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In the early 1900s, 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 led 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.

Earthbound Beginnings 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.


Earth Bound NES Talking to your sister
Earth Bound NES Lost in a forest!
Earth Bound NES Boss battle: doll!
Earth Bound NES In a hotel

Promo Images

Earth Bound Screenshot
Earth Bound Screenshot
Earth Bound Screenshot
Earth Bound Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Mother" -- Japanese title
  • "Earthbound Zero" -- English ROM dump title
  • "EarthBound Beginnings" -- Nintendo's store title
  • "マザー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) NES Jul, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85 NES Nov 25, 2011 16 out of 20 80 NES Jan, 2010 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Wii U Dec 10, 2015 75 out of 100 75 Wii U Aug 17, 2015 7 out of 10 70
FNintendo Wii U Aug 03, 2015 7 out of 10 70
Link Cable Gaming Wii U Aug 02, 2018 4.9 out of 10 49


Topic # Posts Last Post
Trivia needs fixing in light of Wii U release 2 Adzuken (854)
Jun 21, 2015



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.

International Release

This game was originally scheduled for release in America on the NES under the name, Earthbound. It was completely translated and ready for release, but due to the Super Nintendo's impending release and the tepid reception of similar RPG's by North American audiences, the localization never made it to shelves. Years later, the English prototype was discovered and dumped onto the internet under the title Earthbound Zero to prevent confusion with its Super Nintendo successor. In addition to being translated to English, the prototype revealed that a multitude of changes were made to accommodate North American audiences. The changes include censorship of some of the enemies, better visual cues, reworked maps, the ability to run, and an extended ending sequence.

Nintendo showed little interest in releasing the title until it was suddenly released onto the Wii U via its Virtual Console service as Earthbound Beginnings. The localized release is identical to the unreleased prototype, including its title screen, which still carries its original title, Earthbound, without the appended Beginnings.

The credits shown on this site are, in fact, the credits from the English version - the English Script Writer, Translators, and Special Thanks credits were added before Shigeru Miyamoto's credit.

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.)
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