Mother 3 Fan Translation Offered to Nintendo for Free

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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Mother 3

Fans of the Mother series got some good news last week when Nintendo announced plans to bring Earthbound to the Wii U’s Virtual Console service before the end of the year. This is a huge opportunity for those who missed out on the original SNES version to experience one the most beloved RPGs of all time, without paying the hundreds of dollars the game sells for online. Nintendo stated that this re-release was largely due to the pleas of vocal fans within Miiverse, so naturally, one wonders whether there are any plans to localize Earthbound‘s sequel, Mother 3, a game that western players have been clamoring for even more fervently.

Clyde Mandelin, a fan who translated Mother 3 to English, says he would gladly give Nintendo his script, free of charge, if they ever decide to release the game in the West. It is likely that a potential stumbling block for a localized version of Mother 3 would be the risk involved with committing funds to a game that may only sell to the most hardcore fans. Receiving a complete and masterfully written translation would alleviate much of the cost involved with developing a Virtual Console version.

Though unlikely, it is not unheard of for a company to use fan translations to offset the costs of localization. The ball is firmly in Nintendo’s court at this point, and whether or not they decide to accept this generous offer will remain to be seen. As Mandelin’s website states, “Our only goal is to get Mother 3 in the hands of the fans.”

Do you think Nintendo shares this sentiment? Will they take him up on the offer? Let us know in the comments below.


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  • If Nintendo embraced its fans, standing in equal ground, there would be a beautiful relationship between player and developer. (I support this)

  • Reggie Fils-Moron

    Nintendo of America is too stupid to localize the games they should be localizing.

    Kind of like how Square has never localized Seiken 3. They’ll remake shittier Mana games but still hold one of the best ones hostage, or simply pretend it doesn’t exist.

  • Cainer

    But if more people buy Earthbound than Nintendo projected sales, maybe just maybe they will consider Mother 3.

  • Nintendo is just as brain dead as Sqaure Enix, maybe one day they’ll wake up, RIP Chrono Trigger Resurrection/Crimson Echoes

  • they should just go for it. They only need some translators to revise the script here and there, tweak it and presto

  • They’d be foolish not to accept his generous offer.

    • Actually, there are reasons why they would want to decline from a legal standpoint. This would likely fall under Nintendo’s general policy of not accepting submissions of game ideas.

  • I’d certainly like to see this game in the U.S.. I enjoyed Earthbound plenty, and honestly I’d like to see the series reborn to instill some new ideas in the Nintendo lineup.

  • This is going to sound like a crazy idea, but maybe we should save our begging/bitching to Nintendo until AFTER we buy Earthbound on the Virtual Console. Money says a lot to Nintendo, after all.

  • Ninty

    I hope Earthbound comes out for the Wii’s Virtual Console. I’m not ready to buy the Wii U just for one VC game. Waitin’ for a larger library of really great games (and need job to pay for it).

  • Ken

    XSEED did it with Jeff Nussbaum and the Ys series. Why not Mother 3?