I've been holding off on doing a Mother/EarthBound podcast for these new seasons of Retronauts, if only to wait for the perfect moment.
And this moment unexpectedly arrived just a few Sundays ago, when Nintendo snuck their humble little JRPG onto the eShop for the criminally low price of $6.99. Even though I had plans to record a completely different solo episode, the opportunity for our show to be somewhat relevant appeared out of the mists, and I had no choice but to jump on this rare opportunity by assembling my jumbled thoughts on EarthBound Beginnings.
Of course, this being a Micro episode, going into too much detail here may defeat the purpose of you listening to the thing. (Plus, I've already written a whole dang article about it.) Still, I'd like you to know that this Micro is definitely shaped by my personal experience; I played and finished Earthbound Beginnings (then known as EarthBound Zero) in the late '90s, back when some incredibly lucky person discovered the prototype. To be sure, it's an RPG steeped in the flaws of its time, but one that's ultimately worth powering through for the chance to experience this rare slice of Nintendo history. (Just bring a podcast backlog along for the ride if you're weary of grinding for levels.) With any luck, by the end of this episode, you'll be motivated to give it a try and experience a 1991 that never was.
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