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Nintendo is offered existing Mother 3 translation for FREE
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April 23, 2013, 05:35:41

Professional Translator, Clye Mandelin, has offered his translation of Mother 3 to Nintendo for FREE. He has even offered to edit it in any way Nintendo would require in order to get the game out. Your move Nintendo.

IGN said:
EarthBound fans have offered to give their translation of sequel Mother 3 to Nintendo for free if it will help secure a Western release.

的値l even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.

Clyde Mandelin (known as Tomato in the community) made the offer to Nintendo this morning, explaining 的 realize that localizing a game this size can cost a lot, so if it値l help in even the slightest, I値l gladly offer to let Nintendo use my text translation files for any use at all, completely for free. I値l even edit the files to fit whatever new standards are necessary (content, formatting, memory size, etc.), completely for free. I値l even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.

Mandelin has worked as a professional translator on games including Kingdom Hearts 2, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, in addition to professional anime translation for Dragon Ball and Lupin the 3rd. 的 definitely realize this is a silly-sounding offer and all, but I figure it痴 better to make the offer and seem silly than possibly miss an opportunity entirely, he wrote.

The EarthBound series is called Mother in Japan, with EarthBound known as Mother 2. In 2006, Mother 3 was released for Game Boy Advance in Japan but Nintendo made it clear that there were no plans to release it in the West. Later that year, fans rallied to put together a translation that was ultimately released in 2008 (and updated in 2009). Nintendo has never discussed plans to release Mother 3 outside of Japan, though main character Lucas was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii in 2008.

的n the end, if localizing Mother 3 should ever come up in a Nintendo business meeting or whatever and someone brings up budget concerns or it costing too much, my hope is that someone will at least mention this offer too, even if it isn稚 accepted, Mandelin concluded.

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced plans to release EarthBound on Virtual Console in the West.

We've reached out to Nintendo about the offer and will update this story with any comment we receive.

Source: IGN

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Posted: 04/23/13, 05:35:41    
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@Mop it up
Yeah, I realized about Conker, and I edited my post above. Sad thing is that I can see my PAL Conker box from where I'm sitting, and it says THQ quite clearly. Not sure what it is about me and not reading stuff today.

As for the speculation, you are the one making claims about NOA not wanting to deal with the Magypsies, and I don't think any of the things you have brought up necessarily point towards that. All I'm saying is that there are far too many variables in the mix for you to come to those conclusions, and that is hardly speculation, that is acknowledging that our knowledge is limited. The examples I've used to try and make that point have been less than brilliant at times, though.

No matter what, I'm not gonna worry about NOA's stance on the Magypsies without any indication that there even is a stance.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 00:37:52
@r_hjort I've also acknowledged that we don't know the reasons. Nintendo are very secretive and we don't know much about the ins and outs about how they operate. But, the indication of their stance is that they edited out similar content in a few games, and I can't think of a game where they left it in.

It's all up for interpretation though, so we can respectfully agree to disagree.

*shakes hand*

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 00:42:27
@Mop it up
Put it 'ere, you...pink, snouty thing, you!

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 00:46:48
Nintendo didn't actually want anything to do with Conker's. They didn't advertise it or anything.

@Mop it up
No but it had giant opera singing poop.

Really? Does this dude think he is going to get anywhere? Fans have been crying out for it for years and it was only when everyone began posting about it on Miiverse that it was bought over here. This is going to get nowhere.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 04:18:48
Yes, I know, I know. It was a bad example.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 13:25:54
NO, Earthbound fans, NO. You got your precious VC release, now GO AWAY FOREVER.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 18:42:08

You realize half of the active population of this board would disappear if you really meant for us to "GO AWAY FOREVER."

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 18:45:22

Fiiiiiiiiine. Just stop talking about Earthbound related releases forever.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 18:52:50
Gee, did Earthbound run over your dog as a kid or something?

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 18:56:34

No, I've just been reading the same rants from Earthbound fans for almost 20 years. The game wasn't marketed properly, the initial run was too small, we never saw a release of the original game, Earthbound never made it to the VC, Mother 3 was never localized, etc. Earthbound is a very good game, I'm just tired of hearing about it, almost to the point that I hope it bombs on the VC so Nintendo's treatment of the franchise is justified. The only reason I hope that doesn't happen is because that would start another round of bitching about how that's Nintendo's fault again, somehow.

In conclusion, a haiku.

Earthbound is quite good.
Now rereleased, no more tears.
The topic is closed.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:08:08  - Edited by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:08:41
It was a husky, wasn't it. With those kind, human like eyes...

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:20:29

Not gonna happen. They've scored a victory. They're emboldened. Like when a political party takes the White House. They don't call it a day, they turn their attention to the Senate.

Earthbound fans won't stop campaigning until all three games are released in the US in English and future games are in the works. Count on it.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:28:24
Campaigns for all three games, that I can see. I don't think there will be big campaigns about new games though, at least not directed at Nintendo and spread all over forums and message boards. Countless love letters to Itoi, maybe.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:30:23  - Edited by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:30:40

No, lulz. You think you're tired of hearing about friend codes, shit online, and Nintendo being doomed? I've heard about Earthbound bullshit for twice as long. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it. :p


You've inspired me to do a 180. The salty tears of Earthbound fans now fuel me better than Gatorade. And I am actively going to campaign against the game.

Full release of all Mother games? It'll never happen, lol. Can't wait for the eShop review numbers to hover around 2,000, as Earthbound fans desperately purchase the games on their friends' systems in a vain attempt to make the game appear more popular than it is. I can't wait to one star that fucker, it'll be worth my $8.

Nintendo was right with its original slogan. Earthbound DOES stink. How apropos. How deliciously ironic. I hope all the effort and cost they put into gimping the game's music leads them to another shitty fiscal quarter, so that the game tanks and that Nintendo goes third party.

Thank god Itoi has confirmed that he has no plans to develop the franchise any further. It's second only to Golden Sun in terms of overrated shittiness.*

*the majority of this post is facetious and is not meant to be taken seriously. Except the comment about Golden Sun. Golden Sun games are bad, and friends don't let friends waste money or time on the Golden Sun franchise

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:45:41  - Edited by 
 on: 04/24/13, 21:58:43
There are a few things that irk me when I hear about them, but I just tend to avoid discussions and articles related to those things. There's no way to completely avoid any subject if you want to hang around message boards, I suppose, and that can definitely be frustrating, but I don't think I'll ever quite understand your stance. Or why you insist on posting in Mother related threads. Not that either of us needs me to, of course.

I'll agree with you on Golden Sun, though. To a certain extent, anyway. I do think they're well crafted games on a technical level, but they feel like hollow husks to me. After having played through the first one, and half of the second, I realized I didn't care about the characters or the game world in the slightest, asked myself "why am I even doing this?", and never went back after that.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 19:58:08

I think that sometimes the more we hear about something, the more it grates on us. I actually really like Majora's Mask, but I'm pretty sick of hearing about it, about people wanting a remake, etc. Yes, it was slightly darker than most other Zeldas, it still had its own share of annoyances!

Good luck duking it out with the EarthBound fans, though. Those guys are nuts.

Also, yeah, Golden Sun is pretty weak.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 20:27:48

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 20:51:41
Jargon said:
Earthbound fans won't stop campaigning until all three games are released in the US in English and future games are in the works. Count on it.
Eh, I don't need more games in the series. I'd like to see them all translated over here though. That would be nice.

Maybe after I've played all three though...


I was about to rage on you before reading your disclaimer.

Posted by 
 on: 04/24/13, 21:18:10
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