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Shigesato Itoi is a multitalented author, known is Japan for his writing, but in North America, he is best known as the mind behind EarthBound. He recently published an essay expressing his appreciation for Earthbound and all of its fans.
You can head here to read the full essay, which shows a genuine appreciation for the game and its fans:
All sorts of people tell me about their memories, about all the things I left in the playground called Earthbound. From the tiny safety pins, broken pieces of colored glass to the withering leaves. When I ask them, “how do you remember so much?”With their eyes gleaming, they say, “I love that world so much I remember everything about it.” I reply right away saying “me too.”
As a product of the new found excitement surrounding EarthBound, Nintendo set up a special site that offers a digital version of the original strategy guide sold with the game.
Our TakeMost of us are big fans of EarthBound here at Game Informer. It's exciting to see it take on a new life with the Virtual Console release. It makes me slightly more optimistic that a localized version of Mother 3 (the Japanese name for the EarthBound series) will come to North America.
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I only just started playing Earthbound, but the mere hour I spent with it was wonderful. I just wish I had more time to get to all the games that are available now. BioShock Infinite and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron still haven't been started.
This is largely why I don't mind shorter games. I just don't have the time for larger ones.
I'm currently playing through Earthbound for the first time, and completely understand where all of the love for this game is coming from. The characters and story are endearing, the graphics age rather well, the combat is simple, but not boring, and the dialogue isn't necessarily always funny, but it always makes me smile.
I'm glad this finally made it over to virtual console. It is one of my all-time favorite games.
I love Earthbound!!!
Earthbound was a great game, not necessarily for it's gameplay but the unique setting and clever writing, I only played it recently but I really do enjoy it.
I was sincerely hoping this was coming to 3DS as well, was disappointed that it did not.
That quote is very much like a poem. I love Earthbound. I hope Nintendo sees the passion and decides to act on it. At least bring us Mother 3 finally. Release it on a 3DS cartridge and watch the money roll in!
That was just great! I think I cried a little...
Thank you Shigesato Itoi for such a unique and incredible gaming experience that has withstood the test of time. ^_^