OmnipotentSwine wrote:Well, to be fair, if it weren't for Miiverse we might not be getting EarthBound on VC so that belief does hold a bit of validity.
That's not actually true. Or at least, we don't know that to be true.
Thing is, people were flailing about not having EarthBound on Virtual Console outside of Japan, but JAPAN didn't even have MOTHER 2 on Virtual Console until this year either. It's not on Wii VC.
So how could Nintendo have been holding it back from NA or PAL territories when Japan didn't even have it?
The fact it wasn't announced yet for western VC at the same time doesn't really mean anything, considering Animal Crossing was also neglected for a while as well, to the point where people HONESTLY thought it was canceled outside of Japan. That right there should show you how insane people are if something isn't announced immediately.
It seems to me that we were going to get it all along, but not until Japan got it, and Japan didn't get it until the time was right (the "Mother Revival" thing). The only reason they mentioned Miiverse was to use it as a segue that obviously they saw how much we wanted it and they were happy to announce it was finally coming so we could stop bothering them. But I don't think they outright said anything about that being why. Just that they saw our enthusiasm.
Maybe it did play a small part, but people seem to conveniently forget it wasn't out in Japan either until just recently, so Nintendo was never holding it back from *us* aside from not releasing the GBA port/remake with MOTHER 1. They were holding it back from EVERYONE.