Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Animal Abuse



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




THIS GAME IS SO CHEERY!

Let's continue on with Chapter 3! A lot of people didn't really care for this chapter (aside from all the animal abuse), and I can understand why. You might have noticed a running theme in the previous two chapters of powerlessness - being powerless to save your loved ones, being powerless against death, being powerless against abuse, that kind of thing. Chapter 3 is probably the most explicit exploration of this, and hey, I can see why that kind of thing would bug people. But like a lot of things in Mother 3 I think it has a purpose, and also it's another one of those ways it sort of inverts jrpg expectations. BUT PERHAPS I THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THESE THINGS

As before, I link to versions of the music on youtube, but be wary of spoilers in the related videos!

Off in a desert somewhere

ALL HAIL OUR NEW MONKEY KING

JUST KIDDING, HA HA

Welp this chapter's off to a rough start.

A monkey love song for monkeys! The music in this chapter is all so catchy, haha. Which I guess is good because you'll be hearing it A LOT.

BUT SHE JUST DID HER MAKEUP

You seem the trustworthy sort.

Zzzzzzap!

BETTER HOPE YOU ENJOY SEEING MONKEYS GETTING ELECTROCUTED BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE SEEING IT A LOT

Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.

YOU'D STILL HAVE TO CATCH UP TO ME THOUGH AND I BET YOU'D GET REALLY SWEATY

His default name is Salsa SO WHY NOT.

Salsa is sort of a pun in Japanese, from what I understand. Saru is the word for Monkey, and Salsa in kata is Sarusa. If I remember right his little girlfriend was called Saruko BUT I'M SURE WE'LL GET TO HER IN A MOMENT

CONTRARY SALSA DON'T LISTEN TO NO ONE

Then he just repeated himself, how boring. I DEMAND A REWARD FOR NOT LISTENING

lovely day isn't it

LIAR

Alright since this doesn't seem to be getting me anything.

let me take my ipod earbuds out- what?

PUT YOUR LISTENING EARS ON

Already I feel very close to you.

A COWBOY TAUGHT ME THE MEANING OF NEVER AGREEING TO ANYTHING

WATCH ME SHAKE IT FIRST

do the monkey

BE MORE SPECIFIC

shoop shoop

screw this i'm ascending to heaven

AND TO MAKE IT SO BEAUTIFUL

HOW DARE YOU

gonna burn down your house

THAT WAS LAUGHING???

Oh right, basically you make Salsa dance by tapping a direction, and usually Fassad will indicate it to you by doing his own little dance move. SO MUCH RHYTHM

Incidentally Fassad's name in Japanese was Yokuba and that's still what I tend to default to when I think of him, even though Fassad is a great name for him that I have no problem with whatsoever. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST HARD TO SHAKE THESE ASSOCIATIONS.

Fassad willing to wait as long as it took to see this dance.

some dust on this zapper here, let's see

NO MY MONKEY GIRLFRIEND OR POSSIBLY BOYFRIEND WHO LIKES WEARING MAKE-UP AND BOWS

something on your face there, got it

I think Fassad's a bad guy, guys.

WHY DIDN'T WE JUST PARK OVER THERE

Oh dang Salsa is level 1 WELP

LET'S SEE WHAT THE MONKEY TRICKS ARE

I never got this to work, haha.

THIS HOWEVER WORKED A LOT i recommend it

The guide recommends using this a lot but honestly I didn't really. :B But what it does is that Salsa takes damage, then reflects that exact amount of damage to the user. So if I got hit for 200, Salsa would reflect 200. This is useful because Salsa hits like a butterfly, but more on that in a second.

This dance raises a random stat on your side or lowers a random stat on the enemy's side. I ended up doing this way too often, haha.

Since things have been going so well in this game so far.

Surprised Fassad didn't just tip the barrel over for spite.

Dung beetles!

Ain't sharin this with no one.

Aww yeah can still combo like a champ

chimp

So here's what I briefly mentioned up there. You might have played an RPG where you were essentially acting as an escort mission for a much weaker character. Or there were joke characters that never really did much damage and all they did was bolster your other characters. Healers, stat boost mages, dancing plush cats, old crazy men, annoying twins, that kind of thing. They're side characters that you don't usually care or notice because in the long run of things they're not important. The people doing the big damage are important, since most of the time, they're the main characters. They're YOU, the player. YOU do damage, other characters just boost you so you can do more or make it easier for YOU. The classic power fantasy.

But instead of that, Mother 3 makes you take on the role of the sidekick character. The useless NPC to the actual effectual character, Fassad. Salsa can barely ever do ANY damage, and most of his attacks revolve around stunning the enemy or boosting his team's stats. Or reflecting existing damage back. As a result, Fassad is the one doing the heavy lifting. In fact, you HAVE to rely on Fassad to kill certain enemies. You NEED him to survive. Which is another cruel twist on this entire thing, in a way. It makes his inevitable asides where he wastes turns even that much more grating because you actually NEED him to do something, unlike almost every other NPC you take into battle. Suddenly those wasted turns really MEAN something.

