Confession: A gameboy game made me cry. Not a ~single tear slowly rolls down cheek~ cry, but an UGLY cry, a snot-rolling-down-my-nose-into-my-mouth sob. Not my proudest moment!
For the last Sad Game, I’m going to delve into my own personal Old Yeller of Video Games. The game was introduced to me as being “a bit sad” so I was caught unprepared for the emotional punch to the gut.
Go on, I’ll wait.
Mother 3 is a very different game from its predecessors-- whereas the earlier games begin in a semi-realistic America, in this game you’re immediately thrust into Bonkersville, complete with a fantasy town and tiny adorable dinosaurs.
You also play as a variety of main characters in desperate situations, from an old cowboy searching for his family to a monkey escaping from his evil master. The cute charm is definitely still there, but most of the game is deliberately designed to be unsettling-- especially the ever-creepy cyborg monsters.
It’s not all doom-and gloom; the adorable Magypsies: helpful masculine and magical beings who help you along the way, add some much-needed lightheartedness. There’s also an unbeatable enemy in the game that is equal parts hilarious and terrifying as he chases you down.
The ending drags out the sadness reaaallllly long, and keeps making emotional jabs over and over until you absolutely cannot stand it. Well, I couldn’t stand it. About halfway through, I was mashing buttons through my tears like a big blubbering baby. But it’s a great game! An emotional game, but definitely still one of my favorites, and a fitting conclusion to the Sad Games Series.
SAD LEVEL: Tissues Ahoy!
-The Dungeon Dame