One of the biggest reasons I’m bummed out is simply a matter of personal preference: I was disappointed with the third installment in the series. Earthbound and MOTHER 1 helped define who I am not only as a gamer, but also as a person. Unfortunately, MOTHER 3 lacks the charm and intrigue of the previous two titles. The ridged chapter system kills the exploratory aspect present in the older entries and the supposedly brilliant, tearjerker of a storyline is actually rather predictable, occasionally bordering on hackneyed. I feel little connection to MOTHER 3 and I doubt I would have completed the game if it didn’t have the MOTHER logo stamped on it.
I understand that Starmen.net must evolve if the staffers hope to keep the years-old website fresh, and switching up the Fanfests is one way to do that. Go enjoy MOTHER 3 if you’re so inclined. I’ll be following along too, but my heart just isn’t in it this year.