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In light of the recent announcement that the cult classic Mother 3 will yet again see a Japan only release, the outcry for action has reached new heights. The fanbase has been pleading for a localized version ever since the game’s release all the way back in 2006; despite this, nothing has ever come of it. Now that Mother 3 is making its way to Nintendo Switch Online in Japan only, fans are once again up in arms asking to be able to play the game in English. The creator of the game, Shigesato Itoi, has spoken out on Twitter requesting that fans ask Nintendo about that, not him.



Who has control over Mother 3’s localization?


While it is undoubtedly very frustrating how often Nintendo seems to disregard the idea of localizing Mother 3, it isn’t the fault of Itoi. Sure, he did create the game, but the aspect of localization is a completely separate area of Nintendo’s organization that he would likely have little to no influence over. One must imagine he is also disappointed to a degree by the lack of a localization effort, so it isn’t very productive to only reach out to him when asking. 



How to celebrate Mother 3 in the West


At the very least, now’s a better time than ever to try and get into Mother 3. While the only option for most is the fan translation, that’s still an excellent way to experience this beloved game. If you’re content to wait and hope for anything official, you can at the very least bide your time with the plush set and Nintendo Switch Online icons coming soon. 



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Written by Abbie Maxwell

Lifelong Nintendo fangirl, Abbie holds a special place in her heart for video games. She has always strived to provide tips and tricks to make the experiences of those who share her passions that much better.