One of the most popular announcements that took place during the recent Nintendo Direct was the confirmation that EarthBound would be making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Fans of the game - known as Mother 2 in Japan - have been clamoring at Nintendo to release a downloadable version since the conception of the Virtual Console on the Wii.

Shigesato Itoi, the game's creator, has since posted a message on Miiverse thanking fans for their ardent support:

Dear Earthbound / MOTHER2 fans outside of Japan: Thank you for all the requests. They made me very happy. Now with the re-launch, I am looking forward to meet new friends. Potential!!

Are you looking to forward to EarthBound's release on the Wii U Virtual Console? Have you played it before? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments section.