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Mother 3: It's never coming out in America, cry more.
Mother 3, and to a lesser extent, the Mother 1+2 compilation have been sore spots on the western gamer for a number of years now. Back in the halycon days when Mother 3 was a glint in the N64 Disk Drive's eye, Nintendo Power covered the shit out of it. As it slowly slipped platform, it's western coverage slipped to. Then the very vocal Earthbound/Mother fanbase started complaining. Letter writing, internet petitions, you name it. Now, it has become a bit more serious.
The collective community of Mother/Earthbound fans at Starmen.net banded together to launch a campaign to bring Mother 3 outside of Japan. For the past few weeks members have been mailing envelopes to Nintendo with Earthbound fan art, circulating Earthbound propaganda posters on the internet and organized a flood of phone calls to Nintendo requesting a new Mother game. I admire the amount of passion the fans over at Starmen have for the Earthbound series and their clever timing. They started the campaign on May 13, 2007… Mothers Day!
This isn’t slacktivism with an online petition that no one will care about, it’s activism. Will Nintendo hear their cries and see an open market for a Nintendo DS port of Mother 3? For all the fervent Earthbound fans out there, I sure hope so!
I have always believed that Mother 3 was in our future. I think that if this really takes off Nintendo will finally relent. Still, good for the fanbase to try something a bit more conventional.