Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

I think I'll try defying expectations



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




SO TIRED BLEH but I might as well get Chapter 6 started! Actually wait, before I do that, I might as well dump some thoughts here that occurred to me about earlier chapters since I don't know where to put them otherwise.

-Wes trained Duster with all the thief tools (or so one assumes) but actually only lets him keep them in chapter two, otherwise the only thing he lets Duster have when he's not around are the staples. I CAN'T TRUST YOU WITH THIS SIREN BEETLE DUSTER

-They rallied everyone to make a search party in chapter one except Duster for some reason, who was sleeping. The weirdest thing is that WES COMES TO HELP but not Duster. Did they just go to Wes's house and he left without him? Did Wes just not know where Duster was/not care? No one was wondering hey where's Wes's son anyway, what's he doing, can't he give us a hand? Did everyone just forget him? It's not like Duster didn't want to help, since he's really gungho to help you out when he gets there. It's just like Wes why didn't you kick Duster out of bed and take him with you, that's so weird. Although Jonel is like GO HOME WES YOU'RE TOO OLD so maybe no one asked Wes to help and he just showed up anyway, but why not ask Duster? He's not too old. Maybe they did just completely forget him, haha.

Oh, and since we finished Chapter 5, here's the HQ music from that! Definitely worth it for the jukebox songs, haha.

ANYWAY last time we were doing some freefalling you could say. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Oh here's the file screen, I never showed it before since I had a save game later on that I didn't want to spoil anything. :B But we're past my old save game now soooo

A warm hazy day and wasn't I just falling to my death?

Sunflowers and Illusions/Phantoms plays here. Sort of reminiscent of the music that plays during Flint's breakdown, actually.

where am i

In true contrary form I went to the right for a while, but nothing seemed to happen so I eventually turned around.

Hmm?

A sunflower! And my name, how odd.

I think Name for these Children plays here, it's the Mother 3 Love Theme again, as usual aiming straight for your tear ducts.

Boney! :D

look over there lucas

IT'S HINAWA!!

Mother?! plays here for the dramatic reveal.

COME BACK

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING

And if I remember right, Miracles Big and Small/A Tiny, Enormous Miracle plays here, which incidentally is the same theme that played in the Forest Shrine way back when in Chapter one.

END OF CHAPTER SIX

No I'm totally serious, that's all of Chapter 6. I mentioned before how Mother 3 plays with your expectations, and this chapter is a big way it does that. Every chapter before this has been about the same length, you'll notice. By this point you've assumed there are unspoken rules about the length of a chapter, created your own logic around what's happened since the game never states a chapter length or anything. Then Itoi just yanks the rug out from under you all HA HA HA HA HA

Honestly, you might as well just watch a video of it, it's only five minutes long and it gets the entire thing across much better.

In a way, this chapter's a reminder that you don't need dialogue or long cutscenes to achieve emotional impact. You don't need words to know why Lucas would jump. Simplicity can be very powerful.

BUT LET'S JUMP RIGHT TO THE NEXT CHAPTER!

The commander and white cape are on the move!

Just crushes Boney to his chest

I bet Alec dreams about Hinawa a lot.

I like that Alec enlisted Wes to help him though. I NEED TO PILE THIS HAY
no
WES. I AM GOING TO PILE THIS HAY. AND YOU ARE GOING TO HELP ME DO IT.
Fine. >:(

weird old man friends, haha

ME TOO but mostly you

A ghostmom miracle.

no reason for asking, just for some guy i know
his name's

bess

look stop asking questions

CONTRARY LUCAS DON'T AGREE TO NOTHING

:|

THEY LOOK TOTALLY TRUSTWORTHY WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT

Let's try it the other way.

WHAT IS WES'S PROBLEM THAT HE JUST CAN'T SAY THIS STUFF

DUSTER ISN'T EVEN HERE

WHY BE SLY ABOUT BEING CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR SON MAYBE BEING DEAD AGAIN

wes you are the worst tsundere in the world

And then he just goes back into it, blah blah.

Duster? Are we talking about Duster? I'll assume this is about Duster.

RUN OUT THE DOOR MIKE

WHO'LL STOP YOU

I'm just not born that way, baby

More palindromes!

YAY PUPPY YAY oh and you too

BONEY NO COME BACK

Not that I'll let that stop me from talking to everyone exhaustively.

AND NOW EVERYTHING'S FIXED RIGHT

I MEAN I BLEW UP THE TOWER RIGHT

EVERYTHING'S BETTER NOW RIGHT

I'll make a note.

EXCUSE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

though a wordless falling body is sort of creepy

so prettily shaded

OH MAN FINALLY

BOOOOOOOOO

Screw up your formation, see how you feel.

Alright let's see what Boney found.

