Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Someone yells "less talk more rock!" mostly unironically



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




THE SURPRISES DON'T STOP COMING WITH MOTHER 3

Actually a few disjointed thoughts about the last part that occurred to me lately -

-Duster losing his memory and restarting his life as Lucky actually foreshadows the eventual reveal for what happened to Tazmily! Haha. I always assumed it was because he was holding the Egg or accidentally triggered it or whatever, so he even lost his memory in the same way because of the same thing. Though he actually eventually got it back. Well, the second set back. So presumably one way or another the Egg just stores memories (and concepts?) and can give them back to you if you ever want them back.

-We know that the people of Tazmily forgot how to use money and seem to have forgot a lot about personal property, since they're pretty chill with just sharing everything they have. What other things specifically did they forget though? They wanted to eliminate the aspects of their life that led to the apocalypse the last time, and obviously money was a big one. What else though?

They have a jail, even though no one commits any crimes so its empty. So they know what crime is, just no one ever seems motivated to do it.

They don't have a hospital or a doctor (altho I've seen some fic theorize that Scamp was the doctor before he got bedridden), and Tessie I guess is the closest thing they have to a nurse. It's possible though that a doctor just wasn't a member of the survivor group. Maybe they ask the Magypsies for help when people get hurt. :O Or use the magical hot springs, haha.

or maybe people just die, i mean, they do have a gravedigger who seems weirdly experienced

People still write letters, so they can read and write. Though whether or not there are any books in Tazmily is another question.

They seemed to trust the Magypsies pretty quickly in order to just toss a baby at them pretty much immediately instead of having Kumatora raised by... pretty much any other family in town (I wonder if Wes really wanted to take her? He seems so fond of her). Maybe the Magypsies helped them when they landed? Maybe Kumatora had some inklings of PSI and that freaked everyone out, and the Magypsies were like OOO WE CAN TEACH HER~

Either way, it was decided to give Kumatora to them to raise. Which is odd, since later on when you're walking around with Ionia, a few people seem sort of weirded out by her. So they didn't forget to be afraid of unfamiliar things (or forget about homophobia I guess? It seems like they assume Ionia is a gay dude most of the time). Although no one seems to have any problems with Reggie, so racism doesn't seem to be a problem (man, Reggie must be pretty lonely). Though to be fair, not EVERYone has a problem with Ionia, just a few people - most of the people in town liked Ionia just fine and some thought she was pretty, haha. So I guess like any normal town, you'll have varying opinions on something, though again, that does imply that that wasn't something that was wiped from everyone's memories.

Maybe it just didn't occur to them. There aren't any same sex couples or anything in Tazmily, after all. UNLESS THAT'S THE SHOCKING SECRET BEHIND WHY LIGHTER IS A SINGLE DAD - LIGHTERWIFE WAS ACTUALLY LIGHTERHUSBAND!! But on an individual level for each villager who knows, right?

When Fassad first shows up, people are pretty skeptical about it at first and are mostly happy on their own and don't listen. Only four people at first are sort of curious about being happy, and of them, I think Isaac was the closest to actually being unhappy while the others were sort of curious. Though Biff could have his own reasons for being unhappy, sure. Abbot and Abbey not so much. But everyone else wasn't convinced at first, so they didn't forget how to be skeptical or anything like that. The town didn't roll over completely when evil first showed up, it just insinuated its way in slowly through cracks in the story, then used the thunder tower to help muscle everyone else along. But they didn't fall for it completely.

However, that does imply that feeling dissatisfied or unhappy weren't forgotten either. Also Bob and Matt seem to have some big drinking problems, so they know how to make alcohol still.

I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING OFF-TOPIC okay back to screencaps.

A long way back in Chapter 5 I bought one of these for this exact moment, then stored it. I then spent like thirty minutes wandering New Pork looking for the item guy so I could withdraw it without success before finally buying a new one. UGH SO ANNOYING

Let's check out this lovely statue.

For some people THIS was the moment they realized it was Pokey from EarthBound, haha. If you've played SSBB, this statue may seem familiar!

