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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) #retro #retrogaming #nes #snes #jamesrolfe #mikematei #atari #playthrough #gameplay #gamereview
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Azure Striker (1 hour ago)
I actually like all the weird quirks of this game like the hospital and hotels since it makes the game balls hard and its a great challenge
James Makepeace (6 hours ago)
The heck is up with that computer? Sounds like my grandad's hearing aid.
VireiSardinha (9 hours ago)
Colônia contra ataca easter egg in a avgn vídeo, its fucking awesome Thank you Nerd.
uraki kou (13 hours ago)
Hey nerd, have you ever heard of "Takeshi no chosenjyo"? I want you to play it
None Ya (14 hours ago)
This is a masterpiece!
Ethan Copeland (18 hours ago)
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.
Netreek (1 day ago)
If you did like earthbound I am sure you allready did play Undertale.
Morgana Kurusu (1 day ago)
I remember watching a video about mother because it symbolic or something don't remember
tenjek (1 day ago)
I hope you check out the other mother games as well. very worth it.
GMM (1 day ago)
37:55 Sr.Wilson kkk
Evan Bernardi (1 day ago)
YOU can TELEPORT ON AN ISOMETRIC ANGLE. Just hold them in the direction you want to go.
Mark Diet Pepsi (1 day ago)
But how can Giygas be Ness if Ness is Sans
Elijah Pollock (1 day ago)
My ears
舞妓はん (1 day ago)
つまり輪廻転生 Metempsychosis
舞妓はん (1 day ago)
I'm japanese. I think that people of Itoi generation are influenced by Tezuka osamu. For example``hi no tori`` and....
PATA NINA Corb25 (1 day ago)
1:00 is that a reference to episode 33?
Jason Chu (1 day ago)
Can you play LSD on ps1?
This episode stinks!!
m3gaman00 (1 day ago)
One of the most emotional games I’ve ever played. I thought FFVII, or even ChronoTrigger was emotionally perfection. That was until I played this game.
Sonsky Infante (1 day ago)
Wow.. no words to describe how Awesome this video was.. 👏 *clap clap clap* 👏
Anidem9 (1 day ago)
I hope you do Mother 3 at some point. I'd really like for you to review it.
Ben Bricky (1 day ago)
*Sans is Ness.*
Love Saves the Earth. It is mother.
renownedisland 1 (1 day ago)
You can move while teleporting
BobdeepGupta (1 day ago)
Now I know why people love this JRPG... because it doesn't seem Japanese at all. I hate anime and usually avoid JRPGs at all costs but I'll have to check this game out.
marinez Santos (1 day ago)
The guy with a red hat is a brazilian angry reviewer
ThatOneKillian (1 day ago)
1:00 XD
Super star (1 day ago)
18:19 actually you can do teleport beta when poo joins your party in summers
elchugilito (2 days ago)
Been your fan since 2008! This is the most ingenious reviw you’ve ever made! Incredible!!
PlayJAK Plays (2 days ago)
I like the exorcism theory.
Hritik Chavda (2 days ago)
got to love the Metallica- one reference​
Riley Pinington (2 days ago)
This is my favourite angry gaming nerd video
KirbyFan64 (2 days ago)
37:39 38:29
*BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CREATURE FROM THE VEGETABLE SOUP?*
eatshitdie1 (2 days ago)
Anyone see the optical illusion? All I got were the red borders pulsing like veins around the baby. Is that what I was supposed to see?
ieetemos4breakfast (2 days ago)
Anyone know What episode / game the music at 25:19 is from?
Staggard (2 days ago)
Hong Kong 97
iamjohnporter67 (2 days ago)
I just beat Earthbound and man what a good game that was. Man why was I so blind to think this game sucked? GOD DAMN YOU NINTENDO POWER!
Sir Leviatan Doom (2 days ago)
24:06 to 24:15 the perfect analogy of life (read slow and between lines)
PapaSmurf Smurfy (2 days ago)
All of these problems were fixed in Mother 3
iamjohnporter67 (2 days ago)
Yeah I just beat that game and man the feels I got from it was just awesome!
Thomas Jeffperson (2 days ago)
I’ve never played this and I’m curious, did the camera man ever come to you when you were at magicant? I’m just wondering because it was created from his memories and it’d cease to exist when he wakes up. So it’d just be funny if the game was like “hecc that. YOURE GETTING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN”
The Red Rabbit (2 days ago)
12:20 *escargot express*
Richard Ramirez (2 days ago)
dragon warrior anybody?
Christopher Iosue (2 days ago)
My new favorite episode of avgn
MrJayel27 (2 days ago)
Yeah this is exactly like a wanky game you can get on the WiiU where you play a President or something
David Hagwood (3 days ago)
This was one of your best! Thank you for your many years of hard work, James!
Rafael Kaito (3 days ago)
Um dos melhores episódios do AVGN. EarthBound é um clássico que todo fã de RPG deveria jogar.
Jun Park (3 days ago)
23:33
David Davidson (3 days ago)
24:32 good god I haven't laughed so hard in years you got me good m8
Salt Drinker (3 days ago)
The fuck? How did I miss this one?
