Earthbound

Super NES Retro Review: EarthBound

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Next up: Crayola and light horror make an epic RPG baby together.

Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

A Strange Claymation Earthbound Was Once Considered for GameCube. Here's What It Would Have Looked Like

The director of Baten Kaitos worked up a claymation-like concept for Nintendo.

Axe of the Blood God Presents: The 25 Best RPGs of All Time

From NetHack to The Witcher 3, we celebrate the greatest RPGs throughout gaming history.

Please Stop Comparing Games to EarthBound

The desire to make "the next EarthBound" is understandable, but it's also misguided in some important ways.

What Mother 3 Taught Me About Death, Grieving, and Two-by-Fours

Important lessons from a JRPG about a boy, his dog, and a whole lot of bad news.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #16: Earthbound

The kids are all right, but the adults sure aren't.

Starting Screen | Stephen King's IT and EarthBound Have Everything in Common

STARTING SCREEN | Love, hope, friends, and dimension-sized enemies that induce madness.

Super NES Retro Review: EarthBound

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Next up: Crayola and light horror make an epic RPG baby together.

Axe of the Blood God: The Super NES Classic Appears, Valkyria Revolution Fails

PODCAST | Breaking down Episode Prompt, the Super NES Classic, and the failure of Valkyria Revolution.

Blog: Breaking With the Consensus (and Being OK With That)

So, you fell in love with a game that everyone hates. Does that mean you're broken and empty inside?

This Week's USgamer Stream Schedule: Racing Down Old-School Lane

It's a smorgasbord of classics this week! And we're not even really sure what "smorgasbord" actually means.

Retronauts Joins the Cult of EarthBound

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast explores the 1995 Super Nintendo RPG that went from critical flop to Internet sensation.

How Mother 3 Escaped Development Hell to Become a Modern Classic

While this EarthBound sequel may never see an official English release, it still stands as one of Nintendo's greatest achievements.

Mother 2 Soundtrack Reissue Review: It's EarthBound, for The Record

Ship to Shore brings the cult Super NES favorite to vinyl for the first time. Should you care?

The Day That EarthBound Began

A subtle, sensational collaboration between Nintendo and writer Shigesato Itoi made its debut 25 years ago today.

It's Mother's Day for Retronauts Micro

Wondering what's the deal with this primitive version of the classic Super Nintendo RPG you know and (presumably) love? Listen in as shocking Mother secrets are revealed!

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #23: Bullhorn

And you believed it!

Hell Freezes Over as EarthBound Beginnings Hits the Wii U Virtual Console

In an unexpected move, Nintendo finally releases the first game in the Mother series, one they originally localized 25 years ago. Here's why you should care—and come prepared.

Axe of the Blood God Episode 15: Earthbound's 20th Anniversary and Predictions for E3 2015

On the occasion of Earthbound's 20th anniversary, WayForward's Tomm Hulett shares his love for the Nintendo classic with Kat and Bob as the three offer trivia, analyze the battle system, and more. Plus: E3 predictions!

Blog of the Blood God: This Year's Least Surprising Announcement

The inaugural entry in our weekly RPG blog tackles Fallout 4, "the essence of RPGs," and the Retro RPG of the Week.

Video Feature: A Brief History of Zombies in Video Games

Take a look at how the undead have changed over the years with our video tour of zombies through the generations.

Greatest Years in Gaming History: 1995

One of the industry's most tumultuous years saw the decline of gaming's old guard and the rise of vintage classics like Chrono Trigger.

Daily Classic: 25 Years Ago, Mother (aka EarthBound Zero) Skewered JRPGs, and America

While lacking the polish of its sequel EarthBound, Nintendo's first true RPG still marched to its own beat.

The Importance of Fresh Perspectives

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson explores how when engineers and filmmakers turn their attention to games, the results can often be enlightening.

What's the Deal With Earthbound?

Brendan Sinclair never played it, but yesterday's Wii U release gave him a good reason to fix that

Earthbound Out Today for Virtual Console

Nintendo has released possibly the most highly anticipated Virtual Console title of all time.

Metatext: Separating the Player from the Character

Ever get the feeling your video games are talking to you? You may not be crazy after all....