Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Is it too late to go back to Onett



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




I did the first chapter in one whack SO WHY NOT GET IT ALL DONE QUICKLY

As a note I do link to youtube versions of the music in here and there could possibly be spoilers in the related videos so if you're trying to avoid them BE CAREFUL

NO WHY CAN'T BONEY COME WITH ME

I wanted to get them some presents

No doubt

THANK YOU THANK YOU

Wow they're really there after all

BUT FIRST I HAVE TO TALK TO EVERYONE ELSE

I'M SURE SHE WILL

Such tiny clothes

OH LIGHTER, YOU SCAMP

Okay let's actually see the kids

HUGS WILL WARM YOU UP

it's tasty

innit?

Awww Duster

Like sticks! Or leaves!

I think I accidentally missed a line for one of them durrrr

YOU ACT LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG BUT I BET SHE'LL SHOW UP ANY MINUTE

why here's bronson here to tell me just that i bet

IT WOULD BE, HA HA

head rush

Contrary Flint gets aaall the unusual messages

Man if you've played this game before

ouch

GOOD NEWS! NO BAD NEWS! NO WAIT

But what would you need a weapon for, the whole place is so peaceful :o

BOOT? WAS IT IN MY BOOT?

please say it was in my boot

Everyone takes a step back

GD YOU GROUND

GIVE ME BACK MY WIFE

GD YOU FIRE

GIVE ME BACK MY WIFE

Tessie cowering on the side

situations you don't want to be in

example a

Flint crying or furious? OR BOTH? YOU DECIDE

And Tessie runs over to Flint and Lucas

YOU'RE GOING TO SCAR THEM FOR LIFE

Lighter finally saves the day. Sort of. This whole sequence is really smoothly animated, it's sorta hard to get across in caps. SO HERE'S A VIDEO

Oh I should be doing music too, let's see... actually might as well catch up from the beginning. :B

Let's Begin! for the opening menu

Fun Naming for the naming sequence. So adorable.

WELCOME! for the opening pan over Nowhere Islands. Surprising guitar riff, haha.

Alec's Log House for Alec's place, just sort of mellow.

Mom's Homeland for I think wandering around Mt. Oriander. The first time you hear the Mother 3 Love Theme, which is a running motif through the whole game and will eventually BREAK YOUR HEART

Bothersome Pest is one of the battle themes, I forget for who. Pretty easy to combo.

Stand Up for when you die. Not quite as moving as the Flying Man connection in EarthBound BUT HEY

As You Please, the general menu theme. Just kind of calming.

A Letter for You for when Hinawa writes her letter. Sweet and fairly mellow.

F-F-Fire! for when the bombs are going off, also the first major appearance of the Pigmask theme, which you'll also hear a lot as a common motif throughout the game.

Sound of Siren for when Thomas is running to your house.

To Sunshine Forest for the first part of you wandering around.

Prayer Sanctuary for the dragon shrine, of course. Organs as you'd expect. :B

Forest of Fire as you're trying to get to Lighter's house. Again the Pigmask theme!

Mr. Batty Twist for the batty battles of course. Obviously riffing off the old Batman theme in the first bit, haha. Not too hard to combo.

Back Beat Battle, for the Yammonsters I think? Anyway another easy battle song.

Gentle Rain for when you reunite Fuel and Lighter. Very pretty piano. :B

A Simple Inn for the Yado Inn, sort of slinky.

A Letter from You for when Flint is reading the letter. A much sadder and poignant version of the original letter theme.

Hard Rain for when everyone's looking for Hinawa.

And I already linked to RUN MY DOG RUN but it's so good anyway, haha.

Somewhere for Sure for when they find the dress scrap. Sort of ominous.

Mischievous Blues for the mole battles. SUPER easy to combo this.

Tragic Reconstruction for the Reconstructed Caribou. Sort of forlorn with a clear beat, not too hard to combo.

And finally Confusion (Flint's Breakdown) for THIS VERY SCENE

After which we get a heartbreaking wordless little flashback from Flint's point of view, which also has the Love Theme for ultimate sadness.

OH YOU Hinawa giggles

I love how Lucas pulls her along, so adorable.

GONNA COME WITH? NO?

Gotta adjust this hat

BYE HINAWA

what did i do last night

I THINK Sorrowful Tazmily goes here, or maybe it's In the Room, the general inside a room theme. OH WELL.

I'LL TREASURE IT ALWAYS

heck yeah i did

WHY INDEED

Because that's really something I want to keep forever.

It is surprisingly easy to get kind of stuck here, although I didn't get hit with that this time. It sorta confused me the first time playing it though. You just have to check around the right things/enough times to get the game to move forward. Alex even asked me while he was playing HOW DO I GET OUT OF HERE

There we go

Poor Lucas.

Claus honey what are you planning

Then he runs off. CLAUS WAIT

TAKE ME WITH YOU

NO!

Now what will Flint do about his hangnails

Duster just waiting outside the jailhouse, not sure of what else to do

doesn't want to go home for reasons which will become apparent very soon

One thing I really love about this game is how everyone in town has no idea what to say to Flint after his wife dies. IT FEELS VERY REALISTIC TO ME

SO DOES MINE AT THIS RATE

You're so compassionate, Duster.

wait what

Bud and Lou seem to be handling things well. Going Alone I think plays while you're wandering around in town now.

hehehe

oh honey, you're too young to understand

As a note, the store doesn't charge you anything for items, you can just come on in and take them for free!

