In regards to buying/pirating the game...
This will be short I promise.
I'm not going to lie and be on the bandwagon of people saying they don't pirate things. I know damn right as you post, you are leeching like no tomorrow. I do pirate things such as movies and software, but don't pirate many games since I play primarily on an Xbox. Even though I know it's possible to download games on it, I choose not to.
Now I feel that if everyone or even half the people that wanted to play Mother 3 with the fan translation bought an import copy for legalization purposes, Nintendo would be making more money for something that the fans localized. They should make the money from Japan and if they chose to ignore the fans here, they should not make any from us. I would much rather support the game by buying a soundtrack, or art book rather than the game that Nintendo refused to give us because games like Wii Music are so goddamn "important".
So all in all, I pirated it and I don't care. I stole from Nintendo. Pshhh.
The game is great so far... read