The complete soundtrack to the fan game previously known as Mother 4, a sequel to Earthbound, as composed by Shane Mesa. This OST plays like a tribute album to the SNES era video game music. Included are 8 licensed covers of Mother and Earthbound music, and 56 original soundtrack songs.
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.
Three covers featuring Mother (EarthBound in North America), a video game series created by Shigesato Itoi returns again this year. This Magicant cover portrays the world inside the mind of the main character Ness near the end of the game by juxtaposing characters and motifs from Magicant into a pattern. Looking through these characters will fill players with nostalgia as they remember all the little episodes that happened in Magicant.
The cover interior is a deep pink with the logo of Mother 2 on the bottom right. The pen holders are in blue and beige.
Included free with this cover is a Mr. Saturn notepad in traditional Japanese vertical style.
Remember, these are actually created by Earthbound's Shigesato Itoi. Looks like there's two more designs to be revealed. We'll show them once they are posted! Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!
Whoever is running the D|XP Twitter account for Disney is doing a great job. Come on, Nintendo...now you have Disney asking for localization! Surely you're not going to turn them down!
BTW - What are the chances there will be customizable crowd posters in game? Asking for a friend... pic.twitter.com/SaWzGjonfB— Damon Baker (@DWBakes) July 10, 2017
Way to rub salt in the wound, Baker! Seriously though, it's pretty cool to see someone at Nintendo referencing the sign, and then going deeper down the rabbit hole by tweeting it at the WWE 2K18 guys!
Last night, someone brought a Localize Mother 3 sign to WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Tonight the trend continues on WWE Monday Night RAW. There's Smackdown Live tomorrow as well. Let's see if someone continues the mission tomorrow night! Thanks to PhenomenalAli and BlakeTheRxGuy for the heads up!
Spotted during tonight's WWE Money in the Bank PPV. pic.twitter.com/2t6WWCqEcj— RPG Site (@RPGSite) June 19, 2017
Tonight during WWE's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, one very enthusiastic fan took the opportunity to reach out to Nintendo. He wants to see Mother 3 localized, and was determined to spread his message through live TV! Thanks to ImmediateMuffin for the heads up!
Coming from Reggie Fils-Aime...
“The internal conversations we have is that on one hand, the development teams would love to showcase their content to a wider base, and certainly in short order the install base on Nintendo Switch will be larger than the install base we ended with Wii U. So there is that opportunity. What also drives the discussion, though is ‘what more will there be?’ Meaning, let’s take Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as an example. It needed to be the definitive version of that software for the consumer to be as excited as they are. Pokken Tournament DX with the additional fighters, the additional Pokemon, that was important for it to be an element of the game. What we are internally resisting is just a pure port, versus thinking about how not only do we showcase a game to a wider audience, but how do we make sure that there’s something more? So it’s an active discussion.
Look, in the end, fill in your favorite franchise here. It comes down to how do we do something more? How do we do something unique? How do we take a franchise and make it vibrant with more and [reach] more people? That’s the focus and so, even when you look at something like Metroid: Samus Returns, it’s not a pure remake. We’ve added more, we’ve added elements to expand the Metroid franchise and to make it more accessible and more vibrant. That’s how we think about our different franchises and different IP. So when one of our developers has an idea – and again, fill in your favorite franchise here -- to take it and make it more vibrant, that’s when it will come to one of our platforms.”
Reggie was also asked about Mother 3, to which he didn't really have any news to share.
“I thought I was going to make it a day at E3 without being asked about Mother 3."