May. 2nd, 2017

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Before we left the apartment two days ago, Brian and I agreed just to watch playthroughs of Earthbound Zero and Mother 3 next time I come to stay with him, given how unlikely he is to ever play the actual games for himself.

Shortly before we got off the train to Amtrak, I also brought up with him how nostalgic and pleasant EB0 feels, and whether that would be an '80s thing (like with such movies as Stand By Me (one of its inspirational sources), Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and The Brave Little Toaster, the latter two which I only saw in the early '90s when I was old enough to actually remember anything) or an NES thing (with the system's rustic aesthetics in general). Brian agreed, and Marie commented on how she used to play Earthbound every now and then just to wander around and enjoy the scenery in Onett. Brian and I went on to tell her how similar Lucky Star is, and she seemed to agree to start watching it.

Perhaps when she comes over, I'll watch this playthrough of EB with her whenever Brian and I aren't watching Popotan (should keep me off his back part of the time as well). And then, when we go back to Boston, I'll bring my Lucky Star DVDs with me again, and we could even invite her roommates to watch it with us. (Might also need to bring my DVD coaxial cables with me, in case whoever the player belonged to still doesn't find hers wherever they might've wound up since we watched Pete & Pete that one time.)

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From there, I am seriously considering whether or not to play the Mother/Earthbound trilogy in Japanese, just to record in case it comes up when I go to Japan in January.

For starters, I am already planning at some point to buy a new copy of the Earthbound player's guide, something I'll be able to take out and let Yoshimizu skim through just about anywhere for a first impression.

Right now, I still need to test out ActivePresenter. Someone already posted a playthrough of the GBA port of Mother 1, but that's more than can be said for its sequels, and I might create my own playthrough of that just for a complete experience and to have everything ready in one place.

This might also be best to wait until I re-buy that EB guide and can bring home those two other guides I bought for Brian last year, so that I don't have to toggle between my games and Starmen.net with AP running. Granted, I know Earthbound like the back of my hand compared to the other two games, but it would still be nice to look up which pickups are worth pursuing and which ones I can just skip.

(As an aside, while checking out the aforementioned M1 playthrough, I noticed that Ana squeezes in-between Ninten and Loyd upon joining them, instead of just lining up behind Loyd, despite their order of entry into the party. Maybe it had to do with her confessing her love to Ninten on Mt. Itoi, but otherwise, this just strikes me as rather odd, given how primitive the game is overall. I mean, yeah, Mother 3 does all kinds of weird things with party order, such as switching Duster and Kumatora around when they both join Lucas at Club Titiboo (Kumatora stays behind Duster when they first meet in Osohe Castle); keeping Boney in the back at all times (since he's a dog), barring Ionia (who isn't playable) and Salsa (a monkey) when they each join just briefly; and conversely, keeping Salsa up front when Kumatora and Wess (the former also playable) join him much earlier on to escape Fassad and his soldiers (Fassad from up until then is understandable, since he acts independently in battle). That game, however, is much more intricate in general than even Earthbound/Mother 2, where the Chosen Four are the only playable characters throughout the game and always line up in order of initial party entry (barring incapacitation, which still doesn't change the order of their status panels), with Paula assuming second even upon rejoining Ness and Jeff after her abduction.)

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