Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Someone's Memories



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




Well that looks friendly

POKEY YOU LOOK SO HANDSOME NOW

Pssh, like I'm a sucker.

Pokey make up your mind already

Man I got all my sweet rare armor, bring it on, Natural Killer Cyb

ooorAAAAAAGH!

This seriously startled the heck out of me the first time I was playing this. NO OTHER ENEMY EVER COMES TO THIS CLOSE TO YOU go ahead and look back and check if you want. Another way Mother 3 suddenly decides to subvert your expectations to great effect I think, haha.

Natural Killer Cyborg is one of the cooler themes, got a steady sort of menacing beat (that's not too hard to follow for combos) and a super shredding guitar.

Anyway first up put up a Counter because the NK Cyborg only attacks physically and trust me you will need it.

OW

After a few Offense Down/Defense Ups. There we go, that's more like it. SERIOUSLY GUYS USE THE STAT BUFFERS

THEY WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

If you've picked up Ground by this point, this is a really good time to bust it out.

It hits like four or five times I think AND NO SHIELDS CAN BLOCK IT HAW HAW

It also sometimes knocks things over which can be handy.

HA, SUCKER

Also another reason why you'll want to use Ground instead of like Freeze or something.

Refresh can also come in handy for auto-regen, if it's taking a while.

Another 16 hit combo just to remind you all I AM PRO AT COMBOS

I AM THE COMBO MASTER

I hear End of the Century and all I think of is this.

Locking on

AAAAAGH

This is another reason why you'll want Counter up cause this'll mess you up big time otherwise.

woops

No problem

Tho I am perhaps a little overleveled after trying to get that stupid Awesome Cape.

KABOOM

This next bit hit me pretty hard and it's also sort of tough to capture in screencaps. It's a very, very long hallway, but more than that, a song starts playing while you walk through it.

And that song is Time's Passage, which also happens to be the title theme from the original Mother.

As I'm sure you know by now, I'm sort of a huge video game music dork, and even though I may never have played Mother myself, I absolutely love all the music and have it all memorized, and just suddenly coming into this hallway and hearing this theme got me a little bit wibbly, haha. It just came out of nowhere, I didn't expect it at all, and it brought up all these nostalgic memories of the Mother soundtracks and where I'd first heard the theme and all of that.

Anyway the hallway's super long to give you a chance to listen to it, tho you can dash through it if you want. I ended up lingering here and listening to the theme for way too long my first time.

And in the next room, there's this.

I was already pretty ;_; when I came in here just from Time's Passage, but then this room came up and it totally wrecked me. The music in here is Someone's Memories...

Also known as Pollyanna.

As some of you may recall, Pollyanna showed up in EarthBound (and was also in Mother, thus completing the trifecta) and it's been one of my favorite songs for a long time. I have way way too many feelings attached to this song and the lyrics and everything and coming in here and hearing Pollyanna was like the game just up and kicked me right in the heart without warning. I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS AT ALL

And I'm such a huge nerd for game music that this hit me so hard you guys, you don't even know.

BUT THAT IS NOT ALL MOTHER 3 HAS IN STORE

The boat with the tiny model house on it, sure

(is that... Ness's house?)

A BOAT RIDE WITH POLLYANNA PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND

CAN YOU HANDLE THESE MEMORIES???

Look, it's the Runaway Five's tour bus! And Tessie from Lake Tess!

A mad taxi (or perhaps Dungeon Man's taxi from his collection?)! A pay phone, a black phone and... is that a Magicant phone? And the Skyrunner!

