Take a trip back to 1996
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...
The Mother series, better known as EarthBound outside of Japan, was beginning to grow in popularity back during the Wii U generation when the 1994 Super Nintendo entry was for the first time ever, released in Europe and certain other territories in 2013 on the Virtual Console. Nintendo followed this up in 2015 with the Virtual Console...
"All I could say is we’re aware"
The Mother series—Nintendo’s odd, modern day RPG—is one that’s had a weird relationship the West. After the first game failed to leave Japan (despite getting a full translation), the second game was eventually released here under the name Earthbound, to little fanfare. Though the game didn’t receive all...
"Talk to me in a year and let's look back"
As is often the way with any presentation focused on a launch, Nintendo unveiled a number of Switch titles while others, either rumoured or simply desired by fans, received no mention at all. There were some notable absentees as a result, but Reggie Fils-Aime has tried to sooth any lingering nerves around...
Or it could be something new
1-UP Studio - formerly Brownie Brown - has been relatively quiet in recent times, though it has been contributing to some Wii U and 3DS releases, including The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes; in fact, its social media posts for much of last year were mostly focused on graduate seminars and recruitment. A Facebook...
Cancellations, rebirths, fan translations and more
This week marks the 10th Anniversary of Mother 3, Shigesato Itoi's third and final instalment in the Mother series and the follow up to EarthBound that, unfortunately, never saw the light of day outside of its native homeland. Since that day ten years ago we've seen hopes dashed, rumours (some of...
Will we ever see this classic in the west?
The Game Boy Advance title Mother 3 hits the Japanese Virtual Console service today, and to mark the event Nintendo has released a surprisingly comprehensive trailer. Mother 3 is the sequel to EarthBound - which was known in Japan as Mother 2. Originally intended for release on the N64's 64DD drive, it...
Will it ever be officially localised for the West?
Though we've been following the Nintendo Direct festivities in North America and Europe, the equivalent broadcast in Japan has thrown up its own unique surprise; unfortunately it's an announcement that can perhaps be considered a bit of a long shot for the West. It's been confirmed that Mother 3 is...
Satoru Iwata, Shigesato Itoi and Shigeru Miyamoto pull no punches
Despite the loyal following generated by the first two games in the series, EarthBound 64 — or MOTHER 3 as it actually was — never saw the light of day. It didn't in that form, in any case, as MOTHER 3 eventually arrived on the Game Boy Advance in 2006, but only in Japan; the...
It's all online, and it's all free.
Remember that fantastic fan-made Mother 3 guide a while back? Those of you with a marshmallow-soft spot for the series and $20 American to spare probably already have your copy sitting snugly on your shelf. The rest of us? Well, we can now read and download it (legally!) for free. Score one for the cheap-o's! It's a low-res version, but the entirety of the book..
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