Shigesato Itoi, creator of Earthbound, has dashed our dreams of a Mother 4.
“When I made 3, I thought I could do it, so I did it,” he said.
Drawing a comparison to the music industry, he explained, "Among big-time popstars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around the fourth album, they can’t make very good songs. The albums sell, but everyone at the concerts wants to hear songs from those first three albums. Everyone."
These days, it seems impossible for a studio to stop churning out games, so as bleak as the news may appear, the series will have gone out on a high, remaining unsullied in our collective memory for all eternity.
Besides, there's always the unofficial sequel to cheer you up.