Twenty-six years ago, on July 27, 1989, the Mother series began its classic journey in Japan on the Family Computer (Famicom).
The original Mother started as a quirky 8-bit RPG over a quarter of a century ago on the Japanese equivalent NES. Today, it maintains a presence on the Wii U Virtual Console service in North America and Europe under the title EarthBound Beginnings.
Mother creator and story writer Shigesato Itoi pitched his idea to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. Initially, Miyamoto was hesitant but would end up later taking on the role of producer for the game.
Despite development hardships, the sequel, Mother 2 (known as EarthBound in the West), eventually released in Japan and North America on the SNES in 1994 and 1995, respectively. According to Itoi, Late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata’s programming knowledge saved the game from its demise.
In 1996, Mother 3 was announced for Nintendo 64 Disk Drive (Nintendo 64DD). Ultimately, the hardware’s commercial failure led the title to be released on the Game Boy Advance handheld system in Japan in April 2006.
A Western localization of Mother 3 has long been a topic of discussion among fans. Last month, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie provided a glimmer of hope for localization, saying “we’ll never say never, but there’s nothing to announce right now.”