YOU WANNA THROW DOWN

LET'S THROW DOWN

Well that doesn't look so threatening

AGH

OW OW

This bomb pretty much doesn't work on any other enemy that I'm aware of BUT I'M DESPERATE AND ABOUT TO DIE, I'M GONNA GIVE IT A SHOT

AAAAAAAGHH

What the

Yes it's true, the King's Statue has one hundred million HP. That's not an exaggeration, it literally has one hundred million HP as you can see here. AND THE ONLY WAY TO BRING IT DOWN IS THE NEW YEARS EVE BOMB

just as rope snake said, haha

Actually that's not true, you can also use PK Flash and hope you get lucky. But considering almost all the statue's attacks do huge amounts of mortal damage like every turn, those are pretty much your only options for taking it down. Some madmen have tried to take the statue down without using either of those things, but it's seriously impossible. Doing some math with the maximum amount of damage you can do a turn (even with infinite HP so you can't die), you'd have to spend almost THIRTY DAYS doing damage to the statue to actually kill it. And then if you use codes to make your characters do absurd amounts of damage, it can STILL take hours and apparently once something takes enough damage, the game crashes ANYWAY so you still can't win.

So the King Statue is seriously pretty much impossible to beat. SUCK IT, OPTIONAL BOSSES FROM OTHER GAMES, THE KING STATUE IS STRAIGHT UP INVINCIBLE without Flash or the right bomb.

QUICK SOMEONE DO SOMETHING

bap

THAT TWO DAMAGE WAS YOUR DOWNFALL

I guess it fell over the side or something.

(Fun trivia: in SSBB, Ness defeats the King Statue using PK Flash, haha)

Shouldn'tve sold its weakness like five feet away.

Deep questions.

ANOTHER CARD FOR MY COLLECTION

Graphic novel!

Add it to my trophy collection.

You would, Pusher.

IF HE'S EVEN ACTUALLY YOUR CHILD

WHO KNOWS ANYMORE

So the Tazmily residents didn't forget how to be depressed, haha. Tho it doesn't seem like he takes it that seriously.

Did I just take these backwards, what

Hot Spring Oats for breakfast

OH MAN IS THERE GOING TO BE A CONCERT

AWESOME THIS WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT

i wonder how duster feels about this

GDIT I SPENT LIKE HALF AN HOUR LOOKING FOR YOU

Could be that Pokey's a kid, but that's crazy talk.

Amazingly DUMB

ICE BURN

Duster lagging behind as usual

what would give you that idea

haha slightly indecent

A TALL MAN TOLD ME TO

tchuh, some repairs

Guy starts sidling over and staring at Duster, but Kumatora's on the watch

Duster lagging behind as usual

I WAS WONDERING WHEN SOMEONE WOULD DO THIS

FINALLY

Everyone like EH LET'S GO FOR IT, WHY NOT

I MEAN IT'S LIKE THEY DIDN'T NEED A BASS PLAYER AT ALL HAHA ow ow why are you hitting me lady

hahaha

So you two nerds are still around, haha.

JUST DO IT

breakin the law, breakin the law

WORD TRAVELS FAST

IS BEING A DCMC FAN NOT MANLY??

highfive

READY YOUR WEAPONS

yessss

the saving power of music

LET'S SEE IF THEY'RE ALL ALIVE AFTER ALL

THAT GLOOMY BUM LOOK WE KNOW SO WELL

Or as another translation had it, "Tamekichi! It's been a long time, you old dog."

we're going to rock people's faces clean off

Magic calm down honey

I like picturing him giving Duster a crushing hug though, haha

well i got beaten up by pigmasks and met the strangest people-

I could have cut that first cap but I like Baccio's thoughtful pose, haha.

Shimmy says, staring thoughtfully into the distance

a deep thinker

Or, "Everyone on the island seems to be here in New Pork City. We're preparing for a festival the likes of which no one has ever seen before." which seems a bit more vague.

WE'RE SO DRUNK WE CAN SEE SUPER CLEARLY

I wonder if Pokey grabbed them and took them up in the tower specifically to play music for him. I can see him doing that.

Magic are you just really hyped up all the time or what

You don't seem to be paying that much attention

WHO CAN RESIST OUR PHAT BEATZ

what do YOU think OJ

Or "How about we forget everything and just play some music, for old time's sake." Haha this other translation has the DCMC members much calmer than here.

OUR PRECIOUS KEEPSAKE i mean we just had it lying around

good thing we took it with us just in case

OH BOY I GET TO CONTROL DUSTER OH BOY

Boney just licks your face, haha.

