EarthBound Beginnings
EarthBound Beginnings (Mother)
EarthBound symbol
Packaging artwork for the original Famicom release.
Developer(s) APE
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series EarthBound
Director(s) Shigesato Itoi
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s) Shigesato Itoi
Miyuki Kure
Programmer(s) Kazuya Nakatani
Takayuki Onodera
Motoo Yasuma
Writer(s) Shigesato Itoi
Composer(s) Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
Release date Famicom
JPJuly 27, 1989
Game Boy Advance
JPJune 20, 2003
Wii U
WWJune 14, 2015
Genre(s) Role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Ratings T for Teen
Platform(s) Famicom, Game Boy Advance, Wii U

EarthBound Beginnings, known in Japan as Mother (マザー), is a role-playing video game developed by APE and published by Nintendo for the Famicom. The game is modeled on the gameplay of the DRAGON QUEST series, but is set in the late 20th-century United States, unlike its fantasy genre contemporaries. EarthBound Beginnings follows the young Ninten as he uses his great-grandfather's studies on psychic powers to fight hostile, formerly inanimate objects and other enemies. The game uses random encounters to enter a menu-based, first-person perspective battle system. It is the first game in the Mother series and was followed by two sequels, EarthBound in 1994 and Mother 3 in 2006.

In the Super Smash Flash series


Several moves that Ness uses in Super Smash Flash 2 originate from this game. These include PK Fire, in which the user blasts fire at the enemy; PK Thunder, in which the user sends lightning at the enemy; and PSI Magnet, in which the user absorbs an enemy's Psychic Points and adds them to their own. Ness also uses a baseball bat in his forward smash and side taunt, which originates in this game as a weapon.

Assist Trophies

The Starman, a recurring and powerful enemy in the EarthBound series that originates from this game, appears in SSF2 as an Assist Trophy. When summoned, it teleports around the stage and attacks with PK Beam, a PSI attack featured only in this game.

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