Poor old Ness is the Macaulay Culkin of video games. No matter what he does next, and some of the new stuff is pretty sketchy, people will always remember him for his childhood antics.
Still, even Macaulay Culkin wound up with Mila Kunis at some point so I guess it’s not all bad.
Anyway! Earthbound is one of those games that you really “had to have been there” in order to appreciate – it rode high on the wave of new interest in J-RPGs and had a unique setting and storyline – but the amount of reverence it gets nowadays makes it almost unapproachable today. It’s like trying to watch Donnie Darko for the first time but you’re sitting in a room full of film students who are falling over themselves to gush about how amazing it all is.