After ten long years, it looks like Nintendo’s Mother 3 may finally be coming west. If rumors are to be believed, than we should expect to have it just in time for the game’s 10th anniversary of release in Japan.
The rumor comes from a tweet from Emily Rogers. Her account has since been deleted, but she has become notorious for her Nintendo teases. Her rumors are only sometimes right though, so please take the news with a grain of salt. What makes this more believable is that Eurogamer has apparently heard the same news independently.
The Mother franchise has been gaining notoriety in the west with its inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. series. Evidence of this was the release of Mother, the first game in the series, on Wii U Virtual Console last year. It released in the west as Earthbound Beginnings. With Mother 2 (Earthbound) already on the Wii U Virtual Console as well, Mother 3 is the only title in the franchise to not see a western release.
The main issue here is that Nintendo had already translated both Mother and Mother 2 into English. For Mother 3, there is no official English translation. The only existing translation is from a fan named Clyde “Mato” Mandelin and was released as an emulation patch in 2008. The only way we can get Mother 3 is if Nintendo starts the translation from scratch, or uses Mandelin’s script, which has has offered for free.
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We will just have to wait to know for sure, but it certainly would be exciting to finally play the long-anticipated game.