Earthbound is back, this awesome RPG in the 90’s will finally make it’s way onto the Wii U Virtual Console.
If you had a SNES in the 90’s, and you loved games like Chrono Trigger, I’m almost 100% sure you’ve heard and played Earthbound.
Earthbound was ahead of it’s time, with a great story line and humor never before seen in RPG’s. It was so popular that it created a cult, not a large one in the beginning, but as time passes…word spreads…games played…people got sucked into this great game and the cult became huge. If you ask anyone in the 90’s that loved RPG’s, the amount of times you hear Earthbound as being a top 5 game during that era will surprise you.
A little funny the main character “Ness” really reminds me of the Pokemon main character Ash Ketchum……
The story begins when Ness is awakened by a meteorite that has plummeted near his home, whereupon he proceeds to investigate the crash site. After going there, he encounters a roadblock and Pokey (known in Japan and in later games as “Porky”), Ness’s neighbor, who states that Ness should simply go home. After he goes to bed, he is then woken up by Pokey knocking at his door. He states that his little brother is missing, and he needs Ness’ help to find him. Ness, along with his pet dog, King, accompany Pokey and set out for his younger brother.
After searching, they go to where the meteorite landed. After arriving, Ness encounters an alien named Buzz Buzz, who informs Ness that he is from the future where a hostile alien, Giygas, dominates the universe. Buzz Buzz instructs Ness to embark on a journey to defeat Giygas in the present, because he is too powerful in the future. Ness then proceeds to seek out eight “sanctuaries,” to unite his own powers with the Earth’s and gain the strength required to confront Giygas. Buzz Buzz is later killed by Pokey’s mom, who mistakes Buzz Buzz for a dung beetle. Dying, Buzz Buzz gives Ness the Sound Stone, an item that is vital to the completion of his quest.
Earthbound brings back great memories, and I welcome it back with open arms on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Here’s a clip of Nintendo announcing that they will be releasing this cult classic onto the Wii U Virtual Console.
Welcome back Earthbound, we can’t wait for your release and the countless hours we’ll be spending on the couch with you.
But even with the release of Earthbound, is it enough to really help the Wii U console out? We don’t think so.