One Nintendo 64 game that never saw the light of day, in the end, was EarthBound 64 – also known as Mother 3. The project started out life as a Super Nintendo release before being moved across to the Nintendo 64 and was eventually axed in August 2000. It ended up arriving on the Game Boy Advance in 2006 and since then, all hopes of a 3D Mother game have been lost.
Taking a moment to reflect on the game we'll probably never play, entirely new footage has apparently surfaced online, showcasing just seconds of EarthBound 64 on display at Space World in 1996. The credit goes to the YouTube channel kukun kun, which has previously posted various other classic video game clips. See for yourself below:
As brief as it is, we get a look at what appears to be a band playing in a bar, Ness making his way through a forest and the entire gang speeding through the desert. This is followed by footage of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. If you can't quite keep up, here are some still images from the above video:
In an interview dating back to the time of this Nintendo 64 game's cancellation and then translated in 2013, Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata discussed the extent of development. Iwata said 30% of the final product had been completed, while Miyamoto said about 60% of the game's assets, scenario preparation and other development processes were ready to go.
Would you like to have played this game? Would you like to see another EarthBound game one day release? Imagine what could have been in the comments below.