I’m a pretty shameful gamer in some respects–I haven’t ever played Cave Story or Final Fantasy VII, just for starters. Another game that has escaped me for the longest time was Earthbound. Granted, my SNES years were very limited in terms of game purchases–I only own nine cartridges. There are some good gems in there like Shadowrun, Mechwarrior, Super Castlevania IV and Super R-Type. This means I did not fully understand the gravity of the situation leading up to the 2006 release of Mother 3 nor the fan anger at the lack of localization plans on the part of Nintendo. It was only thanks to the constant chatter about this game that got me looking into it. It sounds just like the type of game I would like to play and think about.
Where was I? Oh yes. Thanks to the untiring dedication of a team of Mother 3 fans over nearly two years, there is hope for us deficient in the Japanese language skills. This week, the Mother 3 fan translation has been released and, through some voodoo trickery (to me at least), you can now play through the game in English. The download and instructions on ways to play can be found on the Mother 3 Fan Translation site.
This is absolutely motivating me to learn how to do fancy things to carts and ROMs and such that I never imagined tackling so I can play this on my Nintendo DS (or my Game Boy Advance SP).