The Colossus YT (3 days ago)
37:55 Sr Sr Wilson
Spiro Agnew (3 days ago)
Holy shit, I never knew about this game. I just realized I had it on my raspberry pi, totally gonna play it!
CorruptedPoison (3 days ago)
I think this is my favorite AVGN episode...
犬犬餅餅 (3 days ago)
롤프형 머리빠진게 보인다...
Game Arts (3 days ago)
Jump in the cacc
Laurence Rice (4 days ago)
I found out EarthBound the same way! I found one of those devices and I played the hell out of it!
CurseHD (4 days ago)
I've never had effect on optical illusions, I always wondered what people see on that kinds of things... Anyone did the looking at Gygas? What does it look like?
ya436 (4 days ago)
How I see gygas is if he isnt physical. Then he is an idea. How do you beat and idea. Ignore it, forget it, just dont give it attention.
DamianThe FoxyKid (4 days ago)
This is the most epic video of avgn
Nick Mitchell (4 days ago)
You want to hear a secret? The sequel is the greatest game ever made.
Nick Mitchell (4 days ago)
I’ve been waiting for him to play this for a long, long time.
kargaroc386 (4 days ago)
I didn't expect to feel so emotional from an AVGN video
Tonic Water (4 days ago)
Lmao I was playing Super Metroid and saving at the same time when you showed it
Purple Turtle (4 days ago)
"There should be an Earthbound animated TV series" basically Adventure time
gamerpro54 (4 days ago)
Sounds like golden sun: the lost age, but shittier
Edward Lee (4 days ago)
Wow.. Its still painfull and i exist in your memory... Wow..
Liegeois23 (4 days ago)
Undertale
Danny Rimmer (5 days ago)
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
Fish Boi (5 days ago)
This was one of my favorite episodes it was really interesting
I feel like the way this video was structured, if he wanted to end the series this would've been a great last avgn episode
X (5 days ago)
God that Noise, I remember playing on those TVs
Sir Wilhelm H.Y (4 days ago)
Since E.B was the 2nd installment, Buzz Buzz could be the Nickname for a Dev or coworker that stopped working on the Mother series before the Second games release. Could be a memoriam to a friend or family member who died as well Edit; 21:00 If you had no Limbs how'd you use the Controller?! Suspension of Disbelief ruined! I know the Effects would've been a bigger pain but if you leaned over to hit the Button it'd save the whole Vid ;)
Now everyone knows that you only know true games, when the nerd says...he likes it. Everyone knows when the nerd likes a game, that’s something special! Also that means if it is confirmed as a good game by a true judgemental critic, that’s something real fucking special 🙂
Webflinger Joe (5 days ago)
YOUR MOM HAS AN OVERSIZED BOX 🤬
Guitar Shop (5 days ago)
Chuggaaconroy eat your heart out
MrSuperMario34 (5 days ago)
Please James... Please play Mother 3, even if it's just on your own time. You owe it to yourself.
_*KonkyDong 97*_ (5 days ago)
I need to play this game!
super scott gaming (5 days ago)
2:38
andrew paquette (5 days ago)
I'm amazed the he's still doing this...
Awesome review!!!
Brent Wiggins (5 days ago)
Genius. Gaming genius.
Tonin (5 days ago)
SR. WILSON FROM COLONIACONTRAATACA WAS THERE! OMG!
randy Floss (5 days ago)
I was ready to judge u for not liking this game lol. But I didn’t even remember %10 of all the craziness that occurred. Best YouTube vid I’ve seen in a while!
FENRIR-ART (5 days ago)
PK Terror.
KirbyIsANerd (6 days ago)
I'd love to see AVGN review Mother 3!
Vadim Fomenko (6 days ago)
When I were listening to Nerds explenation at the end, i felt myself like listening to the ending of Bioshock Infinite.
Cameron Hart (6 days ago)
Please review Mother 3
Zilear (6 days ago)
2:15 Never thought I'd see Chuggaaconroy in an AVGN episode.
Jason Whitts (6 days ago)
"Your mum has a over sized box"😂😂😂😂😂
PLOUCH (6 days ago)
You remind me of my eighth grade tech teacher.
BobDaGeek276 (6 days ago)
That metallica reference tho
Bears Are Ice (7 days ago)
But you can turn while teleporting. The monkey even tells you
The Gameseum (7 days ago)
this is the best Angry Video Game Nerd episode ever
Trurl (7 days ago)
James. You HAVE to play Mother 3!
rican2nhd (7 days ago)
It took me awhile to figure this out but it makes sense now so when you face the "devil's machine" Ness' face is in a cervix.
Nuision.24 -.- (7 days ago)
Play the Herakles no eikou 1 for nintendo 8 bits.. same style rpg to fighting..
Razzd berry (7 days ago)
I believe Ness's face in the Gygas boss fight is supposed to represent George (Ness's possible great great grandfather) who raised Gygas before running away with alien technology. I also believe thats where Ness got Psi.
but James it part of the experience
e (8 days ago)
Gygas (evil) dwells in the mind of man?
天使の様な悪魔 (8 days ago)
ダイヤモンドは小さいし、デスクからだと見辛いのだろう
Danielle Langlois (8 days ago)
10:07

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