BURRITO COSPLAY IS VERY BIG THIS YEAR, WHAT DO YOU KNOW

Well I think you should lose some weight.

You'll fit right in in Tazmily!

I DON'T KNOW, WHY DON'T YOU TAKE A VOTE

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THE SAGA OF THE DOORKNOB CONTINUES!

The worst Ionia would do to you is give you a bad makeover, maybe.

Oh yeah! That was awkward.

I sense a quest drawing near, yes.

:O

I just really love how makeup gives you magical powers in this.

CONTRARY LUCAS WALKS ALONE

I'M NOT SIGNING THIS LEASE WITH YOU

Haha IONIA DOESN'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER

I knew you guys would come in handy!

But why not chat with Ionia a bit more

No hexes, or curses.

Haha but still all tied up

OH WELL, IF YOU DON'T MIND

I must immediately talk to everyone.

WITH IONIA BY MY SIDE, WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

IT'S TOO LATE PUSHER

I'M HERE FOR GOOD

Hahahaha I've been consistently talking to this guy for chapters on end FINALLY IT PAYS OFF

Hahaha, Ionia just blowing kisses Ollie's way

LET'S CHANGE THE SUBJECT

Just circles the entire thing

Tho dang it's been a while since Mapson's marked a map hasn't it

Burritocosplayers unite

NO IT'LL JUST GET WORSE

ONLY CITY MAGICAL BEINGS HERE

Well Boney finds most of them

:o

Hahahaha

NO

EVERYTHING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FIXED NOW

I STOPPED THE LIGHTNING

I RUINED THE PIGMASK'S PLANS

YOU'RE FREE NOW

WHY ISN'T TAZMILY FIXED

WHY CAN'T I SAVE YOU

And again this relates to that theme of powerlessness I've brought up before, just things outside your control. You can't save Tazmily anymore - it's dying. You can TELL it's dying. And you WANT to save it, but you can't. What's killing Tazmily isn't something you can fight. But you want to do it anyway, so when you do something like destroy the thunder tower, you think, that's it, now I accomplished something, now Tazmily will go back to the way it was. But it'll never go back to the way it was. You can't stop change like this. No matter what you do, it's out of your control, just like so many other things in this game.

GET OFF MY BACK, BRENDA

You're all just jealous.

NO THAT'S WHAT THE PIGMASKS WANT

Ionia blowing more kisses, WHO CAN RESIST

Neither! But Ionia seems to prefer she, so

Better than what you normally do anyway.

NO EVERYONE STAY AND GO BACK TO HOW YOU WERE

HINAWA COME BACK TO LIFE

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING

Relevant stories for the modern age.

:<

Keep up the good work

You would not want to go through some of what I've been through, trust me.

TO BE FAIR, THEY DO SEEM PRETTY HAPPY

Reggie's gone! :o

Well at least you guys are still around, though the door isn't even closed now.

You're new.

God that sounds delicious.

The real reason people wear Hawaiian shirts.

YAY BUD AND LOU ARE BACK :D

I was legitimately happy to see them back in town up to their old tricks, haha. SO YOU HAVEN'T ABANDONED COMEDY AFTER ALL

BRAVO!!

Fight the system

GET A ROOM

Also, so hot right now

nom nom

I mean, nothing.

Oh there you are Bronson, I thought you left too for a second.

You can nap here just like at home! But it's only a few screens away - WHAT PURPOSE COULD IT SERVE? HMM

Delicious me-ness.

DON'T YOU SEE, YOU HAD THE RUBY SLIPPERS ALL ALONG

Can't argue with that.

THAT'S MY JOB!

Will I get a spiffy hat

No!

And the mermaids, and the dolphins out there dissolving into ossicles

Can't argue with that.

I actually haven't managed to do this yet, but apparently if you don't save for a long enough time, you actually CAN hear Leder's bell! It's sort of like when your dad would call you in EarthBound to tell you to stop playing and go outside. Basically it's like WOW YOU SHOULD SAVE AND STOP PROBABLY DUDE BONG BONG. I save compulsively since save frogs are everywhere so I've never gotten it, though maybe I should try for it sometime.

NEVER

MY ITEM HORDING CAN'T BE STOPPED

Man glad I didn't spring for a ticket in Chapter 4, eesh.

>:O

ISAAC NO

Every day the flowers are different.

Ionia just :< in the background I imagine

What the, why are there enemies in here

ARGH NO

Oh it's just you.

Hahaha.

Huh, that's new.

ARGH YOU EXPLODE TOO

NEVER MIND

In the meantime I decided to see what Ionia's battle messages were. :3 False how dare you sir

A MOUSE EEEEEK

Aww thanks for the ten hp, Ionia. Actually, a few times Ionia did this when I was about to die and saved me. :O WOO ROLLING HP COUNTER

Emo Claymen

Ha ha ha... ha ha... ha.... wanna go get stoned

You seem alright, Brown. Though your name should be Blue.

