Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Unassuming local guy cavorts with ghosts, news at 11



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




LET'S KEEP GOING

This is one of my favorite chapters because I love Duster. WHY BE COY ABOUT IT, IT'S TRUE

But ANYWAY in our last installment there was a ton of horrible trauma and sadness. WILL THERE BE TRAUMA AND SADNESS IN THIS INSTALLMENT? ROLL THE DICE AND FIND OUT!
(with this game odds are in favor of "yes")

First let's recap a bit from the first chapter, in case you're late coming in.

Oh Duster, so compassionate.

just gonna scoot down here for a sec

did

did you just talk flint

Duster just flabbergasted

But no, one of the things I really like about Mother 3 is how it plays around with or subverts typical expectations you have from an RPG. For example, the silent protagonist. But more on that in a second.

OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY

Thank goodness explosion season is almost over.

awesome no one saw me sneak out i'll just go to bed and

f---

oh like THAT'S new

The theme here is Passing Down Secrets, which for some reason I have on my playlist as "Handed Down from Our Ancestors" and thus that took way too long to find, haha. BUT ANYWAY it's just sort of ominous and kind of cool sounding really.

I'M AGAINST IT

Contrary Duster has spent too much time with Flint's family

AND TO THINK, NOT BEING CONTRARY WOULD MAKE YOU MISS THIS WHOLE CONVO which actually tells you a lot about their relationship oops

Wes, father of the year. I wonder how young Duster was when his leg got messed up (like 6-8)? What exactly were they doing? Did he fall off something, get chomped by a monster, spar with Wes and screw up, accidentally staple his leg, what? Did Wes just not take him to a doctor and it healed badly? Was the damage just so extensive that it just could never fully heal? Did anyone else in town notice that Wes's eight year old suddenly had a limp? Did they wonder about how Duster's leg got mangled if Wes brought him in? THIS RAISES SO MANY QUESTIONS FOR ME

In the first translation I was using going through this, it went something like:

"Duster...

It might've been better if we'd been born in a different time.

I pushed you in your training when you were young, and the limp in your leg, as well as the fact that you don't fit in with the other people in town, is all my fault...at least, that's what I think.

If you want to resent me, then by all means, resent me. If that makes you feel better then resent me all you want.

However...you cannot decide your own answer."

YEAH I BROKE YOUR LEG, WHAT'RE YOU GONNA DO, CRY ABOUT IT?

like that's anything new

woah there's a castle around here?

NOPE, GOT IT

unlike my respect or admiration which you will never have

Thanks for the hot tip, pops.

More on those in a second!

Go screw up, got it.

Duster staring longingly at it.

IT MUST BE MY BIRTHDAY

Written where, what

YAY A BUG

THANKS DAD

Isn't this where Duster was sleeping before? He lives in his dad's basement, haha.

This comes in handy surprisingly often for bosses.

I cannot emphasize enough how important offense down/defense down is in Mother 3. It is WAY more important than it was in EarthBound or in fact in most RPGs I've played. Off/Def down will SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Duster's thief tools are freeee of course which is great, though they aren't 100% successful each try. But still, if you need to save PP for PSI attacks, then his thief tools can be super valuable. There is no battle that can't be improved with off/def down.

Heh, this is the hypno pendulum I stuck in the ukagaka. :B But sleep is sort of handy as a status, and it also has a side benefit, but I'll get to that in a bit.

This will at most buy you a turn, but if you're a real completionist, this thing is absolutely vital. But more on that later as well, haha.

And out we go! Duster chapterrrrr

But yeah before I mentioned the silent protagonist thing. It's just interesting to me that whoever you're controlling becomes silent, but is later revealed to have been talking the entire time, like Flint. The better for you to project your own responses onto them? WHO KNOWS but I think it's an interesting choice, haha. It definitely changes the feel and impression of the character. Sort of like you're closer, but the character themselves is... not as prominent? I'm not sure how to describe it, it's hard to put into words. It's one of those things that's a big part of how interactive media can change a story, if you know what I mean. Controlling Duster and as a result taking away his ability to speak changes how you view him, and so with a character like Flint, where you started that way and then it revealed that he had a character outside your control the entire time... it's just interesting you know? I dunno I'm probably not explaining this very well.

