For detailed information about this series, see: EarthBound Wiki

Mother, often referred to as EarthBound outside Japan, is an RPG video game series by Nintendo taking place in a modern-day western setting.

Each game in the series is a different story, with some recurring elements.


He is Ness,the iconic character of the series

Video games

Only three original games have been released:

  • Mother (27 july 1989), Famicom. Initially released in Japan, its international release was originally cancelled before being released in North America and Europe as EarthBound Beginnings on the Wii U Virtual Console on June 14, 2015.
  • Mother 2 (27 august 1994), Super Famicom/SNES. Known outside Japan as EarthBound. Re-released in 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console and in 2016 for New 3DS Virtual Console.
  • Mother 3 (20 april 2006), Game Boy Advance. Only released in Japan. Originally it was created as a Nintendo 64 game and would have been internationally released as EarthBound 64.

Also a compilation called Mother 1 + 2 has been released on 20 June 2003 only in Japan for the Game Boy Advance, and it includes the first two games in the series.

In this wiki the games in the series are always called with their original Japanese title because are better distinguishable by their number.

Links to other series

Direction Series Date Description Type


Arrow L & R

Mario1989727 July 27, 1989In the first Mother, a child talks about Super Mario Bros. 3 and the unexisting Super Mario Bros. 7; Super Mario Maker features four costumes based on Mother characters.

4Arrow L Donkey Kong19890727 July 27, 1989In the first Mother an arcade cabinet for a game very similar to Donkey Kong can be spotted.

5Arrow R Kirby19960321 March 21, 1996Mr. Saturn is an obtainable "item" in Kirby Super Star.1

5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.19990121 January 21, 1999Ness is selectable in Super Smash Bros. and returns in its sequels with other elements from the series; in Super Smash Bros. Brawl Lucas is also selectable.

4Arrow L Star Wars20060420 April 20, 2006Mother 3 features a reference to the Star Wars movies.3

5Arrow R Scott Pilgrim20060524 May 24, 2006The night club "Chaos Theatre", first appearing in Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness, is named after the concert hall in Mother 2. In Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together, Scott wears a Mother 2 shirt.2

5Arrow R Natsu no Arashi!20090524 May 24, 2009Natsu no Arashi's episode "Suit Yourself" features a reference to Mother 2.3

5Arrow R A Kappa's Trail20091209 December 09, 2009Ocho from Mother 3 makes a cameo in A Kappa's Trail.1

5Arrow R Animal Crossing20121108 November 08, 2012Animal Crossing: New Leaf features a reference to the Mother series.2

5Arrow R Steven Universe20140514 May 14, 2014The videogame "Mini Golf Quest" from the Steven Universe episode "Rose's Room" is partly inspired by Mother 2.3

5Arrow R Undertale20150915 September 15, 2015Undertale features various references to Mother.3

5Arrow R Angry Video Game Nerd2018425 April 25, 2018The 156th episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd reviews Earthbound for SNES.2