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Name: EarthBound
Abbreviation(s): EB
Creator: Nintendo
Date(s): August 27, 1994
Medium: Video Game
Country of Origin: Japan
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EarthBound, known as Mother 2 in Japan, is a role-playing video game co-developed by Ape Inc. and HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo.


As Ness and his party of four, the player travels the world to collect melodies en route to defeating the evil alien force Giygas. It is the second game of the Mother series, and the only one to be released in the English language until its predecessor was released under the name EarthBound Beginnings in 2015.


EarthBound is known for having a cult following,

Connections with Other Fandoms

Ness' appearance in Super Smash Bros. was for many fans the introduction to his character and the EarthBound series.

Popular indie game Undertale was heavily influenced by EarthBound. Its creator, Toby Fox, also created EarthBound ROM hacks when he was younger, which have now gained some notoriety due to Undertale's success. The relationship between the two fandoms is somewhat volatile at times due to Undertale having been brought up in many EarthBound-related discussions since its release. Some EarthBound forums and comments sections have been known to ban people for merely bringing the game up. Tension continued to grow after Game Theory's infamous "Sans is Ness" video came into the picture, as several types of fanworks featuring Ness since then have started getting comments referencing Sans, which only leads to more annoyance for EarthBound fans.


  • Ness is almost always drawn with Purple Eyes in fanart, due to his appearance in Super Smash Bros. giving his black eyes purple irises at the bottom.
  • In-game, when the party is turned into robots in order to survive time travel Ness is the only one with a distinguishable characteristic (his red cap); fanartists almost always give the robot versions of Paula, Jeff, and Poo a ribbon, glasses, and wire emulating his hair, respectively.


  • Ness/Paula
  • Jeff/Tony
  • Jeff/Paula
  • Jeff/Ness


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


Fangame / ROM Hacks

  • Halloween Hack - A ROM hack fan-sequel of EarthBound created by Toby Fox.

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