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Controversial elements scuppered Mother 3 western release – report


A few years back, a western release of Mother 3 was finally on the cards. Originally launched for the Game Boy Advance in 2006, the new version was being prepped for Wii U Virtual Console, timed for the game’s 10th anniversary.

This 2016 port would have been the first time Mother 3 launched in the west, where Nintendo’s oddball role-playing game series is named as Earthbound and is probably still best known for its representation in Super Smash Bros.

But while the new Wii U version of Mother 3 arrived right on time in Japan, western fans were left waiting for word on its status.

Nintendo never officially announced the Wii U version for the west and so never commented on why it never arrived – despite western Wii U re-releases of Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings performing well on the console’s eShop.

So what happened? Since 2016, there have been few reports on the matter.