RUMOR - Inside source claims Mother 3 unlikely to be localized, Rhythm Heaven franchise done with

Our friend Jonathan Holmes is certainly in the know when it comes to some Nintendo topics. He has all sorts of connections, and I definitely trust his reports. That's why I'm so sad to read a recent feature he put together on Mother 3 and the Rhythm Heaven franchise. According to his inside source, things aren't looking good for either.

"You never know what's going to happen, but the way it looks right now, under Nintendo's current administration, Mother 3 will never leave Japan and there will never be another Rhythm Heaven game. Iwata was a driving force behind the Rhythm Heaven series, and a consistent advocate for NoA to at least look at the possibility of Mother 3 finding a new audience in the United States and Europe. With him gone, there is no one at Nintendo pushing for either anymore."

Mother 3 not getting localized is a running gag now for a very long time, but it's disheartening to know we're not any closer to seeing the game released. As far as the Rhythm Heaven franchise goes, that's a real killer for me. I love rhythm games, and the series has been one of my favorites in Nintendo's library. That said, I recognize they're not big unit movers outside of Japan. I sincerely hope this report ends up being wrong, but I fear it's right on the money.


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Sun Aug 20 17 03:20pm
Rating: 7

I don't know that I would call this a rumor.

It is "Iwata was the driving force, so I am speculating because we don't know if anyone else cares".

Sun Aug 20 17 03:20pm
Rating: 7

I don't know that I would call this a rumor.

It is "Iwata was the driving force, so I am speculating because we don't know if anyone else cares".

Sun Aug 20 17 03:31pm
Rating: 1

This is the consensus I came to as well. I feel like the current movement within the company is focus on some major players for the sales push on the Switch.

Admittedly, Rythm Heaven isn't one of these major players, so it wouldn't be surprising they would opt for other options over the franchise. But to assume it as dead now is as foolhardy as those claiming Metroid was dead.

Sun Aug 20 17 03:25pm
Rating: 5 (Updated 1 time)

Nintendo's philosophy has changed under Kimishima. It's brought them a lot of success in the past few months, but I can't say I'm happy with their overall attitude. Nowadays, they fall far more in lockstep with the tendencies and interests of the rest of the industry and "gamer" culture, which - frankly - I've always regarded with contempt.

But I know that's a battle which has long been lost, so I just keep my mouth shut.

Sun Aug 20 17 03:37pm
Rating: 2

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I love the Rhythm Heaven series!

Luckily I don't trust Jonathan Holmes as much as RMC does.

Sun Aug 20 17 03:42pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

This is just speculation from a Western "insider". Discontinuing Rhythm Heaven makes no sense considering the latest game did 150k+ units on its first week alone (which was over 80% of its shipment). Rhythm Heaven might not be as popular in the West, but it does really good in Japan.

Man Rhythm Heaven is one of Nintendo's best series IMO, that's a real bummer if true. I have heard that Tsunku has been having health problems for a while now so I suppose it's inevitable either way... At least I'll always have the perfection of Rhythm Heaven Fever.

Sun Aug 20 17 04:21pm
Rating: 1

I won't complain if Warioware makes a comeback

Sun Aug 20 17 04:36pm
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Rhythm Heaven is a great series and it's a shame if it's to go the way of F-Zero, Mother/Earthbound, Golden Sun, Chibi-Robo, Custom Robo, Sin & Punishment, Wave Race, Advance Wars, 1080 Snowboarding, and probably Star Fox (after Zero I really don't see the series making another comeback).

Star Fox returned with a game that should've been released more than 20 years ago. So, they are not dead yet for Nintendo

Sun Aug 20 17 06:32pm
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I would say that Mother/Earthbound shouldn't be in that list, as it's the creator wish that the series shouldn't continue, as he feel a series should stop while it's still good, not after it started to decline. I really hope there won't ever be a sequel to these games, with the ONLY exception being if the creator have a change of heart.
Until then, I'll respect his choice and be content with what we have (but I'll still wait impatiently for the third game to be localized, THIS is something the creator want) :/

I know Kimishima is annoyingly a stern and strict businessman, but even I don't think he'd be stupid enough to bar NOA from doing as they please with Mother 3. I'm sure if they wanted to bring it over for the West, they'd go and do it regardless of leadership, and the earlier rumors said that they already translated it... So I'm not quite buying that bit. RH I can see though, since it's a pretty minor franchise to begin with and not even something people demand to see more of like F-Zero and Metroid. I often place it in the same group of Nintendo IPs such as Electroplankton, in that they're so minor you forget they exist.

Seriously, what is the deal with bringing over Mother 3 to NA??

The weird reasons I've heard are that:

    1) There is a transgender character that NoA would have an issue against.

    2) There is a song in the game ripped from the Beatles which would be a copyright issue in the US?

Besides these two points here, I really can't see an issue in releasing it. We already have the 1 and 2, what is the hold up on three?

Sun Aug 20 17 11:22pm
Rating: 1

Wasn't there a fan who wrote a letter to Nintendo wanting a new rhythm heaven game since he is blind?

If this turns out to be true, here's a more legit reason to become concerned about unreleased titles than the official localization of an 11-years-old game who already got fan translations a-plenty...

After the success Earthbound saw on the VC (abd seeing Beginnings get released,) I have a hard time believing that anyone at Nintendo doesn't have a clear picture of whether or not Earthbound 3 would find an audience in the west.

I'm not saying it will necessarily be soon, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Mother 3 come to the rest of the world at some point. If they are finally releasing Starfox 2, then in my mind, anything can happen.

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