Earthbound 2 for Nintendo 64 unearthed?

By Spencer . June 15, 2006 . 12:33pm

This is a little unbelievable so before you even read more file this under rumors and speculation. There’s been a renewed discussion about the existence of Mother 3 on the Nintendo 64 due to an auction on eBay. Before the Game Boy Advance title was conceived Mother 3 (aka Earthbound 2) was initially planned for Nintendo’s 64 DD add on. The magnetic disc drive ended up being a failure and most of the titles were pushed to cartridge (like Paper Mario) or fell to the wasteland (like Mario Artist: Game Maker). Mother 3 was originally intended for the 64 DD and had some development going before the 3D version was canned.


About a year ago one person managed to snag four blue beta 64DD discs with M3 written on them. The buyer was told that these discs had Mother 3 on them, but he was unable to check the discs even with a 64DD development kit. The missing ingredient is a partner 64 cartridge and floppy discs containing the IPL4 rom program. All of the sudden the missing link popped up on eBay and maybe just maybe we will all get a chance to see Mother 3D soon.

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  • Were this to be true, I would definitely be interested considering I am one of those cult fans of the mother series.

  • Dansk

    I love this kind of stuff….missing links, game conspiracies…brings romantism to the world of games!

  • This needs to be true and it needs to be dumped to rom asap. Please.

  • I am also a cult fan of Earthbound. I hope this is true.

  • Matt

    i remember seeing screenshots of earthbound 64 in Nintendo Power…

  • Joey

    If this is true… I would sell my soul for that game. EB / Mother were the BEST games ever made!

  • Jake

    Can anybody say “Available ONLY on Nintendo Virtual Console”. I bet they have a lot of projects in the garage they could drag out to the VC.

  • Anxiously awaiting the Wii for it’s retro capabilities.

    I’m hoping they re-publish the original controller, if for anything else, novelties sake.

    I hunger.

  • bri
  • frank

    I pray to god this is true I have to have that game for the love of god

  • EarthboundDude

    Wow… 2 years later, and the whole stinkin’ world hasn’t teamed up to crack the Cold Case of the murdered Earthbound 64. Shame, because I’d still be happy as a clam if I had an M3 ROM…… Perhaps it’s not too late? Maybe there’s still a shard of hope, or maybe the guy hasn’t sold it yet! But if some know-nothing gets its hands on one of those disks…… They could be charged with destroying a national treasure! Oh, if only some kind soul would have let that guy borrow a Partner 64, we might have had Earthbound 64 ROMS already!

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