Lucas still just as silent as ever.

Kumatora says matter-of-factly, hahaha.

WE LOVE YOU LUCKY AAAAA LUCKY

LET US TOUCH YOU

otherwise we got the feeling it might attack us somehow

I GET TO CHOOSE? :D

I'm sure you do, OJ.

I think the music that plays during this little sequence is Afro Bam-babam! which is just a happy upbeat kind of thing with a prominent bass, haha. Sort of reminiscent of the Runaway Five, appropriately enough.

dare i

NOW WE'RE ROCKING

And Hey Brother, give me an A! kicks in, which is mostly just the band warming up, haha.

Hey, there's the lady from the beach! And the rowing dudes! AND LEOLEO, THAT'S LEOLEO ISN'T IT hahaha they finally dragged him out of his present cave

Even the item guy! Not as many people as you'd picture but I suspect hardware limitations more than anything else for that.

OH BOY OH BOY

WHAT NO

NOOOO

this always makes this a little melancholy to me. THEY KNOW THIS MIGHT BE IT

AWW YEAH I'M PUMPED

Though I hear LET'S DO IT like Muscle Man from Regular Show, haha.

WOOOO ignore the fact duster's fro didn't change color properly when the lights came up WOOOOO

So what song do they decide to play for their reunion intro?

It's the Theme of the DCMC, or if you've been listening to the music from earlier installments, you'll also recognize it as...

Duster's theme. ;_;

I JUST THINK IT'S REALLY SWEET THAT THEIR FIRST SONG BACK TOGETHER IS DUSTER'S THEME OKAY and that Duster's theme is also the DCMC's theme, his theme is theirs, it's just really cute to me okay

I have too many feelings about video game music leave me alone

BUT LIKE ALL THEIR CONCERTS, YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS ONE IN ACTION because it's so adorable

HIT THE RED LIGHTS

Magic doing a little kick there

THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL AAAA

And the next song is Samba de Combo (Cambo?), which opens with a great bass solo. Haha WELCOME BACK DUSTER, HERE'S A SONG THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL ABOUT YOU

I'd embed a video for just this but I can't find one immediately, so here's this one that has both, haha.

GET THAT PIANO IN HERE

YEAH WOOO YEAH AAAAAAA

Then suddenly the sound cuts out.

Nothing fazes you, does it, OJ

It's weird, we already know Pokey's here, we know he's in charge of everything and behind all that's happened, but it's still a weird moment for me when you actually see him speak for the first time. Like it makes it real or something. I DUNNO IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE

But I was gonna cash in my wisdom and courage for some higher stats or a new psi power or something

GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE ELEVATOR BY THE WAY I'M GOING TO TRICK YOU HA HA HA

GOD I'M SO CLEVER

ONLY GOT TO PLAY ONE AND A HALF SONGS, WHAT A RIPOFF

Haha you guys are alive and primarily angst-free in THIS game, that IS lucky

Just couldn't stand playing that song again, they were so tired of it

take good care of him because he has a tendency to get lost or captured a lot

MAYBE HE TOLD THEM ALL ABOUT HIS MEMORIES BACKSTAGE, IDK

Awwww.

HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE AGAIN TO HIS DEAR FRIENDS

it's a little less bittersweet this time though

Isn't this a line from EarthBound...? Aha, I was right!

BUT I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE BACK HOME UNTIL NINE

WHAT DO I DO UNTIL THEN

burn

Strange, funny, heartrending

Fat Albert??

Ha ha! gotta go

Hey, Shimmy left his keyboard. :O

Sure, why not.

I NEVER WOULD'VE GUESSED

i'll get right on it

IT'S A CORRUPT SYSTEM

i wish

CMON GUYS, DO AN UNPLUGGED CONCERT

gonna be standing at the altar doing this exact same thing

Plot convenience

Glad we're on good terms bro

SURELY

A nice verdant place

Man hippos are jerks.

BUT HIPPOS ARE JERKS

THIS WILL ONLY END IN TEARS

The Hippo music is just called Hippos and it's sort of odd, sort of swoopy and a little goofy, a bit prettier than you might expect.

have to know

Appropriately enough, I think Hippo Launchers are harder in water than out. I think their battle song was annoying too but I don't remember what it was off the top of my head. I think it was Strong One again.

