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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. -James P.S. The AVGN theme cover was by Andreas Hedlund. http://www.komposition.se/ (Originally composed for the Mega Man episode)
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Text Comments (13616)
tyler archambault (31 minutes ago)
Aww avgn. How I love you.
roylee23 berry (4 hours ago)
Your in Pokemon clover nerd
selkcunK adnagU (6 hours ago)
Take a shot everytime AVGN says fuck
Spunky Cat2 (8 hours ago)
I remember a game from my childhood. Shadowgate Classic on Gameboy color. I could never get through the entire game. I died a lot. If you have the game could you review it?
HerbalTea (9 hours ago)
Dam Undertale is so similar
Cyber (11 hours ago)
I can feel the early 2007 game review humor just pouring out of this video
Ty Spn (11 hours ago)
Please do the whole mother series James
RUOK2000 (11 hours ago)
Nerd: I don’t know much about Earthbound... proceeds to show every game in the series
Question mark gamer (12 hours ago)
It would be cool to see you review space ace for snes
Nerdest Beach (16 hours ago)
matrixcat 000 (17 hours ago)
Undertale is the sequel to earthbound its a long story but basically sans is nes
gaming4life (17 hours ago)
I can't wait till the new Atari VGS comes out and I can't wait for his review!
Rafael Giusti (19 hours ago)
Say, how many Earthbound cartridges did fans give you after this video?
Sebastian Quiroga (19 hours ago)
Avgn tienes razón los 90s eran una era asquerosa.
Vince Hutch (20 hours ago)
I feel like a lot of the things that you get "angry" about gives the game its charm. I feel like it really puts it in it its own little world, away from the other games. anyways, I finished watching the video, and it was fucking great. Thanks
VuurniacSquarewave (21 hours ago)
See futures in balls.
Derp 64 (23 hours ago)
Earthbound is amazing. 1. Favorite game ever
i have to ask about how many games do you even have?
Leland Philpot (1 day ago)
Yo g... introducing me to earthbound changed my life lol
Magic cake? More like pot brownie
Yair Valenzuela (1 day ago)
great video, nerd! been wanting to play this game for years, and i finally own it on my classic SNES console, as well. This whole game/video tripped me out. I can't wait to check it out for myself.
biolj (1 day ago)
Hayvok 64 (1 day ago)
This shows how great gaming can truly be. Fantastic stories, amazing visuals and great memories. This video was in my opinion your best ever. You’re a legend in gaming.
ComfyTush (1 day ago)
Earthbound sounds interesting, but for someone who doesn't have any much experience playing games on consoles before the PS2, I feel like this would be too much for me to handle. Still, very interesting video and game.
Jordan Berndt (1 day ago)
Hey, AVGN. Please review the Kinect. There were SO many bad games for that peripheral and it could be mined for comedy gold.
Devyn Coleman (1 day ago)
My favourite AVGN episode ever
gamerboi 69 (1 day ago)
Picking one item in earthbound how about in tales of phantasia on snes you can get 15 items at a time
Rilo McFluff (1 day ago)
EarthBound is Evangelion
TheDirewolf 1234 (1 day ago)
You can change your direction while teleporting.
juansaldanaNAF (1 day ago)
Review Keith Courage in Alpha Zone.
Sakurya s (1 day ago)
I never played Earthbound, but I sure as fuck want to now!
Chris Cox (1 day ago)
I'd love to read a book James could write. That'd be what's up
Edward Koetsjarjan (1 day ago)
Thank you
Daniel Rodriguez (1 day ago)
This was probably the deepest and saddest AVGN episode yet... IT WAS FUCKIN AWESOME
Brutal Miner (1 day ago)
Amazing video nerd
Alex Ortmann (1 day ago)
I can't tell what that 3d image is
ninarieberart (1 day ago)
Lol playing this game right now and I like it
Emmanuel Torres (1 day ago)
I do wedding photography and the part of the photographer is hilarious.
7down bo (1 day ago)
what happened to the shit
M e t a. (1 day ago)
Mother 3. Now.
Stars Die (1 day ago)
This game seems like a real trip. Looks fun though.
Weebfuzz (1 day ago)
My favorite vid to date
David Plays (1 day ago)
I don't know why but the earthbound soundtrack makes me uncomfortable
kornelija cobrnic (1 day ago)
Nerd ninjabredman worst gameplay ever For the Wii
collin bienvenu (2 days ago)
i dont get it what am i supposed to see when i stare at the image?
askjiir (2 days ago)
Had no idea this game was so weird. Surely ahead of it's time
Rhyan Xyvenn (2 days ago)
Lol love the Marilyn Manson impersonation.. love me some earthbound and Marilyn Manson
guylaroche5 (2 days ago)
hands down my favorite episode in quite some time, you really outdid yourself James.
Michael J. Rox (2 days ago)
You've Come Far, Ness.
All For Sasuke (2 days ago)
you should play the original and the 3rd game
ENDERGRENADE360 (2 days ago)
I believe the morning sun Always gonna shine again, and I believe a pot of gold Waits at every rainbows end *I believe in roses kissed with dew* *BUT THATS BULLSHIT, HOW DO YOU KISS A ROSE WITH DEW?!*
Sgtwhitepepper (2 days ago)
the music in this game is beyond tight
Wesley Swafford (2 days ago)
I think this is the very best AVGN episode, and I've seen them all many times :) Just the pure love, and the way this is produced, still get to me every time I see it. This is the kind of content that could replace cable as people's main form of video entertainment.
Inferior Delirium (2 days ago)
I love the stair glitch on this game. The only snes game that you can break it and treat it like you are a programmer. Want to beat in wearing pajamas? Done. Want all the characters before you get the onett melody? Got it. Gives this game enormous replay value.