INSTEAD HERE'S AN OBSCURE MESSAGE

The theme playing while you wander around is Mind of a Thief I think, generally thought of as Duster's Theme. It's got a bit of energy but mostly just a kind of gentle flute lead, haha. A GENTLE THEME FOR A GENTLE GUY

SHHHH

Another thing I like about Mother 3 is that it gives you bits and pieces of information and lets you put it all together yourself, which of course is one of my favorite things to do, haha. Duster walks around alone at night a lot! Sort of like he doesn't want to spend much time at home for some reason.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO HELP

ALWAYS STEREOTYPED INTO MAP-RELATED ROLES

SO UNFAIR

Duster just too shy to talk to people

I GUESS IT WAS COOL I DUNNO that's all i got

WHERE DOES LEDER SLEEP

New sitcom coming up on ABC

Aww Fuel.

OH YEAH

love is in the air

Perhaps why Jackie seemed puzzled to see Duster here! Since usually they'd be closed by now.

Let's take a quick detour for some heartbreak, courtesy Lucas. The saddest, tiniest little sprite.

I WISH I COULD HUG YOU LUCAS BUT I CAN'T

WHY ISN'T THERE A HUG BUTTON

although on that note WHY ISN'T FLINT HERE

FLINT YOUR SON SEEMS LONELY

Poor Lucas instead takes comfort in hanging out with Boney. You'll always be there for me, Boney.

If you guessed we might be going there eventually, you'd be right! And this isn't inaccurate at all. BUT I'D HATE TO SPOIL IT

Well that was odd. ANYWAY

FROGS

Duster instead made a habit of thieving pies

I dunno Butch, you tell me

I bet because they knew secret behind the scenes Mother 3 information that only pigs would know.

I mean he DID give me a literal bag of cash.

SUCKERRR

But Duster is too honest for such a thing. Although this does make me wonder, do Duster and Butch know each other? Seemed to talk to him fairly easily. They do both live to the east outside of town.

Dum de dum

PIGCRAFT!

A... POOPING PIGCRAFT what seriously

sup leder

So I mentioned the Siren Beetle up there. Most enemies have a front and a back sprite, and if you want to see the back sprite, the siren beetle is the easiest way to do it! Why would you want to? Well you'll see.

all this litter everywhere, someone broke my glow lamp

ants rule this town

oh hai zombie

I'm as puzzled as you, buddy

I got some bad news

Do I know you zombie lady

He looks a little gangly to me personally BUT HEY

Groups of zombies! Thankfully I picked up a bomb for just such an occasion.

Which makes short work of em all, suckers. Their battle theme is Zombeat which is just a drum beat basically, it's kinda boring but if you're practicing combos it's not too bad I guess? There's also a second Zombeat called Tight Zombeat which is mostly the same except with a bunch of tricky stops and starts designed to mess you up. CURSE YOU, ZOMBEAT

DUSTER SURE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME AWAY FROM HOME DOESN'T HE

HMMM

walking around the graveyard frequently enough for Nippolyte to notice

Beautiful

Man no wonder people are careful about stepping on ants, they get really pushy.

When I was first playing this, I had NO idea about this system until I talked to this ant, haha. It sort of blew my mind just THIS WHOLE TIME I COULD HAVE BEEN COMBOING AND I DIDN'T? AAAAA

I like that they wait all the way into Chapter 2 to tell you about it.

ow my heart

AAAGH GET AWAY FROM ME

There we go

Theme for these guys is Accelerondo I think, which is just a progressively faster song. Good practice for changing speed during a song and not too hard to combo, usually.

PLUTO NO

Head into Nippolyte's cabin, what's he gonna do

Slight water damage

8O

I'm not sure which enemy in here has it but Fate (Destiny) shows up somewhere around here, it's a pretty easy one to combo on if you can nail the sudden speed ups.

