Earthbound creator on Mother 4: “Impossible”

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Japanese Earthbound/Mother fans haven’t seen a new game in its lovable series since the release of Mother 3 in 2006, so when one fan tweeted creator Shigesato Itoi about a Mother 4, he was met with a curt reply of “Impossible.”

You do have to keep in mind that Mother 3 suffered from an overly long development cycle. It was initially slated as a 3D RPG on the N64, dubbed Earthbound 64 in the West before being canceled in 1999. It took seven years to resurrect the game in 2D form on the GBA. Meanwhile, North America and Europe have yet to see it officially appear stateside, though the recent announcement regarding Earthbound coming to the Wii U Virtual Console does stir up some hope.

Considering how Mother 3 throws you for a crazy loop by the end, it’d be a dark way to end the series. Even so, fans have been at it with an unofficial Mother 4 for several years now, so perhaps some solace can be found there.

And as much as I feel for my Japanese brethren, us North Americans need Mother 3 before we even think about a Mother 4.

Source: Twitter via Kotaku

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Patrick Kulikowski is a Rutgers University graduate with aspirations of joining the game industry. I have a strong love of games and their music. When not serving as Associate Editor for Pixelitis,net and a writer for Game Music Online, you'll see him working on a game music drum cover project entitled "VGdrum" and managing his Breath of Fire Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

2 Comments on "Earthbound creator on Mother 4: “Impossible”"

  1. Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3 April 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Why do people revere Earthbound so much- I mean I read people saying how it’s a great RPG that Nintendo back in the day. I was born the year it came out so obviously I never played it but what made it unique compared to RPGs like elder scrolls, FF, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, and other ones at the time besides its heavy emphasis on sci-fi?

    • Patrick Kulikowski April 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Earthbound’s a cult hit because many people enjoyed it as kids during the SNES’ later years. Earthbound isn’t necessarily a sci-fi game, it’s kind of a bit of everything. The big thing was that it was set in modern times, where instead of equipping swords and shields and using potions, you were equipping bats, baseball caps and eating hamburgers. People enjoy it for its eclectic music, unconventional setting and story, clever humor and its general quirkiness.

      Gameplay-wise it borrows heavily from Dragon Quest, from its turn-based combat to item management, but added other concepts like being able to see and touch your enemy on the field to initiate battle and riding a bike. It was underrated during its release and didn’t meet Nintendo’s expectations, but it always remained a cult favorite, increasing in popularity with Ness’ inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series.

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