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To The Earthbound Expert - by Mars

To The Earthbound Expert

Hello to all of you lovers of Earthbound! To the newbies, to the intermediate players, and especially, to the self-proclaimed "experts." To those masters, I ask a simple question: Just how much do you really know about Earthbound? Sure, you can brag that you got the Sword of Kings or the Gaia Beam. You can claim that you have every line in the game memorized, and can navigate every map with your eyes closed. I am writing this article to prove otherwise.

Have you ever heard Pokey say, "Sorry about giving you this game-type advice, but you should equip your weapon!" That's right. That's what he says if you're carrying the Cracked Bat but don't have it equipped. He'll go on to ask, "Do you know what 'equip' means?" An affirmative answer yields, "Okay, that's good. Be sure to pay attention to details like that." A negative one will get him reciting the dictionary. "It means 'use' or 'wear,'" Pokey will tell you. "You must equip items in order to use or wear them. 'Equip' is used a lot in games like this, but you already knew that..."

And don't even TRY leaving the house without getting the Cracked Bat at all! Asks Pokey, "You're not taking anything on our big adventure? Why don't you look around for your Cracked bat or something?" There are a lot of examples of quotes that you've probably never seen, but, to make a long story short, I'm going to cut right to the chase and tell you the biggest secret I've discovered so far.

What's the most important item in the game? Some would say the ATM card. But what's the most crucial item in terms of the plot? If you ask me, it's the Sound Stone. Let's take this one step further. What would happen if it was impossible to receive the Sound Stone? You know how often it is that your inventory gets cluttered, and you can't receive a crucial item like the Franklin Badge or the Gourmet Yogurt Machine. What if you had too much stuff to receive the Sound Stone from Buzz Buzz? I won't keep you in suspense. Fully packed with one ATM Card, one Cracked Bat, one Bread Roll, and eleven Cookies (thank goodness for Spiteful Crows!) I confidently walked into the Minch residence and had a chat with Aloysius. Following is what Buzz Buzz said to me on his death bed (er, floor):

"What the...? It seems that you have too many things to carry already... Since you can't take it, I'll give it to your sister. In the blink of an eye, like magic, she'll have it. Eeeyah! ..... It's already dawn outside... but it doesn't matter to me. I'm fading fast... Argh! *Gasp*" And, of course, there's no pressing matter to get it from your sister. But don't get too excited; the sad truth is, the game doesn't CARE if Ness is carrying the Sound Stone. If you visit one of Your Sanctuaries, it will still play the music and say "Ness's Sound Stone recorded the melody of..." You can beat the whole game while never once possessing the Sound Stone. In fact, (although I am not sure about this), after you defeat Ness's Nightmare, and it writes "The Sound Stone Ness use to have is now gone," I would not be surprised if you could go get it from Tracy and listen to the entire melody as many times as you like.

Please don't misunderstand the point of this article. I'm not trying to say that I'm an Earthbound Expert. Far from it! I'm just saying that there are some things about which you aren't aware. It is for these reasons that I am creating a program that I tentatively title, "The Earthbound Encyclopedia." It will contain all quotes ever said by anyone. It will include a map of every city, building, hallway, and room into which you could ever walk. It will contain lists of all items, their prices, and where they can be found. It will, in effect, be a New and Improved Strategy Guide. This will be my project for the next several months. When it is finished, it will be given as freeware to the good people of Earthbound.Net. As you can imagine, this will be a very time-consuming project. The amount of feedback I receive from this article will determine how much effort I put into this idea. If I'm the only person out there who has wanted an Earthbound Reference Book, then I don't have a good reason to create one. But if you like the idea, send me a letter, and I'll see what I can do.


Other Submissions by Mars

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Mars Dude, Earthbound
157
7/31/06 0.00
Mars The Secrets of Earthbound
156
7/31/06 0.00
Mars To The Earthbound Expert
155
7/31/06 0.00
Mars Walk Through Walls
An EB "Tips and Tricks" by Mars. TEXT: "Very, very cool trick that uses a Game Genie code to let you walk through walls and do stuff you normally couldn't do! Including mess up the game!"
2/7/05 0.00
Mars Walk Through Walls 2
An EB "Tips and Tricks" by Mars TEXT: "An updated Walk Through Walls guide. More detailed than the previous version."
2/7/05 0.00

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