[tvwide]99161-324[/tvwide] MOTHER 3 English (Fan Translation) Trailer Each week, I am going to try and do a “Recommends Session” for classic games, and the first one in the spotlight is going to be: MOTHER 3! Also accompanying “Recommends Sessions” will be my “What Where They THINKING?” reviews on strange, bizarre, awkward, or downright terrible games. Stay tuned each week for more. MOTHER 3 was a game released on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in 2006. It is the direct sequel to the cult classic Earthbound (also known as MOTHER 2 in Japan). Despite the fact that it never saw an official release outside of Japan, the dedicated Earthbound fans spent years worth of work developing a complete, professional grade English patch for the game. The game features many similar aspects to the other two in the series, including the RPG gameplay and quirky charm that made the series so popular in the first place. [/p] The battle system can be most closely compared to the Dragon Quest series, where you don’t really see your party members from third person (like say, Final Fantasy) but you do see a full on view of your opponent, and your health, status, and PP (PSI Points, MOTHER’s “magic” which is psychic powers) is displayed underneath on the HUD. MOTHER 3 was the only MOTHER game to also have a “Rhythm based battle system”, rewarding players for getting into the beat of the background music and tapping the “A” button to the timing of the song for each character, who each represent a different musical instrument. The highest number of the combos you can reach is 16, and it can allow you to do over double the damage of just attacking normally after mastering the technique and catching the beat. [/p] MOTHER 3 also conveys an engrossing, emotional, powerful story. The game is divided up into chapters, and in each one you assume the role of a new character. Each character has their own distinct (and useful) fighting style, keeping you on your toes learning new moves and methods until the main cast comes together halfway through the game; where their vignette comes together to provoke the main plot is where things truly get interesting (and this is also where you need to learn the harmony of the party as well, and gameplay becomes more interesting). The game boasts a lot of metaphors and messages as well. MOTHER 3’s main point is the industrialization of society, and how it subtly rears its ugly head as the downfall of civilization. MOTHER 3 teaches valuable life lessons, and speaks to a wide demographic of players as not only a video game but a meaningful and insightful story chronicling humanity as we know it. As you play the game yourself you can unravel the tons of mysteries and meaning behind everything if you like… or you can just enjoy the game for its comical, witty dialog and its unforgettable cast. It is natively in Japanese, and can be found on Ebay for about 50-60 dollars loose nowadays. You can also use the English Translation Patch from Tomato’s Team (Co-founder of Starmen.net) on a clean copy of the ROM. You only need to run the .exe patch and select the rom, and you can enjoy the game in English like the many fans before you. It’s very “Noob-proof”. The English translation was truly a labor of PK LOVE, appreciated to this day by the entire video gaming community. Tomato and his team also did a full MOTHER portion of MOTHER 1+2 translation (a compilation game for Game Boy Advance featuring both MOTHER games ported and enhanced) for the community to enjoy. The downloads for the patches can be found on the official pages below.[/p] Mother 3 English Translation Official Page Mother 1+2 English Translation Official Page PS: DO NOT ASK WHERE TO FIND THE ROM. GBATEMP.NET DOES NOT HOST ROMS. Thank you.