MOTHER is a playground with plenty of room for your imagination to run free.
The more you think about it, the greater MOTHER will become.
The more you feel it, the deeper it will become.
The more fun you have, the more you’ll grow.
- Shigesato Itoi
The first two games in the MOTHER/EarthBound series share many similarities.
They both feature children as the heroes, take place in modern times,
and share the same villain, but otherwise seem completely non-sequitur.
No areas or characters from MOTHER appear in MOTHER 2, despite three of
the four heroes from each of the games appearing strikingly similar,
featuring a boy a cap and striped shirt, a
frying pan wielding psychic girl, and a bespectacled nerd genius adept
at technological weaponry.
MOTHER’s story goes as follows...
Prior to MOTHER, a world very similar to our own is being scouted by
alien empire with plans to invade earth. In the 19th century, the
aliens kidnap George and Maria from America to study humans. Maria is
allowed to raise an alien child named Giygas, and sings a lullaby known
as the 8 Melodies. The kindness imbued within the song causes Giygas
great pain, and the couple are ejected from the ship and sent back to
earth, but not before George steals the secret of PSI abilities from
Later in 1988, Giygas has become the emperor of the alien empire and
initiates the beginning stages of the invasion in America in the same
region that George and Maria were kidnapped from.
MOTHER’s hero, Ninten, guided by his Great Grandfather's diary,
goes on a quest to realize his PSI powers to stop the invasion from
taking place, picking up friends (Lloyd, Teddy, and Ana) along the way
who assist him in surviving the hordes of enemies who stand in their
way of re-learning the 8 Melodies that Maria once sung to Giygas.
Ninten and his party encounter Giygas as a frail looking alien on his
mother ship floating in a machine that could possibly be some kind of
life support. This suggests that Giygas’ previous encounter with
the song left him seriously crippled.
During the climactic battle, Ninten and his friends sing the 8 Melodies
to weaken Giygas, and the alien overlorld is forced to retreat into
deep space, halting the invasion and saving Earth, for the moment.
As the mother ship blasts off, Giygas promises Ninten that he will return to take revenge.
This is where MOTHER ends, with MOTHER 2/EarthBound taking place a few
years later in the 1990’s, presumably 1994, the year of MOTHER
MOTHER’s world is clearly based on the real world, and explicitly
takes place in the United States of America, be it a fictionalized
version of it.
MOTHER 2 however, seems to show no sign of the USA even existing, and
the geography of MOTHER 2’s world appears totally fictional, with a world map populated with nations such as
“Foggyland” and “Eagleland”
My answer to this is that following the ending of MOTHER, Giygas went
back in time in an attempt to alter Earth to such a state that his
second attempt at an Earth invasion would be successful by eliminating
the conditions that lead to his demise at the end of MOTHER.
Perhaps Giygas went back in time to the period that the Egyptian
pyramids were being built to alter Earth’s history with an
initial attack, or attacks (thusly a history of these was recorded in
the Scaraba Pyramid), which included planting devices like the Mani
Mani statue, and maybe artificially triggering Earth’s tectonic
plates to shift in different directions, leading to the formation of
much a much different global situation by the 1990s, with similar, yet
unique countries being founded in each hemisphere, for example,
Eagleland developing in North America (or at least a part of North
America) instead of the USA, and Great Britain becoming Winters, as
Winters is the home of Stonehenge in MOTHER 2.
As we know from EarthBound, the invasion Giygas launched in the
90’s was at first, a huge success, and Earth was taken over by
Giygas’s troops and became a cesspool of darkness. This is
because the specific circumstances that lead to Ninten realizing his
psychic powers and questing with the MOTHER party to defeat Giygas
never came to pass, and therefore there was no one to challenge Giygas.
However, Giygas’s plan did not eliminate Ninten from the picture
in this altered timeline, and the chosen one emerged as a different
person, as Ness.
Ness, like Ninten, lives north of town with his mother, sister, and
dog, and his father, who is always at work and is accessible only
through the phone, seems almost identical to Ninten’s.
Ana was now Paula, and Lloyd, ended up being “reborn” in Winters as Jeff, where he attended a boarding school.
An analog for MOTHER’s Teddy never surfaced in this new
incarnation of Earth, and it was somehow foreseen that Ness’s new
party would be short a member and need assistance.
So, the prince of Dallam, Poo was trained from the birth to be a
powerful warrior to help the chosen one. This would explain why there
are special weapons made especially for Poo floating around the world.
What doomed this new version of Earth at first was that unlike Ninten,
Ness never received “the calling” to begin his journey, in
which case Giygas would have gone unchallenged.
Thanks to Buzz Buzz coming back in time to warn Ness at the beginning
of EarthBound, this was avoided. Ness was able to recover the new 8
Melodies, which allowed him to absorb the power that was able to defeat
Giygas in the past, though this alone was not enough (though it sure
helped a bunch), and it took the whole world’s prayers to destroy
Giygas once and for all.
This is my interpretation of the connection between MOTHER and MOTHER 2.
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