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In the summer of '08, one man began a journey to create the perfect Mother 3 spin-off game.

This is his story.

Heroes of Mother 3 started as a forum game on a website where people who liked Earthbound could meet each other. So many people like the forum game - which itself was based on Mother 3, the sequel to EarthBound - that copies of the forum game started showing up. Eventually XX Stone, the creator of the forum game, decided that it was time to turn his creation into an actual game.

Although a lot of work has been done, there's still an immense amount of labor that must be done before Heroes of Mother 3 can see the light of day. And, XX Stone can't do it alone. That's why he came to Kickstarter, where he hopes to achieve the funding necessary for him to complete his masterpiece.

The game itself used the core mechanics of Mother 3, but with a focus on nonlinearity and randomness. Every playthrough will be different, and randomly generated. For example, if you start in the Chimera Labs stage, and start the game with Teddy as your first character, you might find Ness and Lucas (who join your party). Further on, you might confront the Ghost of Starman in a final battle. Conversely, you could play as Flying Man, who might team up with Mr. Saturn to go on a mystical journey.

Heroes of Mother 3 will emphasize the ability of the player to make their own choices, non-stop fun, and endless replayability!

With your help, my dream could become a reality.

Thank you.

Interview on 8-bit Foundation: http://8bitfoundation.com/8-bit-asks-heroes-of-mother-3/

What is Heroes of Mother 3?

Heroes of Mother 3 is a new kind of RPG that I've devised. Although it uses the game mechanics, characters, regions, and items of the Mother/EarthBound series, gameplay is centered on having a new experience every time you play. You pick a character and then a stage, but what happens then is never going to be expected. Random generation will provide enough options for unique party combinations, wacky enemy encounters, and a plethora of items, all of which are different every time you start the game.

Unfortunately though, I'm only experienced at coding. For creating in-game artwork or music, I need to hire someone who can do that stuff for me. That's why I've come to Kickstarter - despite how badly I want to make this game, I don't have the skills necessary to do it on my own.


It's hard to believe that this project has been evolving for 4 years now. Would you believe that there was even a Heroes of Mother 3 text adventure at one point?

I think I owe it to the backers to mention a few interesting quirks from Heroes of Mother 3. I'll discuss a playable character and an item that was used in the forum game. Both will be in-game.

Titanian: This armored insectiod has high Offense and Defense, but is unable to use PSI. Its special ability, Puzzle, can be used to hypnotize an enemy into joining your team. Titanian uses its own pincers as weapons.

Last Weapon: This infamous tool can be used to reduce all enemies' HP to critical levels. However, this should only be used as a last resort, as it has a chance to backfire and cripple your characters instead.

Known Characters:

Ninten
Anna
Lloyd
Teddy
Ness
Paula
Jeff
Poo
Lucas
Kumatora
Duster
Boney
Mr. Saturn
Flint
Wess
Salsa
Samba
Fassad -> Miracle Fassad
Masked Man
Titanian
Flying Man
Runaway Dog
Starman -> Starman Super -> Etc.
Mook
Octobot->Ultimate Octobot
Pigmask -> Pigmask Captain -> Etc.


Popular Player Pack #1
Raeb Yddet
Dr. Distorto
Shroudley
Omega Borg

Known stages:

Sunshine Forest
Chimera Labs
Mt. Itoi
Dusty Dunes Desert
Magicant
Castle Darkmoor
???
???


Stretch Goals:

I've provided a few incentives other than the "Rewards" for people who help fund Heroes of Mother 3.

$1,250: Goal reached! Heroes of Mother 3 is funded, and a unique HoM3 card will be given to all backers at the "Insane Cultist" level or above. Stretch goal achieved!

$2,000: Popular Player Pack #1! Four new playable characters will be added to the game. Stretch goal achieved!

$3,500: Super Secret Stage #1! An exciting new stage will be added to the game.

$4,500: Popular Player Pack #2! An additional four playable characters will be added to Heroes of Mother 3.

$5,000: Mac Version! Heroes of Mother 3 will be made available to Mac computers. In addition, all backers at the "Insane Cultist" level or above will receive a printed full-color map of a stage from Heroes of Mother 3.

$6,500: Popular Player Pack #3! Four new playable characters! Ooooh!

$7,500: Four-player Co-op! As it was intended to be, Heroes of Mother 3 will be made multiplayer, so that up to four people can play as a party. 

$8,000: Mini-Game #1! A small (but fun) game mode will be added to Heroes of Mother 3.

$9,000: Super Secret Stage #2! You thought the last stage was exciting? Well, wait until you see this one!

$10,000: Two-player Vs Mode! If Heroes of Mother 3 ever becomes this popular, I'll add in another multiplayer option: fight against your friends! Each person will be able to control their own party. In addition, two Heroes of Mother 3 pins will be sent to all backers at the "Insane Cultist" level or above.

$12,500: Mini-Game #2! Far from a gimmick, this mini-game will dazzle your eyes and touch your heart.

Risks and challenges

I understand that September of 2014 seems a little far off - but remember that there's one guy doing pretty much all of the coding. And I don't want to rush something like this out the door - I want to put as much content and quality as possible into Heroes of Mother 3 without wanting to rush things.

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    COIL SNAKE: Thank you for supporting Heroes of Mother 3. You'll get your name in a special spot in the credits once the game is completed.

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    INSANE CULTIST: Pogo Punk rewards + 1 sticker pack randomly selected from 4 options! Not only that, but you'll also secure yourself any physical stretch goals that Heroes of Mother 3 may reach.

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    FOPPY: Insane Cultist rewards + 1 additional sticker pack + 1 CD containing Heroes of Mother 3! Show your friends!

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    STARMAN DX: Starman Super rewards + All 4 sticker packs, and a unique card displaying Heroes of Mother 3. In addition, you'll also receive a CD containing the Game Maker code for the game! Customize to your heart's content!

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    DIAMOND DOG: Starman DX rewards + A small dungeon of your own design will have a chance to be generated in every playthrough!

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    GHOST OF STARMAN: Starman DX rewards + You get to create your own playable character, which is generated inside of a medium-sized dungeon of your own design! The character joins the party after a custom condition is met, and comes with two unique items.

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    BIONIC KRAKEN: Starman DX rewards + Create a final boss character, who fights alongside the Anti-Hero of Mother 3!

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    FINAL STARMAN: Collaborate with XX Stone to construct an entire stage of your own design! You'll also receive a copy of every game XX Stone makes in the future + Starman DX rewards.

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