Mother 4 In Development (By Fans, Not Nintendo)

Mother 4 In Development (By Fans, Not Nintendo)

The Mother series, known in the West as Earthbound, are some of the best games to ever grace a Game Boy. They’re so good, in fact, that Nintendo of America wants nothing to do with them.

Despite years of asking, demanding and then begging for the third game in the series – never released outside of Japan – to be localised for a Western audience, Nintendo of America has not done so.

Sensing that the publisher lacks the will (or the legal clout) to continue the series for American and European consumers, a group of fans have got together and decided to make their own Mother game. And they’re calling it Mother 4.

It of course has nothing to do with Nintendo, nor the series’ creator Shigesato Itoi. Its developers are just fans, making a pro-active decision that if anybody was going to make a new Mother game that would be playable in English, it may as well be them.

There’s no release date or even a guarantee it’ll ever be finished (Nintendo having one of the most trigger-happy legal teams in the industry), but if it does make it to a playable state, it’ll surely be as a downloadable PC game.

If you think playing Mother 4 without having played Mother 3 will be confusing (Mother 2 was released in the West as “Earthbound”), you could always go and play Mother 3, which received an excellent fan translation a few years back.

Mother 4 [Andonauts via Go Nintendo]


  • I realise it’s like comparing Links Awakening to Minish Cap, but Mother 3 really didn’t do it for me, compared to Earthbound. Waaay too out there, and the storyline was quite perculiar, and surprisingly “adult”, though I only played up to the point where you encounter the mermaid/fairy/hippie things…

    • Really?
      Mother 3 is one of the best video games I have ever played. The storyline is just incredible. I was in tears at multiple points throughout. Play till the end please.

    • Those sages were, amusingly enough, cross-dressers. Hence why they gave you razors and had a 5 o’clock shadow.

      The game was brilliant, smart, definitely one of the more mature things Nintendo’s ever done, and enjoyably so.

  • Whelp, looks like this is getting a lot of press, is starting to look good and may reach a playable state soon.

    Get ready for it to be shut down. Nintendo has made it pretty clear they hate all fan-related projects in the past

    • Ever wondered why that is?

      Hell, if I was on a team of fan developers making an unofficial sequel to a beloved series and Nintendo came to me with a C&D, I’d offer to GIVE them the bloody game as long as they’d let me complete it! And if they’d refuse a deal like that, they’d be bloody fools.

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