May 23rd, 2013


Fans of the Earthbound series got great news this year when Satoru Iwata revealed that the game would be coming to the Wii U virtual console. Fans pleaded with Nintendo for years to put the game on the Wii virtual console, but now that it’s finally coming, perhaps we’re in for a special treat. Retailer Amazon UK has listed the game for Wii U at £44.99. What does that mean? Well, nothing we can confirm, but that’s an awful steep price for a virtual console game.

Either Nintendo is planning on releasing the entire Mother series here in the United States, or they’re planning an HD remake of the Earthbound title. Either one sounds interesting and it’s always fun to speculate. Would you purchase the entire collection if it were made available physically? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Wayne Beck

    In. A. Heartbeat.

  • Ony

    Somebody can explain me why this game is so awesome?
    I don’t understand all this hype. (No seriously I don’t know exactly what is this game, exept that there is Ness and Lucas and Mr.Saturn and hype.)

    • HSN1

      Dark storyline, symbolism and a creepy-ass final boss.

    • jay

      Cute characters in a fucked up world. One of the bosses was inspired by a twisted rape scene in a japanese movie.

      It might be Nintendo, Ness might be cute but by no means is this a Mario or Yoshi’s Story.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    I might if it was an entire collection. If it was for only one old game I would say that Nintendo clearly lost it (got crazy from greed), but It wouldnt surprise me.

    • Nintedward

      If it is a remake of one of the old games , like a full on remake or a new entry its worth it.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        Yup, thats different.

    • david jarman

      I am hoping its the entire collection as well. However, I have a feeling its another amazon typo.

  • t3g

    If they threw in a translated version of Mother 3 in there as well, that would be amazing. I’ve played the fan translation and it is probably one of my favorite games of all time. Wasn’t there a news story a few months ago about the lead of the translation project offering his services for free to get an English release?

  • bjwanlund

    If it’s the entire collection of all three Mother / Earthbound games… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY. That would be one heckuva way to apologize for all the idiotic stuff they did to alienate their core gamers and early adopters in the Wii era.

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    entire collections of all three mother earthbound would be really nice.. I won’t even think about it. I’ll just buy it fast and take my money 🙂

  • Desend

    If they had an HD remake I would pay more than that for it. I would pay that for all three but I love this game so much I might even just pay that for the one game alone for VC.

  • Nintenjoe82

    I hope it’s the cancelled N64 game

    • Dominic Coradazzi

      Pretty sure that turned into Mother 3

      • Nintenjoe82

        Yeah but they looked very different. I remember reading about Earthbound 64 in Nintendo magazine and being amazed at the graphics.

        • Dominic Coradazzi

          Hmm, yeah I know what you’re talking about
          a 3D mother game could be interesting

  • Luke Wilson

    As a collector I would be delighted either way because it reduces those inflated price on ebay for the actual cartridge 🙂

  • Joe

    I think Amazon UK might be confused and thought that they’re releasing Earthbound as a new software title as opposed to a Virtual Console download

  • Arthur Jarret

    I think someone working at amazon had a brain fart – which often seems to happen there.

    I suggest everyone to pre-order it. At least it’ll let Nintendo know that there is demand for a new earthbound on wii U! I’d throw money to ANY retail release they have planned – even if it’s just the original japanese NES rom on a blu-ra… er, proprietary 25GB-per-layer disc.

    • Alex

      I wonder if Nintendo is going for double layers of disc for 50 GB.

  • Denvy

    Could also mean Amazon UK listed in error.

  • Ryan House

    I don’t want total remake just UP RIZE or Redraw all the Sprites and backgrounds. Just like what was done with “Duck Tales, Mickey Mouse, A boy and his Blob

    • david jarman

      Yeah, that would be cool!

  • Sam

    Pwwaaaahhhh. Pwwaaaahhhhh.

  • lumpy182

    So this is what Retro has been working on huh?

    • lumpy182

      Seriously though, imagine if Retro was doing a franchise refresh on EarthBound. Internets would implode.

      • mikel334u2

        They really should, but idk if they’re the rpg experts. I think they should take the Kid Icarus franchise off of Sakurai’s hands and make a console KI game.

  • Sam

    *In Ness’s SSBB voice* Okay.

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  • lonewolf88

    HD remake anyone?

  • derty

    In the words of Albert Einstein, “Fuck yes.”

  • Mochlum

    Earthbound collection for Wii U or 3DS?

  • Without a doubt.

  • Phoenix Maybe

    Amazon if you’re screwing with us, I will sue you!!!(maybe)

  • Mike

    I’d definitely buy it if it were a collection, but probably not if it were a full remake. I just think the games hold up incredibly well, they don’t need remakes.

  • enigmaxtreme

    Earthbound Collection, featuring all 3 games completely translated on one disc

  • Jeff Andonuts

    A physical copy of EarthBound would be sweet.

  • This is just Nintendo taking their fans for everything they got is it was true. If this included all 3 Mother games it would be worth it. I’m not paying that crazy price.