Mother 3 Turns 10 Years Old Today

After all this time, the game’s fan base continues to show their dedication.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 04/20/2016 19:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

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.

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.

Source: Kotaku

2 Responses to “Mother 3 Turns 10 Years Old Today”

  • 819 points
    Toadlord says...

    It really does feel like we’re going to get this game finally this year. My prediction is a physical release as an NX launch title, but I’m sure fans would take it as a digital eShop title just as happily.

  • 1570 points
    penduin says...

    I remember seeing those eccentric-looking characters and early “Earthbound 64” screenshots in Nintendo Power, and being completely captivated. As much as the eventual GBA game evokes the SNES Earthbound’s style, I always felt like I wanted the “full” game, the 3D one they never finished.

    Toadlord is dreaming big, and I like it! An NX launch title would be a spectacular rebirth of this game. Naturally I’d love to see a full 3D remake, but a super-sharp HD interpretation of the line-drawing, awkward-angles 2D style could be really fun too. I’d grab the game in any form at all at this point, and if Nintendo doesn’t do it officially, then I’ll have to finally play that fan translation.

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