Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) on the SNES was pretty awesome, it was an original take on the RPG genre. Turns out it didn’t sell so well in the U.S., though. Then, in 2006 Mother 3 was released in Japan for the GBA. U.S. fans hoped and prayed and protested for a North American release, to no avail. Apparently NoA felt the game just wouldn’t sell well enough. Nate Bihldorff, the Nintendo of America Localization Producer/Manager confirmed he was not working on localizing Mother 3, which just made matters worse. It was sad times in the Earthbound community, as if millions of Earthbound fans voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
However, there was hope. A group of fans got together and decided to translate the game themselves. A lot of time and effort was put into it, and it looks like the patch will be out at the end of the week. Now all you have to do is illegally download the ROM (is it really illegal if I would have never bought the game anyway because it’s in Japanese?).
[ via The Mother 3 Fan Translation ]