Mother 2 Billboards in Tokyo?

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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Well, this is odd. Billboards for Mother 2, known to the rest of us as Earthbound, have popped up in Tokyo, advertising the game’s imminent release on the Wii U Virtual Console in its home country.

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Huh. It seems odd to me that Nintendo would be advertising a Virtual Console game on the streets of Tokyo. Sure, this is a game I’ve been anxiously anticipating for years, but it IS still just a digital release of an Super Famicom game. Then again, the online market in Japan is just a fraction of the online market here in the West, so maybe advertising that a popular game is only 30 yen (about 30 cents in US money) for a limited time is the only way to sell any copies. What do you think?


About Guy Rainey

I’m Guy Rainey. I’m a hardcore Nintendo fan, a PC enthusiast, and a Sony sympathizer. Also an amateur/aspiring game creator. I love any game that puts story as the main focus of the game, so that means JRPGs are my favorite genre almost by default.

  • I really have my hopes up of this game coming to the US, I also hope that it’s going to be 30 cents here. I’d buy it in a second.

    • Thaelyn

      I’d honestly pay upwards of 10-15 for it, just to finally have it and be able to play. Also, playing Virtual console games is great on the Gamepad. Really digging it.

    • NeoNero7

      Its never coming to America; Mother 2 is rapped in so may US legality copyright issues that it will never see the light of day in the US or the UK so don’t bother hold your breath.

    • FrancisUnderwood0482

      yup, it’s cases like the Mother Trilogy where piracy is justifiable. Played them all, amazing games.

  • Jeff

    this game is a legend in japan. it’s more like they are using people’s desire to play the game on the gamepad to advertise the virtual console service

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  • bulletproof3DS

    wow, cool. i’ve been saying that nintendo should advertise eshop…so i guess this is one way to do it. i would like to see eshop commercials or at least ads online. i saw a few for the 3DS eshop last year online, so they should do it with wii u, at least.

  • FrancisUnderwood0482


  • If you don’t re-release it in the US Nintendo, I will resort to other methods.

    • FrancisUnderwood0482

      do it, it’s worth it.

  • sexyboobies

    I think it’s part of the “Let’s differentiate Wii U from Wii” campaign.

  • Dudeman

    I just wish it would come to the US

  • It’s certainly better than the rest of the Wii U’s advertising campaign, which is either nonexistent or shows the console in the most unappealing way possible.

  • Mizu D

    I do hope all Wii U Japanese players will pick up this game for only 30 cents!! o__0

    Now for us gamers here..I do hope they can fix that legal issues with the music and what not and released it here, would pay 10$ no problem!

  • Desend

    I’d pay upwards of $30-$40 for this game. I am pretty ticked that it is not coming out in North America. Seeing it on the Japanese section of Miiverse is upsetting.