Earthbound (SNES) Angry Video Game Nerd: Episode 156



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This video has been in the works since last October (2017), when I first started the playing Earthbound on the mini SNES Classic. It wasn’t originally meant to be an AVGN episode. It was for myself. I never played much of Earthbound before, but it’s a game that always appealed to me. Yes, even when I saw the ads in Nintendo Power. The only reason I never played it much was because I was too busy with Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Chrono Trigger. SNES has so many amazing masterpieces, it’s almost impossible to play them all. But after more than 20 years, I owed it to myself to complete Earthbound.The gameplay took me 45 and a half hours. After recording it all, I decided to put all those hours to good use, and make a video. At first, I didn’t think it would be an AVGN episode, but more of a casual “James review”. But I realized there were plenty of wacky moments in the game that the Nerd could react to. If you’re wondering about the characters’ names such as “Milly” and “Lilly”, my 4 year old daughter named them.To write the script, I had to search through 45+ hours of game footage, to confirm and describe accurately all the moments that I wanted to comment on. Then came a bunch of researching facts, and developing my own personal theories. It turned out, I had a ton to say. It became the longest single-part AVGN episode, by total accident (running nearly 40 minutes). On top of that, I couldn’t resist adding a dream scene with laborious green screen effects. In total, counting gameplay, writing, shooting, editing, the entire video took 137.5 hours to finish, making it the 2nd most time-consuming AVGN episode to date. (Episode 139: Mega Man still barely holds the record at 138.5 hours). Ironically Earthbound was meant to be a break for myself, but it turned into a major task, as all my other projects screeched to a halt.I had fun with this video and am happy with it, but now that it’s finally done, I hope to get back to my personal long-term projects such as a film and a book I am trying to write. But I will always be jumping back and forth with AVGN episodes. I’m always trying to keep those coming.-JamesP.S.The AVGN theme cover was by Andreas Hedlund.



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Aaron Brown
i remember watching the AVGN in elementary school now im nearly about to graduate from hs and it looks like you havent aged a frickin day... Glad to see your still doing well
Alexander Kim
24:32 That dad abruption was ingenius
Alfredo Pichardo
This is the character from Super Smash? I would of never imagine the game was such a crazy experience. I wish I never saw this video to play the game clean minded but If it wasn't for your video I would of never try playing it at all. (Great video)
Aljax79 Johnston
Yeah the .metallica reference was awesome
AlphaOmegaSin
The music throughout this game was always one of the best on the system. They covered such a crazy amount of genres and it was all over the place yet still fit right into the world seamlessly
AnimatedGeek3
9:51-10:10 LOL!
Anthony Visco
Maybe its recency bias, but this might be the best AVGN episode of all time. By the way, the uterus, baby imagery is pretty apparent when you consider this is the \
Antonio Quiroz
10:07 *YOUR MOM HAS AN OVERSIZED BOX!!!*
Antonius Maximus
Gigas is another take on the H.P Lovecraft Mythos which states there are things in the vast universe that are beyond the realm of human comprehension, the very sight of certain beings like Yog Sothoth, Shub Niggurath, and the most popular, Great Cthulhu would drive a person to the brink of insanity. The idea that there are malevolent beings in this universe that can bring the end of existence and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
Austin Pape
I was scarred!
Black Pill Pusher
That Metallica reference was so sweet
Bluntteh
Haven't watched you in years. Glad to see you got even better than I remember! Keep up the amazing work!
Brandnewbanana
As I was watching this, I was playing the game. As The Nerd was ranting about the photographer, my game shuddered to a spot as the nuisance twirled down. Talk about timing.
CVRipley
I think seeing Ness's image on Giygas is just his reflection on a big shiny object. It is a machine and machines are made of metal. They emphasize metallic shininess in mother 3 specifically during the intro logo.
Console Wars
That was incredible. Never stop making videos.
Cristian Cruz
I like that Metallica “One” reference.
Curseius
0:49 Honest But 10000000% wrong.
Da Lime
wow...ive never even knew earthbound was this. only seen the little boy in crossover games.\n\nI'm...I'm speechless. both at the video and what a story this game has.
DamianThe FoxyKid
This is the most epic video of avgn
Damy Ramos
EW!! SENTIMENTAL VALUE!!
