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RUMOR - Nintendo considered releasing Mother 3 in NA/EU, decided against it after re-evaluating the game's content

One of the longest-standing rumors in the world of Nintendo comes from the supposed plans for Mother 3 localization. There was a time there when it seemed like localization was a sure thing, but as we know now all too well, that release never happened. Wondering why that rumored release never came to be? Game Informer Senior Editor Imran Khan shared the supposed inside scoop.

According to Khan, Nintendo was indeed considering localization of Mother 3. It seems Nintendo was quite gung-ho about the idea, until they took a closer look at the game. Nintendo, fearing controversy pertaining to certain elements in the game, decided against localizing the title. Instead of editing/censoring content, Nintendo opted to just leave the game in Japan and move forward.

This rumor certainly raises an interesting question. Would you rather Nintendo release a changed/edited/censored version of Mother 3, or just leave it in Japan?

Thanks to TheDreamingHawk for the heads up!

Earthbound/Mother creator planning to play through Mother 3 'as a player'

Believe it or not, it sounds like Shigesato Itoi, the creator of Mother/Earthbound, has never played through the finished version of Mother 3. He's certainly had is part in developing every single aspect of the game, but apparently he's never sat down to play through the final retail version. He's planning to change that, as Itoi recently took to Twitter to announce he'll be playing through as a player for the first time. I hope he chronicles his adventures!

Did You Know Gaming - Mother 3

In this video, Did You Know Gaming covers some history, secrets and Easter eggs from Mother 3 and its music for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). We look at everything from the original Mother and Earthbound, Mother 3's development on the Nintendo 64 (N64) and all the way to Lucas appearance in Super Smash Bros.

Kickstarter - Batter’s Almanac: An EarthBound-Inspired Calendar

Celebrate EarthBound, the Super Nintendo cult classic video game, for a full 365 days with Batter’s Almanac, a beautifully illustrated 2019 wall calendar. Front, back, inside, and out! This calendar was created through a collaboration of artists all around the globe, inspired by one little video game that came out nearly 25 years ago.

Kickstarter here

Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi reveals the 2019 covers for his Hobonichi Techo journal line

Every year without fail, Shigesato Itoi puts out a new line of Hobonichi Techo journal covers. Every year there's some new designs related to Earthbound, and this year is no different. You can see the two brand-new Earthbound designs above. These covers are meant to wrap your Hobonichi Techo journal and keep it stylish/safe!

Nintendo knows you want Mother 3 localized and Animal Crossing on Switch, has no news to share right now

Do you want to see Mother 3 released in the West? How about Animal Crossing on Switch? You would be one of millions that want the same thing. In an IGN interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, the big guy says that Nintendo is indeed aware of your requests, but doesn't have anything to announce.

On Animal Crossing

“When we have something to announce, we will. Fill in the blank of your favorite franchise. Our mentality will be we'll announce information close to its launch date versus teasing people for years on end.

I did see a lot of internet memes with sad faces from the Animal Crossing group. We see tremendous opportunity in using the mobile platform to introduce IP to consumers who may not be as familiar. Animal Crossing is a great example. Tremendous interaction with Pocket Camp. Fans are really enjoying that experience. We're introducing it to new consumers. That bodes well for whenever the next Animal Crossing might come."

Mother 3

“Again, we know, I know there's a fan base for that title. All I could say is we're aware. It's something that we always think about in terms of where there are opportunities to reintroduce IP to fans, to do it in a way that builds new fans, we're certainly aware. No promises, no commitments one way or the other, but we're aware. It's interesting. I show up at the Belasco [theater] and one fan is saying ‘Hi, Reggie!’ and another is saying ‘where's Mother 3?’"

Kickstarter - Mother's Cookbook hits funding goal

With 8 days left on the campaign, Mother's Cookbook hit its funding goal of $10,000. The total is actually sitting just shy of $30,000 right now, showing that Earthbound/Mother fans are quite eager for an unofficial cookbook. We shared this Kickstarter awhile back, and it seems like it really resonated with fans around the world. Now we sit back and wait to see if Nintendo lets the project continue on, or squashes it!

Kickstarter - Mother's Cookbook (recipes for Earthbound meals)

Mother’s Cookbook is a beautifully quirky and tasty EarthBound-inspired cookbook written by Hillary Froemel with original recipes developed by Chef Bryan Connor. We’re excited to be joined by additional professional artists, photographers, and a slew of other collaborators such as Alyssa Browning, Nick Lauer, and Patrick Ryan Deasy.

Kickstarter here

GameChops releases Mother 4 (fan-game) OST

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.

Check out all the ways to listen here