDED REVENGE IS SO AWESOME YOU GUYS

It also appears in Brawl, so you may recognize it from that. THERE SHOULD BE MORE REMIXES OF THIS THEME actually Mother 3 is lacking for remixes in general, although I haven't gone looking through Starmen.net for any in a while, that reminds me.

Weak against DCMC stuff you say.

Wait what

HAHA, SUCKER

I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD BE USEFUL, DID YOU BELIEVE ME? I think you can also use any DCMC armor you've hung onto as well.

In the meantime this reminded me of another item I had with me.

The trivia cards! Basically, you can show a trivia card to a human enemy (which usually means a Pigmask) and get a different response. It's pointless but it's such an Mother type item to have in the game, haha.

And as long as the Trooper's jealous, you're home free! You CAN do this without any DCMC stuff, it's just a lot harder.

Suckerrrr

Pork Trooper is concerned about his weight.

I'LL FART MY WAY INTO THE SKY

actually no he just tripped, haha

HEROISM

haha

WOOHOO PORKBEAN TIME

The highway's a pretty big area and has some cool stuff in it, it's worth looking around. Especially with a Pork Bean since that saves you a ton of time. While not riding the Bean, the theme is Dangerous Highway, just sort of slinky with a fun twangy guitar at bits.

YOU'RE ALL FIRED

Oh hey, the desert has a name!

Awww

I REMEMBER YOU GUYS

YOU EXPLODE ON EVERYONE

Well Atomic Power Robot, Nuclear Power Robot, close enough.

Haha but the BEST PART of being able to spin guys around is that if you hit these things from behind, you break their self-destruct mechanism and THEY CAN'T EXPLODE ON YOU

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Hey, I remember this place!

Sadly can't go back to the desert it seems.

Yess, delicious item boxes, all mine.

TOY WITH MY EMOTIONS

This chimera has a mouth on its butt, dangerous coming AND going.

SOUNDS FUN, I'M GETTING ONE

Nah

Efficient use of manpower in the Pigmask army

we must FIGHT TO THE DEATH

awwww

Where did you get this

DON'T BLOW OFF YOUR FINGERS WITH IT

Sounds easy enough.

OOPS

GIVE ME YOURS INSTEAD

A fiendish enemy

UP HIGH

Evil work

You look a little intense, Rhinocerocket.

SCREW YOU GUYS I'M OUT OF HERE

Slightly different from the scrapped robots!

LUCAS YOU OKAY OVER THERE

Yes.

SOUNDS IMPORTANT, I'LL GET ON IT IMMEDIATELY

Fancy.

man why did i break my pork bean

now i have to walk

I DON'T TRUST ROBOTS

Alright, fine.

I GOT IT OKAY

WHAT A RIPOFF

Anyway at this point I got too annoyed having to walk everywhere without my Pork Bean, so I took a break and went back to an earlier save so I'd have it again. TUNE IN NEXT TIME!

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