EarthBound: Out Now on the Wii U Virtual Console

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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You all remember when Iwata mentioned EarthBound during a global Nintendo Direct. He said it would be released sometime this year. I kind of anticipated some sort of build-up, an inevitable hype-train leading up to the release of the game. Apparently this…isn’t the case.

EarthBound Wii U EU eShop Page

A little while ago, this photo began circulating around Twitter and other social media outlets. News quickly went from “EarthBound being listed on the European eShop update page” to…this listing appearing on We’ll get to the rest of the games offered on Nintendo Download this week a little later on when we actually receive the Press Release and further details, but…

Ladies and gentlemen, you’ll all be able to download EarthBound today via the North American Wii U eShop for $9.99, according to Nintendo’s official website. If there’s one retro-game deserving of its own article spun off from the regular Nintendo Download feature it’s this one—right?


Personally, I’ve never played anything from the MOTHER franchise. How many of you are in the same boat as me? I’m interested to hear what you have to say. I wonder how many people’s first experience with the game will be via the Wii U Virtual Console. At any rate, this is definitely something to be excited about.

With so many of the oprainfall Staff being so passionate about retro gaming, I’m sure you can expect more EarthBound-related coverage from us in the not-too-distant future. Until then, stay tuned!


UPDATE: And so it goes. Moments after this news came about, Nintendo released a Nintendo Direct Mini that confirmed this news once and for all. Something we didn’t know that die-hard fans will be pleased to hear: Nintendo has optimized the official EarthBound Nintendo Player’s Guide for use on the Wii U GamePad. Unfortunately, they haven’t perfected scratch ‘n sniff technology on the Internet…yet.

Seems Nintendo did want to make a big deal out of EarthBound’s release, but Internet sleuthing beat them to the punch.

UPDATE #2: Below, you’ll find the official trailer, and below that, you’ll find a link to the official site.


  • Joshua J. Slone

    I was kinda surprised when they neither released it around Mother’s Day to play with the international series name, nor Independence Day to draw attention to its Americanness.

    $10 is more than most SNES games–I wonder if they’re just gouging based on what they know was a highly demanded title, or this is due to some of those rumored music licensing issues.

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  • Brandt Mackay

    Can anyone confirm this?

  • James Geppert

    I loved this game when I was a kid! It’s still fun to play!

    Now if they only would release Mother and Mother 3….

  • MusubiKazesaru

    why is it more expensive than the other SNES games?

    • Kyle Emch

      Most likely because Nintendo knew how much people demanded this game and are trying to take advantage of it.

    • Brandt Mackay

      Another two dollars isn’t that big of a deal. Better than buying it used.

  • Kyle Emch

    You’d think that a game with this much demand would have more promotion than this. But then, that’s NoA for ya.

  • RagunaXL

    my friend let me borrow this game awhile back, as well as chrono trigger. and while i’m in love with chrono trigger, I wasn’t really impressed with earthbound. if I were to buy it, this would be the most lucrative version. Sure, I could buy the original snes version on ebay for $180-$300 and it would go up in value. Or I could spend $300 on a wii U, download this game and have a new console with a growing library. When Monolith’s game comes out, I’m sure i’ll buy this and check it out again.

  • James Best

    Why is it so much more expensive?

    • John Ellis

      Well this is the first release of the game since the SNES release, 19 years ago. So a lot of people are desperate to play it , and with it’s cult status a lot of new players. So Nintendo are cashing in as much as possible on it.

  • smacd

    Still annoyed by Nintendo not releasing console titles other than NES for the 3DS. There is no reason not to. They’d make a ton more sales if Earthbound were on the 3DS VC.

    • Raymond Dwyer

      I think they’d rather people buy a Wii U at this point.

    • smacd

      Maybe they should release some good games for it then. Earthbound is good, but a 20 year old cult classic RPG on the VC is not a system seller.

    • Tiredman

      No, but its a segment of a system seller. One game won’t sell 10 million units. Now 20 awesome games will sell 10 million units. This game can easily be a segment of a system selling strategy.