Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Moron



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




The last bit ran a bit long since I couldn't find a real good cutoff point, so this one'll be a tad shorter. But a whole bunch of important stuff happens here! Like how I got the thing Wes wanted and now I'm going to bring it back to him! I bet he'll be super happy to see me again!

I wasn't dawdling with the townspeople what

Duster takes a deep breath

JUST LIKE YOU SAID! :D?

GREAT? SMART? TALENTED?

D:

A bit hard to cap here but Wes picks up the spittoon and throws it on the ground. WES NO THAT WAS PASSED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS HOW COULD YOU

Duster takes a step back

Or as another translation put it "Are you trying to amuse me by acting dumb?". Duster sweating like crazy

Duster rummaging through his pockets, there's gotta be something in here somewhere aaaaaa

GASP

and after i spent all night getting it for you

do you know how many ghosts burped in my face

This'll be the last time HONEST

Just grabs Duster's ear and drags him out the door

NOW YOU CAN'T ESCAPE HIS JUDGMENT

A Master, a Father, a Thief plays while you're running around with Wes. Just sort of silly and upbeat, though it does have echoes of the general Pigmask theme, oddly.

TIME TO TALK TO EVERYONE

thief is really a state of being more than the actual taking of things

Wes you dog

Haha I was wondering

Can't imagine why, you're such a ray of sunshine

I'll put the valuables in the sack, of course, of course

aren't you two the same age

At first I thought you were threatening me but now you sound sincere

Pusher what's your deal

Are you going to finish that thought? No?

>:) Elmore says

I like how they took the time to make sure these two messages were different JUST IN CASE you came back and talked to Ollie with Wes. Detailssss

TAZMILY LOVES THEIR TOWN THIEVES

Hahahaha even though they see them so rarely. Get up to get a drink of water at night, look outside and see them wandering around, oh it's just the thieves again, it's fine.

Wes and Duster awake or Wes and Duster together? YOU DECIDE

you sound vaguely confrontational

IS THAT WHAT THIS IS DUSTER? IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TELLING ME??

or he could be weirded out

WHO CAN SAY

The darnedest thing.

HI WES oh hi duster too i guess

As she eyes Wes

Probably not dead on a mountain somewhere, that'd be ridiculous

WE'D WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS DUSTER

JUST TALK TO US

You know what happened to Duster's mom anyway

Wes joining up caused a bunch of people to scoot around for some reason, how peculiar.

I WAS AWAKE ALL NIGHT GETTING PUNCHED BY GHOSTS AND WHEN I CAME HOME MY DAD YELLED AT ME AND TOLD ME TO GO BACK TO THE CASTLE TO GET PUNCHED BY MORE GHOSTS

I'M A LITTLE TIRED

If ... counts as speaking, and it sure shows up enough in dialogue for it.

I wonder how tired Wes is of this joke, or maybe it's something that just endlessly amuses him so he just never gets tired of it. WES UP, HAHAHAHA

CLASSIC

GOTTA BE THOROUGH

Wes just shoving Duster out of the way EVERYONE PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEE

sounds like a plan

duster can sleep curled up on the floor, i'm taking the bed

The villagers seem to be remarking on how energetic/cheerful Wes is quite a bit. I guess he leaves yelling at Duster and breaking legs and smashing stuff for when they're at home.

want adventure in the great wide somewhere

Jonel nudging Wes, Wes just like :|

Like that guy whose back I washed, what a time we had.

PIG MAAAASSSKS

At least I think so, can't quite see up there

Oh hey!

Awww

HOW INTRIGUING

But I can't get back there, oh well. ONWARDS.

OH NO NIPPOLYTE

i shall avenge thee guy who never remembered my name

pig taaaankkk

Oooh nooooo

Dang Wes that's a good chunk of damage :O

Wes is unusual in that he's actually a really useful NPC teammate. :O A lot of his attacks do a good amount of damage and can help whittle down a boss's HP while you're working down their stats. For example, trying to hit this Clayman with a smoke bomb.

DARN. The sock can paralyze an enemy I think. :B

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT I WAS THINKING OF

I JUST GIVE UP

waaaa

YOU CALL THAT A COMBO MORON

IT'S SIXTEEN NOT THIRTEEN

HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT

Anyway

CMON GET UP, GET UP

and they kick it and run off. THE CLAYMAN TRIED HIS BEST

WHY SO CRUEL

dum de dum

Pig masks all over the castle!

Oh nooooo

The Pigmask theme is Piggy Guys, which is really catchy and also easy to combo, haha. There's a variant called Piggy Something but it's mostly the same with a few added stops to make things harder.

Pyewww

No problem.

WHO ARE YOU, PIGMASK MAN

Another handy thing Wes does in battles, haha.

Nom nom nom

The Pigmasks drop these all the time, not bad for a healing item.

IT LOOKS TASTY THOUGH

Looks more bored to me but

Oh dang, I didn't get the info for the sword or shield since I fought them all together, shoot. Have to pick those up.

Did I forget to get a shot from the front

way to go self

D:

DUSTER CAN'T CATCH A BREAK AROUND HERE

Artsy Ghost tried to talk to the wrong Pigmasks it seems.