But like Wes, Fassad can do a LOT of damage. There are some other things he can do in battle too which we'll see as we go along, but really for this chapter, you're mostly tagging along with him. You can't kill a lot of things by yourself (maybe a FEW things if you level and are good at comboing), you have to rely on other people to help you. Even people you hate, because you don't have a choice. And that's why I can understand why people wouldn't like this chapter, because it's really unusual to make the player, after doing two chapters alone, have to completely rely on NPCs in EVERY battle. Especially an NPC that's effectively torturing you the entire way. BUT THAT'S THE KIND OF GAME MOTHER 3 IS

Why not take a look inside those pointless side characters, it wonders, what's it like to be a joke character with mostly worthless abilities? What's it like to have to sit and hope for someone else to kill the monster before you die? Like I said at the top, it's powerlessness. Not only does Salsa's inability to do much in battle reflect how he can't save himself or his girlfriend outside battle, in making you have to rely on Fassad to survive, the game also forces you, the player, in servitude to him, just like Salsa. Even if you don't WANT to rely on him and want to do it yourself, you can't. You HAVE to. You have no choice. Just like Salsa.

It's an interesting way to echo the experience through gameplay. BUT AGAIN, PERHAPS I'M OVERTHINKING THINGS

WOW WHAT A PRIZE

is it fizzy and sweet

dang i'd have to do a qfg3 screencap adventure to properly reference that for you here OH WELL

perhaps someday

INSTANT HOT SPRING

convenient for when you're LEVEL ONE like this

dohoho

you could go to taco bell and then wait a bit

maybe that's why you don't have any, lazybones

FREE EXPERIENCE, BZAM

You can farm these dung beetles for dung to give to this guy if you want, but really I didn't see much of a point. I mean, Fassad's the one doing all the damage and it's not like I'll learn anything. The only real benefit is possibly more defense and hp so I can take hits while waiting for Fassad to kill the thing. SO I JUST DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER

Outside a battle screen? Madness.

YOU'RE SO LAZY

also there is dung in it

bleeeeahhh

PLEASE BELIEVE ME

Sure, why not.

YOU CANNOT RESIST MY MONKEY TRICKS

Oh yeah, Salsa's attack is scratch, and he makes little monkey noises when he hits. Not hugely distracting, surprisingly.

WHY NOT ROLL THE DICE

gonna eat it over here for some reason

SOMEDAY

what

WHAT ARE YOU

Centipedes? In my vagina?

Please see back of sign for written quiz and tiny pencil. Do not take tiny pencil.

Nell will be mine, MINE!

Probably shouldn't step in those.

*sad trombone sound*

JESUS

I know I won't get the star for this because I missed a rare enemy in chapter one but I still feel accomplished getting a back sprite, idk.

WHAT THIS ABILITY CAN MAKE THINGS TURN AROUND

I HAVE TO USE IT IN EVERY SINGLE BATTLE NOW

are you the ghost of a muppet

I did not know this but if you get hit with the Dum-E-Beam and start feeling strange, Fassad can shock you back to normal. :O Takes one HP though.

THIS LOOKS LIKE A MINIBOSS

MAYBE I SHOULDN'T GET INVOLVED

Oh it's just one of you guys

A graceful waltz

YOU'RE THE ONE WHO DOES DAMAGE

DON'T HIDE BEHIND ME

Man I will take any armor I can get.

A new fetish is born!

Sure, even though there's another frog like maybe two screens away.

DON'T STEAL IT

Movin up the astrology chain.

Puppyyyy

I'd rather not, thanks.

Yessss

The dung in this area respawns if you're really into farming exp off of Wan Sum Dung as a note.

NOOOO SIMANT FLASHBACKS NOOO

Oh well that's not so bad

STOP IT

Eh, that's alright.

Now we're talking.

SOMETHING TO EAT, FINALLY

I actually was just checking this for the heck of it and was surprised when this came up, haha.

Glad we had that moment.

Your mariachi music doesn't scare me, cactus wolf! Or the fact you look sort of drunk.

JUST BEING REAL, BRO

Not bad, considering.

NO MY CACTUS HITPOINTS

While sitting and watching other animals punch his monkey.

That wasn't that bad, really.

YOU WILL BE BORN A CHICKEN OR ELSE

Quick detour into Super Metroid here

THE LAST MONKEY IS IN CAPTIVITY

I just like the background here, it's nice.

Woah :o

A thing for me not to look at! Score.

Or Pork & Beans according to some. LIKE IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

FOOLS WITH ALL THEIR DUMB... FAMILY

AND HAPPINESS

savages

I was thinking about pork and beans, what?

