Earthbound Miiverse update suggests more plans for franchise

Tuesday, 30th July 2013 01:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo has launched a Miiverse announcement community for Earthbound, which suggests it’s got further plans for the Mother franchise than the recent Virtual Console re-release.

Called Onett Times, the debut post is a welcome message from the MySpace-like Miiverse moderator Tom, pointing out the RPG’s digital player’s guide.

The community apparently exists as a hub for all news relating to Earthbound. However, since the Virtual Console re-release has already happened, it’s hard to imagine what sort of news Nintendo might produce – unless there are more releases coming west?

Adding fuel to this fire of rampant speculation is a new post from creator Shigesato Itoi on the game’s official site; Nintendo does seem to be promoting the cult-favourite quite heavily.

Earthbound, called Mother 2 in Japan, released in North America in 1995 but its recent Virtual Console release marks its European debut. It sold poorly but is considered a classic of the JRPG genre, especially as it throws out so many of its fellows’ tropes. The first and third games, Mother and Mother 3, were not released in English. Western fans have long clamoured for a sequel or further localisation; Itoi doesn’t seem keen on a fourth game.

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. darthroseman

    I would poop. Everywhere.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. pcbros

    This is my favorite RPG of all time. I have a feeling we will be seeing a Wii U sequel soon.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. gargus

    Wake me up when Nintendo releases a retail collection of all 3 mother games in one package.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. elem187

    So, how about reviving the previously cancelled Earthbound 64 and adding more polygons to the char models and add new textures to modernize it?

    #4 1 year ago

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