EarthBound Is Available On The Wii U eShop Today For $10

By Ishaan . July 18, 2013 . 9:00am

EarthBound, better known to some as Mother 2, is available today on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U in North America. The game costs $9.99, and Nintendo released a trailer for it this morning, which you can watch below:


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  • ronin4life

    It seems… fitting that it would be released like this, without a word before hand, based on some of the things I have heard about it.

    • ChiffonCake

      They did announce it during a previous Nintendo Direct, though…

      • ronin4life

        I mean the exact date.

  • anarchy_panty

    Now if only more people had a Wii U, so this would have a chance of driving the price of that damn cart down.

    • Tenetan

      It really won’t affect price really, those who wanted to play it, could have played it for ages for ‘free’. This is nice however for those who want to contribute back. Personally I hate every virutal console game on Wii U so far due the horrible delay they have, they seriously need to fix it.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        What are you talking about? What Delay?

        • Tenetan

          For me it’s even worse then the animation show, I have somewhat like up to 200ms responce time, you feel it insanely well playing the Virtual Console games, it’s like a slap in the face.

          BTW worth to mention, I only have this issue with Virutal Console games.

          • Spirit Macardi

            Yeah… That article there, the top comments on it say that they haven’t had any issue with lag at all x3

            I haven’t had any issue either. Plus, even if there is some minor delay, Earthbound is a turn-based RPG so it’s not like there’s a time-sensitive element to it.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Its certainly nothing like the 50 hz vs 60 hz thing

          • Zero_Destiny

            Never had any lag at all, was able to beat Megaman X on the Gamepad with no problem, everything played a-okay for me. :)

            Maybe they were playing in another room or really far away from the Wii U. lol

          • ChiffonCake

            Except that there is, what with the rolling HP counter and all. It’s been really long since I’ve played EB and I don’t exactly remember how important that was, but well, there you go.

          • mikanko

            6 or 8 frames of input lag is something a lot of casual players wouldn’t notice. Lots of popular games like Grand Theft Auto have larger number frames of lag between controller inputs and actual in game response and people rarely complain.

            It’s just something that’s going to piss off more hardcore types who are used to playing via better emulation or on an original SNES etc. Or something for people to complain about because they like to complain.

            For something like Super Metroid, if you were playing it extensively via another method and then switched to the Wii U ver., the transition might be a bit jarring, but for someone who hasn’t played the game in 10+ years, you likely won’t notice the difference. It’s definitely an annoyance just knowing it’s there, but I don’t think it’s really going to bother anyone in an RPG like Earthbound.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            try playing them in Wii Mode then?

      • anarchy_panty

        Surprisingly, it usually does. One really notable example would be the black label FFVII: it was a $80+ game for years, but the price just plummeted once it was released on the PSN. These days you’re lucky if you get $40 out of it.

      • idrawrobots

        I have wanted to play this for years, and haven’t because I wanted a legal way to play it because I respect Nintendo.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      The price is likely to remain relatively high simply due to the low supply. That said, the rerelease will at least remove some of the demand from the used market, so sellers might end up lowering their price as a result.

      • anarchy_panty

        There isn’t a low supply, though. At any given time throughout the year, there’s always around 20 copies of Earthbound listed on ebay, and they almost always sell. NoA expected the game to be pretty huge, so it’s likely that there’s around 300,000 NTSC copies of Earthbound floating around in the wild. I know at the shop I work at that we have two copies of it out on display, and another two in overstock, and I live in a relatively small town.

        • Tom_Phoenix

          No offence, but that’s anecdotal evidence. It could just as well mean that your shop was REALLY lucky, whereas most other shops weren’t. In fact, speaking from experience, living in a relatively obscure place can have its advantages precisely for this reason; you may get lucky and find something that is otherwise rare and expensive for relatively cheap.

          Either way, most of the time, you’re lucky if you can find a CARTRIDGE ONLY copy of Earthbound below $100. Don’t even get me started on the fully boxed copies, which can go for $500 or more.

          The fact of the matter is that the laws of supply and demand are always in effect. If there was a lot of Earthbound copies in the used market, the competition would inevitably force the price to decrease. As it stands, the price has increased substantially over the years, suggesting that the supply is very limited.

          Plus, Earthbound is obviously much sought after just as much for its very high resale value as it is beacuse of the game itself.

          • AJ

            I have noticed that the used games market seldom follows the laws of supply and demand. It has been compared at times to the comic book market before the crash – EVERYTHING is RARE and VALUABLE.

            I’ve seen a store with literally 50 copies of Final Fantasy IV on GBA trying to sell them for 50$ a piece because they are “rare”. They didn’t even take the 5$ price sticker off from the store THEY bought them from. Ugh.

            I’ve seen another store that sells highly sought after PS1 games…..except that 250$ copy of Suikoden seems a bit ridiculous when they have a massive stack of the same game.

            But that’s only because used game stores tend to be pretty damned sleazy. I think all the digital releases are actually helping that. But there is still a way to go.

    • Robgoro

      If anything, it might actually INCREASE the price by creating demand for the original copy. ESPECIALLY if the music has been altered or remastered.

  • Zonic505

    Well, THIS was a nice surprise! And it even includes a digital copy of the original strategy guide (even available online for free as well!). *downloads right away*

  • Guest

    Good work on the trailer, quite awe-inspiring. The digital strategy guide is a nice touch, it appears to have enemies names like Dali’s Clock unchanged.

    I’ll buy this when I have the chance!
    (And to prompt a Mother 3 release)

  • Robgoro

    This makes me wonder if they remixed the music in the game, given that only a couple of the songs they used were actually the originals.

  • TruSpindash

    That trailer really makes me want to replay Earthbound, but I will wait until I have a WiiU to do so.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    if this sells like crazy we might get Mother 3/earthbound 2 on the Eshop

    • AuraGuyChris

      If they can persuade Itoi to do another game, because right now he doesn’t want to make another Mother game.

      • Thom

        Well hey, opinions change like the wind. All we can do is warm his heart with a cool island song.

  • British_Otaku

    Sounds good between finally happening (hopefully Europe has it up too, we never had it localised, English only or Multi-5) and the guide being included.

    Since, I don’t have a Wii U yet, I’ll wait for it to go on the 3DS VC (come on, we could easily have a SNES VC and GBA VC, perhaps some rarer DS games on Download too) or till I get a Wii U.

  • Andres Pena

    i really hope they release it on the 3ds

  • King mogz

    Sorry, I’m not getting a Wii U just for this.

    • Jonah Paley

      I got a Wii-U for the express purpose of buying Earthbound, but I’m sure there will be plenty more games released soon for it that I’ll want (SSB4, Mario Kart 8, etc)

  • James Enk

    and Europe i think

  • Tonton Ramos

    Is Ness or Lucas gonna be revealed in Smash Bros 4. yet?

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