The Mother series has resulted in plenty of frustration for fans of the franchise. It took 25 years before the first game finally appeared in North America earlier this year, while Mother 3 still hasn’t seen localization. Perhaps compounding that frustration, Shigesato Itoi was recently asked about the possibility of a fourth entry in the Mother franchise, which he called “impossible.” Itoi has made similar remarks about Mother 4 in the past, but this time, the director elaborated on why he isn’t so eager to revisit the series.
“Among big-time popstars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around the fourth album, they can’t make very good songs. The albums sell, but everyone at the concerts wants to hear songs from those first three albums. Everyone.”
Itoi is no longer involved in the video game industry; he currently works as a copywriter and commentator in Japan. It’s hard to blame Itoi for wanting to end the series on a high note. Jerry Seinfeld turned down millions of dollars because he wanted his show to end while it was still well regarded. Seinfeld has been off the air since 1998, and it’s still considered one of the best television shows of all time. Mother fans might wish to see the franchise continue, but it’s better to want more of something than to wish it had ended sooner.
While the likelihood of another Mother title seems slimmer than ever, the franchise does live on in one particular form. Ness, Lucas, Mr. Saturn and Onett regularly appear in the Super Smash Bros. games, where they’ll likely continue to appear for quite some time. It may come as little solace, but it’s far more than fans of many other forgotten gaming franchises can boast.