Fans want a new Earthbound game so badly in North America that some have even offered to translate Mother 3 into English for Nintendo for free. The team of fans, which includes a professional translator, has offered to localize the game in English for Nintendo free of charge in a post on its development blog.
Mother 3 has never released outside of Japan, much to the chagrin of just about every gamer in North America and Europe.
Written under the handle "Mato", the blog post said, "I realize that localizing a game this size can cost a lot, so if it’ll help in even the slightest, I’ll gladly offer to let Nintendo use my text translation files for any use at all, completely for free."
The post also mentions that previous fan translations have been used by the game publishers, pointing out that the U.S. release of Ys: The Oath in Felghana used fan-based localization.
Mother 3 is the third game in the Earthbound series. The first and second games in the franchise were released outside of Japan as Mother and Earthbound, respectively. The third game was announced in 2006 for the Game Boy Advance but was not released anywhere but Japan. Nintendo announced last week that it would re-release the SNES version of Earthbound in North America later this year.