It seems some aspects of Earthbound for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System are some what of an enigma. What makes this game different from the hundreds of other game titles released for the SNES? Are there Ku Klux Klansmen in this game? Why would it be marketed with headlines like "because this game stinks"? Included with the game were scratch and sniff cards instructing you to "Dig this buck-toothed funky smellin' varmint" and another card with a mystery smell that you could answer for a prize from Nintendo. This game is clearly insane, but what makes it the King of all SNES Games?
Earthbound is the most highly desired SNES game of all time because it was the first Japanese RPG made with American kids in mind. It's a role playing game, it's an adventure game, it's an action game, and it has a cleverly American themed hilarious story that was never seen before. Instead of the typical swords and magic Japanese RPG, Earthbound was Modern times in an "almost-America" setting with recognizable kids and settings. To top it off enemies are bizarre. There are funny people are everywhere, creatures and alien inanimate objects, possessed guitars depraved hippies and insane cult members that closely resemble the KKK.