So for those who haven't heard, Mother 2 is finally being released for the Virtual Console in Japan this March.
It's part of a celebration of the NES 30th anniversary where they're releasing a game on the Wii U VC each month...however, we've already seen the list of games for North America, and it's been replaced by another game on there (I assume the same is true for Europe; I haven't heard otherwise).
I want to stay hopeful and think that maybe they're still going to bring it over, they just didn't include it as part of the anniversary celebration because it's not as big a deal here...but perhaps I should know better. And yet, the thing that always seemed odd about Earthbound not being on VC is that it was never made available in Japan either. If they're finally releasing it over there, I would think any major obstacle preventing it from being released must've been taken care of, right?
Also, from what Itoi has said, I get the impression they're planning to rerelease all three games...and what do you know, they've just revealed that there are going to be Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console, so I expect Mother 3 will end up on there. Which depresses me even more...if the rerelease had been a compilation on the 3DS or something I would have had some hope of it being localized, but I highly doubt they'll localize a VC port. I'm pretty sure they've never done that before.
And here I was getting really hopeful about the games finally being made available in the west too. Itoi (and Iwata too, I think) have acknowledged the series' western fans several times recently. In fact, Itoi met and had a talk with one, and it apparently made an impression on him because he talked about it in an interview that otherwise had nothing to do with Mother series. And that combined with his sudden revealing of plans to rerelease the Mother games made me think that maybe they would actually have a western release in mind.
Admittedly, I'm making a lot of assumptions here and maybe I'll proven wrong and the games will be localized, but I'm just not so sure anymore...