VGM Wednesdays – “Snowman” from Mother 1-3

“Snowman,” from Mother 1-3,  released in 1989, 1994 and 2006, respectively.

I wish that this series was bigger in North America.  One of my oldest friends picked up Earthbound (or Mother 2) around 1996-97 and he was really into it, but I didn’t get it.  It was an RPG, but had no swords or shields, goblins, wizards and the graphics had… well… “much to be desired of.”  I wasn’t the only one who thought that and, sadly, the game never caught on here.

Little did I realize that all of the things that I didn’t like were what really made Earthbound great.  The game defied the mould so deeply, I just wasn’t old enough to see it.  The game is really about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and that’s what I really love about it.

For the last few years, I’ve really felt a funk about the games I’d played in the recent past.  I had started-and-never-finished so many games because I just didn’t care… until Joey Perry lent me Mother 3.  For the first time in years, a game had pulled me up the ladder of excitement and crushed me into despair (I welled up a few times, it’s okay, I can admit that).  I don’t think I will ever forget that first playthrough of that game…

One theme that musically returns throughout the series is “Snowman,” in the snow-covered town that has become a staple of the series.  Seeing as the holiday time is around the corner and our Canadian sidewalks are speckled with snow, I thought that this would be appropriate.

The recording goes through all three arrangements (and consequently, all three consoles too).

Nothing too wild to say about it, I just really like it.


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