Earthbound (aka Mother 2) and Earthbound Beginnings (aka Mother) are finally on Nintendo Switch Online, and they don’t even require that expensive expansion pack! But why did it take so long for these beloved cult classic NES and SNES games to be released on Switch?
Nintendo is very protective of the Earthbound franchise, and this is in large part because the games’ creator, Shigesato Itoi, is also very protective of them. He considers his trilogy of games to be a standalone creation that don’t need to be revisited endlessly, and he’s actively opposed to sequels.
Itoi actually has a very cute friendship with several key members of Nintendo’s staff. The way he talks about his relationship with Satoru Iwata is just the sweetest thing. We didn’t even have time in this video to cover how he and Iwata used to ride around on trains together, and Iwata would talk at Itoi so much that Itoi would fall asleep mid-conversation.
It’s just nice. It’s a sweet, sweet relationship, and that justifies this video in our minds.
Also, under no accounts should you look up what Itoi had to say about Iwata’s funeral, unless you want to cry.
Ask Iwata (book, published by Itoi’s media company, Hobonichi)