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Mother 3 Is on Switch Online, But Only in Japan

Mother 3 in Japanese Nintendo Switch Online

Japanese players subbed to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which includes the Game Boy Advance library, can now officially play Mother 3. It was revealed in Japan’s version of the recent Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase.

The bad news is there’s no word yet as of this writing if it’ll follow in the West. In 2022, though, Nintendo of America released the first and second titles—EarthBound Beginnings and EarthBound—on NSO. If you can’t wait any longer, a famous fan translation for Mother 3 exists online.

In celebration of Mother 3’s NSO launch, creator Shigesato Itoi shared a letter to fans with a heart-wrenching explanation of why he named the series “Mother“. Read the English translation provided by Twitter/X user StageCraftBeast (@StageCraftBeast) below.

Mother 3 Plushies

In other news, the Hobonichi Mother Project will sell plushies of Lucas, Klaus, Kumatora, and Duster. It will be released in May, and yes, they do ship to the United States. So get those wallets ready!


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Tin Manuel

Tin Manuel

Tin is a Graphic Designer by the day & an adventurer in whatever game she is playing at night. She gets giddy talking about RPG games (specifically JRPGs), new releases, and loves almost every female protagonist. She loves animals but has a great fondness towards pugs & shibas. She’s forgetful at times but she will never forget Aerith’s death in 480p.

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