Earthbound, (originally known as Mother in Japan) is a trilogy of role playing video games created by Shigesato Itoi for Nintendo. It also refers to the second game in the series (titled MOTHER 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back in Japan) which is the only installment to be ever released outside Japan (1995 in North America, and then 2013 in Europe and Australia for the Virtual Console). The antagonist of the first two games was so memorable in his second appearance that he received two very distinct conversions.