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Desc:Wow! If this happened to me as a kid I would cry.
Category:Video Games, Humor
Tags:Piracy, Earthbound, Anti-Piracy, Flashcart
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Jeff Fries - 2008-08-16
+1 for narration
Xenocide - 2008-08-16
HA! Oh, Nintendo. That's so deliciously mean that I don't care that you probably made kids cry.

Especially since most of them probably assumed it was an unfortunate glitch, and played all the way back to Guygas only to have it happen AGAIN.
CornOnTheCabre - 2008-08-16

why did i just watch a video of a video game freezing up?
Emcee - 2008-08-16
That's the final battle of the game. The point of the video is how cruel the anti-piracy thing is to kill the game so close to the ending.

Sudan no1 - 2008-08-16
I wasn't impressed until I saw that it deletes your saves.

SolRo - 2008-08-16
Anything the devs do within their own games to deter piracy, that does not damage or affect the outside hardware/software, is perfectly fine and NOT EVIL.

And I say that having not payed for the last 25 singleplayer offline games I've gotten
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-08-16
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-08-16

KnowFuture - 2008-08-16
Well that sucks.

Also, been wondering for years: is the scenery in that final area designed by a proctologist who's just a little to into his work?

Comeuppance - 2008-08-16
Nah, it was just designed by a man who shaves half of his head and provides a soundtrack for coffee.

ButtCult - 2009-01-27
OH MAN!I want a soundtrack to my coffee.
Not a Starbucks Frank Sinatra mix tape every time I buy a fucking cup.

RocketBlender - 2008-08-16
It's actually even meaner than this. Throughout the game game, Earthbound checks how much memory the game cart has. (copy carts typically have more than needed, so they could hold any game.) If the cart doesn't have the exact ammount of memory as an EB cart, the game messes with you. Enemies show up in safe areas, a lot more enemies show up in dangerous ones (enough to slow the game regularly, and they don't mind grouping up), and a few other things get in the way. If you DO manage to get through a harder, more frusterating Earthbound, this is the final check you're greeted with at the end boss. Brutal.
Merkwuerdigeliebe - 2008-08-16

nuzzles - 2008-08-16
This sounds even more fun than the original.

Though I seem to remember fighting globs and globs of fobbies (or were those the foppies?) in Lumine Hall anyway and my cart is legit.

There's also a random Mole Playing Rough on the beach in Summers, in the same place, every time.

RocketBlender - 2008-08-16
You can play the game that way if you want. There's a few screens of the increased spawn rate, the video I linked, and codes to type into an Emulator and Game Genie on SNES that will trick the game into thinking it's on a copy cart on this page....

nuzzles - 2008-08-16
I tried the code on an emulated copy- it didn't seem to work (there could be various reasons why, it'd seem)...I'd try it on the cart but I don't have it at the moment (if I recall correctly, its battery saves had already been nuked by a mishap with the debug menu, but I might be thinking of another game).

If I were an unassuming kid who somehow...uh...was totally unknowingly playing with a totally innocent cart copier, then got the "serious crime" message, I'd have pee'd myself.

The battles in this game could be brutal, particularly the last boss. Still, all of those huge groups of enemies before Giygas...if you could make it past the first five minutes of the game or the first few thousand Runaway Dogs and Spiteful Crows, your level surely would be pretty good. Not that it'd matter since you'd be toast after beating Heavily Armed Pokey.

DMKA - 2008-08-16
I could never figure out how to play this game. Do you ever actually get to control the fights or does the game always just do everything by itself?
Mike Tyson?! - 2008-08-16
You can turn the auto-fight off or on. I always left it ON because of the novelty factor.

StanleyPain - 2008-08-16
The fights are like any other turn-based JRPG if you turn auto-fights off. In fact, it's probably a good idea to turn it off until you get a decent party going because it rarely heals and this game is pretty brutal early on.

Earthbound wasn't the only game with with this RAM checking stuff. Nintendo had been doing this since the NES days with all sorts of carts.

RocketBlender - 2008-08-16
True, but this is the only one I know of that really hits you this hard. I mean, ouch. Second Tier of the final boss...

glendower - 2008-08-16
5 stars for trippy soundscape alone
Unsung - 2008-08-16
"DAMN!" is an understatement.
Unmerciful Crushing Force - 2008-08-16
-1 because the graphics and music didn't go crazy.

It would've been even better if there were some sarcastic, Earthbound-y joke made about HAHA YOU STOLE GAMEZ NO FUN 4 U
almo - 2008-08-22
I wanted to experience some crazy graphics/music action, too.

klingerbgoode - 2009-01-27
OK Ska
thebaronsdoctor - 2009-03-03
Spankety, spankety, spankety!
poorwill - 2009-11-26
An anus monster with a little boy's head coming out of it.
BorrowedSolution - 2010-01-26
Five stars for all the comments. -4 for a pointless video about something that only people who like cat videos would care about.
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