Earthbound Coming to Virtual Console

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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EARTHBOUND 2During today’s Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced that Earthbound will finally be coming to the Virtual Console in the West, which coincides with the Wii U getting a proper Virtual Console itself.

He cited fan requests on the Nintendo Miiverse as a big reason that this was happening. That’s right, fans have a voice. This is great news both as a victory for video game fans everywhere, and because, well, Earthbound is a great game.

Many of us have fond memories of that Super Nintendo classic, full of oddities and yet so much truth. It had a one-of-a-kind quirkiness to it that hasn’t quite been matched by any other series. Gamers in North America and Europe have been wishing for the chance to play the other two games in the Japanese series, Mother and Mother 3, for many years now. Seeing Earthbound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) appearing on our Virtual Console may just be the first step.

Unfortunately, the time frame that Iwata gave us for the game was simply “the end of this year,” continuing a frustrating trend of not giving us release dates. Still, this is something many of us have been asking for for a long time.

Miiverse is apparently the place to ask Nintendo for our gaming wishes. What would you ask for?


About Phil Schipper

Phil N. Schipper joined the Operation Rainfall staff to review Android games, but soon fell in love with writing news articles and Games of the Past. His dream is to make a living writing sci-fi and fantasy novels, which is why he leads the Obscure Authors Alliance in his free time. Still, even in his stories, which usually involve insane people, video games are one of his strongest influences. He describes himself as "a Mr. Nice Guy with a horrible, horrible dark side."

  • tailisu10

    We won

  • Spookyryu

    I would indeed ask for zelda: majora’s mask 3d, and a remake of final fantasy 6 on 3ds

    • RagunaXL

      final fantasy 6 on 3DS! I don’t want to sound greedy after the announcement of Bravely Default, but that would be the other game I’d want for 3DS!

  • Awesome. Now all we need is the Virtual Console.

  • Sight21

    i would ask for Fatla Frane II: Deep Crimson Butterfly

  • Sight21

    Fatal Frame II: Deep Crimson Butterfly

  • Oscar Tong

    The morning sun is beaming through my window. Normally, I would consider it an intrusion. But today, it just reminds me of this tune:

  • There aren’t any words I can think of that can accurately express how overjoyed I am at this news!

  • So… when are we getting an official translation of Mother 3…?

  • Same old nothing

    It’s not Mother 3. I don’t see how they’ve listened to anyone.

  • SecretX

    glad this game is coming now i could try it out and find out why is so popular XD