『MOTHER2 ギーグの逆襲』

Several days ago I wrapped up my first play-through of “Mother 2”, also known as “EarthBound” to western audiences. Suffice to say I’m at a loss for words. What is it? Well, for me, it’s .. magical. It’s .. beautiful. It’s .. heartwarming. It’s .. a powerful testament for what story-telling can be in the world of video games. 

The characters, dialogue, story, and experience captivated me unlike any game I’ve ever played before. To put it simply: it’s a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously yet somehow manages to tug on your heart-strings in all the right places. The following dialogue takes place during the final boss of the game, and being quite frank, I’m still reeling from how moving the scene was. gimme dat kleenex!

ポーラは心をこめて祈った!
「……どうぞ、わたし達に力をかしてください!
 わたし達の思いが届いた人…誰か…。」

(ネスのママは突然、大きな胸騒ぎを感じて)
(息子達の無事を強く祈った)
ギーグに1410のダメージ!

ポーラは心をこめて祈った!
もう誰の名前も思い浮かばない。
「…誰か、誰か、わたし達を助けて。」

ポーラの呼びかけは闇の中に吸い込まれていった。

ポーラは心をこめて祈った!
「誰か…聞こえますか?誰かわたし達に力をかして!」

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It’s phenomenal. It’s fantastic. It’s inspiring. It’ll bring you to your knees and break your heart so many times you’ll forget you had one to begin with. ま・じ・で. My words seriously can’t do this game justice. If you haven’t played it for yourself, you’re missing out. You owe it to yourself to experience this adventure. You won’t come back the same person. I promise.

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