Now in case if you were under a rock few days ago Earthbound one of the biggest SNES JRPG's was re-released on the Virtual Console for the Wii U. That was a big day for fans like myself 'n others. Sadly though I don't have a Wii U so I can't officially play the game as of yet. Like the original release on the SNES you can also download for free the official strategy guide for the game as well to use on your computer or Wii U Gamepad: http://earthbound.nintendo.com/
For $10 you get a game and you can download the guide for the game for free, that's an amazing deal. Especially compared to the crazy prices to get the game on the SNES and complete too. I theorize in a few months like with many other games getting a digital re-release the prices of the physical copies will drop too. But Earthbound I doubt will be cheap cheap I think it'll drop to around the $100 or $80 give or take or who knows may not drop at all depends what happens. It was a big for fans and Nintendo as we speak Earthbound is currently jumping high in sales landing second in the sales chart for the eShop to Donkey Kong, but I imagine won't be long till it hits the number one spot.
One thing I noticed that changed (besides some affects to update/smooth it) is the game changed from an E/K-A game to a Rated T game for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, and Crude Humor. This is actual a big importance more then what people can understand.
Let's go back in time to 1998 with Version 1.0 and 1.1 of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. Now for those who don't know Ocarina of Time had some difference changed from the game to keep itself from getting a T Rating and various other reasons. Biggest reason was because of blood, the most notable splatter of Red Blood was Ganondorf and Ganon cutscenes. It also didn't help with the controversial Islamic Song in the Fire Temple so the change had to be done straight away and Nintendo wanted to cover of their tracks to keep the rating T because they had enough controversy on their hands as is. http://zeldaspeedruns.com/oot/generalknowledge/version-differences
Reason why I am bringing this up of why Earthbound Changing to T is important is you think Nintendo would want to change the game to keep how it was before in the ratings. Seems they are a bit more okay with what is in their games when it comes to whats in it's contents. Meaning Mother 3 could potential come to the US.
Why must I bring up Mother 3? There is many theory's and reasons why this game didn't come oversea's back in the day. Biggest theory I believe more is because of the Magypsy's. They are a group men who look like women wearing women's clothes and wear makeup, knowing that they wanted to try and sell it as a E Rated Game the Magypsy's would make it not happen they would have to alter them and their story arches completely in order to release makes sense to me. But what I am getting at at the end of the day is if Nintendo is okay letting Earthbound become a T game I would imagine they will be fine releasing Mother 3 Rated T as well.
It also seems good timing that the group who translated the game is willing to give all their work to Nintendo for free! Meaning if Nintendo accepts the offer all they have to do is put it together fix some bugs do some tests and release the game digitally or whatever they plan to do with it. No needing for extra work or translation process or many other problems when taking games from the Japan to the US! Heck at the same time officially release Mother/Earth Bound/Earthbound Zero too you already fully translated the game already just release it digitally on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console services!
All we need to do is wait for Nintendo to take action with the Earthbound Franchise or Itou to do it himself. We will see what the future lies ahead for this interesting JRPG Series. If you like some futher details on the games I am going to leave details about the Earth Bound Prototype Cartridge and a giant History Lesson on the Earthbound Franchise too, enjoy the videos and helps support the series as much as you can and thank you for your time reading my blog.
Hands On: EarthBound (NES) Prototype
16-Bit Gems : #10: EarthBound - A History