Welcome to JRPG Study Time, a series following a JRPG newbie and his pursuit of knowledge about the exciting world of said genre of games. Read on as we trace mechanical evolution and trends through the ages.
JRPG Study Time is a new series where we explore the vast world of JRPGs and how they have evolved. We start with a look at the title that laid the technical and narrative ground work for many games to come.
In Japan it’s called Mother, while for North America it’s called Earthbound. Either way, Shigesato Itoi’s series is unique and worth some discussion.
Mark McLaughlin once believed Dragon Warrior IV to be his favorite game in the series. Things change, however, and so do people.
The Empire of Barmekia is on a mad quest to enslave the world. The only ones who can stand in their way is Queen Hilda of Phin’s small Resistance movement. But thrown out of their castle, and with the clock ticking, can anything be done? Four young orphans, Frionel, Maria, Guy, and Lionheart, are the world’s last chance for freedom…
The world is out of balance; the elements are in revolt. Four young heroes, each with a darkened orb, must restore order to this chaotic world. Swords and sorcery will aid them on their quest; on this final fantasy.