While today was an unusually heavier day for gaming news, it was an unusually heavy day for down time as well.
Days off will to that to you.
A bit unfortunate when they collide, but quality of gaming life is important to maintain. While Nintendo had a rather lengthy Nintendo Direct regarding a slew of awesome titles, I felt slightly responsible in at least bringing to light one of the most long awaited titles they name dropped.
That’s right, after uncountable years of fan outcry (probably since Melee at 12 years), and an unknowable number of main Nintendo consoles that missed out (Three), EarthBound is finally coming as a downloadable title to the Wii U Virtual Console! Yes, the fan favorite SNES RPG is finally re debuting for both old Nintendo fans to enjoy once again, and new Nintendo fans to experience first time. Earthbound was never my favorite SNES Nintendo Era RPG, competing with heavy hitters such as Final Fantasy 3, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Mario RPG, but definitely still fell into the same tier of quality.
Why did this finally happen you ask? Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, mentions the fan out cry was at a fever pitch, in part due to the game being released on the Japan Virtual Console on the Wii U. Outcry loud enough, in fact, that Nintendo decided it only proper to bring it to both American and European shores. I’m speculating this only to be a half truth, as the Miiverse was screaming bloody murder over Earthbound, even before the Virtual Console freebee’s were launched.
I’m imagining what happened, was something akin to the final fight scene in Serenity, in which an impassioned Nintendo fan broke into the company, had an epic fight with Mr. Iwata, and then forced him to watch the never ending stream of comments from the Miiverse in regards to Earthbound.
However it happened (likely my scenario), it looks as if Nintendo is trying to build better worlds. We can all breath a sigh of relief, knowing we’ll have sanctioned and ease of access to Earthbound on another Nintendo console by years end.
Look forward to my full report on the Nintendo Direct video tomorrow night.