Which part is mechanical and which part is real? WHO KNOWS

arrrghhh

Hey, I remember you from the Chimera lab!

a short battle later

WELL

YOU'RE A STUPIDFACE

I think these are the last pair of shoes you can get with Duster, and it's where you have to make a decision whether or not you want to keep his Mystical Shoes with their general buffs, or take the Ultimate shoes for the +40 to offense. IT'S UP TO YOU

NO ONE CAN STAND AGAINST MY COMBO-ING POWER

EFF YOU, STRONG ONE

I CAN TAKE YOU

the plight of the average scientist

Lucas says, dripping wet and smoldering from several rockets to the face

I don't think I'd ever trust a tame Hippo Launcher.

COULD BE ALL THIS WADING IN HIPPO WATER

Aha, there we go.

Kind of the closest thing to Regen you can get. Can come in handy for some later battles.

After fighting hippos for like half an hour...

YESSSSSS

AW YEAH this is another rare 3% chance drop from the hippos. Since I got lucky with Kumatora's gloves and Lucas's stick I thought I'M GONNA DO IT

I'M GONNA GET ALL THE RARE DROPS

Duster gets the thud charm because I love him.

these are MY presents says the hippo

:o

oh eww DON'T EAT THAT

NO EVEN WORSE

darn it pokey i was right by the exit

Thanks for the support, Pokey.

Another translation had it as "You're so stupid, covered in mud and forced to fight so hard.", slightly different feel to it I think.

LIKE I TRUST YOU, POKEY

If you want you can even tie this to the overarcing theme of powerlessness in the game so far in that you know where Pokey is but you can't actually get any closer to him until he LETS you get closer, it's out of your control. Sort of a given really BUT HEY IT'S THERE

world needs more magenta

uuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhh

The music here is Rain, followed by a harem which is I guess actually a pun on a phrase about clear skies following rainy weather in Japanese, but it sort of doesn't come across in translation. Sort of slinky, as you'd probably guess.

Nope

all too easy to infiltrate the ranks

I bet chocolate fried pork chips actually exist. Yup I was right. Or try the sugar free version for the diet conscious chocolate pork chip eaters.

It's worked so well for us so far!

This is possibly the weirdest unusable thing I've seen so far. With what we know about Pokey, why would he make a present for himself unopenable?

i wish for death

pokey

why do you have a centaur in your room

why do you have an oxygen machine in the form of a centaur in your room

why do you have a centaur-shaped oxygen man machine in your room that gives you oxygen by making out with you

pokey

pokey

haha with a casual shrug

lucas we don't need oxygen LUCAS NO

AAAAAGH

Haha just as blushy as ever. Though super close together cause I think the routine for this is meant for being underwater where you're all swaying around all the time.

one of those burgers that has donuts for buns, got it

FINE, I'LL JUST EAT MY OWN FOOD

pulls an entire pizza out of his pocket

I know this is Pokey just being a douche but there's still something kind of sad about this line to me, maybe I'm just a dork.

Weirdly, another translation has this as a singular with only one lost child.

I WOULD IF YOU'D STOP MESSING WITH THE ELEVATOR

although that does imply that Pokey's choosing these floors to show you on purpose

Bathrooms, finally!

Refreshing Toilets plays while you're in here and sounds more like traveling music than anything else to me, haha.

I JUST WANT TO TALK

woops

wow there are a lot of these

NEVER RUN OUT OF TOILET PAPER AGAIN

BEES AAA BEES AAA AAAAAAA

Through a door at the end of the hall into... another hallway full of bathrooms!

and pigmasks

lucas knows better than to stick his arm in there

unlike SOME protagonists

A FEELING I'M SURE MANY CAN RELATE TO

what the

AGH

the weirdest thing of all is THIS THING CAN USE PK STARSTORM

WHAT

i would not trust a honey shower i found in a bathroom

i'm not sure if i'm ready for this

BUT WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN LIFE?

