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Earthbound is a three game series (known as Mother, rather than Earthbound, in Japan) that was developed by Hal-Laboratory. The first title was released in 1989, with the other two being released in 1994 and 2006. The trio has been quite popular due to its dark yet quirky atmosphere, and the inclusion of some of its key characters in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Despite massive desire from fans, only two of the three games have seen a U.S. release, the most prominent of those releases happened this year on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Fans still remain hopeful the Earthbound titles to come state side, and with the Nintendo 3DS, it could be Nintendo’s time to jump on that fan boat. As covered in our Best Nintendo Exclusives So Far article, most of the major Nintendo titles that have been put out recently, have been on the 3DS. While the Wii U is a decent system, it would be better for Earthbound to make an appearance on the 3DS due to it’s portability and the fact that the pixel graphics would look pretty nice on the handheld. It could also make for some quirky new design elements if Nintendo were to decide to give Earthbound a full 3D graphic re-master.
Given the mechanics of the Earthbound games, the 3DS could give the franchise some breathing room, and help spread things out during gameplay. Developers could make great use of the 3DS system’s two screens. While roaming the world, you could see your character and where you are going on the top screen, while the bottom screen holds a map of the area and information on how you and your team are doing. During battle, the top screen can be used to show you against the enemy, while the bottom screen can be utilized to monitor your team and select their attacks. Those are just a couple of simple things that could be implemented into a straight up re-release kind of re-master of the series.
As stated before, the first two Earthbound titles are out on the Wii U Virtual Console. This is an incredible step for Nintendo, and we hope that we will see the third, and final, Earthbound game on the Virtual Console soon. However; we have also noticed that this year has been big on re-masters for games, especially Nintendo titles. A full re-master, with updated graphics and more, for the Nintendo 3DS could pull in a lot of sales from longtime and new fans of the series.
One of the biggest areas where a full re-master could be incredible for Earthbound is the monsters and bosses. The franchise is notorious for having crazy and out there enemies, and seeing those enemies in full 3D model could prove to be visually stunning. Especially when you get into some of the big guns like the Pigmen and Giygas.
Whether you prefer the regular Earthbound titles, or you’re itching for a 3D remake, there is no doubt that Earthbound is a series that greatly deserves to be released in full in the west. Would you be interested in seeing a full re-master for the Earthbound series on the Nintendo 3DS? If so, what would you like to see Nintendo implement into the re-master?
Edited by: Emily Deaton
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