Mother 3 was first released solely in Japan for the Game Boy Advance. Fans in the West have been begging for an English release ever since.
Shinichi Kameoka, Mother 3’s producer, recently offered his opinions on why the game has never been translated. During a Q&A with the Kit & Krysta Podcast, he stated:
Perhaps the main selling feature of Mother 3 is Shigesato Itoi’s distinctive writing style; translating the charm and subtleties of his writing into other languages is quite a problem, which may explain why overseas releases of Mother 3 have taken so long.
About Mother 3
When questioned about the characters in Mother 3, Kameoka said, “Itoi-san had already put in a lot of effort and produced characters for the 64 edition, so I already had a lot to work with.” He also said that his favorite characters are the Magypsies.
Mother 3 first appeared for the Game Boy Advance in 2006. It was followed by EarthBound Beginnings for the Famicom and EarthBound for the SNES.
The third and final episode in the Mother series is Mother 3. It was created by HAL Laboratory, Inc., Nintendo, and Brownie Brown and released on April 20, 2006 for the Game Boy Advance by Nintendo.
It is presently only available in Japan. There have, however, been several fan-made English translations of it. Shigesato Itoi designed and directed it, while Shgo Sakai composed the soundtrack. Mother 3 follows Lucas, a young kid, and his pals as they go to the Nowhere Islands to defend the islands from an invading army and its commander, who have been bringing new technology and infrastructure to the islands.
The game stayed around the top of Famitsu’s most sought games list until its release. According to Weekly Famitsu, Mother 3 was the most anticipated game in Japan just before its release.