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.
I called it! When Mother 2 was announced for the VC in Japan, I figured it was only a matter of time, since the game never came out on Wii in Japan either (and they were never gonna sell it for 30 cents in America).
Good news though. I didn't enjoy EarthBound as much as Mother 3, but I'll download it for sure just to make a point.
How are there this many people on this board who haven't played this game and are obviously interested in doing so? Don't get me wrong, this is good news, however I'm not even that big of a fan of jrpgs and I had interest in this game so I emulated it a few years ago after I got done with Chrono Trigger. I mean I don't think anyone would blame you for having emulated this... further to do so takes all of five minutes to get set up. Far easier than waiting 18 years for another release.
@Oldmanwinter Yeah, no shit. You couldn't legally get the game in any way that would've given its creators any money. To me that made it fair game, no pun intended. It's a little different than pirating Mass Effect 3 and promising to get it when you have the cash or "if you like it", guys.
I played the game when I rented it, seemed ok, didn't blow socks off. Prob downloaded it a few times on Zsnes but it never really captured my attention. I'll buy it and I'll try and give it another shot, but I don't expect much. Just never really got the excitement for this game.
@Oldmanwinter Every time I try to play games on my computer, I realize how much I hate playing games on my computer. At the very least, to enjoy it the way I like playing games, I'd need to buy / set up stuff that would let me play on a TV using a controller.
OR... I could have gotten the pirated version for the Wii and played it there. Which I considered, but then I gave my Wii to my nieces and nephews before I got around to making that happen.
I totally agree that no one could have been blamed for emulating this game though. I would have eventually. Probably.
I'm not that into Earthbound. But seeing that so many people like the game (it's considered a cult classic) I'm going to buy it whenever I get my Wii U. Hell, I don't really like many (older) JRPGs either (random battles among other things) but hey, I liked Chrono Trigger a few years ago and I might like this one.
I can't speak for anyone else but for myself I don't use emulators out of principle and also I don't like playing a old game on the PC. If someone else wants to use one I won't begrudge them because that is their choice. Also I personally like physical copies of games if I can get them but as you can imagine getting the game is prohibitive expensive.
Probably the same reason you've only gotten into Planescape: Torment this year despite being interested in it for a long time, and it being easily obtainable on gog.com for over two years.
Stuff happens. And other more accessible, or shorter, or easier, etc. games get in the way.
Hah, this is kind of funny. I actually just re-downloaded Planescape (like while you were typing that) and spent the last 45 minutes getting all the essential mods.
That said I played about 60% of the way through it like four years ago, I just never finished it and I never modded it. Let me tell you what, the widescreen and high resolution mods make the game look a billion times better. Literally it actually looks pretty good. So, so much better than last time. I'm still playing Xenoblade and trying to make myself finish Mass Effect 3 (only halfway through but this game is a poorly designed, boring mess that is a shadow of what I was expecting when I first started with the original), but I think this time I'm going to complete it. I can't even remember why I stopped playing, I was enjoying it thoroughly.
Setting up a controller to use on a SNES emulator is super easy. I just use a 360 pad and it works flawlessly. Also zsnes makes the games look noticeably better than they did originally, so you are actually playing a much better looking version of the game (compared to the original), by emulating it.
I agree with Xbob regarding emulation. It really depends on what it is. I've never in my life pirated a new game, if I don't want to pay full price for it I'll wait until it drops and get it on a sale. If I need to play it day one it's worth full price. Period. Once you start talking about games from the 90s and before however it becomes a different story, ESPECIALLY in the case of a game like Earthbound. If there was a GoG like service where you could buy a game like that for $10 it would be one thing, however up until this announcement you basically had to emulate it to play it. In that case I really don't see an argument against it.
I'd also like to say that I really enjoyed this game quite a bit. It's a weird game, but I can honestly say I've never played a rpg like it, which in a genre full of derivative, soulless clones is in and of itself an achievement. I wasn't completely blown away or under the impression it's "the best game EVAR" like some, however it's a well made, well paced, fun and unique rpg that holds up even today. If the Wii U is your first chance to play it then I'd highly recommend it.