EarthBound Beginnings comes to the West! ⊟

The original Mother game (predecessor to cult RPG EarthBound), released back in 1989 for the Famicom just in Japan, will finally come to North America and Europe as a Wii U Virtual Console game … tonight at 9PM ET!

Series creator Shigesato Itoi explained why this is releasing now: “20 years ago on June 5th, the SNES version of EarthBound was released – already 20 years have passed! This is to commemorate that day.”

It’s unclear how different this is from the unofficial Earthbound Zero release, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the company has cleaned up the game a little. I also imagine this gives hope for a similar Mother 3 surprise.

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Was there a Zelda holiday I missed today? ⊟

Because Nintendo of America just unceremoniously dumped A Link to the Past onto the Wii U eShop ($7.99), and Four Swords Anniversary Edition onto the 3DS eShop. The latter is available to download for free until February 2.

Thanks to everyone who sent us this tip, and to Go Get Good for the GIF.

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Mother 3: The Musical

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PS. Andonuts doesn’t pass through the language filter, so it’s been changed to “nots” instead of “nuts.”

DS Virtual Console coming to Wii U ⊟

Coming out of tonight’s investor meeting (it was strange – like, Iwatacare strange – here’s a summary), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company has overcome whatever “technical hurdles” was preventing a DS Virtual Console on Wii U… and it will launch just such a service. The Wii U will literally become a giant DS.

No date for this yet, but whaaaaaaat.

Also, um, maybe this would be good for 3DS too?

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Can you believe it!? The critically acclaimed, fan favorite, certified stinky Super NES classic EarthBound is ON SALE in the North American Wii U eShop! This is a limited time deal, and a once in a lifetime chance to add this gem to your digital entertainment collection.

Rabid fans have been known to spend hundreds of dollars for the pleasure of owning their very own copy. Why part with so much of your hard-earned dough when you can have the same experience for a mere fraction of the cost!

Would you pay $800 for this game? How about $600? $400 smack-a-roos? Does $200 sound like a real bargain. Well sit back, because I’m about to blow your socks off!


This smokin’ hot deal is part of the third week of @nintendo’s Winter Warm-Up Sale in the Wii U eShop. The game normally sells for $9.99 (because it’s just that good), but you can get it for this bargain price until February 4th. Tell your neighbors. Tell your mailman. Write your pen pal!

BUT WAIT! There’s more. This digital copy of EarthBound comes with a 100% free, no strings attached, copy of the original Player’s Guide straight from the Pros at Nintendo Power! WHOA!! You can take a peek right here, on this handy website Nintendo made for the Wii U Virtual Console release of the game. (Even if you don’t buy the game, you can still look at the digital guide to your heart’s content. Maybe it’ll even give that extra nudge you need to get this great game. Did I mention it’s a great game!!)

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Virtual Console

It has been confirmed that the GBA and DS games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue team are to be released on the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan on Wednesday next week for 950¥ for Blue and 702¥ for Red. This follows on from their release in Europe last month

(All information here is taken from http://www.serebii.net/ and is used for informative purposes only.)