These days, Mother/Earthbound has a fiercely dedicated fanbase with some talented translators who’ve worked hard to make supplementary Mother games and information available for English-speaking audiences. Happily, the series’ creator, famous Japanese copywriter Shigesato Itoi, recently acknowledged Mother’s non-Japanese fanbase. A few weeks later, towards the end of 2012, Itoi also mentioned on Twitter that he’s hard at work on another Mother-related project:
Since it’s now okay to blurt this out, here goes: the “MOTHER republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress.(Translations of Mr Itoi’s tweets come courtesy of Earthbound Central.)
Itoi was quick to mention that this upcoming Mother project is not Mother 4, so that’s one hope to fold up and store away. By the sounds of it though, the ”Mother republication” involves a re-release of one or more of the Mother games, perhaps on the Nintendo 3DS.
My personal (and fervent) hope is that Mother, Earthbound, and Mother 3 are all being remade for the Nintendo 3DS as a retail/downloadable title, and that officially-translated collection will make its way to North America. Mother/Earthbound features amongst my favorite role-playing titles thanks to the games’ unique stories, modern settings, emotional writing, and distinctive visual style (which was sadly under-appreciated when Earthbound came to North America).
Mind, everything I’ve plunked down here is merely a hope. Currently, there’s no evidence anywhere that Mother is coming to North America in any fashion. Heck, I want a flying unicorn more than I even want a Mother game collection, but there’s no guarantee I’m getting one, no matter how hard I wish for it to happen.
Still, there’s nothing wrong with maintaining a positive outlook.