Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Wake up, sheeple!!!



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




Since we finished Chapter 7, here's the high quality songs for it! Since it was the longest chapter it's the biggest file and has a ton of different tracks in there. Actually I forgot to link a few last time, so

Chupichupyoi for World Heritage is kind of slow and sparse, sort of eerie and ominous.

Who? I can't actually find a youtube vid for which is weird, but it's along the same lines as Chupichupyoi, sort of ominous and worrying.

Strong One (Masked Man) is the tricky variant on an already tricky song.

And the strange music that ended last chapter is called True Welcome!

Anyway, I mentioned at the beginning of this screencap adventure that I really wanted you to either play EarthBound yourself or at least read my previous screencap adventure for it (all of which is listed here, and there's even a quick link to the ROM). And now I have to appeal to you again - please do one of those things. There is SO MUCH coming up that will only have its full impact if you know about EarthBound, and it'd be a shame to deprive yourself of the full experience, you know?

SO PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO DO ONE OF THOSE THINGS IF YOU HAVEN'T YET BEFORE CONTINUING

it will really make a huge difference

But if you don't want to, it's not like I can stop you, haha. I'M JUST SAYING

A... limo?

Or as some of you may remember him, Pokey.

As in, Pokey Minch.

Yes, THAT Pokey.

It's entirely possible and in fact probably even likely that you had this reveal spoiled for you before this moment. After all, one of the bosses in Super Smash Bros. Brawl was Pokey, there's a bunch of trophies for Pokey, he shows up all over New Pork City, it goes on and on, and SSBB is where I assume most people even heard about this series period. Not only that, but people tend to throw this spoiler around a lot without really thinking about it, and spoiler-iffic videos about Pokey will often show up in related videos on youtube, some song titles are spoilers for it, and back in the Chimera lab, you may have even found a hint for it if you looked around.

But I was extremely careful before I played this game to make sure I knew absolutely nothing about Mother 3, and I went in completely blind. I blazed through most of it in the span of a day, desperate to finish it before I got inadvertantly spoiled since SSBB was hovering on the horizon. I didn't think too much about all the hints the game threw out about who was behind it all. To me, this line came out of nowhere.

It was a huge shock.

I mentioned before that early on in the game, I had accepted that it would have little relation to the first game. After all, in tone and scale and characters and story it was entirely different. I thought of it like an FF game, where certain elements would be similar, but there wouldn't be a direct continuity. And then slowly as the game progressed and more things from EB began to show up, like Andonuts and the Mr. Saturns, the connections became clearer and clearer. But I never expected this. I don't know who I thought King P would turn out to be, but I didn't suspect Pokey. I went through the game so quickly, and missed so much flavor text that wasn't translated, that I didn't have time to put any of the pieces together.

I can read katakana pretty easily, so when I saw Po-ki- appear on the screen, I actually had to stop and put the GBA down for a second to fully process what that meant. It was a really great reveal I think, such a stunned, horrified moment of realization. And maybe that was just because I wasn't thinking about it as carefully as I should have, maybe I'm just a big dope, but I think it's a bit of a shame to think that for a lot of people, this big reveal has been spoiled long before they ever had a chance to play. It has the potential to be so powerful, especially if you played and loved EarthBound like I did.

Of course, there is a bit of confusion here, which I saw when Moro was playing. As I mentioned, Pokey's name is written in katakana as Po-ki-. Which can either be translated as Pokey or Porky. EB went with Pokey, but as it turns out, this entire time, his name should have been Porky. So if you don't know about that potential mistranslation, you might still have a moment of confusion over who this Porky guy is and if it's the same guy as Pokey from before. Which can undermine the impact of this reveal too, which would also be a shame.

As a sidenote, I can't ever think of him as anything but Pokey. I played EB way back when it first came out and his name being Pokey is pretty solidly cemented in my mind, haha. Years and years and years of thinking of him as Pokey. Even though I know that his name is really Porky, it always looks weird to me. And the walkthroughs I used also called him Pokey, and the kata reads as Pokey, so for the most part I didn't really think about the name shift until it came out in English. I don't think I'll ever be comfortable with Porky, haha.

LIKE I TRUST YOU

bah fine

haha

WAIT THE LIMO CAN FLY???

I was about to say.

And inside plays Life's an inner turn radius, a calmer, smooth version of the pigmask theme, haha.

Is there a forcefield or something

SOCIAL COMMENTARY

I'm sensing a theme here

EVERYONE PILE INTO THE LION HEAD BATH

WHY NOT

Are all the chips glued down, are the cards made of razors, what

wait what

This is sort of hard to catch in screencaps, but they sway back and forth and it's super cute, teehee

wha??

