Mother 3

Made by HAL Laboratory/Brownie Brown, released in 2006

Tonda Gossa!



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




In the last installment Lucas got a part time job and finally found his way into the amusingly named Club Titiboo, teeheehee. WHAT WILL HAPPEN INSIDE??

only bright red and yellow floor tiles for our rock club please

:O

I wonder if people tell Lucas to smile a lot.

OH BOY A ROCK SHOW

The Club Titiboo theme is more twangy and western than you might expect, haha.

how dare you

must resist pokemon urge to buy a dozen lemonades instead of potions, MUST RESIST

GET HOOKED ON CAFFEINE AND SUGAR

ooo and it comes in a nice little tumbler

SODA!

COLA!

SODA!

COLA!

frick i'm hungry

sprinkled with cocaine

I BET LUCAS WILL LOVE THIS

incisive social commentary

IRON-ON SHIRTS FOR SALE

Just a brief reminder that this game was made in Japan.

And it's so much fun to say too!

(Tohn-da go-SAH to me)

on the cutting edge of pop music

King Pigmask? :o

CMON IN AND TALK TO ME, I'M JUST ON THE THRONE

I'M THE DCMC'S BIGGEST FAN

Heh, Boney still crouches to run when disguised.

LET'S GO INSIDE

NOOOOOOOOO

oh phew

THE ONGOING STORY

SLANDEROUS LIES

No one says that to his face though

WHAT WILL BECOME OF THESE TWO

Nickname: Cash Monies

KIDS RUN THIS TOWN, BUSTER

His clothes are clean for one, which is DEFINITELY not him

Spilled juice and dog hair, get out!

For a second I thought this was about Lucas and i was like what

NO ONE TELLS ME WHAT TO DO

awwwww now i feel bad

Where'd you even learn, Boney

then i missed a cap, durr

DON'T JUDGE ME

I'M UNDERAGE

I like how Thomas still waves his arms frantically while talking for no reason.

how much did you see

IT'S HARD OKAY

people are drawn to my inner anguish

OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY

OMG DUSTER DYED HIS HAIR BLOND

I am almost positive they said OH MY PORK in japanese too in kata, haha.

King Pigmask's theme!

LET'S OPEN WITH A SHREDDING GUITAR SOLO WOOOOOO

True to form it IS the Pigmask's theme, haha.

SAX SOLOOO

BASS PIANO SOLOOOO

woop no one saw that

Hee hee. It's hard to get across how great this bit is without visuals SO

All the little animations for the sprites are so great. IT'S SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH. And the song is a lot of fun too, haha.

i'm real busy

WELL IN THAT CASE

You'd be surprised how useful this is.

we were talking about you

but i can't say anymore

ALREADY CHECKED, NOPE

HOPE YOU CAN FIGHT SLITHERHENS

wow the whole band? what are the odds

i play the drums

THE MUSIC WAS JUST TOO POWERFUL

IT ADDS A NEW AMBIENCE

Did you and Duster ever talk before, Tessie? Mostly I remember you saying it was fine to stay in the inn. WHAT'S GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES HERE

TEAM UP WITH THE OTHER GUY

BECOME A FORCE OF JUSTICE

19 hour shifts just ain't long enough

Trap door!

I GO MY OWN WAY

Found this in a box! When you don't have Duster, these can come in really handy if you're trying to get the front/back sprites of all the enemies.

aaarghh nooo

In a Kojima game this would be your opportunity to take a peek, but NOT HERE

Girl's Room is just sort of upbeat and cheery. Sort of reminds me a bit of other earlier Tazmily themes.

Some throat punch or another I got this fancy room

MY FATHER TAUGHT ME TO NEVER AGREE TO ANYTHING

IT'LL JUST GET ME WET

THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE

hahahaha

AAAAAAAAAAA

YESSS COFFEE BREAK INTERLUDE

JUST LIKE IN EARTHBOUND

Shower Time Ballad plays here, and it's mostly slow and sort of thoughtful, a bit like the music that plays when you read the letter Hinawa sent you.

Poor Lucas wants to change the fate of those around him, stop the downward spiral everyone seems to be caught in. BUT CAN HE SUCCEED?

Man i would have liked to see that

STILL FOCUSED

what does this egg even DO anyway

aside from being super secretive and weird

we MUST make the omelette first

I guess technically Duster and Kumatora only spent like a couple hours together before he got swept away in a whirlpool, he probably does know Lucas a bit better. He did watch him weep at his mom's grave after all.

