Nintendo Switch games news – Hope at last legendary game could finally get released
Looking through Nintendo’s back catalogue there are plenty of critically acclaimed games that first time out missed millions and would be ripe for a Nintendo Switch re-release. Super Mario RPG is one such title that springs to mind, which was launched in Japan and America back in the 90s – but never made its way to Europe. While the original Sin & Punishment is another game which for years was only available in Japan, until it thankfully got a release in the West on the Wii Virtual Console.
But, more than any other game, there is one Nintendo title that gamers in the West have been clamouring for.
Mother 3 is arguably the Holy Grail of Nintendo games, the concluding chapter of the Mother trilogy and the follow-up to Mother 2 – which in the West was known as Eartbound.
It was first released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan on April 20 2006, before getting a re-release for the Wii U Virtual Console – in Japan again – in 2016.
Development on the RPG spanned 12 years and four consoles, with it originally intended to launch on the SNES, before work on it moving onto the N64 and the 64DD add-on.
It has gone on to gain a reputation as one of the best Nintendo games ever, and one of the best games of all-time.
But sadly it has never officially been released in the West, with those hoping to play an English-language version of it having to rely on a fan translation.
However, it has turned out that Nintendo allegedly did try to localise Mother 3 in English – but it never got released.
This news came courtesy of leaker Samus Hunter who on Twitter posted: “Nintendo tried to localize the game in English, and they likely have an official translation, but plan shifted and just like FE1, they haven’t published during the Wii U generation.
“Probably some thing happened that led to the cancellation of those plan”.
Mother 3 for the Game Boy Advance is one of the most legendary Nintendo games
The comments from Samus Hunter come after Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews took to Twitter to call for an English localisation of Mother 3.
This week Crews tweeted: “LOCALIZE MOTHER 3!”
Both Crews’s intervention and the leak from Samus Hunter come after Mother 3 celebrated its 15th anniversary last week.
And the Nintendo leaker gave fans still hoping for a Mother 3 localisation a bit of a boost.
On Twitter @SamusHunter2 added: “That’s being said, don’t loose hope for the localisation of Mother 3. Nintendo treats Earthbound as something special, they won’t launch these games without something to make them stand out, similar to what happened with FE1.
“So, keep asking for the game you want to see release!”
Former Nintendo of America President Reggie-Fils Aime previously joked after leaving Ninty that he was “lucky” not to be involved in the decision as to whether Mother 3 will finally get a Western release or not.
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