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If Nintendo released Mother 3 in the West, what would it be called?

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Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day with a real mother’s party. We kicked off with our weekly Box Art Brawl Poll pitting EarthBound against Mother 2. We then looked back at memories old and new of both EarthBound and the legendary (and legendaryly sobering) Mother 3.

And then we continued with the centerpiece of our celebration, a true labor of love from one of NL’s longtime senior video producers, Mr. Zion Grassle. His hour-long video – “The MOTHER We Share: Our EarthBound Story” – brought a whole bunch of die-hard EarthBound fans (including one Undertale creator Toby Fox) into exploring why the series means so much to so many gamers. It really is something and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Mother3
Image: Nintendo Life / Gavin Lane

And after that, we asked the last question and asked your opinion through a series of polls: does Nintendo really need to release more Mother 3 in the West?

Despite our wish that as many players as possible have easy access to the 2006 Japan-only release of the GBA, given the relative ease with which fans can play the phenomenal fan translation these days (and the term “fan translation” contradicts the A-grade professional quality Clyde Mandelin and co.), we wondered if everyone who wanted to play Mother 3 had already done so, making a Nintendo release of the game somewhat redundant at this point.

Well, it looks like a lot of Mother fans are still holding back from diving into the third game! Even for those who have played the unofficial localization, most will play again to experience Nintendo’s take on the final chapter of Shigesato Itoi’s trilogy.

And it got us thinking: What would you call the official release of the game in the West?

Original Mum for Famicom saw its first Western release on Wii U called EarthBound Beginnings. Mother 3’s reputation predates this, but that Nintendo won’t make an implicit connection to the series’ overseas moniker is incredibly unlikely.

So, hypothetically, what would it be called? Well, here are a few options we came up with – check out the poll at the end and let us know which one you prefer. Alternatively, give us more and it is better options in the comments! Let’s start simple…

Adventures of Klaus and Lucas
Image: Nintendo Life / Zion Grassle

Earthbound 2

Most people suggest playing EarthBound Beginnings only after you’ve started with the SNES sequel, as it’s essentially like an 8-bit “sketch” of an idea that will reach its full potential in 16-bit form.

So if we’re treating Mother 1 as a prequel-style story, perhaps we’re stigmatizing the EarthBound sequel. Earthbound 2 would be the best way to go.

EarthBound 2: Mother 3

Alternatively, you can aim for the best of both worlds and include Mother 3 as well. Remember all Super Mario Bros. remakes. GBA and their terribly confusing names? For example, Super Mario Bros. Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. Bet they’re glad they didn’t have to talk that loud every time it’s mentioned on the Nintendo Power podcast, amirite?

EarthBound 2: Mother 3 would be positively elegant by comparison.

3arthBound

When in doubt, make the letter “E” the number “3”. We are sure that this should be a marketing saying. (Or maybe it’s When in doubt, do “A” “4”?)

Despite this, it’s a relatively common – albeit unimaginative – tactic when it comes to triquels, to invert the “E” to become a “3”. Unfortunately, in this case, this makes the name of the game look like BarthBound.

Perhaps there is a better way…

Earth3ound

Hm, Earth sound?

Maybe it’s just us, but Earth3ound this is definitely an improvement as the rounded back of the ‘3’ fits more nicely with the curves of the ‘B’.

Lucas hides
Image: Nintendo Life / Zion Grassle

Mother 3

There is an argument that it is best to keep things simple. The fans know Mother 3 — they have been screaming about it for a long time! – so why bother?

Well, we would say that the whole point of releasing the game in the West is to expand the horizons of the game beyond the super passionate fans who already know the series inside out. The use of the Japanese title – as beautiful as it is to the narrative of this particular entry and the series as a whole – is sure to confuse new players who might think they need to play Mother 1 and 2 first.

What can they do! But there’s a layer of confusion here for the casual gamer that Nintendo would understandably want to avoid.

Earth bound endings

Everything that has a beginning has an end, right? And let’s face it, Mother 3 has more than its fair share of “endings”. If you want to simply and sensibly tie this into existing localized entries and nicely complete the trilogy, Earth bound endings not a bad option.

Or Earth3ound Endings if you’re just have to put the number in there.

Grandmother

This one omits “EarthBound” and thus doesn’t explicitly link the game to previous games… but we like it anyway. Who can resist a play on words, huh? Anyone who has seen any of our article slogans knows that we suck at this sort of thing.

This particular example contains no hints, but you can’t have everything. This is Mother’s game. It is undeniably great. Grandmotherwill soon appear on the switchboard near you.

We can dig it out.

Mother Earth

Is this regional mashup too intrusive?

EarthMother

This regional mashup is also… rubbish?

Lucas Field
Image: Nintendo Life / Zion Grassle

Mother 3: Finally

Finally we did it!

Okay, it’s a wildcard and a little silly, but as we mentioned above, completion is a heavy topic in Mother 3, so this joke title wouldn’t be the most inappropriate title, would it?


These are our ideas. Let us know below which one you think is the best, and obviously feel free to reveal your marketing prowess in the comments with further suggestions. Mum!




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