So yesterday, I decided to start up a new game of Earthbound Zero.
To quickly bring people up to speed, this game was basically the precursor to the Earthbound title that was released on the SNES in America. According to rumors, this game was developed and released in Japan for the original Famicom but never saw an overseas release. However, a few minutes on Google will turn up several sites offering roms and translation patches for those of you who might like to take a peek at this game.
The game basically comes off as a "beta" version of Earthbound. The story and dialogue are sparse, but there is a certain wry humor to it. Early battles pit you against lampshades and hippies. It is also worth noting that this game has fairly difficult - the experience gains are slow and the encounters are incredibly frequent in some areas, rendering this game a very time consuming challenge. There is, however, a patch to this game that increases the rate of experience gained.
I'll be playing into this game a little bit more, after which I'll deliver a more fleshed out review.
If anyone has any questions as to how to set up or patch this game to make it playable in English, feel free to comment!
Here are some links to get you started:
http://starmen.net/mother1/ - Information and patch downloads
http://walkthrough.starmen.net/earthbound0/ - Very comprehensive walkthrough