Danny Rimmer
23:35 James portrays this in the video so well, as a dad gamer myself i can relate to this so much. The developers of Earthbound clearly poured their hearts into this, il have to give it a go... best AVGN episode in years. Great work James
Dragon Spirit
Your right James my mom does have an oversized box. But it’s not her fault I was a big baby!
Dreamtrain
37:05 AVGN discovers what a \
Edward Lee
Wow.. Its still painfull and i exist in your memory... Wow..
Ethan Copeland
Replaying the game as an adult, I realized the dad phone calls in EarthBound are just like the dad phone calls in real life. He knows you're calling because you just need one minor thing, but you still need to visit on the phone for a minute to let him know you're doing alright.
FlyingTurtle
19:42 ... Scheiße. I like it! But why? XD
Foot
i wonder if the nerd knew that you could use Healing Gamma or Omega to Revive a dead party member
Frank Tenpenny
*37:55** SR WILSOOON*
GeddyMX
Ugh, god. The teleporting thing where you could only go up/down or left/right and then half the damn towns are diagonal. This whole game was a ridiculous troll on the player. Enjoyed it though.
George W
Finally you've taken us back to the past
Ginger-Smitty Gaming
An Earthbound film
IceCube
32:50 i can't see anything, what 3D shape am i supposed to see?
JMJ021
AVGN should review more GOOD games like this one.
Jason Smith
Can you please review The 7th Saga? That was one of the most difficult rpg's of all time. I liked it a lot but it was very hard
Joseph flores
My favourite episode
Josh Gellis
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Joshay 321
Even after all these years, you’ve still got your charm
JustYourLocal NintendoNerd
The scary part is that he has a 4 yr old daughter
Kaan Dagdas
*Nintendo Power:* You should totally play Dr.Jekyll & Mr.Hyde. it's a great game with a lot of interesting gameplay and story.\n\n*Nintendo Power:* Yo that Earthbound game? It stinks. Like vomit.
Kanata60
39:08\n\nThere is one but it has unfortunately been cancelled
Linkmon99
There aren’t many YouTubers who could hold my attention for 40 mins, but you make it fly by man. I really need to try this game now I think 😂
Mareepu
I always thought the game was a child trying to process through his trauma, whatever it was.
Master Sans777
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Matthew Eargle - AirborneSurfer
I love the fact that the Nerd himself admitted that paying outrageous prices for 20+ year old games is stupid.
Matthew Rose
So... he doesn't have EarthBound on the Super Nintendo, but he has all 3 of the original japanese games?
Mike Mccauley
I hope you do mother3
Mila Love
This is one of my all-time favourites - at least for the new era of AVGN episodes. Fully recognizing the work that goes in - I think I speak for most fans when I say we'd love more like this!
Moolers
Absolutely fantastic episode. One of the all time greatest. Thanks for the effort, James!
MrWildcard531
9:51\nThe nerd trying to sing Marilyn Manson is the greatest thing ever.
NZM 45
GOLD. what a video!
NezumiVA
You know, I haven't watched AVGN in years, and for some reason I was drawn to start rewatching some older episodes the other day. Eventually, I decided to give this video a watch, being a big fan of Earthbound - and this reminds me of why I admire James and his work so much. There's so much effort here, so much genuine heart behind all the exaggerated swearing and shit jokes. I'm glad you got to experience this game, James, the passion you felt about it really shows through your video. Here's to many more years of the Nerd.
Nick Clark
This episode felt like an adventure!
Nick Mitchell
You want to hear a secret?\n\n\n\n\nThe sequel is the greatest game ever made.
Nico Zeoli
Suddenly I don't find Undertale that original anymore
Nightosphere
Can't really say anything but , Amazing video \nI especially like the editing in the \
Nikki Seven
Wow, almost 40 mins, what a monster episode. And I loved it, start to finish. The Nerd reviewing great games like this should always be on the table.
NintendoFan
Wow! This episode blew me away!\nIt's so well written and edited. One of your best episodes, James!\nIt proves that even a good game can make a funny and interesting AVGN episode.
NyanPulse
The game is called MOTHER.\nOf course it’s an abortion.
Optimus JudyHopps
The boss gygais was also seen in top 22 gaming creepypastas.
PepperBeef2Spicy
Gotta say, I haven't watched an AVGN episode in awhile. But man, this was just... worth it. How do you do it James how the hell do you do it!
