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Nintendo didn’t localize Mother 3 due to ‘business’ insists Fils-Aimé

Ask any hardcore JRPG fan what they think of Mother 3, and you’ll likely be knee-deep in localization rants in no time since it never officially came out in the west. Though former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé claims particular business hurdles got in the way more than anything else.

For those unfamiliar with this whole kerfuffle, Mother is a quirky RPG series that didn’t see much success outside of Japan. Most people abroad are more accustomed to the franchise’s western title of EarthBound, especially the cult-classic SNES release (which was Mother 2) in 1995. In 2006, Mother 3 came out in Japan, but Nintendo never localized it in the west.

The company has yet to explicitly state why, leading many to speculate that certain controversial elements (like drug use) could be why Mother 3 never made it here. Even producer Shinichi Kameoka didn’t have an answer, though he theorized that the game’s unique…

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