It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of Earthbound for Nintendo Switch Online, and Nintendo has revealed the original player guide for the ’90s game. Since its debut in 1994, Earthbound has been hailed as one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. In Japan, this is the second game in the series known as Mother. Earthbound hasn’t had the same level of success or popularity in the United States as it has in Japan, but it has become a fan favourite over time.
Mother, the first game in the Earthbound series, didn’t even get a conventional release outside of Japan when it initially came out. Modern computer RPGs like Undertale, Deltarune, and Omori were influenced by Earthbound’s success. As in the case of Earthbound’s Ness, the hero of these games is a youngster who must fight evil in the modern world while also including elements of fantasy and science fiction. Mother 3 was not featured in the NES and SNES applications that were introduced to Nintendo Switch on February 9, but fans were thrilled to learn the original player guide for Earthbound had been added to the collection.
The nearly 100-page guide can be obtained in the Nintendo Switch Online app or under the ‘News’ button on the Switch, according to Nintendo Life. Nintendo’s official website has a PDF version of the handbook that can be downloaded for free. Newcomers to RPGs may find Earthbound more challenging than others, thus an in-depth guide is welcomed. Mother’s enduring appeal can be attributed in part to the depth and nuance of its subject matter. Earthbound is a coming-of-age narrative like Ocarina of Time.
He is forced to confront harrowing challenges in Earthbound that force him to realise that the world is far more corrupt than he had previously believed. That the game is so famous amongst Nintendo fans may be attributed to its engrossing gameplay and slightly tricky mechanics. Because of the typefaces and graphics from the 1990s, the guide will bring back fond memories for Earthbound gamers, but it will also be highly helpful, just as it was back then. Earthbound stood out from other RPGs at the time because of its darker themes and odd tone. Even newer Nintendo players will enjoy Earthbound—though they may want some assistance. Perhaps Nintendo will resurrect Earthbound for a new generation of gamers.