Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I figured I’d do something mother related and this is what I came up with. I know, punny right?
Anyway, Mother is a Nintendo franchise with a very passionate fan base. However, Nintendo seldom utilizes it. The first Mother game came out all the way back in 1989 for the Famicom, and we’ve only seen 3 installments of the series so far. I’m not sure why this is. Mother seems to sell relatively well and fans even demanded that “Earthbound”, the second installment in the franchise, be brought to the Wii U eShop. So why doesn’t Nintendo bring Mother 3 outside of Japan?
I think it has to do with the timing of the release and the platform it was chosen for. Mother 3 came out for the Game Boy Advance in 2006. By 2006, the Nintendo DS had already been out for about 2 years and gained popularity. People were less interested in the Game Boy Advance, including Nintendo. I this may have been the motive behind making it a Japanese exclusive. Another part of it may have been because Nintendo is not really in touch with their western audience, and thus must have thought we wouldn’t want such a thing. They may have been right at that time, but now, the west has shown a lot of interest in the Mother series. So could we see an international Mother 3 release?
I think it’s a possibility. The fact that Nintendo actually listened to their fans and brought Earthbound to the eShop, shows that they have made note of it to some degree. Not to mention, Lucas (the main protagonist of Mother 3), was a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Much like the Fire Emblem characters in Melee, his inclusion in Smash Bros has introduced western players to the existence of Mother 3 and sparked their interest. Thus, growing the fan base. It’s almost like promotion within a game.
Hopefully one day in the near future, we’ll see Mother 3 in the eShop alongside it’s predecessor .by