I assumed at first they were just sitting and singing but now I wonder if they weren't massage chairs, haha. IT'S SO CUTE THOUGH i have a gif for this somewhere, let's see

dee dee dee see it looks like they're singing

WHAT KIND OF CHAIRS ARE THESE

agh frick MY STARS

CAN SOMEONE HELP ME WITH THESE

god they're everywhere

ಠ_ಠ

I DO I DO

but keep in mind that Lucas actually doesn't, no one really does. No one knows the full extent of Pokey's power and evil except you, the player. And it's not like you can warn them either. MORE POWERLESSNESS HAHA

THIS THEME IS EVERYWHERE

Dream big, chaffeur guy.

I'm having trouble picturing this.

BUT THERE'S NOTHING ELSE TO DO EXCEPT SIT IN THE MASSAGE CHAIRS

ACTUALLY I'LL BE BACK LATER

:D

goes back weeping to his teammates, it's not fair

Sort of ominous. I think NPC Loves You! kicks in here, and I know NPC stands for New Pork City but I always read it as non-playable character, haha.

dragons, wasn't i doing something with dragons

THIS LOOKS FUN

what is with this place

that's an ominous title mother 3

... yeah okay

AND SO WE ENTER NEW PORK CITY

To the strains of Isn't this such a utopia?! A kind of weird mishmash of marching drums, the pigmask theme, carnival-type music, and a random bass-heavy jam for some reason, how peculiar.

It wasn't on my list but thanks for reminding me

HMMMM.

OH BOY AN ARCADE

Hey, all the buildings are fake!

This going along with the theme in the limo where things look nice or usable, but actually are just props. IT'S SYMBOLIC, GET IT

I guess, sure

I REMEMBER THOSE

D:

And the basic map of New Pork, which is probably the biggest city but yet still fairly tiny, all things considered. BUT MOTHER 3 IS A SMALL GAME, IT IS LARGE IN CONTEXT

this place is a mess

BUT I DON'T SEE ISAAC ANYWHERE

i'm sure nothing bad will happen

ISAAC NO

YOU ACTUALLY BECAME A PIGMASK

ISAAC WHY

isaac why

For Moro, it was that Pokey balloon over there that confirmed that Porky=Pokey, haha. I wonder if that was the case for anyone else?

i'll pass

that's a lie, i'd probably eat that

I guess Pokey takes the time to chat with the random inhabitants. Gotta be sociable!

BUT I ASSUME THAT'S WHERE I'LL NEED TO GO SINCE YOU JUST MENTIONED IT

Hey, a tiny model of Andonut's lab from EarthBound! Maybe Pokey used it to mock Andonuts while he forced him to make chimeras for him.

This looks healthy.

YOU BET but they were just bombs and such

I BETTER GET ON DOING THAT

Terrifying.

Some of you may recognize the statue from SSBB! It made an appearance in Lucas's storyline, haha.

KEEP THE FLAME ALIVE, GUYS

Bittersweet reunions

They probably aren't going to get razed to the ground, probably.

NO MINOR CHARACTER TOO MINOR FOR POKEY

Lucas just takes a running leap facefirst into the glass doors

back away from the nice security guard honey

It's nice to see that you guys at least are still together.

Abbot do you suspect death in your future

to be fair around here that's a safe bet

duster all your shoes look ridiculous

IT'S SCORPIO NIGHT AT THE APOLLO

LOVE BLOSSOMS IN NEW PORK CITY

and that goes for you too, pink ostrelephant in a top hat

Well considering who made it

DON'T DO IT

ONLY TRAGEDY AND COSMIC HORROR LIES THAT WAY

so many liiiightss

pokey you're weird

OMG

IT'S THE SLOT MACHINE BROTHERS FROM THE DUSTY DUNES DESERT IN EARTHBOUND!

yeessssssss

Awww and it even says the same thing it said in EarthBound. MEMORIES

tho i still have just as much luck with them. FIE

Haha I like the little Pokey at the top.

Everyone just a little dubious about this garish city festooned with Pokeys

pokey has way too much free time

Well at least some people are happy, haha

he told me to stay away from his inn

good times

actually never mind YOU'RE A JERK JACKIE

:o

Straightforward enough name.

I THINK I KNOW WHY

Beauty and Tasty sounds a little bit like the playroom back in Chapter 5, just sort of odd.

Haha, the same line Pokey's mom said in EarthBound when she killed Buzzbuzz!

Though just to make sure we're all on the same page here, Pokey built a whole ton of robots that look just like his mom

and then made them work in a maid cafe.

Just really think about that for a while.

Picky as in finicky, or Picky as in Pokey's brother Picky who has apparently vanished off the face of the earth? WHO CAN SAY

AGAIN

THESE ROBOTS LOOK LIKE POKEY'S MOM

POKEY MADE THEM

Revenge for how his parents treated him before? But there aren't any robots of his dad, who actually beat him. WHAT DOES IT MEAN

man i could go for some egg drop soup

pokey why do you like the same food i do

Pokey you have problems.