Pteromarco Adibou (2 days ago)
Hey I really encourage you to play mother 3, it is as mindblowing, if not more, as earthbound with a complete different atmosphere !
Raven House Mystery (2 days ago)
That was an amazing episode.
Marcos Costa (2 days ago)
Dan Inbox (2 days ago)
Never played Earthbound, but it looks incredible.
everett1911 (2 days ago)
I'd live in the nerd's magicant
Kyle Vandewater (2 days ago)
AVGN reviewing my fav SNES game... YES PLEASE!!!
shaun themanc (2 days ago)
your mom as an oversized box!!!
Capcaveman 86 (2 days ago)
Dude this episode is one of his best ever. Such a deep dive into the games great and not so great parts. TOP TIER!
Russian Bear (2 days ago)
James Rolfe, THE LEGEND, he is back.
Joe Topp (2 days ago)
Shoutouts to Craig Skitz! (handsome tom)
Ayahuaski 420 (2 days ago)
This is great
주영작 (2 days ago)
미치겠네 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
1313e (2 days ago)
Also, putting the dialogue lines on fastest actually causes saving to take less time than it takes to save in Metroid.
WIIFIGHT! (2 days ago)
I still come back to watch this... but I gotta say: This game STINKS!
Now we need Undertale.
next ep157: ?
Onemillionrupees (2 days ago)
This video is "pure gold"
MadNate (2 days ago)
Before I watched this video, I didn't really think that Earthbound was going to be as good at people say. However, now I have an excuse to say that Earthbound is one of the best SNES games EVER!
MadNate (3 days ago)
You are the only person so far that can make a 40 minute YouTube video THAT interesting! Great video, James!
MiggeX (3 days ago)
That ONE reference
Matthew Mason (3 days ago)
You should do a review of undertale
Alex Owens (3 days ago)
You should review sonic 1 GBA next
Rodrigo Soto (3 days ago)
Well, talking about memories of the past, what ever happened with Kyle?
Catnumber 15 (3 days ago)
It's nice to see him review a game he actually enjoys.
Love Gestapo (3 days ago)
Haha. Even the home town of Cassardis in Dragon's Dogma has a similar relaxing kind of music.
Love Gestapo (3 days ago)
It is weird how Earthbound just blew up in recent years, because I had no idea about it when I was a kid either, and you and I are roughly the same age, Nerd.
Fakan (3 days ago)
Earthbound was one of the most important and formative memories of my childhood. That sounds weird to people that view video games only in the sense of Pac-Man or Call of Duty, when games like this should be viewed as on par with legendary books or movies. Earthbound pushed me to feel and think about concepts that were only on the periphery of my understanding as a child, influenced my creativity at the time and in the future as a writer, and ultimately, I think, helped me become more interested in video games as an art form and to become an avid reader and art lover and music appreciator.
Rick and morty Trash (3 days ago)
bealme 123 (3 days ago)
du pij
Brian Freeman (3 days ago)
Giygas is a psychic nightmare that Ness has while he is still in the womb echoing outside of time itself until culminates in the future AND the past. I mean it's so obvious......
Alatreon (3 days ago)
I have a solution to the teleportation issue since I’ve beaten Earthbound: change direction
laz0rbra1n (3 days ago)
ain't nobody got time for AVGN praising a game that everybody praises. As a 38 yrs old I won't get into a kids style game without nostalgia, so this is not interesting at all to me.
Christian Johansen (3 days ago)
could you make a 4th of july game review? it's because, you americans have a holiday on that day, and, that date is also my birthday. so it would be amazing for me to wake up on my birthday, and there is a freshly made AVGN episode sitting on youtube waiting to be watched. please do this, it would be the greatest b-day present ever.
Mei Clover (3 days ago)
James gave the characters weird names. Milly? Lilly? Oliv? Can we talk about this?
pieman19 (3 days ago)
Mei Clover read the video description. His daughter named them
JustifiedAddilyn (4 days ago)
I feel bad for your daughter, she probably has to deal with a lot of shit in her life!
Sans poling (4 days ago)
Hey nerd can you review. Baldi's basics and tell us how shitty it is.
Brandon O'Dell (4 days ago)
LOL Magic Truffles so that explains what they were on when they invented this game
Grace (4 days ago)
James seriously never seems to age.
wesley mckay (4 days ago)
Really fuckin nice metallica reference
You know, I'm honestly surprised that out of all the popular video game franchises in existence, there was never an Earthbound TV series.
emmet lion (4 days ago)
Hey james can you make a new AVGN episode called the shit scale of shitty games to show all the games you reviewed and in which category of shit they belong to just like memories Good Games with serious flaws Poopy games Shitty Games / LJN Games Diarrhea cow shit Jekyll and Hyde And finally games that Don't count as a Game at all
captindo (4 days ago)
I played the hell out of that game, worst part was beating it and knowing once you turned it out you had to beat it again to get to see the ending again, best game of my childhood
Dark Will (4 days ago)
undertale needs to be next.
BJ Esmailbegui (4 days ago)
I swear to god this is some fantastic writing
Oak Lyf (4 days ago)
What a fucking great episode
Renegade (5 days ago)
I just want to say that I just recently started watching angry video game nerd at the beginning and I thought "I wonder if he's still doing this" and I skipped from episode #41 all the way to here and god damn. He barely looks or sounds the same as how he used to sound back in 2007, I'm not saying that's bad, I'm glad he's going through some changes and getting better quality but for somebody who basically time travels from 2007 to 2018 in a second, it's kinda weird and has this strange disconnect from what I am currently used to.

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