I'm guessing most of us have never played this game before, but for those who have: any beginner's advice? For example, I'd tell someone playing Earthbound on SNES for the first time to keep the characters' default names. Are there any weird little tidbits we should know going into this one?
From what I hear, it's kinda like SNES Earthbound but not as good... but should still be worth playing! Personally, I'm really relieved that Nintendo localized this one before Mother 3, despite the demand being for Mother 3 first. Gotta play the first game before the third one!
I echo the statements about this game being very grindy. If you've played the original Dragon Warrior then you know what you're in for, though I actually felt like this game was even more brutal than other NES RPGs. Which is a shame, because anyone with a lot of patience will be rewarded with a charming world and endearing story, as well as a pretty incredible soundtrack. Definitely one of the best on NES, and the first overworld theme is a contender for my fave of all time. Though, being an NES game, the text is simplistic as well. Still, I don't think I can recommend it to anyone other than either fans of old-school RPGs, or those who played Earthbound and are curious about this one. It does share some similarities with EB as well, so it won't be wholly fresh.
When playing through Final Fantasy VII recently I sat and complained about this and that -- "Dang materia system...*grumble* I swear, these summon animations... *moan* I miss Relm and Edgar....*whine*" -- but now that I play through this sluggishly controlled, 8-bit grindfest for the third or so time, I'm smiling ear to ear. Mother is special.
I played a few minutes of this on an emulator years ago and remember being really unimpressed despite loving Earthbound. Maybe I'll change my opinion when I get a chance to play it for real, but if not, I have no problem dropping $7 to show my support for the series.
I played some of it on an emulator too many years ago. That was a finished but unreleased Western translation, right? And this is probably the same thing, but maybe with Treehouse checking it out for minor tweaks and polishes first.
Yeah I have played the original ROM that was dumped way back and it seemed finished. Maybe some background things that I wouldn't be aware of. If they had to do any additional programming I would be shocked.
@Jargon This is something I feel Nintendo could really learn from Sony, having more cross-platform purchasing for these old school titles. Big reason I'm still hoping the NX would be a merger of portable and home console systems so I can play the game on the TV at home while being able to take them on the go.
@Zero At the beginning, I recommend you grind your way to a better weapon first and foremost. Spend the 500 bucks on the Wooden Bat from the department store if you haven't done so already. With that you should be able to whack most zombies at the graveyard before they wear you out, but bring some french fries to keep you going.