Friday, March 22, 2013

Mother 2/Earthbound FINALLY released on the (Japanese) Virtual Console!

(Deep Breath)
Mother 2/Earthbound is a cult game on the SNES that did moderately well in Japan and became a cult game despite a unique translation (Which is one of the best parts of the game) and Nintendo horribly mismanaging the promotion of a game that came out near the end of the SNES cycle.


However, Mother 2/Earthbound has a complicated legal history, mostly due to the fact that the games creators loved music.  So they put music everywhere among other things.  Eventually,  Fans gave up all hope of ever seeing it re released.  Too much would need to be changed.  This was especially tragic since it WAS planned to be released on the Wii VC.  If you have a copy of the Japanese Super Smash Bros Brawl, you can play a demo of the Wii VC game for several of the characters, including Ness. 

I'm not sure what happened, but the game was released a few days ago for the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console.  Itoi, who created the game, is going to do a stream tomorrow morning (7 AM Eastern Time)  To celebrate the release and he's trying to fight for the game to be released in Western Territories.  We'll see if it actually happens, but now we're one step closer for the gamers who missed the game the first time around to play it the first time. 


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