NOT THE GHOST ARMOR

And the ghost party is over! Pigmasks ruined everythinnggg

booooo boooooo

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR SO LONG TO TELL SOMEONE

I JUST HAVE TO DO IT!

I actually didn't do this, haha. Brain just defaulted to A LOT

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW

All these rotten eclairs, gone to waste

:O

YOU INHALED BOB YOU MONSTER

they have great wings

wheeeee

It took me a while to see the eyes on this thing and dang, you're a little intense, ghost sword.

Nyeeehhhh

There we go.

STOP STARING AT ME

YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO SMELL IT

Anyway

FRIENDSHIP?

fine fine

and then Wes starts to GET DOWN

Or just "I'm not going to stick my butt out or anything" on some of the other ones. The lead up to this is Open Sesame Oil, and then...

Duster can't resist

SHOOT HE'S TURNING AROUND QUICK

HA HA HA HA the door is pleased

You really can't appreciate how great this sequence is just in caps so WATCH A VIDEO OF IT HERE!!

But here's a gif too -

IS THAT HOW HE BROKE HIS LEG man i want to see this

Duster steals a pie, gets cornered by a villager

starts dancing

game i want to see duster do this dance

you're dangling it right in front of me, cmon

I WASN'T LOOKING AT YOU COUGH

I wasn't even doing anything that time :(

Duster follows along obediently anyway

BURGER STORAGE

Probably not important. Presumably King Osohe's dead, but no one in the village seems to care or have had their lives affected at all by having no ruler, haha. HE'S JUST A FIGUREHEAD, LIKES HANGING OUT IN THE CASTLE, WHO ARE WE TO SAY NO

I sort of missed this but a big projectile suddenly comes out of nowhere.

ALL THE FIREBALLS YOU THREW AT ME, GOOD TIMES

I WASN'T

Hardcore

Who left that trap there anyway

UH

SO MUCH LANGUAGE

uuuhhhh

YES

NAILED IT

duster has been eating pork chips and cheese all night after all

IT WAS TOO PERFECT

I COULDN'T RESIST

Also known as Kumatora, her default name. In Japanese Kumatora had a really masculine, rough way of speaking, as you might have guessed. It's a bit harder to get across in English I guess BUT I THINK IT WORKS

WES ALREADY BROKE IT oh right

Duster just like :o

As you also might have guessed, Kumatora is the black mage of the group, the equivalent of Paula and Ana from the previous games, although when she does attack she just straight up punches stuff, haha. When she hits something, it makes a little electric guitar sound and it's super distracting, so I can never combo very well with her, not that she does a lot of physical damage anyway. But she learns a lot of really handy PSI abilities so WHO CARES.

And they're fairly cheap!

Alright, I'll play along.

Way ahead of you, haha.

Can really see the difference

These guys drop these like crazy, so convenient. They restore PP, although I didn't end up using a lot of them.

I SOFTENED HIM UP WITH MY COMBO FOR YOU

As you probably guessed, these guys don't take much damage from anything other than PK Freeze, though if you're lazy or really good at comboing you can still take one out without using it.

Do the others just cling to his back as he swings across

No wonder Kumatora was upset that Duster supposedly stole it. THAT PENDANT GAVE ME 5 PP YOU THIEF

Awww

Wes sure cares way more about Kumatora than Duster. WHY'D YOU LOSE TRACK OF HER THEN

I think Duster was like 18 or something around this point so Kumatora's way behind, but her PK powers cover that up mostly. I WASN'T TOO CONCERNED WITH LEVELING HERE

that'll come later

HAUNTED CAPES

Count Bleck?

...Huh.

Truth in advertising! I was actually going to deliberately run into one just to show what happens, but then I accidentally ran into one because I'm talented. OOPS. But anyway the brooms sweep you up...

THE TRASH CAN CAME BACK AFTER ALL

You can avoid the brooms if you're careful but you might as well take the extra leveling time.

Duster who are you talking to

Duster

Stop staring into space, Duster

I like this system, it can be kind of annoying but it's a cool detail anyway. :B

YOU'RE TOO SOFT-HEARTED, DUSTER

Aww yeah, now we're talking.

Yesssss

Tho I actually didn't really use it too much BUT IN THE FUTURE

YOU ARE NOTHING TO ME! NOTHING!!!

I think the theme for the capes is Accelerando again, as a note. :B

Anyway after a while

Thanks for being specific

A puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in

Like...?

LET'S SMASH IT

By the size of that egg it was more like an enormous maneating hummingbird.

can i see says duster

I missed the first line like an idiot OOPS

probably not that hard to guess at it

I JUST WANTED TO SEE DAD

This line always reads so awkwardly to me in every translation I've read and it's weird since almost every other line in the game is so smooth. ITOI WHAT HAPPENED HERE

Duster backs up again

I'M GONNA DIGRESS HERE FOR A BIT, INDULGE ME

I mentioned the silent protagonist thing last time, and maybe this is just something that I do because I have a bad memory or something or get easily distracted, this could entirely just be me, but once you take control of a character who used to speak and they become silent, it sort of becomes easy to forget what they were like back when they could talk. Duster for example talked in the first chapter, but usually around this point I've been controlling him and keeping him silent for so long that it's easy to forget about that.

