Ex-Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé says “don’t hold your breath” for more Earthbound or Mother 3


Reggie Fils-Aimé, former President of Nintendo of America, recently raised the possibility of more earthbound or a mother 3 Localization, but unfortunately just to say that fans shouldn’t expect anything any time soon.

While only two Earthbound games have been officially released in the West, known as Mother in Japan, there is a third game you may have heard of that never came out here. It’s a bit of a meme that Mother 3 will never be out west, and Fils-Aimé made some comments recently that don’t exactly express confidence that it will ever happen. Speaking to Kinda Funny Games, Fils-Aimé opened up about the fact that there are older franchises that he would like to see refreshed.

“I want to see older franchises get a new look,” Fils-Aimé said. “I’d like to see something child Icarus and a new direction there.” However, when asked if he would like to see more Earthbound, Fils-Aimé said quite matter-of-factly, “Don’t hold your breath.” He continued, “Again, I’m not there [anymore]I do not know what’s up.”

However, he said, “While Iwata-san was alive, he truly understood the fans’ passion for the Mother series. And don’t forget that Earthbound Beginnings was first brought to the Virtual Console platform under his supervision.

“And so the company knows there’s a lot of passion for this franchise, but when you think about how to do it currently, think about how to make it bigger than just the, you know, let me say the relatively small one Group of fans who are dying to see Mother 3 or something else in the Earthbound series.”

The original Mother came out for the Famicom in 1989 and was later released in the West as Earthbound Beginnings. The sequel, Mother 2, better known as Earthbound, was released on the SNES in North America in 1995 and was later available digitally in Europe. But Mother 3, which came out on the Game Boy Advance in 2006, was never released outside of Japan and, thanks to very good fan translation, is something of a cult classic today. But fans still want an official release of the game in English, and have for years, but Fils-Aimé’s comments seem to indicate that that may not happen. Ex-Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé says “don’t hold your breath” for more Earthbound or Mother 3

Fry Electronics Team

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