Mother 3 Will Get An English Release on Switch | Matt Espineli
My old boss, Justin Haywald, always wished for Mother 3 to get a western release–so much so, that he wrote about it threeyears in a row. However, he has since left the company to pursue the adventure of fatherhood. While I admit I don’t have a personal stake in this, it doesn’t feel right not to include a mention of Mother 3 in our 2019 predictions. After all, there are countless fans out there who still want this just as much as Justin does.
Admittedly, the biggest question in this discussion now is how Nintendo could release Mother 3 in 2019. We’ve learned since last year that the company is replacing the Virtual Console with its online service, which currently seems more focused on the NES library. My guess would be that Nintendo might expand the legacy games you’ll see in its online service in 2019, possibly starting with SNES and N64, but then moving into Game Boy territory by the end of the year–a perfect opportunity to unveil Mother 3 to western audiences.
This would be a fantastic way to make it happen, but I think we can all agree that for a highly-requested game like Mother 3, a standalone release would be the true crowd pleaser. Heck, Nintendo could do us one even better by making a Mario & Luigi-style remake on Switch (Not on 3DS, please)–possibly with new gameplay features, bonus commentary, and a physical version that includes a handwritten apology letter for taking so long.
Regardless, Nintendo is certainly paying attention to the possibility of a western release of Mother 3, seeing as Reggie Fils-Aime has repeatedly proclaimed his awareness of the matter. Of course, I’d be remiss not to point out once again that much of the heavy lifting in translating Mother 3 has been handled by an unofficial patch, which I’m told is excellent.
With each year that passes, a western release of Mother 3 seems all the more attainable, so please, Nintendo, make it happen in 2019. Not for me, but for all the Justins out there who have been desperately wanting this for over a decade now.