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Following the announcement that Mother 3 would be available on Switch Online for Japanese Fans, many fans began asking the age-old question once more, “Why can’t we get that?”.

This talk got popular on The Site Formerly Known As Twitter, X, where it caught the attention of Shigesato Itoi, creator of the Mother series. However, as one might suspect, it isn’t really up to him wether or not the game gets localized.

please tell that to Nintendo, not me

[Shigesato Itoi]

To me, it seems this can be taken one of two ways: One is that he is tired of getting the same request for something he has no power over, which honestly is fair. However, the more compelling option is that he believes that Nintendo could budge on their stance on the localization of Mother 3 with enough fan support.

Either way, Shigesato Itoi clearly is not the one to go to to ask for help in localization, and efforts should be directed to the people in power at Nintendo, if you are willing to risk it, that is.

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tendonin

4M ago

"However, the more compelling option is that he believes that Nintendo could budge on their stance on the localization of Mother 3 with enough fan support."

*laughs in the entirety of the 2000's*

I want to believe it's still possible, someday, somehow. If mere fan support were enough, we would have crossed that point long ago.


ngamer01

4M ago

@tendonin

Yeah fan support does nothing considering Nintendo went ahead with the Mother 3 additions to Smash Bros. Brawl and didn't even bring the GBA game over. NoA and NoE find Mother 3 too problematic and have probably silently banned the game from ever seeing official release internationally leaving it to importers and pirates to deal with it.

NoA and NoE have banned games before, but very few banned games ever get overturned. Heck Nintendo's own Devil's World had been banned by NoA for ages due to religious symbols, but only now has that ban been overturned. America's moral guardians culture would have to change for NoA to reconsider the ban on Mother 3.

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