Is his leg just stiff and numb so that's why he can kick with it or does he just kick with the other one IT'S CONFUSING TO ME

HEY HOW YA DOIN

HEY DEBBIE COME ON IN

More Meddlesome Pests also shows up around here but I can't remember who it goes to. :B Super easy to combo usually.

It is so handy when Duster does this, I swear.

As a sidenote, I forgot that one of the translations I originally used called these birds "Tutoriole". WHAT AN AWESOME PUN

Mostly battle mechanic talk but hehe.

How do YOU get through, Nippolyte

BUT THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE

nomnom

delicious angelhair for miles around

SUCK IT WALL

GROSS

STUPID PIGMASKS

Sez you

This is true, putting an enemy to sleep shows you the beat with a very loud BONK BONK BONK sound but honestly it never seems to help me much with hitting it. Sometimes it actually makes it harder because it's distracting, haha.

As many players frustrated by emulator lag discovered.

booooooo

ribbit

Naaah.

The theme here is Osohe Castle, just kind of spooky, ominous music, as you'd expect.

I better knock that ball down! But how to do it?

PERFECT

squish

How did I not manage to actually get a cap of it falling, way to go self

Fine, maybe from this way instead.

AAA GHOST

These guys are everywhere, so annoying. Their theme is More Dangerous Guys I think. It's a fairly steady beat, you just have to land on it right to get a good rhythm going. It does have some random stops for no reason just to screw you up arrrghh

A BEAUTIFUL BACK

UGH GROSS

NOT HELPING

BLEGH

As you might guess, feeling nauseous makes it so you don't want to eat anything. This can be a real problem when all your healing items are food, meaning that Duster can't do ANYthing to heal himself while nauseous. WHICH SUCKS

Meanwhile

GHOOOOOOOOOOOSSTTSSSSS

How convenient

I actually forgot about this but while rereading the guide, I found out that if you keep rotten milk on you for like fifteen minutes or whatever, it'll turn into yogurt which heals you 80 hp. :O

Unless you want to join the ghosts anyway

What an odd crest

Yesssss

Haiku writers around here can't keep it short

A beautiful portrait of Lemongrab

Haha I remember you guys. Their theme is Back Beat Battle - Hard and like it says, this is tricky to keep a combo going on.

OH BOY THIS THING IS GREAT

Like it says, it keeps track of every enemy you've seen so far. You can also practice battle against them by using start to get better at certain song's beats and such. When I got bored I'd go into the battle memory on my Mother 3 cart and just practice battle with Unfounded Revenge or whatever, haha. I LIKE THE COMBO SYSTEM WHAT

As you can see, some of them have an R button on their picture, meaning you saw both the back and the front. Here's that completionist thing I was talking about - most of the enemies in the game have a back and front view, and some of them you only see once or twice. If you can get every enemy in here, you get a star, and I think if you get the back of every enemy too, you can unlock a secret hard mode. :O It's kinda pointless but you know, it's something that always sticks in the back of my mind like HEY TRY AND GET THE BACK OF THAT ENEMY IF YOU CAN

WHY NOT

Duster's siren beetle is super handy if you're trying to do this. But for chapter 1 when you don't have him, you just have to be really good at sneaking up on certain enemies that don't reappear later.

Sounds so delicious.

WHAT IS A TITANY

BESIDES HORRIFYING

I love this series so much.

IT'S TRUE

I'll try to keep checking in on here for new enemy descriptions. :B

BOOK: the book

just "fart" in tiny script on one page

MEANWHILE AT THE GHOST BAZAAR

Some of you may recognize Rope Snake from Brawl, haha. ROPE SNAKE IS ACTUALLY DUSTER'S i assume he just lent him to Lucas for Brawling purposes.

those beautiful eyes...

NO WAY I'LL REGRET THIS

me and rope snake are going to be best friends

how dare you

I forget these guys spawn new guys in battle so at one point I ended up in a chain of Arachnid!s and Stinky Ghosts just summoning more and more other enemies and it's like noooooo

New from Pixar

did anyone else go ...FOR SPIDERS!! really loudly in their heads

Into the wine cellar with the... fobbys?

don't eat my skin please

I think this guy's theme is And El Mariachi, it's got a fast pace which can be a little tricky to keep up with.

snuck up on a butt from behind

what ARE you?