Kumatora do you spend a lot of time sneaking around the attic and spying on Duster

Interrupt their jam session

HAVE TO CHECK THE BATHROOM haha there is a hot spring in here after all, how convenient

KUMATORA DOESN'T PUT UP WITH LITTLE WUSSY SHOWERS

welp can't get out that way

Bottle rockets! And Made-you-looks, for the completionist trying to get all the sprites.

The Attic's a Dungeon?! is a great theme, haha. Got a cool bass and a sort of swoopy noise to it. And accurate too since the attic IS a dungeon! And sort of an annoying one too no less.

Nooooo

Thankfully most of the enemies in here got songs that are easy to combo, suckersss

give me that cheese

NO AGH I DIDN'T KNOW THEY COULD DO THAT

I can never forget that guy who had one of his 1/126 items stolen by a Spiteful Crow.

Alright, here's the dungeon map! It looks small, but there's a bunch of junk in each of the rooms that make it hard to move around a bit, and each room respawns enemies when you walk into it, so if you end up backtracking you'll get your health chipped down pretty consistently. IT CAN BE VERY TIRING

Haha there we go. I should really be more focused on doing this but eh lazy.

What a cool looking guitar

Elder Batty! :O Elder Batty has one of the coolest battle themes, Intense Guys with a really clear and piercing piano intro, so cool.

AND IT'S EASY TO COMBO TOO hahahahaha win-win

dogs not so much into the cheese, hard hitting investigative report

Man I never noticed the tiny eyes on the guitar until now, hahahahha.

arrrgh this hits both people on your team too

though weeping guitar, hehe

Now this is a bit unusual, the drum's normal theme is Marching Attack I think, but when it does this move, it changes it to 16 Beat Attack, which actually changes the music in the battle and thus the rhythm. :o

Anyway in the right bottom corner there are some mice!

what

toblerones where

mmm crackers

I want to call my hands jazz bands from now on.

If I remember right, these mice spoke in a really weird dialect in Japanese that was really hard to translate/understand, haha.

ugh still hungry

HEARTBURN

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

These boxes will heal you/your pp, but you can only use them once. I DECIDED TO USE THEM ALL AT ONCE

much like i did the first time I was playing this and had no idea what they said

mmm rice

Anyway at the end of the dungeon, you see an animated bass, why not talk to it?

NEVER THROW AWAY ANYTHING

This battle can be a bit tough, but your first goal should be to kill the drum and guitar, since otherwise they can team up with the bass and do a combo attack.

OH YEAH also I think the Bass and the guitars share the same basic theme, which is Rock n Roll. There are two versions, Mild and Spicy that mostly sound the same, tho I think the Spicy one has some stops in there to screw up your combos. It's the same basic theme as Franky Fly back in EarthBound though. :D MEMORIES

NO I THOUGHT THE BOMBS WOULD BE ENOUGH

ow ow

Duster i could really use your scary mask right about now

aarrrghhh

EVERYONE WAKE UP

Anyway after a while

Haha, lower than the last time I played, not bad.

GOOD ENOUGH FOR JAMES SUNDERLAND, GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME

heh, Boney's landing sprite

DID YOU KNOW THE ATTIC'S FULL OF MONSTERS

or staring intently at Duster, whichever

eye on the prize, boney

Seems safe enough... FOR NOW

I like how Duster apparently has books open on his bed, haha.

haha aww

Duster's clothes just falling apart by now

OR as Tamekichi in the Japanese one.

Lucky of course being the name of one of the Runaway Five in EarthBound. Also it fits in a weird little way, haha.

Oh yeah, and Kumatora's alias was Yoshikoshi originally, for those curious.

Okay Kumatora says, rolling her eyes.

my dad would KILL me if i lost it

Oh here we go. This is a bit hard to catch in screencaps, but Duster pauses a lot when he's talking. I don't mean he uses a lot of ellipses (although he does that too), but he'll do this thing where the dialogue window will come up like this and his sprite will move like he's talking, but there'll be a few seconds before the text actually appears. It's not lag or something, it's deliberate. He's not the only one who does this, since it has happened before a few times, but he definitely does it more often than most of the other characters, at least during this sequence. Lends some credence to some of you guys' theories on Duster being a hesitant speaker! Or even having a speech impediment like Del suggested. :o Either way it's not hard to guess why he'd be careful about what he says.

