If you're a fan of the classic video game EarthBound, and you've recently adopted a dog (or want to), then you've come to the right place! Released in 1994, the game made waves in Japan as Mother 2, before being launched in North America as EarthBound in June of 1995. A simple concept of a boy and his friends collecting melodies to defeat an evil alien, the game has surpassed even the highest expectations. And it was a sleeper hit too! Took a while for it to pick up steam. So, if you're a fan of the game, and you love your dog, and think that he or she could really pull off the name Ness, check these other name ideas out.
EarthBound Dog Names in Pop Culture
Have you ever wanted to have a conversation with your dog? Ever wanted to be able to fully understand what your dog is saying? If he said something like "Awooooof! If I knew this was going to be such a scary place, I wouldn't have come along... I'm outta here!" Well, unfortunately for all of us, we just aren't amazing enough to have what Ness and King had in 1995's EarthBound.
Ness, the silent playable character in the game had a white dog, over 14-years-old, named King. And he was a cowardly dog indeed! These two had an amazing connection, however, because Ness was telepathic, and capable of understanding what King was saying at all times. It made for some hilarious dialogue, and serious jealous vibes from players who wanted to be able to finally speak to their own dogs.
Unfortunately, King is so cowardly that he only really leaves the house once, at the beginning of the game when Ness speaks to him. They go out in search of a character named Picky Minch, a suburban boy lost on the mountain behind Onett, the first town encountered in the game. However, King doesn't like the look of things, and quickly heads home. Then he never goes back out again, which is pretty hilarious in and of itself.
What makes King so interesting, other than being understood, is that he isn't affect by the evil alien form Giygas, the nemesis everyone is trying to stop. And his breed isn't known for sure. The only information given is that he is a mutt, possibly a Saint Bernard or Old English Sheepdog, but he doesn't look like either!
Players could also name King something else at the beginning of the game. They could name him something specific, or use the "Don't Care" option, which named him King, Peach, Sparky, Rex, Baby, Rover or Misty.
There are speculations that King was meant for more than a hermit, cowardly dog, however. Throughout the game, there are climbing sprites that are meant for him, but the dog never appears there. It's possible that King was intended to be more of a companion, but that the idea got abandoned. It could be that the developers realized that Ness already had enough followers on his journey, but still, it would have been a nice addition to the game.
We may never be able to fully understand what our dogs are trying to explain, but at least our Kings can follow us everywhere, right?
EarthBound Dog Name Considerations
Here's the thing about EarthBound: it is exactly what you expect, but with a twist. It may look like your average early to mid-nineties video game, pixelated with tiny cartoony characters, but it can be dark! You wouldn't expect it upon first glance – death, cultists, zombies, Porky the control freak.
But it can also be mold-breaking. For instance, Tony is gay, and this was a 1994-1995 video game. It was seemingly unheard of anything of the sort making it to video games at the time.
In other words, it's the perfect source of inspiration, because there is something for everyone. An array of well-written characters, hilarious jokes, a long list of places and objects, and a great sense of adventure. You're defeating aliens after all!
So, when you stop to consider EarthBound names for your dog, start with this: what is it about the game that you love the most? And does that connect with your dog in any way? Maybe you really love Ness, then maybe your dog deserves the name. As long as he's curious, courageous, helpful and surprising, of course.
Also, think about your dog as a potential character, a place, or object. Maybe a reference from the game perfectly applies.