Satoru Iwata Acknowledges the Presence of Earthbound Fans

Friday, August 17th, 2012

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Earlier today, Kotaku interviewed the current president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, about the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2. Because this was the first time that particular interviewer has seen him since 2005, he decided to take the opportunity to ask him about a certain RPG that several fans have been wanting to see get an international release for years. You know the one.

Here’s the transaction.

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Stephen Totilo: I would be remiss in not telling you that some of my writers would like to play another Advance Wars and they would someday like to play <em<Mother 3 in America… [Note: Iwata writes something down] … Whenever I ask Reggie about Mother 3, he says, ‘ask Mr. Iwata.'”

Iwata: [in English]: “Just yesterday, before I left from Japan, I met with Mr. Itoi, who is the creator of the Earthbound series. [laughs]”

Stephen Totilo: “Oh, I know. Are we ever going to get it?”

Iwata: “And, yeah, accidentally we were discussing that there are huge fans from Western countries for the Mother series [laughs].

Stephen Totilo: “So, someday? Someday?” [I stand up to shake his hand]

Iwata: “[laughs] Thank you. Great to see you!”

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While Iwata hasn’t answered whether or not we’ll ever see it outside of Japan, the fact that he acknowledged the presence of Earthbound fans in the West cannot be ignored. Earthbound is a series many people have been waiting to see resurface in the West, myself included. Hopefully, Iwata won’t stop at just acknowledging the existence of these fans. The eShop is already in place, Iwata. I think you know what to do next.

You can read the full interview for yourself here here.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.




  • I’ve never played a game in the series. It’s not a big deal to me, but I’d certainly jump at the chance if they release one.

    • This is pretty much THE cult RPG. If it is ever released, get it. I guarantee you that you won’t experience anything else like it.

  • Having Itoi return to Earthbound this late in the game would be difficult, since even releasing it in the west will start Japanese fans on pushing him for a Mother 4, whereas Itoi had said that he’s done with Earthbound, and would even prefer to see fans make Mother 4 instead of him!

    I think it’s more just wanting to see Itoi or Hal Labs develop more JRPGs.

  • So… now when is the international release of Mother Trilogy on 3DS?

    *OR* at least can we get Mother 3 on 3DS Virtual Console?

    • Mother 3 on the eShop is the best we can hope for, at this point.

    • Well, I’m picturing Iwata’s smug little grin as he [laughs], and that better mean they’re thinking this:

  • Masterful executive dodge. Like I’m not even angry with him– Saying anything at all would have been blown the fuck up by gaming media.

    With a nuke.

  • I’ve never played Earthbound before. Just goes to show how much they should port it to the Virtual Console.

  • sniper712

    hey, if we waited 14 years or so for a new Donkey Kong game…this shouldn’t be too far off…right?