Earthbound never made me cry. I've been playing mother 3 and damn it's heart wrenching. I won't spoil it but games that bring you to tears are win in my book. I'm loving this so much more than the second game which people put on such a high pedestal.
To EB? I've beaten it. Nothing really jumps out as emotion worthy though. Well, I guess there is some. I haven't played in a while, but I do recall feeling something. M3 had a much larger effect in that way though.