Question from bporges88

Will they ever bring Earthbound to the Wii?

I heard that they said that they would bring Earthbound to the Wii Virtual Console some where in either 2007 or 2008. Well where is it?! I want to know what happed and what the heck were they thinking?

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evil_robot_ted answered:

It was given an ESRB rating in May 2008. It also appeared as a timed demo in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros Brawl, though it has not been released on the Virtual Console yet there, either.

The reasons cited for the delays could be purely speculative, but some could have merit. For one, some recent Virtual Console releases are known to have been slightly reworked to remove bright flashes of white during gameplay. (The most widely identified example of this is with the Metal Slug games for Neo Geo.) These revisions are the result of newer federal gaming standards to minimize consumer susceptibility to epileptic seizures - regulations that were not in place at the time of many games' original releases. As you may know, the combat mode of Earthbound has MANY instances of intense background flashes, and editing this without taking some of the fun away may have needed approval or input from the original design team.

Another reason for the release delays may be traced to the music in the North American version, which is said to borrow heavily from some American classic rock classics such as "Johnny B. Good." This issue, however, appears less likely as a cause of delay.

The true answer may simply be some unfounded business strategy. Perhaps Nintendo is trying to spread out the releases of their vintage titles in some arbitrary way. But hopefully Earthbound won't be released near the end of the Virtual Console's life cycle, much as it was for the SNES's.
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bghvgjdh answered:

No one will know until Nintendo announces it. If they have already, please excuse my ignorance.
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Nimai1985 answered:

There are numerous issues with publishing in US, so you might have to wait a while, if not forever. I think there are some petitions about it around.
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MasterLink156 answered:

The ESRB has given a rating but just like Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3, it is up to Nintendo to decide.
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iamDMAS answered:

Heh, I don't have or own a wii, but for sake of the others... (puts his hands together) please let it come out please let it come out please let it come out PLEASE LET IT COME OUT!! (takes his hands apart) Do you need something?
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Mtinboy answered:

Maybe, but when it will be released is unknown.
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Spike answered:

Nobody knows for sure, but Nintendo Power magazine has promised that it will be at some point.
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