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Iwata partially blames himself for Earthbound 64 cancellation

This information comes from a just-translated 13-year-old interview with Itoi, Iwata and Miyamoto. Earthbound 64 is referred to as Mother 3 in this interview, seeing as how Mother 3 didn't hit the GBA until 2006!

Itoi: Did MOTHER 3 have a particularly difficult structure?

Iwata: That one was clearly my fault. A long time ago I once said, “Never say a programmer CAN’T do something.” Those words sort of take on a life of their own—dropping the word “can’t” can close the doors of possibility. Generally speaking, everything will work out eventually if you put in the effort and push onwards, but everything still operates within certain limitations. So if something is honestly impossible to do, you need to accept that. Oftentimes the case is that something is possible, but sacrifices will need to be made. Or that something is possible, but it cannot exist alongside some other thing. So that’s what I meant when I said “Don’t say you CAN’T be a programmer,” but “don’t say you CAN’T” is the only part that took off.

There was a time when the early designs for MOTHER 3 were really reckless. We were working with specifications that surpassed the system capabilities and memory capacity. We starting working on the game with the premise that we’d create something that’s never been done before.

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18 Aug 2013 14:33

Iwata, you know what you got to do.

Earthbound Wii U.
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18 Aug 2013 14:47

Meelow100 wrote:Iwata, you know what you got to do.

Earthbound Wii U.


Oh, I do think its being worked on.
And I think its being done by Retro.
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18 Aug 2013 14:50

MDX wrote:
Meelow100 wrote:Iwata, you know what you got to do.

Earthbound Wii U.


Oh, I do think its being worked on.
And I think its being done by Retro.

Retro wouldn't have anything do with it.
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18 Aug 2013 15:08

Mother 3 remade for Wii U? Same exact game, but updated graphically so that everything in game looks Game Cube-like? I'd pay 60 bucks for that.
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18 Aug 2013 15:10

Retro should have exactly ONE priority after they finish Donkey Kong.

As for Mother, I think Nintendo would first translate Mother 3 and release it worldwide than start development of another one.

ArchangelWest wrote:Mother 3 remade for Wii U? Same exact game, but updated graphically so that everything in game looks Game Cube-like? I'd pay 60 bucks for that.

Why? I think the graphics suite the game perfectly. I would rather say updated graphics would hurt the game and not help it :?:
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18 Aug 2013 15:18

I think Retro's Westernized views would be better suited for Star Tropics. Earthbound needs to keep its Japanese roots, imo. Not that I wouldn't be excited if it was Retro.
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18 Aug 2013 15:31

After the response Earthbound received in the VC, I would be shocked if they DIDN'T have one in the works. I think Wind Waker style graphics would work very well for a 3D Earthbound...
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18 Aug 2013 15:55

Let's go then Mr. Iwata, try doing that same something that hasn't been done before!
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18 Aug 2013 16:05

Very impressive interview. You learn a lot from the perspective of Itoi, Iwata and Miyamoto. What's really cool is what Iwata calls "the achievements and crimes of Mario 64" Since it was a launch game, everybody expected every game after it to be full polygonal 3D, no sprites and no pre-rendered scenes. Obviously it wasn't the case.
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18 Aug 2013 18:29

We forgive with Mother 4 announcement :)
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18 Aug 2013 19:13

You all guys just don't get it, do you? Itoi has said multiple times that he won't make a Mother 4. Nintendo does not want to make a Mother game without them.
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18 Aug 2013 19:45

Part of the Mother series' charm is the "outsider's view of America" so Retro wouldn't be suited. I do agree that Startropics should go to Retro since it (along with Punch-Out) are the only games (that I am aware of) that NOA made.
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18 Aug 2013 21:36

Bluigi wrote:You all guys just don't get it, do you? Itoi has said multiple times that he won't make a Mother 4. Nintendo does not want to make a Mother game without them.


If the VC game continues to be as successful as it is, things can change, I'm sure. Besides, he can make a prequel that isn't necessarily Mother 4 and still keep his word. ;-)
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18 Aug 2013 21:53

ladida wrote:Retro should have exactly ONE priority after they finish Donkey Kong.

As for Mother, I think Nintendo would first translate Mother 3 and release it worldwide than start development of another one.

ArchangelWest wrote:Mother 3 remade for Wii U? Same exact game, but updated graphically so that everything in game looks Game Cube-like? I'd pay 60 bucks for that.

Why? I think the graphics suite the game perfectly. I would rather say updated graphics would hurt the game and not help it :?:

I don't think it would hurt, but it would cause more people to like the series, and give it a possible foot to stand on moving forward. I don't think that Nintendo could get away with making a new game in 16 bit style or the like anymore.
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19 Aug 2013 00:18

ladida wrote:Retro should have exactly ONE priority after they finish Donkey Kong.



I do hope you're not inferring another Metroid Prime. Because I'd really REALLY like to see them do something else. They are not just the "Metroid and DK team".
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19 Aug 2013 03:17

Devil_Rising wrote:
ladida wrote:Retro should have exactly ONE priority after they finish Donkey Kong.



I do hope you're not inferring another Metroid Prime. Because I'd really REALLY like to see them do something else. They are not just the "Metroid and DK team".


They're Retro. F-Zero or Star Tropics is next.
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19 Aug 2013 05:16

I would take the GBA EB3 for any system, and I would pay good money for it. The 64 would make me go hysterical, laughing and crying at the same time though, and I would pay even better money for it.

I shouldn't give them any ideas, but I would pay like 100€ for a new Earth Bound.
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19 Aug 2013 06:18

Vonter wrote:
Devil_Rising wrote:
ladida wrote:Retro should have exactly ONE priority after they finish Donkey Kong.



I do hope you're not inferring another Metroid Prime. Because I'd really REALLY like to see them do something else. They are not just the "Metroid and DK team".


They're Retro. F-Zero or Star Tropics is next.



Honestly, I think Monster Games, being a racing developer primarily, would be more ideal for F-Zero, if Nintendo doesn't do it themselves. And I really don't think that Retro is the kind of studio I'd want doing Star Tropics, which was just a silly/outlandish rumor in the first place. If they ever DO make a new Star Tropics, I want it to be sprite based, in the original style, just better graphics. And that is not Retro's style.
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19 Aug 2013 12:44

varoennauraa wrote:I shouldn't give them any ideas, but I would pay like 100€ for a new Earth Bound.


That would be like $3.55 in real money, right? :lol:

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