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.
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...
@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.
@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.
@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.
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.
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.