WITH A TINY FRENCH FRY CROWN

hahahahaha yesss

EVEN BETTER, MY FAVORITE FOOD IN EARTHBOUND WAS PASTA

OMG IT ALL TIES TOGETHER

No waiting for delivery!

ugh why does mother 3 make me so hungry

i wonder if there's some yogurt around

cmon man what do you think

Still as friendly as ever, Brenda

Wait, YOU'RE his son too? No that can't be right

That's not how I'd describe Flint but okay.

It does add a little bit of light to Flint's self-destruction though, in that he apparently never asked anyone in the village to help him look. It's his burden, his punishment, his responsibility. And if he doesn't talk to anyone and just goes wandering around without telling anyone where he's going, how's anyone supposed to keep track of him, much less Lucas?

i have an appointment to kill him

MY DESK PROTECTS ME

Anyway let's finally go in the arcade. Whee! Hey Thomas!

The theme is Blip Blip High Score, which is mostly little sound effect and chippy sounds, with some snips of the pigmask theme tossed in. Not too different from the arcade theme from EarthBound either, haha.

GEE WHIZ GUYS

wouldn't dream of it

Lucas plays a bit...

and loses.

Haha IT'S OKAY LUCAS

NOT EVERYONE CAN BE GREAT AT GAMES

Kumatora tries it, ends up punching the screen

so you say

POKEY WHAT IS YOUR DEAL

WHY ARE YOU SO DELIBERATELY FRUSTRATING oh

You'll never make it in this town, buddy.

No Eating Crackers in the Movie Theater plays in the theater, obviously. It's sort of reminiscent of the hotel theme from EarthBound, got sort of a slinky sound to it.

SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF PLACE

hmmmmm

I'M NOT SURE WHAT I SHOULD DO HERE

So, a fake bat, and Ness used to use bats...

While Paula used to use frying pans...

That's straight up Ness's hat.

And the angel ribbon was a ribbon for Paula I'm pretty sure. WHAT, NO ITEMS FOR JEFF AND POO? HOW BIASED

JUST LET YOUR MIND SLIP AWAY

bwaha, bwahaha! Ahahaha! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

i had to wait to get his guard down

lucas is a wily hunter

eat them, bake them, jump them, race them, what

THIS SOUNDS AWESOME

man now i want oysters FRICK

ALWAYS SO HUNGRY

Scientist guy doing an in-depth study of the wall

You really don't want to know

uuuhhhh

how mysterious

IS THERE A STINKBUG HERE

What the, it's Ness! In Saturn Valley!

Jeff and the Bubble Monkey!

Boogie Tent!

Master Belch!

Fourside!

The meteorite at Onett!

Dungeon Man! And then it loops.

So again, just to make sure we're all on the same page here, Pokey built a movie theater
cut together a movie all about Ness and his friends
and plays it non-stop.

Pokey what is your deal.

Yeah that'd do it

THIS GAME SURE IS PUSHING AT SOMETHING

BUT WHAT??

Thanks that was surprisingly informative

Haha, this is another line from EarthBound! It's the description for the fly honey. :D

HEY DELCAT

Hey what happened to your brother

i'm on a mission

YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME

well shoot i'm out of ideas

:O

And it might be hard to see, but a green bug popped out and landed on the stage! WHAT COULD IT BE

BONEY NO DON'T GO THROUGH THE SPEAKER

NO MY DOG AAA AAAAAAAAA

haha

Well that narrows it down.

YOU AND YOUR RULES

I'm glad you're interested, random guy

zipzop zippazoo zow

BONEY AAAAA

haha

i'm real busy

alright alright

THE UBIQUITOUS SEWER LEVEL

WE WARNED YOU ABOUT CHASING BUGS BONEYYYY

not a lot changes if you think of Boney as female as opposed to male, it's not like it's a plotpoint or something. Tho as a note Boney used boku in Japanese for himself, haha.

ARGH PALETTE SWAPS

TRASH CANS hey you guys are also from EarthBound!

FOR THOSE ALWAYS CURIOUS

boney just squiggled on through

OH BOY THREE CHOICES

i hope this doesn't turn out like the tomb of horrors

arrrrghhh

there we go

hot springs just get everywhere on these islands

it's an epidemic

CRICKETS, HOT SPRINGS

IT NEVER ENDS

And into the apartments! Wow what a cheery place. I bet James Sunderland would love it here. Absolutely Filthy Apartments matches the basic mournful, sad kind of feeling you'd expect.

HMMMMM

JUST A SEC BONEY

hurraaaaayyy

WHAT COULD IT BE? YOU'LL HAVE TO FIND OUT... NEXT TIME!

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