Mother 2 Finally Coming to Japanese Virtual Console

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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In the midst of all this news surrounding the Wii U, we got one more nugget of information, and it’s a juicy one. Earlier today, Satoru Iwata made a special announcement on Nintendo’s website regarding the Mother franchise. Starting on March 20th, not only will Mother 2 be released on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, but it will also be marked down to 30 yen as part of Nintendo’s special 30th anniversary promotion of the Famicom, according to a translation done on NeoGAF.

Shigesato Itoi also talked about making Mother 2, which was also translated by NeoGAF.

“Here and there, people I’ve met on different occasions have told me,
“I first heard of you by playing the game Mother, Itoi-san.” This wasn’t just when the game was released, but also long after the fact.

All kinds of people have gone around the playground called Mother, telling me of their recollections of a tiny safety pin, shards of colored glass, dried leaves, and so forth. When I say,
“Wow, you really remember that well,” then say,
“I loved every nook and cranny of that world,” as their eyes light up.
“Me too,” I say.”

It’s worth a reminder that this game never saw a release on the Virtual Console in any region, including Japan. Both Iwata and Itoi have acknowledged the sizable international fanbase this title received. It would be absolutely insane to not release Mother 2/Earthbound internationally. And if you thought that we at Operation Rainfall could cause a storm about Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower, wait until you see what the folks at Starmen.net can unleash.

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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.




  • Tailisu10

    So close yet so far!

  • multibottler0cket

    I have to keep borrowing it from my friend/neighbour. It’s the only SNES game that I still need to get.

  • Karadom

    If we campaign for it to come stateside, don’t bother getting Starmen.net’s help. We’ve been beaten down so much that we don’t really have it in us to try this thing again.

    • AngryKlingon

      I hate it when people get in that mindset Karadom. We are so close to
      bringing it here. If you don’t want to help me, then fine, but I’m going
      to do all I can to get NoA to localize it. I know how hard you got
      beaten by NoA, but come on, years have passed. Would it really hurt to
      spend an hour writing, calling and signing petitions to Nintendo?

  • The Starmen accomplished nothing

  • It is the 30th anniversary of the Famicom, hence the 30 Yen, I would imagine, haha.

  • Photo Finish

    Hmm…maybe the key lies in the brony community…NAAAAAH.

  • I’m really pleased with the 30th Anniversary deals, even if the only game I plan on getting is Super Metroid. Maybe F-Zero.

  • North

    If you all think Starmen.net is going to dog Nintendo for a VC release now, let me tell you guys that we have no such plans. Half of the community (the younger fans) are disappointed that it was only a VC release for one game instead of a physical release of all three. While the other half (the older fans) are simply burned out from the previous call-ins, sieges, etc. at this point, the community in general just wants to be that: a community. We’ve grown a reputation for being insane, crazy people who take one franchise WAY too seriously. While there may be some truth to that, most everyone has mellowed out over the years and aren’t as “hardcore” as they used to be.

    I myself believe the game may still be released in North America and Europe. When Shigesato Itoi first mentioned the revival of his franchise, he mentioned that he wanted to make Mother “playable” again. This leads me to believe that he and his team changed all of the legal issues regarding a re-release, thus making it a go for VC. Also, since only Mother 2 is getting a VC release (at least for now), and ONLY Mother 2 was localized in America, that increases its odds for a worldwide release.

  • I was under the impression Mother 2 was indeed released for the Wii VC in Japan, and there was a demo of it in the Japanese version of Smash Bros., no?

  • NinjaApe

    This might be a stupid question, but why did America changed the name from Mother to Earthbound? What was the reason?

    • RichieBerry

      I don’t think anyone fully knows. I do know that when they were planning on localizing Mother 1, they were intending to call it Earth Bound (with a space), so the name was a long time in planning. The name Mother was taken from a John Lennon song of the same name, and was intended to be an interesting/different game name, but it seems NoA thought it was too weird. I’ve also seen the rumor that they were afraid people would think it was some kind of mothering sim, or a girls game, or something, if people just saw it on the shelf called “Mother.”

      As for why Earthbound, if seen some people say it could mean either “tied to Earth” or “headed for Earth.” Both of them seem to evoke a pretty appropriate feeling, given all the stuff about space and aliens in it. But, I doubt we’ll ever get a difinitive answer.

    • NinjaApe

      I see. Very interesting.

  • Alas

    All the fan support in the world never got Mother 3 released, so….