The reason EarthBound is not coming to the Virtual Console


When news dropped three months ago that EarthBound -- the incredibly good Super Nintendo RPG -- would not be coming to the Virtual Console, fans of the cult classic flipped out (me included!). Rumors of the games exclusion -- from the ridiculous (Nintendo hates its fans!) to the likely (copyright issues!) -- immediately starting making their way around the Internet.

Games Radar posted a fascinating story that may get to the bottom of exactly why EarthBound is having some issues being re-released on the Wii’s retro game download service. The feature compares videogame music to the real-life songs that inspired them, with a huge section dedicated to the music of EarthBound. Even better, there are clickable samples of each track embedded in the article to make quick comparisons a snap!

Once you listen to it you will easily understand while Nintendo may be having some legal trouble with the music in the game. While it doesn’t change the fact that one of my favorite games of all time is not coming to the Virtual Console, hearing it all puts everything into a much more realistic perspective. Maybe Nintendo doesn’t hate me after all!

What do you think? Even though everyone knew the EarthBound soundtrack was inspired by a lot of real-life music, does hearing the song comparisons still surprise you?

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Chad Concelmo
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Destructoid's former Features Editor. Chad loves the Super Nintendo, pinball, Pixar, and dolphins. His dream is to one day be taken to the undersea kingdom of the dolphins and made their new king... more + disclosures



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