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Earthbound Beginnings (Mother 1) available today on Wii U eShop / Virtual Console
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June 15, 2015, 01:19:28
This is a bit of a surprise! Mother is finally localized for the West! And available TODAY. Hopefully this means Mother 3 is in the way as well.

/Edit I originally reported this game as available right now, however, it will be available later tonight at 6 pm Pacific time. Sorry!

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Posted: 06/15/15, 01:19:28  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:35:03    
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As I said on the podcast, I want Nintendo to surprise me. Surprise me they have already.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 13:25:37
I wasn't expecting this, this was a good move. I don't know if I'll be getting it myself though. I kind of want to play it again, but this game is a real grindfest, and I don't know if I have the patience for that these days.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 19:55:29

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 19:59:46
@Mop it up
Feel kind of the same way, especially since nowadays I just don't have as much time to game as I used to. On the other hand I really want to experience the journey that Itoi crafted for this game and hope that the charm imbued there can overcome the archaic gameplay.

Posted by 
 on: 06/16/15, 17:52:33
Pokefreak911 said:
Hey Stache! You finally get another Wii U RPG.

Haha, that doesn't count!

Posted by 
 on: 06/16/15, 21:39:49
@CPA Wei It helps that you can play it on the GamePad. So you can do the grind and watch a movie or something like that.

Posted by 
 on: 06/16/15, 22:03:09
There certainly is a lot of grinding in this game, but if you can put up with it I would argue that the reward is worthwhile. Back when I played Mother in late 2013 I found grinding through the game with my new puppy sleeping by my side to be a great way to relax after a long day. Of course, everyone's experience is going to vary depending on their level of tolerance to grinding. It's not something I'm in a rush to replay (especially since I just beat the grind- heavy Final Fantasy I a few weeks ago), but it was a nice experience.

Posted by 
 on: 06/17/15, 07:16:00  - Edited by 
 on: 06/17/15, 07:18:05
I'll chime in and agree with you that the experience is worth the grinding. I honestly don't think it's that bad in terms of grinding either. Mother 1 requires a lot of it, and especially early on so that you can get money for a decent weapon, but I'd say it's the comparison to the other two Mothers that make it seem extra bad. It's not the grindiest RPG ever or anything, it's just the game's biggest drawback and one that keeps being brought up.

Posted by 
 on: 06/17/15, 12:25:14

Yeah. I'm a couple hours in and the experience--while difficult--has also been oddly relaxing. It's extra nice to have it GamePad only, and the level up boosts are so significant that it feels rewarding with each one.

Posted by 
 on: 06/17/15, 16:32:00
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