The Pencil Statue and the Eraser Statue! Pokey's helicopter (but it's been repaired?)! And DUNGEON MAN?? BUT HE IS A FREE DUNGEON WHY IS HE HERE

The bus you can take to Fourside! An ATM! The yellow submarine! Ness's bike that you only ever get to ride like once! Or maybe it's Dungeon Man's bike. :O

The Phase Distorter! Pokey's spidermech! And finally, of all things, the black and white sesame seeds from the Dusty Dunes Desert. FINALLY THEY'VE BEEN REUNITED AFTER ALL THIS TIME

This is obviously meant mostly as a nostalgia trip for the returning EarthBound player, but if you take a second to think of it within the context of Mother 3, Pokey is seriously obsessed with what happened in EB, to the extent of going back to EB world in one way or another to steal bits and pieces and set up a big gallery of where he came from. Then again, if he's been banned from all other dimensions (or, if this is really the only place humans can survive, if all other dimensions have been destroyed), maybe these are the only parts of his old life that he has left. If all other dimensions can't sustain life/the world has been destroyed, in a way, maybe Pokey actually saved the sesames and Tessie and Dungeon Man. Then again, if no other place can sustain life, where did he get all the people he brought here? WHO CAN SAY

Still the same revitalizers from EarthBound! The connection just seems more obvious after the boat ride.

:D

Stolen from Apple Kid no doubt.

This is surprisingly satisfying, you have no idea. I do love that the pencil statue is also all rusty. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME.

But the funtimes nostalgia trip is over now.

Awful lot of vines up here.

Window or painting? You decide!

To condense caps I usually don't keep the dramatic pauses since they also don't read quite the same as caps, but I thought I'd keep these ones cause this is just so ominous.

The music that plays in here is I am Pokey, sort of slow and ominous and menacing as you'd expect, which some upsetting distortion build up.

Kaboom!

FINALLY, WE MEET

As he walks forward, the party backs up.

I'm not THAT good a liar

And an older translation had this as "Please talk to me like we are friends." which seems a little sad.

Man can you just picture that slow smile on his face at "I'm not very nice either"? It's so clear to me, haha.

Another translation had this interestingly as "You guys are mean. I'll do mean things, too."

KABOOM

But let's try it the other way.

No way to win here!

POKEYS??

Pokey-BOTS!! And man this was foreshadowed all the way back in the Chimera lab, if you can believe it.

If Pokey got banned from traveling to other dimensions, maybe he used the Pokeybots to go and grab all the people he brought here. That's the only explanation I can think of for how he kept kidnapping people from other dimensions anyway even after being banned from all of them.

Anyway, the music for this battle is Pokey's Pokeys, which is YET ANOTHER great throwback to EB. If you recall, your final battle with Giygas in EB had a sort of chippy, 8-bit intro while Pokey was around, that suddenly exploded into some really intense guitars. It's a really awesome theme and doesn't actually have an official name, but it goes by Pokey Means Business and Pokey, Armed and Dangerous, depending. But Pokey's Pokeys has the same basic blippy sound to it that immediately brought that battle to mind, which was really very cool for me, haha. Unlike the Giygas/Pokey battle though, Pokey's Pokeys mostly sticks with the 8-bit sound, which makes sense since they are robots.

This is gonna be a LONG battle, so you might want to throw out Refresh at first.

ARRRGHHH

each pokey explodes when you beat it and arrrghhh

Haha, and these are things that Pokey used to do in battle in EB when he was very briefly on your team at the very beginning.

ARRGH

Ground actually doesn't work very well on these, so stick with Thunder.

SLOWLY GETTING THERE

UGH

Oh yeah Refresh wears off after a while, woop

ARRRRGH

POKEYYYYY

THERE

clean up the rest

noooooooo WHAT AM I GONNA DOOOOOO

:O

:D :D :D OMG

and this also echoes EB in that this is just like when the Runaway Five save you from the Clumsy Robot! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

And Burst In Rock and Roll kicks in!

YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST OMG

Or "Bums like us always save the day at the climax of the story!" hee hee

Not a bad chunk of damage, considering.

WAIT, WHAT

SINCE WHEN

WAIT SHIMMY EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANT

I NEED DETAILS

Magic takes one out all on his own! :o

Eeeeeeeeee don't mind me

THANKS YOU GUYS THAT WAS GREAT WOW THIS IS SO AWESOME SO HEY HOW ABOUT EXPLAINING THAT BRAINWASHING THING

WOAH HOLY S---

WHERE DID YOU COME FROM

I can only imagine how startled Lucas must be to see his dad again all of a sudden. Though it's super cute how Boney's like OMG FLINT OMGGGG when he sees him again, haha.

