'Earthbound', known as 'Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back' in Japan, originally released in June of 1995 for Super Nintendo.
Formally announced this morning by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the cult-classic RPG Earthbound will be releasing later this year onto the Wii U as a Virtual Console title.
"It's really about re-releasing this old game but certainly, in the announcement, Iwata - who is our global President - acknowledged our great Earthbound fan base there and he actually referenced some of the posts that were made on MiiVerse about people wanting this specific game," said Nintendo of America's Kit Ellis. "We're glad we can finally make that happen."
The original game was created by Shigesato Itoi and was known as Mother 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back in Japan before releasing in North America for the Super Nintendo as Earthbound in 1995. As it turns out, Iwata himself worked on the game as a programmer.
"You could definitely see a twinkle in his eye as he made the announcement," Ellis comment upon Iwata's announcement. "[He] was really pleased to release the game once more outside of Japan."
Outside of being a downloadable title for Wii U's Virtual Console, Earthbound will be largely unchanged from its SNES original version. No hard release date has yet been set, but Ellis stressed that the game will come out "later this year."