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EarthBound is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console in North America and Europe!
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April 17, 2013, 17:24:39
 
Mr. Iwata just announced that passionate fans will finally get a chance to play EarthBound on Wii U by the end of 2013. No additional details are available at this time, but the long wait is almost over!

You Are Not Dreaming This is Real: Nintendo fans rejoice: EarthBound is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this year. The original game was created by Shigesato Itoi and released on Super NES in 1995.


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Posted: 04/17/13, 17:24:39  - Edited by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:36:13    
 
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@ploot
I have the cart too, but I think it's a Mother fan's duty to support the VC release! Besides, I'd get a 3DS VC release as well, given the opportunity! MOAR URFBAOUND!


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 19:42:43
MOAR URFBAOUND indeed. Also keep in mind that SNES batteries typically only last 10-15 years, and with the rising value of EB carts, it's might be better to keep them safe on the shelf. The VC release will be very nice for its utility.

Still can't believe this is happening...just when I'd pretty much given up hope...


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 19:44:19  - Edited by 
 on: 04/17/13, 19:44:49
damn I just commented on the direct summary thread - Yeah this is good news..especially for new players like me


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 19:46:02
@TriforceBun
It's possible to change the battery, and I intend to try one of these days, but Earthbound isn't exactly gonna be my practice cartridge for that little experiment. Having the game on VC is a sweet thing in the case of dead battery, though, definitely.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 19:48:12
@r_hjort
I said I was going to double-dip!

The more I buy Earthbound, the more possible it is that Mothe... Well, probably not...


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:07:12  - Edited by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:08:03
@ploot
Oh, I know you said that, I just wanted to chime in and support the double-dipping, because, yeah, you know... one can dream...


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:09:33
@ploot
I'm not holding my breath, but if Earthbound does well they'd be a little crazy to not put Mother 3 on the 3DS VC. Maybe in 2018 or something.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:14:13
It's definitely more work giving us westerners Mother 3 since there's no official translation to work with, but I can definitely see them releasing it on the 3DS VC in Japan sometime in the future.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:16:24
@r_hjort
It's more work, but they'd be able to get away with charging a fairly nice premium for that one too since almost everyone who would buy it at $8 or whatever the VC price for GBA games will be would also buy it for $20.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:18:46
@DeputyVanHalen
I'd pay 20 if I had to, and maybe many others would too, but I can't see Nintendo pulling a move like that. I think it's more likely that they'll keep an eye on how well Earthbound does, and then try to judge if it's a good move to put the extra effort in to get the sequel released worldwide. Maybe the original Mother is more likely since that was localized before it got canned.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 21:55:28
@r_hjort

Or Wii U VC since GBA games are confirmed for that. And strangely still not confirmed for 3DS, despite the fact that GBA games are already on 3DS for the ambassador program. I wonder if Nintendo still can't figure out how to get all the VC features working for GBA games on 3DS.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 22:34:38  - Edited by 
 on: 04/17/13, 22:34:48
@Jargon
Oh, right you are, sir. I totally forgot about that, and probably thought of the ambassador games.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 22:36:13
@r_hjort

Nintendo has always been opaque but that whole situation is one of the more baffling things I can remember.

I'm still hoping someday we'll be able to play all our Virtual Console games across any Nintendo system for one cost, but things like this just make it seem even more unlikely.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 22:39:14
Good. Now the internet can finally shut the fuck up about it. Our long, national nightmare is over.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 23:42:50
Every time I filled out Club Nintendo surveys I told Nintendo that they needed to bring this game over.

You can all thank me now.


Posted by 
 on: 04/17/13, 23:56:58
It will be good to finally play this!

So, Mother fans, is this good to play on its own, or is it a very sequeley sequel?


Posted by 
 on: 04/18/13, 00:24:03
Secret_Tunnel said:
It will be good to finally play this!

So, Mother fans, is this good to play on its own, or is it a very sequeley sequel?
It is perfectly fine to play on its own! This was my first Mother game, and I never felt as if I were missing out on anything. In some cases, I think I might even prefer this game outside of the chronology for the rest of the series.


Posted by 
 on: 04/18/13, 00:30:37
@Secret_Tunnel
It works completely on its own. There are some tiny, tiny, tiny things that reference Mother 1, but overall, it stands on its own.


Posted by 
 on: 04/18/13, 00:33:19
Finally!!! I can't wait to play this game!!!


Posted by 
 on: 04/18/13, 01:01:41
@PogueSquadron

Oh, sure thing..but WHEN?


Posted by 
 on: 04/18/13, 01:10:12
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