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 eventually ended up on the GBA. The Japanese launch took place in 2006, and while no western release was forthcoming, fans released an unofficial English-language version in 2008.
The chances of Mother 3 making it to the Wii U Virtual Console in the west would appear to be slim, but then that's what everyone said about the original Mother, so who knows? With series creator Shigesato Itoi stating that he will never make another Mother game, localising the third outing is the only way Nintendo can generate revenue from the franchise outside of Japan.
Do you think we'll ever see a western release for Mother 3? Have a watch of the trailer below and then let us know by posting a comment.
@DamienMcFerran They've been hyping it up a bit, with the Lucas amiibo out the same day as the game, the series commemorative Nintendo points card, and until the end of the month all three games are discounted.
And so the wait continues...
well Reggie DID set someone on fire just for asking, so
cough western release cough
wonder if it will release in 2016 for NA and Europe, but like Earthbound (Mother 2) a simple outcry on miiverse might make it happen. posted on the Mother 3 jap community just now actually
@renaryuugufan92 If you're going to shorten Japan, try jp or jpn instead.
@renaryuugufan92 Good idea!
I remember when Earthbound Beginnings released, I predicted Mother 3 would arrive on VC by year's end. Nailed it lol
@renaryuugufan92 Wait, are you posting on Japanese forum boards in English? Because thats not good.
I have the fan translated cart so I'm ok. But, if it was a launch game for the NX I would buy it in a heart beat.
I'd also buy it on the WiiU lol
I'll be amazed if this doesn't make it to the west inthe next yr or two
This game will never make it to the west. This game would have to be rated M by the ESRB due to all the drug references in this game alone.
That trailer brought all the emotions back! Sure I've only played MOTHER 3 in Japanese, which is alien to me, but I was still somehow able to understand what was going on.
@SMW So I own it in Japanese as well, but I wasn't really able to understand anything... :/ How did you do it?
When they released Earthbound Beginnings, I am so sure they'll release Earthbound Ending (lol).
@Splatburst They better!
I'm sure (or at least HOPING) that it's only a matter of time until we get this in the West. I already played the fan translation (and bought a reproduction cart of it), but I will more than gladly get an official translation.
Please, please let it happen!
Man, how strange would it be if the Wii U of all consoles was the one that was home to not only Mother 1 and Mother 3 outside of Japan? Not to mention EarthBound!
Make it happen in the West Nintendo, and I won't hesitate to buy it
But first mother 1 for 3ds vc on the same day.Please
I think it's near inevitable at this point.... There would be uproar if it wasn't. The only drawback would be the cost implications of financing an English localisation, and the fact that there are a number of changes they might have to make to the game if it went West. However: The Nintendo of 2006 has moved on a lot from the Nintendo of 2006 and they're generally more likely to treat their audience as an adult audience. AND I believe deep down that a Western translation (an official one) is in existence... somewhere!
My posts left for today are gonna go from 30 to 0 really fast.
I hope we get Mother 3 here. They release the first two games so there might be a chance of it coming here. I don't see why not
And with all the hype in Japan, Nintendo still likes to think we don't know it exists while they continue to shove the Earthbound series as a whole under the rug with Flipnote.
Really, who cares. Leave him alone.
Boy how I want everyone to experience this masterpiece of entertainment.
People can argue otherwise but I think this is a superior game to Earthbound in almost every single way, and people already love Earthbound, so I really think everyone needs to play this too, and appreciate just how great it is.
It's genuinely one of the most impacting game experiences I've ever had--and has one of the most important messages and stories to tell in any game.
I really like the look of this but shame on me I haven't played Earthbound yet despite buying it on Wii U. Problem is I'm tempted to play Final Fantasy 6 first. Tough decision.
I'd prefer them to release Earthbound 64 in its originally intended N64 form. That looked like it was going to be amazing.
So many weird decisions....
I'm sure it will, just a matter of time. There's already an fan made english version of the game on the GBA. I have it;)
Earthbound 2, it can happen!
(also, I think my keyboard is crapping out on me...)
i was excited about the game was released in other console,but one thing is language make me dizzy... if anyone can found english version,can you send it here.... i was fail played at gameboy advance that actually not good,after all liked the game but language is my problem
Please, NoA, Localize it
I think it's the 10th anniversary in 2016 - seems like Nintendo to release it then if they were ever going to do it. I would love to buy this game or Earthbound: Futures or whatever they decide to call it on the U.S. eShop.
The only reason Earthbound Beginnings even got localized is because they had an already-translated prototype that was never released. They didn't have to hire a team to translate it, unlike Mother 3.
I'm surprised Nintendo won't just swallow their pride and use the translation. Most bussiness are like, "OMG FREE MONEYS!!!." They already own the ROM, so the only costs would come with making the VC port and perhaps a couple bucks for advertising/trailer making.
Mother 3, Seiken Densetsu 3, Treasure of the Rudras, and most other Japanese classic rpgs all have great translations already. Don't wait for Nintendo, since they are idiots for not translating so many great games.
Cool. Maybe for us soon too please? I heard its a fantastic game.
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