Mother 1,2 and 3 + The NX Console = True?
As there have been quite a lot of rumors and speculations going around about Nintendo´s upcoming NX console (it´s been like that for months), I just thought that it could be a good idea to speculate about the chances of Nintendo reviving HAL Laboratory´s Mother series to the NX console (and “maybe” the release of an official “Mother 4” game as well). Because that´s something which a lot of people (including myself) would like to see happen. And yes, I know that Shigesato Itoi pretty much killed off any possibilities for a fourth title in the Mother Series back in 2013 (when Itoi stated that it would be “impossible” to do). However, as most of you probably know by now. Nintendo did indeed release Earthbound for the Wii U back in June this year (via Club Nintendo and Nintendo´s Eshop). And if my memory doesn´t fail me now, people were really happy about that. So there´s obviously still a demand for the Mother series.
Not only that, I’m quite sure that it would be a great idea to revive the Mother series again to the NX console. In fact, that would probably boost the sales of the console with no doubt. I even recall Satoru Iwata (who´s sadly enough not among us anymore) mentioning something about doing a new Earthbound game not so long ago? Nevertheless, in my humble opinion, Nintendo has a chance to hit two flies with one strike here. Because not only would Nintendo honor the memory of Iwata by bring back the Mother series to the NX console, they would also make a lot of Mother fans really happy (especially for those who live outside of Japan, since s Mother 1, Mother 1+2, and Mother 3 were never released outside of Japan). And Nintendo has already pleased the fans with “EarthBound Beginnings” (which they released on the 14th of June via the Nintendo Eshop). So yes, I think that Nintendo should strike while the iron is hot.
Personally, I have very strong and pleasant Gaming memories from playing Earthbound (Mother 2) on the Snes back in 1994. Actually, many of my friends enjoyed the game as well. So I’ve been a fan of the Mother series ever since then. However, I haven´t had the pleasure to play Mother 1 and 3 before (as my Japanese is really bad), at least not yet. I hope to do so in the near future though.
The fan based Mother games
Another thing that´s worthy of a mention, is the strong Mother community and the fan based “Mother” projects. For example, the Mother 1,2 and 3 collection (created by Marcel Oliveira) for the Wii console (you can´t buy the collection in any retail stores. However, you can download the collection for free via the official homepage). Which gives you the great pleasure to play all three of the Mother games in English on your Wii console (I think the disc might work on the Wii U as well?). Don´t take my word for it though, just check out the trailer for the collection instead.
Then you got the unofficial “Mother 4” game (for Windows, MAC and Linux), which is all free-to-play for PC users. And the game has been made from scratch, so it´s probably as close as we will ever get to a Mother 3 sequel (don´t forget to check out the “Mother 4” gameplay trailer!). As for the plot of “Mother 4,” this would be the developers description of the background story for the game:
“Mother 4 follows the journey of three kids and the leader of a biker gang. With dark rumors of “Modern Men” running wild, these unassuming heroes set out to uncover the truth, no matter how dangerous. From bustling urban streets to secret volcano bases, all kinds of oddball thugs and impossible monsters stand in their way… but everything should be okay if they don’t forget to write home!”
So I think it´s safe to say that there still is a market and a demand for the Mother games. So “if” Nintendo would release a Mother 1,2,3 collection for the NX console (maybe as a remake collection even?), and “maybe” an NX developed “Mother 4” game as well. Then it would do wonders for the NX consoles sellsales figures for sure.
So what do you guys think about all of this? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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