Mother (NES)

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In the early 1990s, a mysterious dark shadow covered a small country town in rural America. A young married couple vanished from their house without a trace. The man's name was George, the woman's name was Maria. Two years passed, and George suddenly returned. He never spoke to anyone about what he had experienced. Instead, he lead a solitary life and began an odd study, all by himself. His wife never returned.

Eighty years have passed since then. One day, something strange happens to a young boy who lives in a small town together with his parents and his two sisters: his house seems to be possessed by a poltergeist. Things start attacking house inhabitants. The boy's father advises him to talk to his grandfather and learn how to use psychic powers in order to discover the reason behind the strange poltergeist. On his journey, the boy meets three other children: a quiet girl who lives together with her mother, a young genius who isn't accepted by his classmates, and a boy who joined a gang, hoping for revenge. The four heroes will explore the world and find out the connection between the strange events of today and the mystery of the past.

Mother is a Japanese-style RPG set in modern times. Combat system is similar to Dragon Warrior: the player-controlled party encounters random enemies and bosses, and fights them in turn-based combat viewed from first-person perspective. Instead of magic, the characters can use special psychic powers called PSI.


Mother NES Starting the game
Mother NES Boss battle: doll!
Mother NES Character stats
Mother NES Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Earthbound Zero" -- English ROM dump title
  • "Earth Bound" -- Working title

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Total! (Germany) Jul, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85 Nov 25, 2011 16 out of 20 80 Jan, 2010 8 out of 10 80


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In the final area of the game, Mt. Itoi, there are enemies there that can kill your characters in one hit. This is due to the final areas of the game not being bug-tested and balanced, as confirmed by Shigesato Itoi, the game's main programmer.

Cancelled American release

This game was scheduled for release in America. It was completely translated and ready for release, but the Super Nintendo was due for release and the game was canned. A couple of years later, the English prototype was discovered and dumped onto the internet, so Americans are able to play it today.

The credits shown on this site are in fact the credits from the unreleased English version - the English Script Writer, Translators and Special Thanks credits were added before Shigeru Miyamoto's credit. In addition, the game was censored and the ending was extended with an additional credit theme. Among the instances of censorship include the removal of blood, cigarettes and the implication of breasts from certain enemies.

Information also contributed by Cody Alcina

Related Web Sites

  • Starmen.Net (One of the largest Mother (Japanese name for Earthbound) fan sites. It contains information and media on Mother as well as other games in the series released and unreleased.)
Cor 13 (173179) added Mother (NES) on Jun 01, 2004