I'M JUST HUNGRY

maybe i'll jump instead, that'd show you

gonna get fleas all over it, see how revitalizing it is then

WHAT A GREAT MAP

blah blah controls explanation

I CAN'T HEAR SNIDE, SORRY

FINE

SCREW YOU I'M WALKIN

You can actually walk to Tazmily I think. If you want. There's not really much of a point to it though, and it does take way longer. BUT MIGHT AS WELL TAKE A LOOK AROUND JUST IN CASE

welp

Pillbugs!

Wheeee!

Beep Beep Pork Bean! There's that pigmask motif again.

TO OREGON

Find a new girlfriend now

YOU MOCK ME

you can push the pillbugs around, hehe

HOW BIG IS IT??

Doesn't look so big to me.

Aww yeah, still combo like a pro.

Also it can kill people, but you know.

I GUESS this is a miniboss but these guys went down in no time flat with a few bombs, haha. Although one DID try to split into two, though it didn't succeed.

Oh hey! For some reason I didn't expect an upgrade, haha.

AHA I KNEW IT

Going different ways just gets you zapped. BOO

Yessss got their back sprites, that was really bugging me

BUT ZOMBIES CAN'T READ

Leder you're so mysterious

Like your TOWN THIEVES

COUGH

CAPITALISM

HI DUSTER

help me says Salsa

Duster feels a strange sense of kinship with Salsa.

Back to getting some vague undefined thing for my crazy paranoid dad. Haha I think Del brought up that if you look at it from Duster's point of view, Wes just seems paranoid for no reason. AN UNKNOWN ENEMY I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE PLANNING BUT THEY'RE COMING TO DESTROY EVERYTHING DON'T ASK HOW I KNOW I JUST DO OKAY

THIS THING I WON'T EXPLAIN WILL STOP THEM SOMEHOW, DON'T ASK QUESTIONS, TAKE THIS BUG AND THIS FEATHER AND GO TO THE OLD HAUNTED CASTLE AND GET THE THING

then duster actually GOES AND GETS SOMETHING THAT FITS THE DESCRIPTION and comes back and wes just smashes it and yells at him and calls him a moron. BUT WHAT CAN HE DO, SAY NO? He doesn't have a choice. JUST LIKE SALSA OOOOH LOOK AT ME JUXTAPOSING LIKE A BOSS

REMEMBER THIS?

duster just sighs and goes back to what he's supposed to be doing

ALL THE BANANAS I COULD AFFORD

as far as we know

cough wes

and besides it'll sow discord among you all I MEAN

Decorate the bottom of the well with it, why not.

cha cha cha

Did you just electrocute your monkey

Cause that's what it looked like

Man when I get tired I always seizure in pain and get charred, it sucks.

I'M FREE I'M FREE

I'm really invested in the lovelife of the local monkeys.

Noooooo

LIGHTER HELP

Tessie are you giggling

GETTING PUNCHED BY SAND LIZARDS WASN'T WORK??

Now all the ice cream is mine.

That guy from the funeral!

A gloomy feel, awww Duster. :< No wonder people in town seem so concerned about him.

gasp

I GOTTA TELL THE COPS

I missed it but there was a zap in here.

SOMEONE SEND HELP

I actually forgot about this but it's in the guide, but after the conversation, you can run back to your hotel room and pretend to be asleep, and there's a whole sequence where Fassad will try and find out if you're sleeping or not. BUT I FORGOT SO YOU GET THIS INSTEAD

Let's have a dream sequence instead! BZZZT! Even in my dreams!

Ah, we were all so young back then.

YOU MUST BE TELLING THE TRUTH, WHY WOULD YOU LIE TO ME

Man you'd think no one got killed by a drago before

oh wait

HELP ME JACKIE

Salsa does his evil toy monkey impression.

The Peddler's Speech

AND THE MONKEY

The secret to happiness is animal abuse THANK YOU GOODNIGHT

DON'T WE DESERVE BIGGER CHEEZ-IT BAGS

Lady in the front row shrugs, eh, lightning, whatever

I'll kill your WHOLE FAMILY

Or I'll MAKE it a reality

Jonel's had enough of this.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT HAPPINESS

DID NO ONE ELSE SEE THAT

I get you, Abbot.

LITTLE DO YOU KNOW

Not you, Isaac!

This planter is the secret to happiness.

HELP ME BRONSON

BUT IT PROBABLY WON'T

THEY'RE LIKE LEVEL 15 BOSS

WHAT CAN WE DO

You said girly monkey and I ended up daydreaming, what?

SURELY YOU AREN'T LYING TO ME

BUT WHY NOT STOP THERE FOR NOW will Salsa make the deliveries on time? CAST YOUR VOTE

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