Following the recent release of EarthBound Beginnings, Reggie Fils-Aime says Mother 3 localization could happen if there’s enough demand.
In a post-E3 interview with Kotaku, Fils-Aime touched on the subject of a Mother 3 localization, saying “we’ll never say never, but there’s nothing to announce right now.”
The Earthbound / Mother series has had a marred localization history. The first game, released as Mother in Japan on NES in 1989, finally came stateside this month as EarthBound Beginnings for Wii U.
“I think this is an example that demonstrates we’re constantly listening. We’re hearing what the fans say,” Fils-Aime said about the recent release of EarthBound Beginnings.
The second game, released as Mother 2 in Japan on SNES in 1994, was localized in 1995 as EarthBound. However, that game wasn’t ported to the Virtual Console service until 2013.
Mother 3, a 2006 GBA title, has never been localized outside Japan.
“The Mother / Earthbound series is quite niche,” Fils-Aime said. “And so for us it’s constantly thinking about the investment and then return for a game like that. There is quite a bit of localization to be done and we just need to make sure that volumetrically there’s enough volume to offset that investment.”
Fils-Aime also said that the positive sales from the Virtual Console release of EarthBound on Wii U helped motivate Nintendo of America to invest in the localization of EarthBound Beginnings.
Lucas, the protagonist from Mother 3, was added as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on the same day EarthBound Beginnings released earlier this month.