Maybe you should be out there COMFORTING YOUR SON FLINT

COUGH

Big Boss? A strong father for his children? pshaw

sheep don't care

darn it thomas

Wes is on to me

OH STRAY DOG YOU ARE A BRIGHT RAY OF SUNSHINE

YOU MAY BE ON TO SOMETHING

That doesn't seem so unsavory :o

HIS TRUE FRIEND

nom nom

totally worth talking to all the animals

totally worth it

push you off a bridge, pusher

I'LL LASH OUT AT WHO I WANT

FEEL FREE TO HIT ME WITH STICKS ANY TIME

Good thing everyone in town's so forgiving.

FINE SEE IF I DO IT AGAIN

Thanks man I appreciate it

No!

Looks secret-y.

Haha isn't this what Buzz-Buzz says in EarthBound?

UH OH

Hope this doesn't come back to haunt me!

Alright enough graves for now.

YES

Thanks for getting drunk at my wife's funeral buddy I appreciate it

OMINOUS SIGNS KEEP ON PILING UP

Awww.

Biff just :/ about it all.

DON'T WE ALL

Oh Fuel, you try.

I ACTUALLY DON'T REMEMBER

Aww I wonder how that played out. FLINT QUIETLY ADMIRING HER FROM AFAR

Isaac focused on the bottom-line, as usual.

Dude your daughter just died, it's fine

Lucas's little downcast sprite, awww

Waa waaa waaaah

That and his LUST FOR VENGEANCE

ALL YOUR CRYING WOULD JUST HOLD ME BACK LUCAS

SEE YOU'RE DOING IT RIGHT NOW

He's like seven or something and his mom just died, yeah that might have been a little harsh.

BUT WHERE TO GET SUCH A THING

Sometimes

Aha, so that's why I have to take this macabre memento with me

THEY WON'T BE SCARRED FOR LIFE

I HOPE

all this flexing

Aww yeah, the manliest.

Anyway on the road, and suddenly!

Through Sunshine Forest plays while wandering around, and Meddlesome Pest I think is another battle theme that debuts around here. Another super easy one to combo.

Gimme that cheese, mouse.

Mambo Battle also shows up around here I think.

Fallen to just a general enemy, how degrading

I had no idea these guys existed until I read the guide, but they rarely pop up around where Lighter's house burned down. They can't really do much to you and they blow away after a certain amount of turns, but if you can beat them in time...

You can get a TON of experience points. :o The Level Up theme is much the same as it was in EarthBound, haha.

BUSHIE YOU MADE A MISTAKE, YOU CAST IT ON ME

Walking Bushie you're a stand-up kind of guy.

Guys look a bit intense

These guys are kind of annoying, but if you can combo well you can get em pretty easily.

Same with these guys.

New bracelet!

I JUST WANT TO TAKE PICTURES

It is a hard life for a mouse.

DREAM BIG

i'm protected with my spiffy hat

That's a lizard??

The Magypsies are great. BUT WE'LL SEE THEM SOON

AND SO IT BEGINS

With My Father-in-Law is a weirdly serious song for how weird some of the next bits get.

I can never decide how to pronounce this in my head. Mah-gypsies? Magi-psy?

I LIKE STRANGE PEOPLE, LEAD ON

Moving along

what

I GUESS I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO THAT, ALRIGHT

oh you'll make me blush

calm down honey

hee hee

OR MAYBE I AM

Like some of the items in EarthBound, the milk is time sensitive and will go bad if you don't drink it right away. This wreaks havoc on my item hoarding tendencies.

SOUNDS WELCOMING

HEY GUYS WHAT'S GOIN ON

Magypsy Party has such a goofy sax in it.

You get me, Phrygia. Also man the translations could not agree on names for the Magypsies, you have no idea.

I love how Doria dances while talking, haha.

Flint intrigued.

How did Ionia and Alec become friends anyway?

WILL THESE NAMES BE IMPORTANT LATER? CAST YOUR VOTE

Aeolia crosses their legs the other way.

:O

HE COULD BLOW HIS FINGERS OFF

Woah harsh, Mixolydia.

Doria showing some compassion here.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING

Mixolydia's had a change of heart it seems. :o

BUT YOU DIDN'T CARE BEFORE

It's a shame you can't see the little dancey animations they all do while they talk, hehehe.

MY WIFE JUST DIED

AND YOUR DAUGHTER

Man frigging unlit mazes

why do people keep doing these

SHE'S NEVER COMING BACK

How do you know the Magypsies Alec, seriously

Have you known them your whole life

FAAAARRTT

well i never sir

teehee

YES PLEASE

alec you're getting kinda weird

hinawa's death has really weirded you out

HA HA!

my kinda guy, alec

There we go, finally.

WANNA PLAY PONG GUYS

HMMMM

I remember this! But it's got a piggy nose on it. :O

I'LL GET YOU SOMEDAY

AGH YOU'RE HORRIBLE LOOKING

Suprise March around here

WHERE'S ITS FACE

don't recover your hp on me you dumb bird

I'M SURE HE'S FINE

HE'S PROBABLY TOTALLY FINE

AAAGH STOP STARING INTO MY SOUL

ARGH NO JUST LIKE IN EARTHBOUND ARRRGH

HMMMM

hi have you seen claus

And it's missing a fang!

BOSS TIME! Mecha-Drago battle

Otherwise this battle would be impossible, as I'm sure you can guess.

Yesss 60 hp, not bad.

THAT'S RIGHT Mecha-Drago wasn't very tough this time around

But make sure you're healed up by the time this message comes around

cause WHOLE CHUNK OF DAMAGE

But the rolling counter saves the day!

MY MECHA LEGS, THEY'RE BROKEN

oh nooo the drago babyyy

DARN IT ALEC WHY'D YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT

NOW I FEEL TERRIBLE

Crying mecha tears

Dead? maybe

HEY CLAUS YOU OKAY

CLAUS?

CLAUS?

And A Long Shadow plays, as sad as you probably expect

SO ENDS CHAPTER ONE

AND IT ONLY GETS SADDER FROM HERE

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