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MOTHER/EarthBound series:

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There are probably a few legal issues with selling fan work, so an original translation is more likely, but considering the series' status, it's much more likely that it just won't be released on non-Japanese Virtual Consoles.

edited 17th Apr '13 10:22:28 PM by Null

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 152 Waxing Name, Wed, 17th Apr '13 10:20:39 PM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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[up]Tomato actually has offered Nintendo to use his translation for official use with no legal issues.
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Regardless of whether Tomato has given them permission, there's still the fact that the translation, as the work of a third party, would have to be comprehensively edited and assessed to comply with Nintendo's own standards and policies, in addition to submitting what would effectively be a new release to Western ratings authorities. It could certainly save some time, but I don't know how willing they are to release the third game in the rest of the world.

edited 17th Apr '13 10:55:15 PM by Null

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 154 Marioguy 128, Wed, 17th Apr '13 11:19:22 PM from various galaxies
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Yeah, it's not really a good idea for people in the industry to refer to fan translations in any way. You'll probably see Nintendo's own translation, IF we even get Mother 3.
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 155 Spooky Mask, Wed, 17th Apr '13 11:24:02 PM from Corner in round room Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah, I've never seen anyone take fan translations...
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 156 Great T, Thu, 18th Apr '13 12:51:33 AM from an unnamed fictional continent
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Just imagine if fan translations were taken. The hilarity of the supposed implications of a certain half-elf's... capabilities in bed could be made canon.

edited 18th Apr '13 12:52:15 AM by GreatT

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I can't see all of the expletives or Club Titiboo's name staying in an official English release for Mother 3.

 158 Waxing Name, Thu, 18th Apr '13 8:51:07 AM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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[up]Or they could just rate it T if Nintendo wants to avoid backlash.
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Only downside. so far it seems to be Wii U only. so yay 3ds owners like me get nothing.
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 160 Mach Three Slug, Thu, 18th Apr '13 7:24:26 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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It's not just America and Europe who are getting EarthBound. It's coming out in Australia and New Zealand as well.
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 161 Waxing Name, Thu, 18th Apr '13 11:27:52 PM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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 162 Zendervai, Fri, 19th Apr '13 9:38:24 AM from North Toronto Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
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With the fan translation thing, X Seed actually hired the guy who did the fan translation for Ys: Oath in Felghana and basically used it.
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 163 Anomalocaris 20, Fri, 19th Apr '13 12:47:28 PM from Mr. Bones' Wild Ride Relationship Status: In another castle
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I wouldn't mind if Nintendo were to just use the Tomato translation. Some may call that "lazy", I call it "practical".

I mean, yeah, it's unlikely for them to use a fan translation, but I'm just saying it would be pretty cool if they did. The only things I could see them needing to change would be some cusswords (Which would be a shame, that Pigmask telling you to "get out of the damn way" is one of my favorite pieces of NPC dialogue from the translation) and maybe "Club Titiboo" just for sounding rather awkward. Would be nice if they could just keep it and rate it T, but I see that as being unlikely.

Regarding this actual rerelease of Earthbound, do you think the game will be changed at all from the SNES version? Like, any edit to the translation or somesuch?
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 164 beorc, Fri, 19th Apr '13 3:32:57 PM from the white void Relationship Status: I know
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So...it's pretty much confirmed that the supposed legal issues were never really a problem to begin with. I've been suspecting this for a while... [up]Along with this, it looks like there won't be any changes from the SNES version.

edited 19th Apr '13 3:36:17 PM by beorc

 165 Great T, Fri, 19th Apr '13 3:39:41 PM from an unnamed fictional continent
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I can just imagine someone giving Ness a congratulatory noogie for this.
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 166 Physical Stamina, Fri, 19th Apr '13 7:10:49 PM from boooouuunnnddd to fall iiiiin loooooooove Relationship Status: If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it
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[up][up]With that in mind, you think they'll bring Mother 3 over if Nintendo decides to port it to the 3DS or something?
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Translation and international release is almost guaranteed for a remake; it's releasing the GBA game on VC we're dubious about.
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They did release some GBA games for the 3DS Ambassador program, so there is precedent...well, sort of.

edited 19th Apr '13 7:54:36 PM by universalperson

 169 Marioguy 128, Fri, 19th Apr '13 8:16:09 PM from various galaxies
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There's just one problem. Those were done through the leftover GBA hardware that was still in the 3DS, not emulators the VC uses. Having GBA VC games on the 3DS ain't that simple.
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 170 Waxing Name, Sat, 20th Apr '13 9:28:17 AM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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[up]What's stopping them from releasing it on the eShop?
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 171 0dd 1, Sun, 21st Apr '13 8:38:49 PM from Nowhere Land
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Just one thing regarding the fan translation, Tomato does work as an official translator in both the video game and anime industries, so it wouldn't be much of a stretch for them to hire him and then just maybe ask him to change some things if they have any specific issues.
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 172 Red M, Mon, 6th May '13 8:35:28 PM Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
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Just started playing Mother 3, and I have to say, the music will be stuck in my head all week.
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 173 Waxing Name, Sat, 6th Jul '13 9:00:29 AM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Don't let it die
I'm still following the MOTHER 1 remake hack, and they've made two awesome mixes using SNES sound: The End, and Bein' Friends. The latter is even mixed with Onett's theme.
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 174 Ogodei, Sat, 6th Jul '13 3:15:37 PM from stalking Sakaki
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So... what became of this? When's the game coming?

 175 Waxing Name, Sat, 6th Jul '13 7:48:20 PM from The floor of the 54 Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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[up]Do you mean the remake hack?
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