In the recently released Earthbound, USA documentary, creator Shigesato Itoi discussed the possibility and history of Mother 3 coming West, which is the only title that has not done so.
Itoi said that he himself would love it if those in the United States could play the title, and Nintendo was even offered the opportunity to use the acclaimed English fan translation. However, it’s not “as simple as that.” However, further elaboration on this particular point wasn’t provided.
You can view Itoi’s words on the matter below:
“I’ve talked about it with Nintendo before. Apparently they were presented with the offer to use the (fan) translation, but they said it wasn’t quite as simple as that. I think it’d be really interesting if they took up the offer. It’d be hard to make something like, say, an automobile with fans. But doing it with software, I believe there’d be a chance to make something that would be better than what the company could have made on their own.”
“Usually, when I’m done with something, I’m done with it for good. You can’t give up on projects you are in the middle of, but when you put an end to something, it’s best to just leave it alone. The older you get, the more stories there are for you.”
For those unaware of what Mother 3 is, it’s a legendary RPG that was the final release for the titular series. However, unlike Mother 1 (Earthbound Zero) and Mother 2 (Earthbound), Mother 3 never saw a localized release. Still, despite its lack of an official Western launch, fans took it upon themselves to translate the title in its entirety years ago, giving countless players, such as myself, the opportunity to experience this beloved title.
Everything about this game, from its brilliant soundtrack to its masterful tonal balance between its cast and narrative, really struck a chord with me, and it remains an experience I’ll never forget. While we’ll likely never see Nintendo bring this title globally, it’s sometimes nice to dream.
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