Submitted by PixelitisBlog 952d ago | opinion piece

Earthbound on Wii U means anything is possible

"After today’s stunner of an announcement via Nintendo Direct regarding the longed-for re-release of Earthbound on Wii U, I hereby declare that everything is possible.

Okay, maybe not everything, but this sudden acknowledgement of the Earthbound/Mother series’ existence by Nintendo of America came out of left field for a lot of people, myself included. You need only look at the outpouring of happiness from folks on Twitter to know that the company made fans’ days with that single announcement.

That being said, what took them so damn long!? I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, some history."

- Patrick Kulikowski (Earthbound, Nintendo, Retro, Wii U)

gamer42  +   952d ago
one time i saw a guy in miiverse saying how nintendo didn't even check the posts on there. I guess he was wrong. the mother 2 release shows that miiverse can be a viable direct source of information of 'what the fans want'. Where this could lead I don't know, but atleast we can say the VERY passionate mother fans will be calm and stop spammin the virtual console communities.
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DA_SHREDDER  +   952d ago
Yeah, I always see Nintendo employees responding to questions.
DragonKnight  +   952d ago
Miiverse did nothing. The fans have wanted Earthbound on VC since the concept was announced for the Wii. All this means is that Nintendo finally ironed out the licensing problems that arose thanks to the painter of Dali's Clock.

Anyway, as much as I love Earthbound, I'll stick to playing the original since I don't want a Wii U.
admiralvic  +   952d ago
To further this, how is the acknowledgment sudden? We had Ness in Smash Bros from the start, with several items being included (Mr. Saturn) and even Lucas in the latest version.

Heck, hasen't Nintendo gone on record that the issue with it was licensing on more than one occasion? I mean it's great for fans, but this has been a long time coming and the only shock for me is that it worked out in the end.
dedicatedtogamers  +   952d ago
It took EB fans years and years to get it sent to the Virtual Console. Ironically, if this is WiiU only, it means that all those fans with a Wii who have been fighting for this game to finally be released are S.O.L if they don't get a WiiU.
Ck1x  +   952d ago
Actually I think Iwata mentioned in a ND that they do read every post!
Which is pretty damn cool to have that kind of direct feedback...
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PopRocks359  +   952d ago
Goes to show that Nintendo can and apparently does listen to their fans. With any luck they will at least try to bring the other Mother games over in some shape or form some day.
animegamingnerd  +   952d ago
the battle for earthbound on VC is over but the war for a official mother 1 and 3 release outside of japan wages on
kirbyu  +   952d ago
If this means ANYTHING, this means Nintendo will make:

Pokemon Snap 2
Mother 3 Localization
Pokemon MMO
Animal Crossing MMO?
Mario Paint Wii U
Pokemon Stadium Sequel on Wii U
Traditional Pokemon Games on Wii U
A Crossover That Isn't Smash Bros.
Marvel Vs. Capcom Vs. Nintendo Vs. SEGA Vs. Namco Vs. Nickelodeon Vs. Mortal Kombat
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   952d ago
well a one crossover that isnt smash bros is Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.
wheresmymonkey  +   952d ago
you forgot Eternal Darkness 2. But they did just extend the copyright on that....
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   952d ago
I will be EternaLly grateful to nintendo for lifting the Darkness of not having "earthbound" available to all audiences. I am glad they are listening to us.
boybato  +   952d ago
Kudos to Ninty outing this epic but "rare" gem.
SonyNGP  +   952d ago
It's not gonna make Capcom bring back Megaman Legends 3 that's for sure.
ZeekQuattro  +   952d ago
I was surprised by this and the LTTP 2 announcement. I can see the 3DS one day surpassing the DS in total sells at this rate.
animegamingnerd  +   952d ago
just recently was the second birthday of the 3DS and the original DS at this point in its life didn't have a zelda titles or a main pokemon i think so yeah it will most likely surpass the DS sales
princejb134  +   952d ago
I would like for them to remake this amazing game
Earthbound in a 3d world sounds awesome
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goldwyncq  +   952d ago
Now for Mother 3 . Make it happen Nintendo, and I might just buy a Wii U.
Ck1x  +   952d ago
Let me tell you guys, this game deserves to be made on the WiiU and to be given a decent budget at that! To those of you that haven't read the back story, go and skim what this game is all about. Because once I read it, I was like this has to be one of the better stories in videogames... So its about time Nintendo showed this series some love.
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CaptainN  +   952d ago
Best RPG ever......always will be my favorite game, still have it for SNES. Anyone who never had a chance to play this, I highly reccomend getting it now. Now I can only pray we get a release of Mother 1 & 3 eventually !!
brettski  +   951d ago
Sooo happy
brewin  +   949d ago
Hopefully this is a sign that Nintendo is starting to listen to its core gamer audience again. They are trying a bunch of new stuff with the Mario and Zelda universes and are working on putting out a lot of stuff that people have been wanting them to focus on. It looks like they are finally starting to "get it" once again.

Ive always loved nintendo but Xbox and Playstation lured me away from the GC and Wii. but the U has me excited for Nintendo's future again. The 3DS is proof that they still have it and once they transfer that focus to the U things will start to really take off. I hate that Nintendo has to take so much crap from analysts and trolls, but this just gives them that much more to prove.

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