Near the broken staples, got it!

RIGHT NOW EVERYONE IN THE CAR RIGHT NOW

pause

Oh Duster. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR MYSELF

I'M HAPPY HERE BUT I DON'T KNOW

aaaaaaaaaa

Duster staring at them like what really

I LIKE THOSE ODDS

cause otherwise i'm gonna have to start busting heads

OH NO MOVE PUZZLES

I DON'T HAVE THE MEMORY FOR THIS

stop pressuring me

oh duster

I JUST NEED TO TALK TO YOU ALL FIRST

Well that's solid enough

Baccio strokes his chin thoughtfully.

And the hands appear on the screen! Just tap a direction to choose. OBVIOUSLY I MUST CHOOSE...

KEEP IT TOGETHER, ZMIZZ

smith, smitts, whichever

haha they do actually wait a little bit if you do it wrong

BUT IT'S LIKE... I CAN'T LOSE...

NO WAIT I WANTED TO HEAR YOUR LOSE AND TIE CONVOS FIRST

AAAA

There we go. PLAY MORE SERIOUS

YOU GUYS ARE RIGGING THE GAME

duster honey you still have no confidence in your decisions even after all this time, huh

oh duster YOU'RE SO RESIGNED TO IT

pause

SOMEONE ELSE TELL ME WHAT TO DO, I CAN'T

:O

OJ just like I JUST TOLD YOU, WHAT IS THIS

Throwing a losing hand AND

YOU GUYS

and with a dramatic flourish and a tiny soundclip...

That is what he said after all.

As Kumatora punches her way through the crowd

Do you think this is one of the first times Duster's ever been told he's great at anything?

If you're wondering, yes, I've seen Duster/OJ while poking around. NOT A LOT, BUT IT EXISTS

I MEAN WHY WOULDN'T WE

UNLESS WE ALL DIE TRAGICALLY OR SOMETHING

BUT WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THAT

never

Thanks for that, Baccio.

Duster's mostly been standing still while everyone else is talking, but here he actually walks over to you and you can see him limping. For me anyway it was just a nice reminder that this really was Duster after all, haha.

YES FINALLY AFTER ALL THIS TIME

I MISSED YOU AND YOUR THIEF TOOLS SO MUCH

Dang, level 20 isn't bad.

hahaha LOOKIN GOOD, DUSTER

You're still further behind though, dang.

NOTHIN CAN STAND IN KUMATORA'S WAY

what secrets could they hold

we may never know

Checking out the theater and...

Another performance! :o

Awwww YOU GUYS ARE REAL PALS

Bon Voyage Amigo is just sort of a sweet ballad-y song, with a sudden guitar solo at the end. THE WHOLE SEQUENCE IS JUST REALLY ADORABLE

Everyone else leaves to give Duster some privacy

It's sort of hard to tell here but Duster's slumped down a little bit.

MEMORIES

Punched clear across the room, wow

DCMC TO THE RESCUE

Duster practicing ajesgadshgh this is all too cute

Everyone just waiting outside I DO LIKE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ISN'T REALLY EASY FOR HIM

This whole sequence just gets even sadder when you think about Duster's life before this happened. His entire previous life just training, sleeping, and getting yelled at by Wes about how he's no good at anything he does. Can't make any decisions about his life or whether or not he wanted to be a thief, it's all out of his control. Then he loses his memory, winds up at the club, and gets taken in by four strangers that all genuinely seem to like him. He learns to play the bass and people really like him for what he does for once. He's popular, he's successful, people cheer for him, his bandmates support him, hang out with him, make him laugh, and don't judge him about anything. He's got real friends for like the first time ever.

And in the end he has to leave them to finish what he started, even though he can't remember why. He leaves his happy life and his first friends to go with a group of people he can't remember, because what he thinks was destiny told him to. I mean, that'd be a pretty hard thing to walk away from in general, even if you knew who you were going with and why it was important. But he still does it, even though it's hard. It's just like awwww

a poofy reminder

SORRY ABOUT BEING SAD ABOUT LEAVING MY FRIENDS OF THREE YEARS okay let's go

BETTER LET WES KNOW DUSTER'S STILL ALIVE

And so chapter 4 ends! WHAT SECRETS WILL UNKNOWN VALLEY HOLD?

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