Mother 3, the final game in the Mother series and the only entry on Game Boy Advance, was released ten years ago today on April 20, 2006. Many Western gamers, of course, are unlikely to know this as the game has never actually been released outside of Japan.
Despite this, or perhaps partly because of this, fans have taken to Twitter to upload art and photos in celebration under the hashtag #mother3_10th.
— ぼたろー (@Mtaro__p) 19 April 2016
The Mother games have seen a surge in popularity in the West since their release, thanks in part to characters like Ness and Lucas featuring in the Super Smash Bros. series. The original Mother and Mother 2 were released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2015 and 2013 as EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound, respectively, but there has yet to be any firm information about a re-release of Mother 3.
If recent rumors are anything to go by, however, we could expect the 10-year absence of Mother 3 from Western shores to soon be over. Until then, the only way for fans of the series to experience the game in English is to download the unofficial Mother 3 fan translation– a behemoth of an effort that took two years to complete.
Do you have any fond memories of Mother 3 or are you still waiting for that localized version? Share your thoughts in the comments below.