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Earthbound Beginnings (Mother 1) available today on Wii U eShop / Virtual Console
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June 15, 2015, 01:19:28
This is a bit of a surprise! Mother is finally localized for the West! And available TODAY. Hopefully this means Mother 3 is in the way as well.

/Edit I originally reported this game as available right now, however, it will be available later tonight at 6 pm Pacific time. Sorry!

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Posted: 06/15/15, 01:19:28  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:35:03    
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I'm so ridiculously happy that I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep now. Nintendo does care about us after all. *sniff*

EDIT: Aww, not up yet in Europe.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:21:18  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:24:06
I've never played any of the Mother/Earthbound games. I've been meaning to purchase Earthbound ever since its VC release, just haven't done it. Maybe I'll just start with this one since it's the first chronologically.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:24:36
That's pretty huge! I'm happy for the fans of that series and hope Mother 3 is next.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:26:35
I love Mother 1 to bits, but it's very old fashioned in its RPG-ness, so if you don't react well to grinding and simplistic 8-bit presentation it might be better off to start with Earthbound after all. If you're up for some Famicom adventuring it's a great little game, though.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:28:15
I'm sure it's going to feel extremely dated, but I'm buying it right away just to support this type of localization.

If you have any desire of seeing Mother 3 localized too you better buy this!

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:29:11
Awesome! Now, since I have barely played Earthbound, I can actually play it in chronological order and experience the story right.

How much is it, by the way?

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:30:17  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:30:40
Looks like I lied, I don't think it is up yet but it is supposed to be up at 6pm Pacific time tonight.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:32:30

Itoi san!

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:34:32
So real talk here... is this game going to be too dated to get into for Earthbound fans? People who have played Mother 1, what do you think?

Now that I think about it I have never played an NES era RPG...

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:40:27  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:41:33
I was playing a game of Smash online as Lucas when I glanced at my computer to see this news being streamed. I frantically jumped away from the other players so I could see what Itoi was talking about and still keep myself in the game. As the reveal wrapped up, I found myself in a sudden death situation and won!

Not only did I win, but so did RPG fans and Mother/Earthbound fans. I'm so excited that this game was announced, and I'm really looking forward to playing it for the first time.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:42:48  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:44:07
For fans of Earthbound and its quirky nature, I don't think Mother 1 is going to be too dated. It will probably feel very dated to pretty much everyone in the tech sense, but those that love the same things I love about Earthbound probably won't care. Mother 1 is old school, but it's got a lot of heart.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:45:35
Hmmm.... I would definitely play an official release of Mother 3 but I don't think I'm a big enough Earthbound fan to go back to the OG, I like to play FF1 and Dragon Warrior but those bring back memories, not sure if I'd really want to play an NES-era RPG if you take away the nostalgia.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 01:51:36  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 02:11:23
I had to do a double take with respect to this thread's title. I'm seriously surprised. And seriously delighted.

Hearing the roar of the crowd during Itoi's reveal was super rad. How can one not love/respect this man.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 02:16:32  - Edited by 
 on: 06/15/15, 02:32:13

N...no one told me it was Christmas already! I have...I have no...it's-it's-tis'tathadf MOTHER 1 ITOI YOU GENIUS, NOA's actually doing itmiraclesmiraclesmiraclescauseIstill believein maricales EDISNOOOOOOOM blue blue fuzzy pickles i did ant mean to spoil it for you this mouse loves you the mad duck made something spin around jeff does not have any pp strange funny and heartrending no crying until the end mr pretty man nessnessness i feel h.a.p.p.y money it's what we want 'cept freedom freedom freedom is what we really sought the clumsy robot ate a bologna sandwich ness could not stop crying paula could not stop crying jeff could not stop crying poo could not stop crying Bun could not stop crying BUN COULD NOT STOP CRYING

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 03:42:53
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA???!?!?! Downloading as soon as I can!!!!

HAHA! Best reaction yet.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 04:20:06
Oh man! I've only played bits of the original before, so happy to finally own it!


I see what you did there.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 04:36:38
Well this was unexpected.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 06:43:29
I love how Nintendo declines to release this game outside of Japan for decades and then, out of nowhere it's like "We're releasing the game.......TODAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 06:59:49

Wow, what effort!

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 08:12:49
Hey Stache! You finally get another Wii U RPG.

Posted by 
 on: 06/15/15, 08:28:43
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