GDIT WES DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU DECIDE TO VISIT HIM IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE YOU LAST SAW DUSTER

AND THIS IS ALL HE GETS

To be fair there are more important things going on really. One older translation had it as "Hi, Duster" instead, which I always heard in my head as really casual and dismissive, just kind of a "oh it's you, whatever" sort of attitude.

Either way, this could also potentially be the first time Duster's seen Wes since he got his memory back after three years, that must be pretty intense. LOTS OF EMOTIONS TO GO AROUND HERE

Lighter and Fuel and Bronson and Alec and Andonuts! Man this party's gonna be off the hook.

I expected an insult there but apparently not. Did you mistake Lucas for someone else Pokey? Eh? EH?

A running theme with Pokey is how he both describes himself as a naughty or bad and as lovable and charming. Is it because he doesn't think what he's doing is wrong, because he thinks what he's doing MAKES him charming, or he wants to be charming in spite of what he's doing? Either way, he seems weirdly torn between wanting people to love him and also being a douche to people for no reason.

Everyone finally stops staring in confusion at each other.

Pretending to be? We better not all secretly be in purgatory or something.

A bed or a cradle? Could be both! I always saw it as a bed but a cradle sort of works thematically.

Haha, that's what I was saying before! Or at least, something along those lines where people are still people, even with their memories erased. That's a bit awkward.

The way this is phrased made me think he meant Ness, but that didn't make any sense, haha. Another translation put it as, "If only you quietly followed the inspired selfishness of a great hero like me, you could've been happy..." which seems a bit clearer.

as opposed to my muscley body

Mine?? YOU SET THIS ENTIRE THING UP

THIS WAS YOUR IDEA

Actually come to think of it he probably means Tazmily in general.

Pokey this seems a bit short-sighted.

A fun game called KILL EVERYONE'S PARENTS

DESTROY THEIR LIVES

Uh oh

Haha I like how casual that is. just GARBAGE OR DUST OR WHATEVER, WHO CARES

The grand motive behind all the horrible things he's done: boredom. In a way that's actually sort of worse than active malice.

Pokey's an enormous unrepentant douche but lines like this still make me pause a little.

ME??

Andonuts were you playing Tetris or something, where have you been this whole conversation

Completely ignores Andonuts

POKEYYYY THIS IS THE MINIGAMES ALL OVER AGAIN

THIS ELEVATOR SUUUUUCKKSSSS

Oh hey, Duster and Lucas were the first up somehow.

OH GOD NO

YOU'RE GOING TO DIE

NO NO NO

Unfortunately Flint gives you no choice. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE THEME OF POWERLESSNESS THAT PERVADES THIS GAME

Flint no I haven't seen you in ages and you're just going to get killed noooooo

Lucas thinks about it, and in the end

Down down down

Hey a mushroom!

Oh hey, that same doorknob from the beginning!

woops

Hahaha

MUST ENJOY THIS LAST CHEERFUL MOMENT OF EVERYONE BEING CUTE AND BLUSHING

This place looks fun

ENCOUNTERS TO THE VERY END

filled with odd sparkling goo as well, which makes this weird wobbling noise when you walk on it

yesss they drop these like crazy, it's super handy

This area doesn't look that dissimilar from the Cave of the Past in EB, actually. Though it's a lot darker.

Haaaahahahahaha

This is sort of a joke you'll only get if you played EB, but certain types of enemies tended to float around the field in diamonds like this, but when you fought them they'd often be totally different. Like this diamond might actually be a Wild n Wooly Shambler or something. In yet another subversion of expectations you bring from the other games, this time when you run into a floating diamond... it actually IS a floating diamond! I was so endlessly amused by this my first time around, haha.

Anyway the things down here are sort of annoying but nothin I can't handle, bein all pumped up and such.

Darn it I wrote that fic about the reverse kick and now I've ruined it forever for myself.

