EarthBound to return?
The cult classic, EarthBound, may be returning to our screens…
EarthBound (called Mother in Japan) for the SNES is one of the biggest 16-bit cult classics around, and can fetch crazy prises in auction. It’s a top-down RPG-style adventure that has a bizarre storyline and quirky characters.
Earthbound is actually the sequel to the original Mother, which was only on sale in Japan, and was renamed from Mother 2 on its migration to western shores. Nintendo has had issues re-releasing the game due to licensing problems, but in recent twitter post (translated by Earthbound Central), series creator, Shigesato Itoi commented that a Mother project is making good progress.
“Since it’s now okay to blurt this out, here goes: the “MOTHER republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress” he said.
“It’s not “(MOTHER) 4″, though! This has to do with making “MOTHER” playable. I can’t give out any details just yet, but I do at least need to say that it isn’t 4.”
The important part of his quote is that it’s not Mother 4, which clearly points that the project is to be a re-release of an older game. There’s even the chance that the re-release may contain a compilation of earlier games.
With EarthBound gaining popularity over here, mainly thanks to the game’s characters appearing in games like Smash Bros. there’s clearly a potential market, and as the original western release of EarthBound is so hard to find, it would introduce the game to a much larger audience. And, as the game is great, that’s a good thing.