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there we go, now you can actually see it

But who could poop on a duck? And now I have a new sentence to add to "things I did not think I would ever type"

or BIG EGOS

an awkward pause ensues

GOOD QUESTION WELL BYE

The Osohe ghosts! :D So you got brought here too eh

All living AND unliving things it seems

Though this seems a bit cramped

How did they do that anyway

BUT YOU GUYS ARE SO FRIENDLY

YEAH!!

what, is this a boo now

Hmm

HMMMMMMMMM

Hey, aren't you that guy who was climbing the cliff way back when?

Hehe, thunderbox.

STILL GOING

Important life lessons.

eww man cmon

the pounding on this door seems familia

aaaARRGH!

kumatora peering down its throat with interest

After you duck out and run...

The Chimera just hangs out on this side of the hallway. I SAW THAT PRESENT IN THERE AND I'M FEELIN DARING

Aww yeah, totally worth it

COULD WE BE NEAR THE END

beautiful

heehee

As Lucas rolls his eyes.

I GUESS YOU CAN SAY THAT THIS IS POKEY'S THRONE ROOM! AHA HA HA HA HA!

HAAAA HA HA HA HA HA!

Where will we go next?

HMM

A MAGYPSY HOUSE?! :OO COULD THIS BE LOCRIA'S?? WILL WE FINALLY GET TO SEE THEM?! AAA IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE WE'VE SEEN A MAGYPSY

no way i want to see locria first

...I get this sudden sinking feeling...

UH

MAYBE

FASSAD JUST

KIDNAPPED LOCRIA AND

TOOK THEIR HOUSE??? AND

UH

THIS DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING, IT COULD BE ANYONE'S

thanks lucas

And the final confirmation of what you might have suspected. The final traitor Magypsy was in fact... Fassad. Thus the name Facade, haha. Although interestingly apparently Fassad also means corruption in Arabic! Isn't that neat? IT WORKS ON SO MANY LEVELS

As mentioned his name was Yokuba before, which I think came from the word for "greed".

BUT FASSAD WAS SECRETLY THE LAST MAGYPSY (which is why the music that plays after he can't talk and needs an interpretor sounds so much like the basic magypsy theme)

WHICH OPENS UP A WHOLE BUNCH OF QUESTIONS, DOESN'T IT

What could have motivated Locria to turn against their fellow Magypsies and tell Pokey about the needles? What did they have to gain from doing that? It makes you wonder. It's possible that Locria was just tired of existing, or that Locria was sort of on a neutral, who cares about humans point and then Pokey just pushed them to become crueler and crueler. After all, Mixolydia was pretty flippant about human lives when you first meet them. Maybe the idea of toying with the humans in Tazmily seemed like fun the way Pokey phrased it.

But really what does Locria gain from telling Pokey about it anyway, or about the White Ship? Maybe Pokey promised Locria to give them unlimited power once the Dragon was under his control or something. Or wish them back to life even since pulling the needles would kill the Magypsies regardless. There are probably bunches of theories you could come up with for it, but basically in the end, Locria still told Pokey how to kill not only them, but all the Magypsies, so that either didn't bother Locria, or they didn't think Pokey could actually do it, or they had an out somehow like maybe they thought they could betray Pokey before it happened, or they actually wanted to stop existing.

But it did occur to me just recently that even at the end, Ionia didn't know what happened to Locria or where they were... so all the other Magypsies died without ever finding out that it was Locria that betrayed them. They never even seemed to suspect Locria would be behind it all - they trusted Locria to the very end, even though they hadn't seen them for a long time. Locria didn't show up at the first Magypsy party in chapter one, after all.

They could sense people coming close to Locria's needle though, but not enough to tell where Locria was or what they were doing. It's just sort of sad to think they never found that out.

It's also kind of interesting to think that of them all, Locria seemed most comfortable pretending to be a human man (and the mouse does refer to them as "he"). Maybe they just never fit in with how the other Magypsies all tend towards female pronouns. Though presumably Locria has pink hair just like all the other Magypsies, haha.

The mouse also makes you wonder. We saw earlier in Salsa's chapter that Fassad could be incredibly cruel towards animals without even feeling a hint of regret about it. He seemed to actually enjoy it, even. And yet he completely doted on this one mouse. Was his cruelty towards Salsa just for Salsa and not generalized to all animals? Did it just kick up more because he had the collar and the ability to be cruel to him? Was this one mouse the only exception? He had a heart, somewhere. It's just interesting to me, haha.

But where will we end up next? FIND OUT NEXT TIME!

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