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EarthBound Listing Materializes on Amazon UK

Posted by Tim Latshaw

You cannot grasp the true form of Amazon’s listing

We already know that the kooky SNES RPG EarthBound is making its long overdue appearance on the Wii U Virtual Console in Europe and North America sometime this year. Then what’s up with this odd listing for the game on Amazon UK?

It may just be a placeholder for a download code, but the £44.99 price point is much too high for that. That only leaves speculation on what this could mean:

  • This could simply be an error, either in the price or this item existing at all.
  • As Destructoid speculates, some sort of physical retail copy of the game could be in the works — even a package including all three games in the Mother series.
  • An all-new EarthBound title that will simply adopt that title; a reboot, reimagining, who knows?

Do you have any hope of this listing heralding something grand for EarthBound fans, or are you not going to hold your breath?

[via destructoid.com, amazon.co.uk]

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Jayvir

#2

Jayvir said:

A triple pack would be one hell of a package, but there are a lot of HD collections of newer games (Sly, Jak, Ratchet) that go for 20-30 bucks. This seems like it's really high, even for that.

Pierceton

#4

Pierceton said:

I hope this pans out to be something besides the original be it all 3 games or a new game can't wait to find out!

Einherjar

#5

Einherjar said:

A tripple pack...dont tease us like that :D That would be phenomenal. If it would be an all new title, probably teased in the upcomming Nintendo Direct...i fear that there wont be enough WiiU for that storm :D

Yosher

#6

Yosher said:

Yeah, this would be too good to be true. It'd be awesome, but it's not very likely.

Would jump in without doubt though, should it be real.

HeatBombastic

#7

HeatBombastic said:

@Jayvir Sly, Jack, and Ratchet are already in 3D, Earthbound is not.

3D doesn't actually matter, but it makes sense, right? Not to mention they've already done a package on the Game Boy Advance.

If it's a triple-pack with new 3D models and tweaks, that would be amazing. Plus it would explain the price to an extent.

DuplexGemini

#8

DuplexGemini said:

Although an Earthbound compilation or new entry in the series would sound great, I couldn't see that happening with Nintendo having a priority to focus heavily on the soon to be released titles for the Wii U/3DS.

TheChosen

#10

TheChosen said:

Remember that we've seen packages like this before; first the Mario All-Stars thing, then the Kirby Dream Collection. So why not Earthbound?

BakaKnight

#11

BakaKnight said:

Probably someone at Amazon heard "Earthbound coming to WiiU" and rushed to add it to their list without checking what it actually was ^_^;

Of course I would love to be wrong and discover that a limited edition collection is coming to Europe :)

Frapp

#12

Frapp said:

Zavvi still have a physical retail release of Panorama View coming to the Wii U in June for 40 sheets.
I suspect something here has got lost in translation....

Tertis

#13

Tertis said:

Maybe Nintendo is preparing for the 20th anniversary of Earthbound next year?
Sure, Earthbound came out in 1995, but Mother 2 came out in 1994.

Adam

#14

Adam said:

A compilation including the other two games would be fantastic, but poorly timed if they are also putting Earthbound on VC.

Lin1876

#15

Lin1876 said:

Seems like an odd "mistake", but even if we rule that out it could be just about anything...

Buduski

#17

Buduski said:

It's definitley a mistake but here's to wishing that an actual special edition Mother collection hits the US and EU in the future.

Steveovig

#19

Steveovig said:

It'd be a big, big deal if it's a collection of the three games and/or a brand new game. That would seemingly set the internet on fire!

LavaTwilight

#20

LavaTwilight said:

Amazon are an online retailer, nothing more. Chances are we would've heard something about this, even if only rumours, long before Amazon put this up. At best it's a download code with an incorrect price tag. It's most likely an error altogether.

C-Olimar

#21

C-Olimar said:

Miscommunication of information from the Nintendo Direct last month - someone at Amazon thought a new Earthbound was announced, when in reality it was the VC version.

DivineLevel

#22

DivineLevel said:

This isn't exactly new...they had listed it after Nintendo's announcement for the Earthbound's VC release. I am pretty sure, because I saw it a while ago. Logically they made a mistake...but one can only hope.

TreonsRealm

#24

TreonsRealm said:

To be fair, didn't Amazon leak New Super Luigi U as a physical disc before the Nintendo Direct that announced it and everyone initially thought it was a mistake? I'm leaning towards some sort of compilation/anniversary disc similar to the Kirby Collection for Wii last year. Much like New Super Luigi U, they could have the price super high just to cover their butts.

Nintendo likely tested the waters with the Virtual Console announcement and saw that even Wii U haters were excited and now they want to take it up a notch. When you consider that Mother (NES) is already translated and the professional level Mother 3 translation was offered up for free, they literally have all the work done and ready to go. They could fill out the disc with fan works, music and series retrospective material and make a ton of cash. Just a thought.

DrDingus

#29

DrDingus said:

You would think retailers would y'know, make sure the games they list have been, y'know, announced before they list them. Though this is in all likelihood an error/troll.

RetroGBHippie92

#30

RetroGBHippie92 said:

If Earthbound is $45 on the VC, I'll have to think harder whether it'll be worth it, but I'll get it whatever the price happens to be, as you can tell by my new Profile pic, I love Earthbound!

Squiggle55

#31

Squiggle55 said:

Oh my god, please be a triple pack collectors edition. I will pay much more than 45 for that.

WiiLovePeace

#35

WiiLovePeace said:

I hope its a new game in the series, remake or whatever. If its a compilation of all 3 of the Mother series then its a bit of a steep price, they should all go on VC not o a retail disc. I hope they're mistaken, but we still get all the Mother games on VC.

MasterGraveheart

#36

MasterGraveheart said:

I think it's a miss-listing because of the impending Virtual Console title, but a collection of all three Earthbound games would be /awesome/.

MrGawain

#40

MrGawain said:

With this and Amazon.Ca's listing of Deadpool and Zavvi's price listing of the XbOXOne, it makes you wonder if any of these online stores follow fact that companies like Nintendo and Microsoft tell them, or just speculate on all of their products?

If it was fact, why wouldn't it be listed by all the Amazons around the world?

PeterW77

#41

PeterW77 said:

Could this be the game that Retro Studios are working on? A new Earthbound game from them?

HouseofBees

#42

HouseofBees said:

No thanks. The original at, at best, a slightly inflated price because it's an import, please.

TreesenHauser

#43

TreesenHauser said:

Nearly $50 for all three games is one heck of a deal. A whole better than, say, paying over $100 for a single SNES copy of Earthbound.

KnightRider666

#46

KnightRider666 said:

It could indeed be a trilogy pack. If that's the case and it's only coming to the Wii U and not the 3DS, I'd pick up a Wii U for sure. However, realistically speaking; it's more than likely an error.

Nico07

#48

Nico07 said:

It has to be a fluke, I thought I read in a previous article that the developer would not be making any future entries in the series. The Earthbound VC collection would be amazing if it were released as a package in English, but I think we will be very lucky to just receive the US SNES port.

Henmii

#50

Henmii said:

Hopefully it's a disc/card that contains all 4 games!! Or a new one!!

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