Earthbound translator’s book blocked by Nintendo

Monday, 20th January 2014 00:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Earthbound translator Marcus Lindblom will not be going ahead with a proposed book about his efforts bringing the 1994 SNES classic to western audiences.

Lindbolm has planned to Kickstart the book, but told Polygon that when he broached the matter with Nintendo he was reminded that he signed an NDA.

“I owe a lot to Nintendo. They gave me my start in the game business. I don’t want to do anything that makes them seem bad. I wanted to just write about the fun bits in the game that I think the fans would enjoy. But I have no desire to rock the boat with Nintendo at all,” he said.

Earthbound is the second in a series of RPGs known in Japan as Mother. The first and third games have never been officially translated into English, although fan translations exist. Earthbound was recently re-released for the Wii U virtual console, making it much easier to experience Shigesato Itoi’s seminal JRPG. Fans swear by the surreal, unusually gentle title, and its many mysteries are still not entirely resolved.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. hitnrun

    Nintendo’s war against one of its own most beloved franchises continues unabated.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    And Nintendo wonders why they’re doing so badly…

    #2 9 months ago
  3. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    Nintendo are wankers. I’m beginning to hate like I do Microsoft.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Bowser

    @#3: Microsoft is actively malicious. Nintendo just doesn’t understand the market.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    - Microsoft is the teenager who thinks they rule the roost & gets bit in the ass for it.
    - Sony is the adult that actually understand that compromise gets you somewhere.
    - Nintendo is the old person who believes that everything was better the old ways.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Cobra951

    “The first and third games have never been officially translated into English, although fan translations exist.”

    This is not accurate. The third game has a (terrific) fan translation. The first game was *officially* translated to English, but sadly never released. It was to be called “Earth Bound”. The ROM of this translation eventually leaked out. That’s what now is known to us as EarthBound Zero, since “EarthBound” became the English title of Mother 2.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. The_Red

    While this is absolutely within Nintendo’s rights to make this action, I believe Nintendo should be looking at this as a way of connecting with its fans WHILE also making more money from an old title, rather than block everything like this.

    Seriously, WTF is their problem with EarthBound?

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Gamoc

    @5 They’re pretty good analogies for them.

    I felt like MS and XB1 made the same mistake Sony did with the PS3: arrogance due to their ridiculous success in the previous gen.

    Nintendo? Nintendo are just idiots. Out of touch with anything internet related and clueless regarding recreating the Wii’s success. It’s a shame.
    My Wii U is still awaiting Smash Brothers though.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. MrWaffles

    Fuck, seriously Nintendo?

    Stop shitting where you eat, this is why we can’t have nice things.

    #9 9 months ago

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