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Mother 3 “Nearing Release”

Posted by inpheaux on November 4th, 2005 at 4:13 am

Two months back we reported on what was then being theorized to be a formal announcement regarding Mother 3 - or Earthbound 2. It didn't happen. Now it has.

In a message posted to his website yesterday, Mother/Earthbound series creator Shigesato Itoi had this to say on the subject (as loosely translated by Tomato of in this thread):

"After some discussion with Nintendo, I've decided to make a slightly head-start announcement here on Hobonichi. I've worried people quite a bit this whole time, but I'm happy to report that Mother 3 for Game Boy Advance is nearing release.

I've thought to myself, "It should be all right now that it's this far along," on many occasions, but I always made sure not to announce anything until I could say that it was "ABSOLUTELY all right." At any rate, this time I've decided to try and be reserved about everything. It looks like its release date will be about one season away, and I'm in the middle of doing many work retreats to get it finished. I'm going to work especially hard for a short while longer to get everything done.

By announcing this, I'm sure I'll receive all sorts of questions, but I'm probably going to stay quiet about Mother 3 until just before its release. I know the importance of publicity, but what I feel is that I want players to REALLY enjoy Mother 3. So until just before the game comes out, I'm going to remain as quiet as possible.

In any case, we're working on Mother 3. I'm happy as well that it's reached the point where we can make an announcement. Thank you to all who have waited patiently. Please forget about it again for a short while."

We've all waited a decade to see a sequel to Earthbound, and now after so many false-starts it's finally in sight. I'm absolutely ecstatic, there are very few games I'm looking forward to this much. If Nintendo for some ungodly reason decides to not bring this stateside, there will be blood.


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