Pieter Willem Botha
Hey Hey Hey!\n\nDon't get too close to me!\n\n\n\n\n\nI just farted, heh heh heh... Sorry...
Pio Nepomuceno
Thanks to this now I can really appreciate how cool it is that in Smash Bros Ultimate, Paula and Poo now join Ness in his Final Smash.
Retro Game Players
Is this a scratch and sniff video? All I can smell is Aaaaaaaaaaassssssssss!!
ReturnOfTheScrapIron
Ness riding Nessy on your SNES. Nice.
Reviver The Slayer
10:04
Ross TheNinja
Got a meditation app ad at the mediation bit. Nice work, YouTube
Ryan Ashe
Been a huge fan since 2006. My bro and I dug up our copy of Earthbound after initially watching this video and just beat it last night! (Little secret hack, both snes controllers work so you can play it co-op) Man that finale truly needs to be seen to be believed. They don’t make em like that anymore. Great as always. Can’t wait for Cinemassacre Halloween season!
Saltybenniboi
You need to play Mother 3!
Sasqautch
Ninja pie yo chan XD What a masterpiece of an episode : )
Schrix Zirack
It took me ten years from the release of Earthbound to find out you can actually use the d-pad with Teleport Alpha and don't have to go in a straight line.
Sideshow The Game Freak
I have the same gripes as you do. I love RPG'S but a lot of them have such INFURIATING problems that could of been easily altered.
Slaanash
Earthbound's rated K-A because it makes children into adults.
Sleepingsparklegirl
My favorite video game.
SnivCast.
yoooo actually 240p looks better then hd. xD im getting used to watching Avgn in 240p now lmaoo
SosTooDammFunny LoCo
Ya my mom does have an over sized box ... because shes dead. \
Spiro Agnew
Holy shit, I never knew about this game. I just realized I had it on my raspberry pi, totally gonna play it!
T1J
damn this might be the best AVGN episode ever
The Taios
Avgn: if god had a favorite game, then it be earthbound\n\nThe Taios: I beg to differ! Terranigma. a game that the world forgotten.
TheShadowHatter
One of the greatest episodes of AVGN I've ever seen. I have no other words for it. I'm still in awe!
Timothy Bierwirth
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Tonin
SR. WILSON FROM COLONIACONTRAATACA WAS THERE! OMG!
User Offline
If this was the last AVGN episode, I’d be fine with that.
Virtual Gaming Library
Hey AVGN, make a video about Mother 3. Who agrees?
William Martin
If this was the last Nerd video ever, then this would be a truly epic way to go out. Since watching your videos since 2006, this is easily one of the best. Top 3 for me easily. Hit me in such emotional places I never felt. I'd watch the shit out of an Earthbound show if it existed.
Yoyomo124
This was an instant classic AVGN episode. It was very interesting and informative. Good to know you still got it James!
dot hash
Did I just watch quality content on Youtube in 2018?
fyrestorme123
12:14 - the inventory clearly has multiple pages available via the left\u003c- -\u003eright arrows in the top right of the window....
gamedoc
about the best episode of avgn I've ever seen
jerel
And most fans say James Rolfe doesn't work as hard because his AVGN videos don't come out as much as they used to ? Just read the information in the description box under the video, the fact that he spent the last 6 months making this whole thing that you're seeing right now, speaks for itself.
lodycoli
dis was uploaded on my birthday :)
lucas mother3fan
9:51 I LOST IT AT MARILYN MANSON PART...
parlancex
Jesus Christ.
reallydumbforeal1
I'm really surprised that James doesn't own an Earthbound cartridge. I know the full set of cart, box & guide is probably out of the question, but being that he's such a completest, he could still afford the cartridge.
shadowlinkbds
39 minute AVGN video? Christmas came real early.
steven Kennedy
You're mom has a oversized box.smh best line in the whole video.
tripleflip7
Haha. 26:38 he's referencing a letter that he received from a foreign viewer years back that had him doubled over with laughter. And trucks, yeahh trucks!
vanilla midgets
avgn is one of the few youtubers if not the only one, who has reinvented himself and still relevant decades into his youtube career, huge respect for that. Your creativity and longevity kinda reminds me of nintendo itself, hope u stay on this site for years to come.
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字幕お覚悟で草
ハゲチャビン
Thanks for putting on Japanese subtitles.