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Topic: Why is Earthbound 3 (Mother 4) Impossible?

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MrMario02

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I just want to know why. Why can't nintendo make a 4th installment in the earthbound franchise? did nintendo lose licensing rights? does nintendo lack inspiration? or does shigestao itoi not want to revisit bad childhood memories?

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Happy_Mask

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Unfortunately we know about as much as you. The reasons are between Mr. Itoi and Mt. Itoi.

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WaLzgi

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Mr. Itoi said he didn't want to do another one. That's it

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Itoi isn't a game designer at first hand. He really had not much of a reason to make the Mother series in the first place. He probably has little-to-no motivation for a 4th Mother game.

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Itoi said he's done with the series, and quite frankly, I agree. Earthbound isn't a series you can just pump out endless sequels; it's an experience more than it is a game. The ending of Mother 3 signaled the end and renewal of the world, and I think it's best to leave a series on a bittersweet note.

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Electricmastro

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If it's impossible, then why does http://mother4.andonuts.net/ seem to be doing ok?

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MrMario02

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GuardianKing wrote:

Itoi said he's done with the series, and quite frankly, I agree. Earthbound isn't a series you can just pump out endless sequels; it's an experience more than it is a game. The ending of Mother 3 signaled the end and renewal of the world, and I think it's best to leave a series on a bittersweet note.

You Know what? you're right. We should treasure the experience we have (Though 3DS VC wouldn't hurt.).
P.S. @Electricmastro I didn't say it was impossible, Itoi did.

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I wouldn't have high hopes about that Mother 4 project. It can get shut down.

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MrMario02 wrote:

GuardianKing wrote:

Itoi said he's done with the series, and quite frankly, I agree. Earthbound isn't a series you can just pump out endless sequels; it's an experience more than it is a game. The ending of Mother 3 signaled the end and renewal of the world, and I think it's best to leave a series on a bittersweet note.

You Know what? you're right. We should treasure the experience we have (Though 3DS VC wouldn't hurt.).
P.S. @Electricmastro I didn't say it was impossible, Itoi did.

Apparently, when Itoi was asked if anyone else would like to make Mother 4, he replied "Go for it." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_3#Development

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Electricmastro wrote:

MrMario02 wrote:

GuardianKing wrote:

Itoi said he's done with the series, and quite frankly, I agree. Earthbound isn't a series you can just pump out endless sequels; it's an experience more than it is a game. The ending of Mother 3 signaled the end and renewal of the world, and I think it's best to leave a series on a bittersweet note.

You Know what? you're right. We should treasure the experience we have (Though 3DS VC wouldn't hurt.).
P.S. @Electricmastro I didn't say it was impossible, Itoi did.

Apparently, when Itoi was asked if anyone else would like to make Mother 4, he replied "Go for it." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_3#Development

It was impossible for him to make it. Not others.

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Happy_Mask

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I think it wouldn't really be the same without the mind of Mr. Itoi. I'm fine with just 3(though it'd be nice if we got the rest lol).

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LzQuacker wrote:

I wouldn't have high hopes about that Mother 4 project. It can get shut down.

I'd make a 2D Ocarina of Time reference but I'm not sure anyone remembers that.

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It's never impossible to make a new installment to a video game franchise. I don't even know why Mr. Itoi said something ridiculous like that. It's not that he can't; he just doesn't want to. That's that. :|

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It's never impossible to make a new installment to a video game franchise. I don't even know why Mr. Itoi said something ridiculous like that. It's not that he can't; he just doesn't want to. That's that. :|

Well an author could write another book, but he/she may not because they simply don't want to. Mr. Itoi may have other projects he wants to work on. Or he feels that the story is done as is. It's not all that unusual if you think about it...

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there's no way he could top Mother 3 no matter what he tried.

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Electricmastro

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kkslider5552000 wrote:

there's no way he could top Mother 3 no matter what he tried.

Maybe but that certaily doesn't mean that there can't be future games.

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Electricmastro wrote:

kkslider5552000 wrote:

there's no way he could top Mother 3 no matter what he tried.

Maybe but that certaily doesn't mean that there can't be future games.

True, but because of that, I certainly can't blame him for ending at such a high peak. Especially considering how long it took to release it.

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