Dry Guys goes to this guy I think, I had trouble comboing this for some reason.

Psssh probably nothing

EAT IT, STINKY GHOST

Dum de dum

Would ghosts really need passageways? Can't they go through walls?

excuse me can you fix the clock

UNACCEPTAAABBBLEEEE

Etude for Ghosts for Artsy Ghost and man I could not get ANYthing with this song, bah.

A bandana for chicks, awesome.

A nice yellow color.

AGH

VREEEEEEEEEEE

I think Astonishing March goes to these guys, pretty easy to combo.

tickle feather

I'M TELLING YOU, THESE THINGS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Hahahahaha

THERE ARE MORE??

Odor of... blood

twelve years dungeon

Aww yeah

I guess Duster and Flint have something in common, haha.

powpowpow

FINALLY GOT TO THE PARTY WOOOO

beautiful

The song for the ghost party is Ragtime Osohe, heehee.

HOW DARE YOU

unsubstantiated rumors

I like that everyone just looks at Duster and sees THIEF

like he's carrying around a sack of money with a dollar sign on it

ASK ME ABOUT WINE VINTAGES WAIT WHERE ARE YOU GOING

Staring at that meatball kind of intensely there, guy

wait nevermind

woops lazy capping OH WELL

I actually never looked at this, durrhurr

GET OFF MY LAWWWNNNNN

HEY! HEY! GET OUT OF MY BUSHES! HEY!

I love the booo boo booo part

ONE NON-EUCLIDEAN SALAD WITH EXTRA GLUM SAUCE

HOLD THE SOUR

Speaking of glum.

I don't think that's what Duster was getting at but okay

DON'T MIND ME

This is pretty sweet because you can just go back down the ladder, get an eclair, then come back up here and trade it for a beef jerky. TOTALLY FREE GAMING THE SYSTEM, HA HA

Not as many as I'd like sadly

aaarrrrgh

HI RANDOM JUMPING JAR WHATCHA DOING

blorp blorp

I'M TELLING YOU GUYS

groossss

This guy can be kinda tricky, but you can get a bomb off em for beating em, so hey. MORE EXP

GHOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSTTTSS

Might as well use some of these items I'm hoarding.

WHEEEEEEEE

i love this animation, haha. It's so smooth.

You look happy to see me

Heh, little lion tail. The theme for these guys is Serious I guess and frick I love this one, got such a great synth line to it. It's a variant of Fate/Destiny up there.

Dang, I missed it but the carpet monster yanked the rug out from under me. Waaaa

Stay awaaay

THAT SOUNDS LIKE I SHOULD FIND A SAVE POINT TO ME

suddenly a pinkhaired girl

what was that

Yeaaah now we're talkin

You can actually attack the sword and shield and knock them out first before attacking the knight BUT THAT'S FOR SISSIES

At least the beat's easy to follow.

Whaaaat all that for Yogurt

Well yogurt's pretty good I guess.

LAZY GHOOOOSSSTTSSS

aw yeah this is gon be magical

I wonder how old Duster is. There are a few things the villagers say later, but just going off of this, he's old enough to shave anyway. Or just became old enough to shave. IT'S HARD TO SAY

\m/

got nothing on me

Rarely you can get two of them in battle and they'll charge each other but I didn't pull it off this time, oh well.

WHAT

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH

There that's better, yeesh.

TRICKERYYYY

Least the songs are easy enough to combo.

It's a little hard to tell, but everything in this room was flying around all crazy.

I AIN'T A PART OF YOUR SYSTEM

THROWDOWN IN GHOST TOWN

Mr. Passion's theme is Family Matters, 2nd Movement, which is an odd medley of a bunch of different classical songs. It's sort of hard to combo unless you start right at the beginning of one section and it's one of the more consistent ones, but it can be done!

overcome with emotion

how could you

STOP THROWING THINGS AT ME

sucker

I almost missed this, but he threw a mouse at me! :o It made a squeak when it hit for 2 damage, haha.

THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF THAT

I'm not really talking too much strategy here, haha. BUT FOR SIR PASSION THROW SMOKE IN HIS EYES BASICALLY

then hit em with scary mask/tickle feather once or twice and go for it. You can also throw bombs if you want, why not.

SIR PASSION JUST WANTED TO PLAY MUSIC

WHYYY

I think, if I remember right, that this is a remnant from a system they were thinking about putting in, but in the end cut. But more on that later I think. I don't think these messages do anything now though, aside from make you feel accomplished, haha.

Big blue pillows, my best friends.

Aww yeah VICTORY

A Most Mysterious Room

Drafty old castles, pish posh.

slithering around Duster's things

WOOO SHORTCUT

And it's day! I spent all night in the castle carousing with ghosts

dad is going to kill me

The slugs and the lobsters will miss me otherwise, you see

Freedoommmm

Aww. And it's a different bouquet of flowers too. DETAILS.

WE'RE JUST CONCERNED DUSTER, THIS IS ODD

GET MY HOPES UP FOR NOTHING

i'm between jobs

I WASN'T HANGING OUT WITH GHOSTS

talk to us duster honey

are you okay

egg noodle cookies

Oh honey.

For the dollhouse.

I don't gotta take showers if I don't want to.

THE ONLY PLACE FOR A THIEF LIKE ME

BUT WHAT COULD IT BE

Excuse me who are you again

Uh huh wait what

Stay true to your artistic vision, Jonel.

Duster eating it like a filthy squirrel, eyes darting this way and that.

You know Wes said that Duster didn't fit in with the other villagers, but everyone in town just seems sort of puzzled to see him out and mildly concerned about him. HMMMM.

Fliiinnnttt

And a lot of them haven't seen him in a long time. Was he only up while they were asleep, or too busy training to come into town? WHO CAN SAY

excuse me

IS IT THE MONKEY HITTER

Hi town thief come into my store

take all the time you want friend

Hi unclean cookie guy! I guess you and Thomas are related? I can see it.

Sounds like a plan.

A HUG

I MEAN

NOTHING

What

IT'S AN EPIDEMIC AROUND HERE

Heh, Lighter spun around a few times for emphasis. THIS SITUATION IS RIPE FOR HILARITY

BUT WHO COULD IT BE

hi i'm the town thief, we've never talked but you ever thought about getting married NO DON'T CALL THE COPS

I succumb easily to peer pressure

This sounds like it was in EarthBound but I can't remember where.

Lucaaaaasss

Fuel checking up on him, aww.

Boney just whimpers if you try and talk to him.

Oh Lucas, so much guilt.

MIND IF I SLEEP IN YOUR HOUSE, LUCAS

You can actually do it too which I think is hilarious. I even did a comic about it.

Picturing the two of them bouncing around on it. :<

So possibly Elmore last saw him as a teenager? Either way he can't be that old. I DUNNO I'M JUST TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER THE PIECES.

Richest family seems pretty chill with the town thief.

Mapson why are you in Pusher's house

NOBODY BELIEVES IN MY THIEF SKILLS

As mentioned I don't do many caps of the map for some dumb reason, but on the right is the way to Duster and Wes's house, and to the left is the way to the main village. It just amuses me that the grass is literally greener on the other side.

WE JUST WORRY ABOUT YOU

NO NEVER

now i have to kill you

It's almost like you're really unhappy at home or something!

Am I right guys, psssh

insert eyeroll here

Isn't that the FF victory fanfare?

I'll staple you to the wall, kid.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Oh yeah I got that vase at the castle didn't I, I should go give that to Wes at some point huh. NEXT TIME!

And also, for those of you who beat the game/have the soundtrack, I just found out about the ultra-high quality rips here. And I don't mean just taken from the game or the official released soundtrack or anything. Like it says, it takes the soundfont and midi data and combines them outside the GBA software so you can hear it way better than it would actually sound in game. It's entirely possible I'm way behind on finding out about this, but if not there you go.

BE WARNED if you haven't played/beaten the game yet, some track titles and info may have spoilers.

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