EarthBound Box
EarthBound symbol
North American box art.
Developer(s) Ape, Inc., HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series EarthBound
Director(s) Shigesato Itoi
Producer(s) Shigesato Itoi
Satoru Iwata
Designer(s) Akihiko Kayaba
Programmer(s) Satoru Iwata
Kouji Malta
Artist(s) Kouichi Ooyama
Writer(s) Shigesato Itoi
Composer(s) Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
Engine Console role-playing game
Release date JPAugust 27, 1994
NAJune 1, 1995
Ratings T for Teen
Platform(s) Super Nintendo Entertainment System

EarthBound (MOTHER2ギーグの逆襲) is a role-playing video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the second game in the EarthBound/Mother series, following the Famicom game Mother which was not released outside Japan, and therefore its status as the second game in the series was left unreferenced in its North American title. The game is only loosely connected to Mother, in that it shares neither the primary protagonists nor the primary setting; one of the few notable connections is Giygas, the primary antagonist of both games, here seemingly executing the revenge he swore to uphold against the planet Earth at the end of Mother.

In the Super Smash Flash series

Since no EarthBound elements were present in Super Smash Flash (despite that they have been in the official Super Smash Bros. games since the first game), some features were added into the sequel, Super Smash Flash 2. The most notable addition was Ness, the protagonist of the game, who appears as a playable character. He mostly uses attacks involving PSI, including moves he did not originally perform in EarthBound, such as PK Starstorm, but he can perform some physical attacks as well.

The race of small creatures who speak in slang terms known as Mr. Saturns also originates from EarthBound. They made it into the game as items that can be picked and thrown to deal minor damage to the opponents, but their real attribute is that they can pierce shields. If they are not picked after they spawn into the foreground, they will start walking around until they disappear.

Saturn Valley is one of the many locations from EarthBound. It is the primary location where the Mr. Saturn race resides, and the valley itself appears in SSF2 as a stage. A Hot Spring appears in the center of the stage and can heal players who stand in it, much like it heals Ness and his friends in EarthBound.

Another location from EarthBound is the Devil's Machine, the final battle site where Giygas is fought. In SSF2, it's represented as a stage where Giygas can be seen in both the foreground and background, and he frequently interjects with dialogue from the game.

The third EarthBound stage represented in SSF2, Fourside, is the largest city Ness and his friends visit in the game and one of the larger stages in SSF2. A UFO will occasionally appear in the sky, referencing the UFOs seen in the game's opening sequence.

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