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March 18th, 2013 | EarthBound, Interviews, Itoi, Videos

MOTHER 2 is set to be released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console in about 24 hours from the time of this post. In preparation, Shigesato Itoi has posted a video and began posting an interview between him and Satoru Iwata.

First is the video!

Here’s a rushed translation of what he’s saying:

Thank you for all for visiting Hobonichi.

MOTHER 2 has finally been revived. People were always asking, “Is it going to come out? Is it going to come out?” Now, the chance for you all to play it again has finally arrived.

Being such a hands-off, nitpicky sort of parent to the game it’s hard to say much about whether you’ll like it or not, but I think you will. Please ask people who’ve played it before. If you hear that it’s boring, though, then I guess it can’t be helped.

I’m going to play for a while too, so please play along with me. Thank you.


On top of that, a multi-part interview between Itoi and Iwata has begun to be posted online here.

Only the first part is up right now, and it in it the main point of interest is something I’ve touched on a few times in the past.

Basically, MOTHER 2 was taking too long to develop and was getting close to cancellation. Satoru Iwata showed up to fix things and said, “Hey, as things are now it’ll take us two years to finish this game. But if we restart from scratch I can get it done in 6 months.” And that was how Itoi and Iwata met.

I don’t have time to translate the article, but that’s essentially the gist of what the first part of the interview is about.

Tomorrow I hope to dive into the Japanese Wii U version of MOTHER 2. If there are any content changes I’ll of course post them ASAP. For reference, if there ARE any content changes in MOTHER 2, I’m only expecting two changes, as outlined here. Of course, since this is the Japanese release, it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s been done to it, if anything.

Anyway, I’ll keep updating with stuff as stuff happens!


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8 Comments to Shigesato Itoi Posts Things Before MOTHER 2’s Re-release

resetsurvivor said on Mar. 18, 2013

This is all so exciting! Once again, thanks for translating all of this information. It’s going to be interesting for him to do a play through because he can post screen shots and comment on them. I wonder if other developers or musicians from the series will appear in the miiverse community as well?

misterdigi35 said on Mar. 18, 2013

This is so cool. When and if this does get released here, it sure would be nice to hear Itoi make a comment or two before releasing it to us.

Prayer For Safety said on Mar. 18, 2013

I’m really curious to see if any changes are made. If there are any maybe that will help our chances of getting a rerelease.

Flint said on Mar. 18, 2013

I see it this way, if they made those three little changes, then its going to be released here, if thy didnt, then its not. Lets hope for the first.

Halloween said on Mar. 18, 2013

Nice, thanks! I’m eager to know if there are any content changes as well.
Mother 1+2 only had some bugfixes IIRC and that was only… 10 years ago… oh god…

Mato said on Mar. 18, 2013

Flint: The Japanese version would only need two changes, since the Dali’s Clock isn’t called by that name in the Japanese version anyway.

nintendofreak said on Mar. 18, 2013

And that would be the Skyrunner and Chuck Berry, Personally i don’t think nintendo would get sued for Chuck Berrys, but skyrunner sounds amazing, i wonder what they would change it to,to avoid giving royalties to the Who

DexterTheThird said on Mar. 19, 2013

I honestly would love it if they just replaced the Sky Runner music with the Mother 3 flying fridge song.

More likely, they may just redirect it to one of the other songs already in the game, but to what? Hmm…


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