Nintendo fans have been clamouring for a Virtual Console release of the SNES RPG EarthBound ever since the Wii launched, but during today's Nintendo Direct the happy news was finally delivered: Shigesato Itoi's seminal title is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Launched in Japan as Mother 2, a North American release seemed unlikely due to rumoured licencing issues, but it would appear that Nintendo has overcome those problems.

How long have you been waiting to play EarthBound on the Virtual Console? How happy has this news made you? The comments section below is your friend.