EarthBound Will See Wii U Virtual Console Release… in Japan

In case you had any illusions about EarthBound and the MOTHER franchise coming to the Wii U Virtual Console service here in the West, let me settle those hopes right now. It turns out the games are coming to the service, with Mother 2 even listed as one of the Trial Campaign games for March in Japan… but there’s no hint of a possible appearance in the West. Instead, we’ve got Punch Out!! on the list for March.

The game could show up eventually, but that it has been omitted from the initial lists in the West while it’s being featured in Japan isn’t an encouraging sign.

Source: MOTHER 2 Famicom 30th via Polygon

  • http://twitter.com/BigEvilCrab Andrew Roake

    Uhh… Christ. So close…yet so far away. Like why do they hate us so much?

    • Erimgard

      There’s some localization/legal issues they have to resolve to bring it to America. Likely very doable, but they aren’t sure it’s profitable. At this point, given the massive cult following and all the petitions, I don’t see how they can still doubt it.

      • Jared Pryatel

        That reminds me, is operation rainfall covering the Wii U?

      • http://twitter.com/BigEvilCrab Andrew Roake

        Yeah. It’d be nice if they’d send it to Europe, but judging by the fact that it wasn’t put out here the first time, I’m doubtful it will come out on VC here the second. (Sigh) :(

  • Erimgard

    For the love of god, come to America!

  • Gano

    So glad we are getting Punch Out though. That’s one of my top 10 all time favorite games