Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of Mother 2

January 31, 2013 -

Here's a story I can get behind - and if I owned a Wii U - I likely would have thrown my .02 in the mix. For years North American gamers have been begging Nintendo to bring another Earthbound game to our shores. For no real reason Nintendo has refused to do so, despite releasing multiple titles (it's called Mother in Japan) in its home country - Mother on NES, Mother 3 on Game Boy Advance, and various sequels.

The straw that broke the camel's back was when Nintendo announced that they would be giving Japanese gamers another Mother game - Mother 2 for the Wii U's Virtual Console. But the game won't be coming to Europe or North America.. just Japan. When Kotaku asked Nintendo about it a rep told them that they have nothing to announce about this game at this time.

So when Wii U users had the chance to they took the Mii Universe - the Wii U's social network - to protest with various messages indicating that it is high time that Earthbound comes to America. Kotaku has a sampling of hundreds of Mother-related posts on the Miiverse page for Balloon Fight, which you can check out here.

In 1983 it made sense to release games only in Japan, but now that we live in a world where the Internet is in widespread use and digital distribution gets the same respect as retail, Nintendo really has no excuse why Ness and his friends are not making the trip to America. It has been 18 years since the last Earthbound game was released in America. Admittedly it did very poorly back then, but we are in a different age where quirky Japanese RPGs are popular and widely accepted. There are no more excuses.

Source: Kotaku

[Full disclosure: the author is a North American advocate of Ness and the Earthbound series.]


Comments

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

I'm going to go and check it out and maybe take pictures of some of the comments (about mother/earthbound) to send to gamepolitics if needed

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

Really?  You're not going to fix the punctuation, spelling, and capitalization errors in your signature?  You're really okay with it being like that?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

As much as it pains me to say it, I gave up on this game ever being released in the states again. People are ready to throw money at Nintendo to get it, but, well, if it didn't make it on the first Virtual Console, I'm giving up.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

I'm pretty sure the main reason that the game hasn't seen western shores has to do with the fact that it reviewed poorly when it came out the first time. Either that, or the tons of assets that need to be changed or removed for copyright reasons.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

The first reasons you gave isn't even remotely true, the second however, is pretty spot on.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

Actually, neither reason holds any water. Here's proof.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

>There are no more excuses.

Apart from it not being in English (or your favourite western language) yet? And of course, the perils of dealing with international ratings bodies.

Nintendo have a good track record of bringing ex-import only games to alien Virtual Consoles with their Hanabi Festival, just because it's not there today doesn't mean it's never coming.

/b

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

This is Mother 2, AKA Earthbound. It was already translated once; they don't need to so again (for that matter, Mother 1 was also translated officially, just never released. Mother 3 is the only one with only a fan translation). There will of course be some extra work involved in porting it to the Virtual Console, but I suspect Nintendo will easily make back their investment on it.

Re: Fans Swarm Miiverse To Protest Japan-Only Release of ...

Mother 2 has been in English for almost two decades.

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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