Mother 3, part of the Mother/Earthbound role playing series (can get confusing, I’ll explain at the end), was only released in Japan when it came out ten years ago, However if a few separate but similar rumours turn out to be true, then we might finally see it’s release in the West. The game will supposedly be released as a Wii U Virtual Console title this year as a celebration of it’s 10th anniversary.
Emily Rogers wrote “Don’t be surprised if Nintendo celebrates a game’s 10th anniversary this year” with a picture of Kumatora from the franchise, but her account has now been deleted. Another rumour said that Mother 3 was in the final stages of being localized by Nintendo of Europe. A separate source apparently told Eurogamer that the rumour is real.
Right so let’s explain the names of these games. In Japan it’s simple, Mother 1 was followed by Mother 2 and then Mother 3. In the west Mother 1 didn’t get released, but Mother 2 was released under the name Earthbound. Then just last year Mother 1 got a western release as a Wii U Virtual Console title (lending credit to this rumour) under the name Earthbound Zero. It’s likely if this rumour is true Mother 3 will get an Earthbound name as well.
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