Thanksgiving in Video Games: First Title That Includes the Holiday


Ah, Thanksgiving is upon us! While I could discuss just how strange American society is by allowing a day called "Black Friday" to become a national phenomenon. After all, holidays are supposed to be thankful for what we already have. I'd like to push away from the collections of video game deals these companies are bringing forth, and instead, speak of the holiday making a cameo appearance in video games themselves. There are a handful of titles that incorporate this November day of thanks into gameplay, whether the character actually celebrates the holiday or it is simply made reference to. So without further ado, let's check out these collections.

One of the first video games to ever bring mention of Thanksgiving is a town that shares the same name in the video game called "Mother", which is a Japanese-only title for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System.

There is an unreleased translation made for the game that didn't make its release debut until a Virtual Console release for the Wii U in 2015, a total of 26 years after its initial launch with the name EarthBound Beginnings. The English version of the game has its changes from the original, including modified sprites and an extended ending, as well as the names of almost every town in the game being different than its Japanese counterpart. In Mother, just about all towns have a naming scheme that uses a holiday, for example, Valentine's Day and of course, Thanksgiving.

However, EarthBound Beginnings did not follow suit, and Thanksgiving is actually called Marysville in this version. The town is a very important destination of the game, hosting the location of the elementary school, where our protagonist meets his second party member named Lloyd.

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