STILL THE COMBO CHAMPION

huge difference

OH GOD NO

I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN

wait you're still alive really

Something that probably doesn't come as a huge surprise to most of you at this point, but still, if you were holding out hope that maybe it wasn't him after all, TIME TO HAVE YOUR DREAMS CRUSHED

Flint you're so broken inside

Other translations had it as "I'm happy I finally found my lost son." or "I was finally able to find my dear lost son." which prompts a "HEY LUCAS IS ALSO YOUR SON??" reaction more for me but that could just be me tho.

Man I haven't seen you in ages, I'm gonna pester you incessantly.

jeez flint

After talking to him like eight times...

:O

THAT'S FOR EMOTIONALLY ABANDONING ME FOR THREE YEARS

anyway

Ness's bat! I assume.

What's with you and spider mechs, Pokey

ouch

This sounds like it'll end well.

TIME TO GET REAL

Man I didn't notice until someone pointed it out but jeez the spidermech has the creepiest eyes.

If you played SSBB, this form of Pokey might seem familiar! You actually fight him as a boss in this form, which for me was both a WOW THIS IS SO COOL moment and a JEEZ THIS IS SUCH A MASSIVE SPOILER FOR THIS GAME THAT SO FEW PEOPLE WILL GET A CHANCE TO PLAY :/

SSBB Pokey has so many cool details from the game though, he even throws out Pokey-bots that explode!

Master Pokey's Theme is the Pigmask theme we've heard so many times, but with a driving drumline and a big dramatic sound to it, as one might expect.

haaahahaaha DUSTER LAUGHS AT YOUR PUNY ATTACKS

YOU ARE BUT A FLY TO HIM

the "what did Pokey do??" type messages I feel like are a callback to the Giygas battle with the "You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas's attack!" line, which in turn references the same basic line from Mother, "The form of Giegue's attack was inexplicable!". FULL CIRCLE

Other RPG bosses have made such claims and they've all gone down!

still the combo champion

PK Ground comes in real handy here.

OW

This explains a lot about Pokey doesn't it

OW OW

I'm intrigued by how Pokey says "might" here, like he thinks there's a chance his heart is good. Another translation has "If the dragon awakes and everything is destroyed, that means all living things will disappear." though so I could be reading too much into it.

Or "I'll watch the end of the world for you when you're gone. The world that exists after everyone who hates me is dead."

This is another one of those lines that made me pause for a second. It might be one of the most revealing things Pokey ever says, and a potential motive deeper than boredom for what he's doing.

And again Pokey's weird thing about being evil and being nice at the same time.

Duster can't quite shrug THAT off this time

Crackle crackle

I'm a bit sad I didn't get this, but Pokey also has a mystery attack that'll make your whole party cry. WHAT COULD IT HAVE BEEN?

Man Andonuts and the Saturns isn't this like the third time you've been tricked into making something for Pokey

If I remember right I think Pokey kidnapped one of the Saturns to make the first Phase Distorter he used to sneak around.

WE'LL SEE HOW INVINCIBLE IT IS

I think Absolutely Safe Capsule kicks in here, a sort of ominous, wooshy version of the Pigmask theme.

Man PK Ground seems like it SHOULD work here

hardcore

>:(

Oh hey!

holy s---, andonuts

WE MAY NEVER KNOW

this is sorta messed up yeah

BUT HEY, POKEY'S A MESSED UP DUDE

Andonuts you seem sort of wishywashy for someone who just sealed away an evil manchild for eternity.

Does Pokey not realize yet or is he actually genuinely pleased? At least he's not like screaming or something, that'd be really upsetting.

A MOMENT OF LEVITY pokey like HEY WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE HEY HEY

we're not quite done yet though

UNFORTUNATELY i didn't realize an item guy shows up behind you at this point uuugh i should've gone back and talked to him

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Awww. If you got all the front and back sprites of the enemies in the game, you get a secret message talking about hard mode and the secret memo function. :B

Islands is lousy with hotsprings

BUT BEFORE WE GO

AUGH

This is why you may notice that when the SSBB Pokey throws out his Pokey-bots, he drops a soccer ball too. :B

Heh, a tantrum.

Time for a family reunion.

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