The stray dog is gone! Perhaps living his dream in the big city.

WOOOOE, WOOOOOOOEEEE

get off the floor and stop writing poetry

AAAAAAAANGST

we're lost

Anyway I went wandering around the car to Titiboo and JESUS WHAT IS THIS WHERE DID IT COME FROM OH GOD YOU'RE HORRIFYING GET AWAY FROM ME

AAA AAAAAAAAAA

This thing is weak to crying but man, you never realize how much you miss Duster until he's not there. I COULD USE A SMOKE BOMB MAN

arrrrghhhh

THE THRILLING CONCLUSION OF CLIFF CLIMBING DUDE

I'M SURE YOU WERE RIVETED i actually really like how they finished this dude's story over the course of like three chapters. So much attention to detail.

Club Titiboo is still empty though, sadly. Man the DCMC kept that entire place afloat.

THERE'S TOO MUCH GOING ON AT ONCE AAAAAAA

Maybe next time.

WHEEEEEEEE

The music for riding the train is Let's Ride the Train! and it's SO GREAT YOU GUYS

SO MUCH FUN GUITAR AND ENERGY

SO GREAT

Anyway let's catch up on these.

Wouldn't have thought he'd be so motherly.

WHY NOT

There actually was a palette swap done of this guy but they ended up cutting it in the end. Alkaline Man I think?

NO KIDDING

Man only one new memo?

HI LIGHTER

IONIA THINKS YOU'RE HOT

Man just stab Lucas in the heart, Lighter.

Off to Aeolia's house

NO I WANT TO MAKE MORE YOGURT

Anyway because I can't leave ANY STONE UNTURNED I got bored and went back through the cave Alec and Flint went back through in Chapter 1. And all the presents I hadn't opened were still there! It was actually kind of surreal to go through this area again as Lucas and pick up stuff Flint had touched but left behind, idk.

This whole area, it's just weird. It feels like Flint's area, you know? Wandering around in it made me sort of uneasy, like I shouldn't be there.

BUT WHY NOT GET SOME BACK SPRITES

ARRRRGH

Man why did I leave all this stuff

No Drago

And no Claus.

ENOUGH LOLLYGAGGING, LET'S SEE AEOLIA

So fancy

I like that Ionia still says this even though I've been wandering around the entire map talking to people for like an hour.

How did you climb all those ladders, come to think of it

And then Ionia powders her face AND IT'S SUPER CUTE

I MADE A GIF

Just because you're immortal magical beings doesn't mean hygiene isn't important.

IMAGINE A WHOLE TON OF CRASHING OMINOUS NOISES GOING ON HERE

That frilly toothpick, I remember!

Woah what

Woops wrong namecard for Aeolia there

In Japanese if I remember right the Magypsies tended to go bai-pi~ in kata and I could never quite figure it out. WHY NOT BYE BYE? WHY BYE PEE? Well it's bye bee now

BYE BEEEEE

I like Aeolia DANG I SHOULD HAVE TALKED TO THEM BEFORE I TALKED TO IONIA

FRICK I MISSED A CONVO

ah well too late now

These things are great because if you die in battle, they'll instantly revive you. That doesn't stop you from wasting them on stupid things though, cough.

And into the catacombs! Ionia's walk is great, haha

Awww you look adorable

ADORABLE

BUT IONIA'S RUN IS EVEN BETTER i went and made gifs of these too

HMMMMMMMMM

I like Ionia's thoughtful pose, haha.

Yes thank you

NO WAIT I DON'T WANT TO KILL MAGYPSIES

NO NO I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE

I REFUSE

In that you have no choice

HMMMMM

That barbell is ringing

BUT FIRST

duuuh whuh? huh?

Man what must the Commander sound like for a kid like LUCAS to sound cheery.

A monkey eh

better investigate

...what

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, OUR GRAND ADVENTURE as you've probably guessed, this chapter is the longest in the game. I love that it follows the shortest one, haha. But in true RPG fashion, now we have to go collect things! Just like Mother 1 and EarthBound, haha. In fact, since the Magypsies are named after musical terms, we're actually hunting songs just like the other two games! HOW APPROPRIATE

However Chapter 7 is also unusual that it's pretty nonlinear. You can hunt down whatever Magypsy you want in whatever order, mostly. There is a path that game sort of hints you to following, but you can break from it and do other things instead if you want, which I've done once or twice. It's TOUGH to do things out of the intended order but possible! However, I decided to follow the main one here because hey why not. Also god it's so hard out of order.

SO NEXT UP, THE CHIMERA LAB!

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