Looking through Nintendo’s back catalogue there are plenty of critically acclaimed games that first time out missed millions and would be ripe for a Nintendo Switch re-release. Super Mario RPG is one such title that springs to mind, which was launched in Japan and America back in the 90s – but never made its way to Europe. While the original Sin & Punishment is another game which for years was only available in Japan, until it thankfully got a release in the West on the Wii Virtual Console.
But, more than any other game, there is one Nintendo title that gamers in the West have been clamouring for.
Mother 3 is arguably the Holy Grail of Nintendo games, the concluding chapter of the Mother trilogy and the follow-up to Mother 2 – which in the West was known as Eartbound.
It was first released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan on April 20 2006, before getting a re-release for the Wii U Virtual Console – in Japan again – in 2016.
Development on the RPG spanned 12 years and four consoles, with it originally intended to launch on the SNES, before work on it moving onto the N64 and the 64DD add-on.
It has gone on to gain a reputation as one of the best Nintendo games ever, and one of the best games of all-time.
But sadly it has never officially been released in the West, with those hoping to play an English-language version of it having to rely on a fan translation.