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.