May 4, 2013
Earthbound Is Wii U Bound
If you are the owner of a current generation Nintendo console and looking for something cool on the cheap, then it looks like there is some good fortune coming your way. Heading to the Virtual Console service (which is basically their homegrown downloadable service for the catalog of classic games from the past), will be the cult classic Earthbound (or known to some as Mother2). This is big news to those who have been begging Nintendo to re-release this gem, create an entirely new sequel or even at least acknowledge that this game ever existed.
Here’s a little history lesson:
The game was released back in 1995 for the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) and sold next to nothing in the United States. Since then, the game has become a rarity among video game collectors and historians alike which in turn drove the price of a fresh copy sky high; it was a highly valuable collector’s item.
In addition, in 1999 Nintendo released the smash hit Super Smash Bros. (no pun intended, seriously) and featured Earthbound protagonist, Ness, as an unlockable character which drove the character’s popularity through the roof. For that generation of players there was a sense of wonder about this unknown little guy that would smash things up with super popular mainstays like Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu.
Finding out information about this character was like solving a riddle. When fans found out that they had missed out on this diamond in the rough, and there was exactly no hope of the series making a return to the United States, they immediately set up campaigns and petitions to show the big N that there was a loyal market for the franchise.
After many years, many failed online petitions and countless appearances of Ness in the Super Smash Bros. series (which seemed more like bait), Nintendo has finally decided to give the series another go with western audiences.
Albeit a small effort it is still some progress.
Fans will finally get a chance to see what all the fuss was about for all of those years. Who knows, this could lead to bigger advancements in the Earthbound franchise like full scale projects fit for the big boy home consoles. Considering Nintendo of America is now recently under new management, this could spark the interest of the company’s new head and might actually give him the much needed assurance to give new projects like this a green-light.
It’s been a long time coming for the little boy with a baseball bat that just figured out he has stumbled upon the gift of telepathy. Fans have demand him for so long; not for nostalgic reasons, but to have the chance to fall in love with a beloved character’s native game for the very first time. It might be a small step for him that could lead to bigger leaps and bounds.
The future is looking bright for Earthbound, maybe one day the series will be as much of a household Nintendo name as Super Mario and Pokemon.
Image Credit: Nintendo