Discuss about this predicament. Reason 2 is the reason why Nintendo irks me at times...
Well, that's incredibly disappointing. I've been wanting to play Earthbound since the first Smash Bros. but don't like using emulators. (Namely due to lack of control and poor PC performance than anything really) I hope that these legal issues get settled soon.
^ This along with the fact that there will be no more Mother games means I'll never be able to have a chance at playing this series ever. Changing the copyrighted music and names would also cause a backlash from the fans like remastered versions/special editions of popular films.
@Ghetsis-Dennis ala Star Wars and Han Shot First.
Even though replacing those tracks will cause backlash, is it better to see the game rereleased on Virtual Console for $8, rather than searching for an affordable and real copy of EarthBound on Amazon or eBay.
I wouldn't complain about being unable to play Earthbound 1 if Nintendo would just make a new Earthbound game, like for the 3DS. Some sort of Earthbound 3D game would sell like hotcakes, there's that big of a fanbase for it. I'd like to play just one Earthbound game myself, but no E1 for Virtual Console and not having an NES to play E2... yeah, that stinks.
For a long time, I've been wanting a re-release or remake of one of the Mother games (any of the three will do), though this is pretty much the biggest obstacle yet, I mean, we worked hard for Mother 3, we didn't get it, so we were forced to wait two-three years for a fan translation, which was only done by two people.
Seeing The Misadventures of Tron Bonne on the Playstation Network is the same situation as EarthBound on the Virtual Console.
But I am still mad for just changing the music. I could just mute the TV and play it on my iPad to have to full effect. I just want to see it for $8 playable instead of $149 on Amazon.
Really disappointing. I never played any EarthBound game. I could use an emulator, but for the same reasons Otika mentioned, I won't.
The EarthBound franchise has a similar problem, not only does Itoi have no interest in making more Mother games, but Nintendo has REFUSED to re-release, or even remake the games, I mean, they made HG/SS because of popular demand, but refuse to do anything with the EarthBound franchise at all, they even removed the EarthBound demo from the international releases of Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Apparently, SOMEONE at Nintendo doesn't like EarthBound...
Won't Get Fooled Again.
As for my quote, wasn't HGSS made because of the fact that you couldn't "catch em' all" without the use of Nintendo events or cheating? You can catch most from RSE and FRLG and DPPt, but not Ho-oh or Lugia. Thus HGSS was made. Either that or popular demand or more ¥en.