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CDrayan

CDrayan

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#1

CDrayan commented on Rumour: EarthBound Not Coming to Virtual Console:

I guess this game seems to be doomed to the same fate as Goldeneye, due to NCL's refusal to let NOA make non-infringing changes to EB, and their refusal to allow a release of Goldeneye on both the VC and XBLA (they only want it on VC, which basically prevents it from ever being released in any form since Activision has the Bond license now).

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#2

CDrayan commented on Rumour: EarthBound Not Coming to Virtual Console:

Kind of unreasonable still, especially when you take into consideration that Sonic 3's music is notably similar to that of Michael Jackson's work. But look - it's completely intact on VC (and maybe later XBLA and PSN) and a few compilations. And let's not even get started on the pop culture reference-laden Duke Nukem 3D, which was released on XBLA a few months ago...
#42: Oh, yeah, let's not forget Robo's Theme from Chrono Trigger. It'd explain why it's not on the VC - but wait, it's on the DS, Rick Astley-like theme intact. Nintendo's lawyers must not be very good if they're inferior to that of Square Enix, 3D Realms, or Sega.

At least we can't blame NOA anymore. The only people to blame are NCL for refusing to allow any changes to the game. Still, this doesn't really explain why even Japan hasn't got the game yet, especially since they did get the first two Mother games on the Game Boy Advance with no problems.
I thought it had something to do with the series creator (he is listed in the title as a copyright owner, after all) refusing to allow the release.

I can think of a few other Nintendo games that could also be in legal limbo: one of them being Donkey Kong 64. The K. Rool boss introduction sounds very similar to the Rocky theme, for instance, and even though Nintendo owns DK, the hidden Jetpac game belongs to Microsoft, creating conflicting rights problems there.
Another game? Tetris Attack, solely because of the Tetris brand.
Yet another one: Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The game was ESRB rated a while back, but was removed after that probably due to copyright issues with non-VC-supporter LucasArts.

So, do we have as much chance of ever getting this as we do any of Rare's titles?