Western Earthbound Fans Spam the Japanese Mother 2 MiiVerse Demanding a Western Release

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This Sunday, I spent about an hour delving through the past 24 hours of messages on the Mother 2 MiiVerse page that went live last week as part of the Mother 2 (Earthbound) re-release on the Japanese Wii U virtual console.

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And what surprised me as I looked through the message board was the amount of messages in English I came across. What didn't surprise me was their common theme: releasing Mother 2 (Earthbound) on Western virtual consoles.

Some of these messages were nice.

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Other messages were rude.

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Some were creative.

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While others were... barely legible.

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Some were rather creepy.

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But my personal favorite one is the guy who admitted to piracy on a public forum owned by the people he pirated from.

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Fantastic.

Mother 2 (Earthbound) was released on the Japanese Wii U virtual console on March 20, 2013. There is currently no word on an international virtual console release. Earthbound was originally released on the SNES in 1994 in Japan and in the United States in 1995.

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DISCUSSION

Vasid
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Dear Nintendo:
Because of you, Piracy is winning.

For every game you don't release here in America that's just one more large patch of fans tempted by the thought of downloading it for free.

Mind you on this one I also blame music copyright laws as a bit part of the issue is apparently the wide variety of music on use in the game, but, as a musician, I have to say that copyright laws on music are blatantly retarded. Especially given that EVERY artists music, at least if they're making something mainstream, is generally based on all of previous music they heard. Music is like 90% mimicry and 10% creativity.