It’s been a long time comin’, but here we are. #100. And it’s a doozy.
I’ve been a fan of the Mother series for a long long time, but I’d never gotten around to actually playing it. And I was specifically instructed to STAY AWAY from everything Mother 3. I was told that you NEVER spoil Fire Emblem Awakening, and you NEVER EVER spoil Mother 3. Naturally, I decided to make this my 100th beaten game.
During my playthrough of Mother 3, I lived in a hole. People were posting awesome content about it, like the Super Beard Bros. playthrough. And I wanted to watch it SO BAD. I wanted to see how people thought about the game. But no. no. I couldn’t spoil it for myself. I had to be patient.
My patience finally paid off. I beat Mother 3 without having anything spoiled. And it was most definitely worth it. What I discovered was a game that is beyond anything I’ve ever played. Ever. It’s one of the best games ever created, but sadly, it hasn’t been officially released in the US.
I can understand why, though. The Mother series is not just for playing, it’s for experiencing. They may be incredibly fun games, but so many other emotions are sewn into this series. When you play these games, you’re not just having fun, you’re on a journey of self-discovery. The series addresses real-life struggles and obstacles, and players (like me) will find an uncanny connection to the content of these games. Sure, it may be a video game, but the Mother series is SO much more. I can’t stress that enough.
So much more, in fact, that I can’t fit it all in one article.
Mother 3 touched me in a way that no other video game has ever before. One minute I was laughing out loud at the outrageous comedic elements. But the next moment, I was in tears over the internal struggle of my beloved characters. And while this emotional train is chugging along, the music only adds to the polish. Call me crazy, but the soundtrack seems more fitting than that of Mother 2. Everything in this game just seems to mesh so perfectly, so seamlessly. And I didn’t want put this game down.
I had to take breaks, though. It’s completely mentally taxing. If this game is played TOO quickly, the emotional impact could potentially be lost. So I had to take my time to digest each event; let it sink in, process it all. So it took me a while to beat this one, but in the end it was absolutely worth it. I got the chance to experience one of the best, most polished games that has ever been made…. ever ever ever.
I also had to rethink my entire Top 10 after completing this one, so now, Mother 3 is my 4th favorite game of all time. Sure, it was a fun game, but it’s so important to both the video game world and to me.
I know I haven’t even really talked about the game itself yet… so that’s for next time.
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