My fellow writer here at Gamnesia, Ben Lamoreux, recently began yet another playthrough of Nintendo's beloved cult hit EarthBound and all but challenged me to do the same.
So I decided to boot up the game again after about a year (I had started another playthrough when it was released on the Wii U Virtual Console, but life got busy and I had to jump ship before I could make much progress—which happens all to often for us gamers, doesn't it?) In the game, I was just rescuing Paula from Happy Happy Village, so I went to the store and bought her all the latest equipment to boost her stats, set out for the next goal, and she died almost immediately.
And that's when I realized that there's one design oversight in EarthBound that can potentially ruin the entire game for the less-than-patient. Head inside to keep reading.