EarthBound Delay May Not Have Been Caused By Music Licensing Issues After All

The full soundtrack will be included

EarthBound will soon be making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console, which incidentally will be up and running next week after the upcoming system update.

It seems to have taken an absolute age for Nintendo to release a downloadable version of the game and several rumours naturally cropped up as to why it's been so delayed.

One of which is the music in the game, which was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka - better known as "Hip Tanaka" - who has created the soundtracks for classic Nintendo titles such as Metroid and Balloon Fight. He also worked on EarthBound, which featured a lot of sound samples.

Many people thought the licensing issues surrounding the game's soundtrack was causing the delay but apparently this is not the case as in an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen said as far as he is aware, the music within the game was never an issue.

Trinen said the original game will be available on the Wii U, meaning the soundtrack will remain unchanged.

It just seems like there's a lot of Earthbound supporters inside of Nintendo and inside of Nintendo of America and there's been a real big desire to try to bring this back for people that have been longing for it for a very long time. And so, we're just really happy that we've been able to do it.

According to Trinen, EarthBound will have its own Miiverse community as well, which he believes will be "spectacular".

We think EarthBound is pretty spectacular ourselves. Are you just as excited? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

[via kotaku.com]