Yesterday, Earthbound, one of my favorite games of all time, was finally re-released on the Wii U's virtual console. This is the first time since 1995 that anything from the Mother series has been available to anyone other than Japan. We never got the Mother 1+2 compilation or Mother 3, which might even be a better game than Earthbound! But now there is finally a glimmer of hope. Nintendo is finally acknowledging the series' existence outside of Japan once more. We just have to prove to Nintendo that we are indeed interesting in this amazing series, and maybe, just maybe, an official translation of Mother 3 will see the light of day (although that possibility still seems highly unlikely).
I am slightly discouraged, however, by the current attitudes of some gamers. This masterpiece of a game has been priced at $10, and somehow, many people seem to find this price to be unreasonable. Really? Ten bucks is too much for a good game? I get that most SNES games on virtual console cost $8, setting aside exceptions for imported titles, so the choice may seem a little odd. But is $2 really worth getting upset over? I could probably walk outside right now and find two bucks lying on the ground. I just could never have imagined waking up to a world where charging $10 for Earthbound was considered unacceptable. I'm utterly flabbergasted. I mean, seriously, $10 for a legal copy of Earthbound is a FUCKING STEAL.
*huff huff huff*
Anyway, I sincerely hope the game sells well, despite the wet blankets. I don't own a Wii U currently, so I can't purchase it yet, but if I ever acquire one, Earthbound will be the first thing on my list of games to buy. One of my friends owns a Wii U, and I'm half-tempted to go over and purchase it for him, even if he doesn't want to play it. I just want Nintendo to know that their game is loved, even outside of Japan.