And while being silent allows you to project your own responses onto the character more easily, it also means that a lot of the time, other characters reflect back facts about yourself to you because you can't see them in action yourself. Other characters tell you about your own, or react in ways that tell you what you're doing - people in town tell you you're kind, you're smart, it's weird you're out, you like dogs, you were born in blah blah, your dad died somesuch years ago and owes us a bunch of money, yada yada yada. Because you take over the character, they become a cipher for you, and their identity then becomes more heavily based on what people outside them tell you. They become what people tell you they are, instead of who they might actually be on their own. You internalize what the game tells you your character is like.

But usually a character like that starts that way. They're always your cipher. You don't normally take over a character who talked before and render them quiet. Like Duster here. Throughout this chapter, you might start to internalize and believe the things other people are saying, in particular Wes. You're dumb, you don't know anything, you say nothing, you don't defend yourself, you're just quiet. Maybe Wes is right, maybe Duster is a silent idiot after all. Even Kumatora seems sort of dubious about it.

But if you think back to the first chapter, Duster spoke for himself there. And he sounded perfectly intelligent. He was unsure of himself and his own abilities (gee, i wonder why that would be), aware of his own flaws and potential handicaps, but absolutely willing to help you. And after Hinawa died, he showed a lot of compassion and sympathy for you and still wanted to help your family. Stuff like that, it's easy to forget when you step into Duster's shoes and in a way replace him, you know?

And it puts Wes's constant belittling in a bit of a different context when you remember that Duster's been kind and helpful and thoughtful and shown sympathy for others, especially young children, before. That's who Wes is insulting, not you the player. Along the same lines though, when you're controlling Duster, he can't defend himself when Wes is yelling at him, you only get a few hints as how he reacts to it all - Duster quite possibly left deliberately voiceless for a chapter that's all about his father berating him.

I'M PROBABLY OVERTHINKING ALL THIS but it's interesting to me since Mother 3 is the only game I can think of that plays around with protagonist voices like this, haha.

KUMATORA GETS US BACK ON TRACK

though i do wonder how Duster feels about her speaking up for him, haha

A Clayman battering ram!

Egg as big as a head

But it's just trying to get your guard down so it can steal your wallet!

where have i heard that word before

something about a foot, i can't remember

WHO CALLED IT

I didn't even notice how all the Rope Snake gaps lined up with each other, haha.

This place looks welcoming.

Is that how you broke Duster's leg, Wes, did you throw him in a well

JUST MY LUCK

From excitement to audible disappointment, haha.

THIS IS THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE

|]

Hebi is snake in Japanese I think, so it was Osohebi originally. MAYBE IDK DON'T QUOTE ME

The Oh-so-snake's theme is Formidable Foe, got a nice tense feel to it. I don't really remember much about how easy this was to combo, haha.

NUMBER ONE

although this took me like three tries to get working, bah

DUSTER STOP MAKING THE BOSS ATTACK US

I missed a bit of this but GIANT WAVE OF WATER

It's sort of a cool move though. :B

blub blub

Duster at this point can take a hit, but Kumatora is the one to watch out for, since she doesn't have as much HP. But if you got PK Thunder SPAM IT, SPAM IT FOR YOUR LIFE

cramming food into each other's faces

blbllblblblb

As long as you keep Kumatora up, nail it with a smoke bomb, and use the mask and feather to cut it down, you can just keep pounding at it with bombs/PK/normal attacks UNTIL

REGGIE WAS RIIIIIiiiiighhttt

Later on

oh man what do i do about this

i saw her punching the water, it was awesome

Fuel wtf

i GUESS

you mean DUSTER? lighter says pointedly

Another translation had it as "It was just the May-December pair of you two" and either way bleh

HIDE, DUSTER

Lighter is not getting involved

HE'S PROBABLY AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE

Man don't sleep in Duster's bed, I bet it smells weird

Huh, odd timing, alright.

AM I TOO TOUGH FOR YOU

If you're lookin for a shoulder punch then yeah that could happen

WOOPS OUT OF ORDER

Oh hey, not bad.

he's my escort

wait what

BEAUTIFUL PINK HAIR

I'M STILL POPULAR WITH THE GIRLS THOUGH

I guess??

Scumbucket, I'll have to remember that one

EXCEPT EVERYONE ELSE... JUST NOW...

can you eat it

Flint taking Boney for a walk it seems

SO HOW WERE THEY THIEVES?

like those delicious pies

never saw it coming

I'LL POUND YOUR FACE IN KID

I still can't get used to Flint talking.

Wes isn't the one threatening to beat people up but okay

If they know what's good for em

Just went to the store for some milk I bet

SUDDENLY CHAPTER END that's not very easy to read, Mother 3

Butch and the Townsfolk for the summary screen, surprisingly upbeat compared to the last chapter summary.

THIEVES OF JUSTICE

YEAH WHAT'S WITH LUCAS

ISN'T THIS HIS GAME

i bet we'll play him next

BUT I GUESS YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE

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