EarthBound on Game Theory
Note: this is kind of a side-update to this post from a few days ago.
Chris Kohler from Wired alway has EarthBound fans’ backs, so it’s cool that he and a few other media folks keeps asking Reggie about the series for us. Because, honestly, we peons can’t ask him these things ourselves. Of course, Reggie always seems to give his patent mixture of politician talk and corporate talk when he answers, but that probably comes with his job Anyway, in Chris’s latest interview with Reggie, this little part at the end touched on MOTHER 3:
Wired.com: Finally, when is Mother 3 coming out?
Fils-Aime: Mother 3. OK, Chris. So I have seen all the hate mail and all of the stories that say that Reggie is deliberately holding back Mother 3. Nothing is further from the truth. I would love to see Mother 3 here in the U.S. market. But it’s not a title that we’re working on, not a title that we’ve announced. Personally, that disappoints me, but as we look at what’s important for DS or for Wii, we’ve got other priorities right now.
It’d be nice if Reggie would just come out and say yes or no to something, or just answer one of these questions clearly for once. Even just a “I don’t know what the deal is, sorry.” would be nice. Instead, he answers this “Is MOTHER 3 coming out?” with “I would love to see it here.” which doesn’t answer the question at all. He’s done this same vague dancing-around-the-question for every single EarthBound-related question he’s been asked in the past. I get the feeling those are the only kind of answers we’ll ever get from him.
Probably, the first time or two he was asked about the games, he genuinely didn’t know what they were, so, as a way to save face (the new president of NOA doesn’t even know about one of the company’s IPs??? is what people would say), he used this wave-of-the-hand sidestep-the-question card. But he knows about the games now. Of course, it’s probably scary and stupid for someone running a business with stockholders to actually go and give bad news of his own accord. And, it’s probably scary giving bad news to the masses because that’d direct a lot of hate toward him. But given all the hateful messages out there already, I don’t think he can get any more
It’s true though that he shouldn’t be the one to blame for the situation, and using him as a scapegoat is stupid. Though he probably is deserving of some discontent for always avoiding the issue
As always, my offer to let them use my translation script of MOTHER 3 still stands. I’m a professional translator, been at this for many years now, know the series in and out, put a ton of work into it. They’re free to take my work and use it or modify it or whatever, however they see fit, for free. They don’t even have to mention my name anywhere or anything. I’ll even gift-wrap it They know how to contact me too. So the offer is always there, and it would save them many tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, I don’t expect the offer to be accepted, but it’s always there just the same.
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