EarthBound Mother Nintendo Showdown

Welcome back to another edition of Nintendo Showdown! This is a weekly series at Nintendo Enthusiast, and it requires some audience participation. Every week we’ll compare two (or more) Nintendo games and pit them against each other in a showdown. Your votes decide the winner, so choose wisely. We recently learned that Nintendo once considered making an EarthBound game for GameCube. Ultimately, the idea was abandoned, but it has us feeling nostalgic. Which one of these quirky RPGs is the best in the franchise? Cast your vote below and help us decide the winner of Nintendo Showdown!

Vote for the Best EarthBound game

A series of cult classics

The EarthBound franchise, known as Mother in Japan, has dealt with many obstacles. For decades, only the second game was officially released anywhere outside of Japan. Thankfully, Nintendo finally gave new life to the original Mother, re-releasing it as EarthBound Beginnings in 2015. Dedicated fans are still waiting for Nintendo to localize Mother 3. At this point, there seems to be little hope left. However, many have downloaded and played a fan-made translation of the Japanese game. The fact that these games are popular despite their extremely limited availability is a testament to their quality.

EarthBound Beginnings was a masterpiece on NES. Its wacky dialogue and unique weapons and enemies helps it stand out from countless other RPGs on the console. EarthBound on SNES continued that trend, but offered a bigger world, more vibrant graphics, and a more fleshed out and emotional story. Mother 3 on Game Boy Advance retained the charm of its predecessors while evolving the battle system. It also introduced a new chapter-based story format, giving more characters time to shine in the spotlight.

Which one of these classic RPGs is the winner of this week’s Nintendo Showdown? Cast your vote and let us know your reasons in the comments below!

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.


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