|Developer(s)||Ape, Inc., HAL Laboratory, Inc.|
|Released|| August 27, 1994|
June 5, 1995
|Genre(s)||Console role-playing game|
|Ratings||ESRB: K-A (Kids to Adults)|
|Platform(s)||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Media||24 megabit cartridge|
|Article on WikiBound||EarthBound|
- "EarthBound" redirects here. For the universe, see EarthBound (universe).
EarthBound (MOTHER 2 ギーグの逆襲, Mazā Tsū Gīgu no Gyakushū, lit. Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back) is a role-playing game (RPG) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the second game in the Mother series, following the Famicom game Mother which was not released outside Japan, therefore having its status as the second game in the series left unreferenced in its US title while Mother 3 is its sequel. The game is only loosely connected to Mother, in that it shares neither the primary protagonists nor the primary setting; one of the few notable connections is Giygas, the primary antagonist of both games, here seemingly executing the revenge he swore to uphold against the planet Earth at the end of Mother. EarthBound was only released in Japan, the United States, and Canada; releases for the European and Australian markets never came to fruition until it was announced on April 17th, 2013 that Earthbound would be re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe and North America by the end of the year. MOTHER 2 had already been re-released in Japan earlier in the year.
 In Super Smash Bros.
Ness, the main protagonist of EarthBound, is an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Paula, Jeff, Poo, the Runaway Five and a Mr. Saturn make a brief appearance in Ness's 1P Game "congratulations" picture.
Ness returns as a starter character in Melee.
Onett, the first town from the game, becomes a starter stage complete with the meteor in the background and a "Runaway Five" bus. Curiously, the music is not from EarthBound, but from Mother. The metropolis of Fourside is unlockable after playing 100 VS. matches. It contains skyscrapers, a UFO and even Porky Minch's helicopter. Its music is a soft rock version of the Fourside theme. This track, along with Ness' victory theme from SSB64 and Melee, are the only tracks from EarthBound itself in the entire Smash Bros. Series.
EarthBound is one of the Masterpieces, but it is only available in the Japanese version of the game, where it is known by its Japanese name of Mother 2.
Onett returns as a Melee Stage and is almost identical, except for a smaller warning alarm and a less obvious meteor in the background.
 Assist Trophy
Jeff Andonuts is now an Assist Trophy. He fires Multi Bottle Rockets at opponents in several waves of five, the number of waves being random per summoning.
Mr. Saturn returns as an item, identical in function to his role in Melee. The Franklin Badge, a lightning-repelling badge which Ness receives in Happy Happy Village, also becomes an item.
EarthBound trophies include:
- Jeff [PK] Attack +24
- Master Belch [Bite] Attack +9
- Mr Saturn - Carry Mr Saturn
- Ness [PK] Attack +33
- Paula [PK] Attack +10
- Poo [PK] Attack +9
- Porky [PK] Attack +15
- Starman [PK] Attack +10
Data was found in indicating that four songs from the EarthBound series, three from EarthBound itself, were intended to be used in the game but ultimately did not appear. The reason for this has not been clarified, but in the case of one of the songs it may be related to a copyright issue which is generally theorised to be the reason for the ongoing lack of a release of EarthBound on the Virtual Console.
- Because I Love You
- Smiles and Tears
- Hippie Battle
- EarthBound is the only Masterpiece in Brawl that was not available for sale on the Wii Virtual Console anywhere in the world.
- The character of Ness is quite similar in appearance to the character Ninten, who appeared in Mother. Also, both characters names contain Nintendo references (Ninten being Nintendo with the "do" removed, and Ness being an anagram of SNES, the system EarthBound was released for, and being the pronunciation of NES, short for Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo's second video game console, (excluding the Game & Watch range, which were handhelds and the first to achieve widespread popularity).
Masterpieces in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Starter games||Ice Climber · Kid Icarus · Kirby's Adventure · Star Fox 64 · Super Mario Bros. · Super Metroid · The Legend of Zelda|
|Japan-only games||EarthBound · Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo|
|Unlockable games||Donkey Kong · F-Zero · Super Mario Bros. 2 · Super Mario World · The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
|Unused games||Donkey Kong Country|