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.
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.
Fassad -> Miracle Fassad
Starman -> Starman Super -> Etc.
Pigmask -> Pigmask Captain -> Etc.
Popular Player Pack #1
Dusty Dunes Desert
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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