Earthbound (SNES) Angry Video Game Nerd: Episode 156

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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Comments
  • Niom1

    January 11, 2019

    So it’s about a young boy overcoming his fears so that he can move on with his life? If so, It’s meta as fuck! It kinda reminds me of Bladerunner, but in a different way. The speculation and intrigue is what makes the art, the question. Not the answer.

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  • Kris_942

    January 11, 2019

    Officially one of my fav avgn episodes!!!

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  • Sean O’Connor3

    January 11, 2019

    How can I like a video twice. This was one of my favorite games ever. Great coverage.

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  • Alice McCord4

    January 11, 2019

    earthbound was the best

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  • Tannen102 the famous youtuber5

    January 11, 2019

    Here's my theory is they went to a different timeline where ness died as a baby so he was then taken over by a project that was probably called Gygus they were using so they used ness dead body and then became a being the baby is suppose to resemble the corpse of baby ness and the face is the evil soul of ness so what you fighting is actually one of those things that's a machine with with a brain in it except Gygus is a muscle and limbs and organs project of bringing life back but turning them into evil beings so the dead baby ness was what it needed and baby human being so it can take more power and take over earth

    So that's my theory

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  • Kain Dosil6

    January 11, 2019

    best avgn yet since mario 3 and super mega death christ, absolutely loved this video. please do reviews on games you actually like!! haha

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  • Juinha :p7

    January 11, 2019

    37:55 WILSON!?

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  • RENEHIKO8

    January 11, 2019

    the French Kiss of Death xD

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  • Romanik21 eagle9

    January 11, 2019

    i know im late, but you can move when doing Teleport 1

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  • Mobius F15SMTD10

    January 11, 2019

    Buhy seventeen baaauuuwmer

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  • codo411

    January 11, 2019

    I think this is the most philosophical videos I've ever seen on youtube

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  • 24alex6412

    January 11, 2019

    Freaked out when chrome had graphics bugs. It started right as the final boss appears. Only figured out after that the flashing wasn't in the original video…

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  • Jared D.13

    January 11, 2019

    You need to play mother 3

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  • Marc Musgrave14

    January 11, 2019

    Nothing can beat his open mouth wtf gaze

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  • Kevin Gauthier15

    January 11, 2019

    There is an animated hit series.
    It's called
    South Park
    I see a lot of similarities in both EarthBound and South Park…. because only in south park would you find a group of police officers trying to harm children.

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  • TerryBabbins16

    January 11, 2019

    The ring from that tv is deafening.

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  • Techipit17

    January 11, 2019

    23:00 Flowey inspiration?

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  • Matt Lovell18

    January 11, 2019

    I just played for 2 hours, still can’t get to the giant step

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  • Faith luvscats19

    January 11, 2019

    I’M FIGHTING….A SIGN.

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  • Dave Rave20

    January 11, 2019

    I can’t see anything 3D .

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  • MarxAthium21

    January 11, 2019

    Crazy to think he never played this, wonderful game

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  • Electric Relaxation22

    January 11, 2019

    It's dope that the SNES classic featured earthbound because buying a physical copy for over a $100 is fucking ridiculous.

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  • LittleAl01623

    January 11, 2019

    2:11, or Xenoblade Chronicles. Even with the Gnostic influences within that game considered.

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  • D’angelo JacobHymenShits24

    January 11, 2019

    the fact that you NEVER talk about trees one-hitting you makes me wonder what else do you think is weird

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  • 취중건담25

    January 11, 2019

    니네 동네에서는 그렇지 그 무렵 아시아 특히 일본문화는 명작의 향연이었어 지금이야 jrpg는 쳐다도 보지 않지만

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  • Ken Mabie – FIND ME ON BITCHUTE26

    January 11, 2019

    "your friends magic isnt restored at the hospital"
    14:35 shows magic and health both being restored ..
    umm you sure about that man? you might want to actually check that shit out again?

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  • Justin Walker27

    January 11, 2019

    The speed limit sign, wasn't a speed limit sign…it was a highway, 40 that runs from Indiana into Ohio.

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  • suichilegend28

    January 11, 2019

    Many of the problems of this game do not exist in Mother 3. It is one of the reasons I like Mother 3

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  • steven w29

    January 11, 2019

    That game was sick O_O

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  • Niall Skinner30

    January 11, 2019

    THOSE TOWNS : SO PEACEFUL

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  • kevdogYT0831

    January 11, 2019

    Damn you Earthbound Evil Boy Robo Pig!!! I thought my bacon had some computer chip chunks in it…

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  • Biomechanoid Z932

    January 11, 2019

    oh good…..

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