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EarthBound Is Wii U Bound For North America And Europe

By Kevin on Apr 17 2013 12:07 PM
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At the tail-end of Mr. Iwata-san's presentation during this morning's Nintendo 3DS Direct, he went out in style. Big, EarthBoundish style. The critically-acclaimed hit, EarthBound — released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) on June 5th, 1995 and known in Japan as Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back — is finally making its way to the Wii U Virtual Console service. Since its release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service on March 20th, fans from North America and Europe have been expressing their interest and desire for this game via Miiverse.

Nintendo noted the Miiverse popularity and demand for the game and have decided to release it for their loyal fans. North America and Europe can expect to see EarthBound hit the Wii U eShop at some point later this year. More specific details, such as the price and release date, will be revealed at a later date.

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This is cool. I always wanted to know more about the character Ness who was featured in a Smash Bros game I played. :)
Like aquizero, I too don't know Ness except through Smash Bros. I have heard amazing things about Earthbound from its fans. Being a fan of The Secret of Mana, I know Earthbound was often listed beside it as one of the great RPGs of all time.

This relates back to an article from awhile ago about 1-UP Studio (formerly Brownie Brown), as they helped to create the sequel to Earthbound known as Mother 3. That was a game that never saw a United States release, despite being remade into a Gameboy Advance game. Perhaps if Earthbound is successful, the entire franchise will be revived?  Stranger things happen!

aquizero, PastaFriend, You're in for a treat.

Earthbound is such a great game. I'm super happy that it's coming back via the virtual console. I think what makes this so great is that it shows Nintendo listens to its people. There was a big outcry for this game and now it's on the way!

It's the funkiest RPG I've ever played. I think that's what makes it so unique. So memorable. Master Belch, the Runaway 5, tea time. What other game has tea time where you just sit back and take it all in? God, I love tea time.