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Mother Creator Politely Asks Fans to Bother Nintendo, Not Him, Over Mother 3 English Release

The creator of the Mother series, known as EarthBound in the west, has politely asked fans to stop pestering him about an English release of the third game.


Mother 3 began trending online after Nintendo announced
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. Having launched there in 2006, Mother 3 is perhaps one of the most sought-after role-playing games of all time because it's never been released in English.

The Nintendo Direct announcement therefore sent western fans into a flurry once more, with many directing their complaints and requests at series creator Shigesato Itoi, who seemingly has no control over an English version.

Shigesato Itoi says fans need to talk to Nintendo about an official Mother 3 localization, not him.

He hasn’t been super involved in the video game industry for almost 20 years.

Leave the poor guy alone lol!
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— Stealth (@Stealth40k)
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"Shigesato Itoi says fans need to talk to Nintendo about an official Mother 3 localisation, not him," read a post on
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from translator @Stealth40k. "Please talk to Nintendo about that, not me," read Itoi's post via machine translation.

The lack of an English version of Mother 3 is a well established joke in the video game business, with even Nintendo releasing
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showing former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé blowing up a journalist asking about it.


Last year,
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, Itoi finally opened up about the release of the long-desired sequel, saying he would "love for people in the U.S. to play Mother 3."

"I've talked about it with Nintendo before," Itoi said. "Apparently they were presented with the offer to use the translation, but they said it wasn't quite as simple as that. I think it'd be really interesting if they took up the offer."

The first two Mother games are available on Nintendo Switch Online in the west as EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound. As for the third game, Fils-Aimé previously said
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Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.

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