Earthbound coming to Wii U Virtual Console this year

Earthbound is coming to Virtual Console this year, Nintendo has announced.

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The cult-favorite RPG Earthbound is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console by the end of this year, Nintendo announced at its Nintendo Direct presentation today. President Satoru Iwata said the company decided to bring the game to the shop after hearing from vocal fans.

Oddly enough, Earthbound was rated by the ESRB for Virtual Console way back in 2008. But as they say, better (very, very) late than never.

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    April 17, 2013 7:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Earthbound coming to Virtual Console this year.

    Earthbound is coming to Virtual Console this year, Nintendo has announced.

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      April 17, 2013 7:45 AM

      Cool, now bring Mother 1 and 3 over too

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        April 17, 2013 8:00 AM

        They might as well. The translation for 3 is already done, they just gotta pay somebody. The fan translation was fucking fantastic.

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      April 17, 2013 7:51 AM

      Holy crap, but Nintendo US hates Earthbound.

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        April 17, 2013 9:22 AM

        Yeah, makes you wonder if someone else fronted the cash/resources to get all the legal red tape dealt with.

        Itoi himself, maybe?

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          April 17, 2013 9:36 AM

          If I had $10 million to front for potential legal issues I totally would have, part of me wonders if they changed the music or not, I really hope not :/

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      April 17, 2013 7:51 AM

      NICE! You all have to buy it when it comes out. ALL OF YOU.

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      April 17, 2013 7:55 AM

      OH MY FUCKING GOD.

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      April 17, 2013 7:57 AM

      Please bring it to 3DS VC as well

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      April 17, 2013 8:05 AM

      Sweet!

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      April 17, 2013 8:06 AM

      Megaton

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      April 17, 2013 8:07 AM

      I wonder if they'll change the music.

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      April 17, 2013 8:21 AM

      I sure do miss Earthbound. Great childhood memories of that game.

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      April 17, 2013 8:31 AM

      one of those games I played but never beat... i think i might have gotten halfway through it? :( I should really fix that

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      April 17, 2013 8:53 AM

      Aw shit WiiU but not Wii eh? Never thought it would see the light of day regardless

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      April 17, 2013 9:20 AM

      You have no idea how many bets I just lost! :P

      This is really really cool news.

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      April 17, 2013 9:22 AM

      It really makes you think how much NoA is out of touch with its customers in the US. The last couple of years trying to get all those jRPGs like Xenoblade over, the fact NoJ only realized we wanted Earthbound due to the MiiVerse bombing.

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        April 17, 2013 9:38 AM

        Agreed, but at least now there is a direct way for fans to tell Nintendo we want something in bulk, and due to their personnel devoted to Miiverse censorship employees literally have to see it.

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      April 17, 2013 9:31 AM

      About goddamn time, wanted to discover it for a while now!

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        April 17, 2013 11:08 AM

        One of my favorite games of all time, I wonder how different the impact will be so many years later.

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          April 17, 2013 11:43 AM

          It's still awesome, it really hasn't lost any luster at all over the years.

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            April 17, 2013 11:45 AM

            I replay it pretty often (just finished it on my phone again last year actually) I meant going through it for the first time now as opposed to then. It wasn't the prettiest thing available when it launched so I'm not worried about visuals but the possibility that the music will be changed scares me.

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      April 17, 2013 11:14 AM

      wow. finally.

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      April 17, 2013 11:23 AM

      I wonder if I should unload my SNES copy on eBay before this happens. They're currently going for $200. Once it's on VC, that might go down.

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      April 17, 2013 5:57 PM

      Nintendo is becoming awesome once again

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        April 17, 2013 6:03 PM

        been an exciting day

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        April 17, 2013 7:02 PM

        It's too bad that I fear they've doomed themselves with the Wii U. I don't really have an opinion of the thing, but I know it is tanking.

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          April 17, 2013 7:05 PM

          the NGC wasn't exceptionally successful and they rebounded with (I believe) the second best selling home console of all time.

          I don't think the Wii U will sink them.