Brasel The Gamer of Gaming Rebellion writes: "I finally played through Earthbound, and I was honestly surprised. Sure, I’ve heard countless wonderful things about the game, but I had no idea it would live up to just about every one of those expectations. Earthbound was fantastic, and despite having a Dragon Warrior like battle interface, I loved it. I didn’t play Earthbound as a kid, but I was fully aware of the game when it was released. Nintendo Power promoted it heavily and I just wasn’t interested. Do you want to know why? Because the marketing campaign relied on gross out humor. I’m not a fan of gross out humor. “This Game Stinks” and all the other food or bad smell related ads completely turned me off to playing this game, despite the fact that by this time, I was an RPG fan."