Mother 3 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mother 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Five cool games from Japan that never came to the west https://www.gameskinny.com/4ez06/five-cool-games-from-japan-that-never-came-to-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/4ez06/five-cool-games-from-japan-that-never-came-to-the-west Fri, 04 Dec 2015 08:57:42 -0500 Robert Sgotto

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Dragon Quest X

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If you haven't heard of Dragon Quest, it's a classic JRPG that used to be as big as Final Fantasy, at least in Japan.

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Dragon Quest X, the only entry in the series not to be released outside of Japan, is an MMO that combines the traditional Dragon Quest RPG elements with modern MMO mechanics.

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A multiplayer Dragon Quest isn't something we usually get, so missing out on this one was a big disappointment.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Square Enix has made many comments about why we haven't seen a North American release. They've talked about how they don't have the infrastructure to host servers in NA and how the game series isn't as popular as it once was.

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What it really comes down to is that entering the North American MMORPG market that's already dominated by World of Warcraft might be hard for a game like Dragon Quest.

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Mother 3 / Earthbound 2

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The third and final installment in the Mother series, Mother 3, or more commonly known as Earthbound 2 to western fans, is an RPG for the Gameboy Advance that follows the story of Lucas and his family.

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You might remember Lucas from Super Smash Brothers as the kid with psychic powers, like Ness.

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Fans have been asking Nintendo to release this one in North America for what feels like ages, and Nintendo has responded! By re-releasing it on the Wii U virtual console... in Japan only.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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The hardest thing going for this game was that it was released at the end of the GBA's life cycle. Nintendo was focusing on selling their new Nintendo DS handheld system (new at the time) and because of that some Gameboy games got left in the dust.

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Combine that with the series' popularity never breaking into the mainstream western audiences, Nintendo felt like we didn't want Mother 3.

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Nintendo might have been wrong about that, however, as there are fan translations of the game floating online, showing just how dedicated Earthbound fans can be. 

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Valkyria Chronicles III / Senjō no Valkyria 3: Unrecorded Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role playing series based loosely on Europe in the early years of World War II. The game takes a lot of inspiration from classics like Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan and it makes for a uniquely awesome experience.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Uh oh, here's another one from SEGA. At least they were honest with us this time and told us flat out why Valkyria Chronicles III never made it here.

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Hiroshi Seno, SEGA's team manager of console sales mentioned in an interview in Singapore that the PSP's low sales in North America and lack of interest in Valkyria Chronicles II was the reason for no western release of the third game.

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It's too bad we never saw this game come to the west, many critics say it's the best entry in the series yet.

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BS The Legend of Zelda / BS Zelda no Densetsu

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Back when console attachments were as popular as JNCO jeans, Nintendo made an accessory called the Satellaview. The device functioned by receiving TV satellite broadcast signals and allowed players to update and download games.

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While there were not a lot of notable games for the attachment, there was one that stood out from the rest.

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BS The Legend of Zelda for the SNES Satellaview was a remake of the classic original title, with updated graphics, new puzzles and locations, and a clock that had events tied with the time of day. The game is often compared to other "master quest" Zelda games and it's easy to see why.

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Why it didn't come to the west
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Well, considering how the Satellaview worked, it would have been pretty difficult for Nintendo to get us this game. If you thought this would have been pretty cool to play, you're in luck! People have made English translations of the ROM and released them online for anyone willing to tackle this master quest.

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Phantasy Star Online 2

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If you remember the first Phantasy Star Online you might have been excited for this game. Well, until SEGA said it has been delayed "indefinitely."

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Phantasy Star Online 2 was poised to be a massive improvement over the first game, and fans had good reason to be excited: It was the first direct sequel to the 2000 title - almost a 14-year gap between the two games!

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Why it didn't come to the west
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It looked like this game was coming to North America for the longest time. SEGA had advertised it to NA audiences, saying we'd be able to play it as soon as early 2013. But the only thing we got in 2013 was silence.

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SEGA has been asked to comment several times on the state of the North American release but their only response is that the western version has been delayed indefinitely.

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Part of the reality is the way they've worked merchandising into the game. There are in-game items you can get from popular animes like Attack on Titan and Fate/Stay Night. Figuring out the licencing for a North American release would be a nightmare, which is too bad because PSO2 looked awesome.

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When fans recently heard that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is not going to be released in North America, there was a huge outcry. 

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While that might be the big focus, there are other reasons for fans to be upset. Part of the issue is that the fans feel like they're being betrayed by the developers that they've supported. Of course, it's never that simple, and can be pretty complicated.

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There are lots of aspects that determine whether a game from Japan will make it west. Culture vs culture, licensing laws, money, criticism, and projected sales, just to name a few. But, no matter the reason, when you're looking forward to a game you like but then hear it won't be available in your country, it's going to be disappointing news. It's almost like hearing the game got cancelled, and that can be heartbreaking! (R.I.P. Silent Hills... *sniff*)

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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 isn't the first game from Japan that won't make it to North America, and it won't be the last. Here are five great looking games from Japan that just didn't make it to the west.

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I had to leave some other cool games off of this list, so if you think something else should be on this list, let us know!

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Recap of Today's Super Smash Bros. Presentation! https://www.gameskinny.com/85xvf/recap-of-todays-super-smash-bros-presentation https://www.gameskinny.com/85xvf/recap-of-todays-super-smash-bros-presentation Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:31:39 -0400 KungFro

In case you missed it, here's everything Masahiro Sakurai announced during today's special Super Smash Bros. presentation. All of this information pertains to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

A major software update has been released!

This is extremely important in order to access any content beyond this point!


3 New Fighters!
  1. Lucas (Mother 3) - returning veteran from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  2. Roy (Fire Emblem) - returning veteran from Super Smash Bros. Melee
  3. Ryu (Street Fighter) - brand new challenger and 3rd party character

Lucas was already officially revealed by Nintendo prior to this presentation, but this is the first time Nintendo has officially revealed Roy and Ryu. The two were leaked last month by Reddit user shinyquagsire23, but now we've got solid proof of their existence and release date – which happens to be today! Both characters will be released alongside Lucas for purchase in the Nintendo eShop today, so expect some server traffic!

Ryu has two final smashes?!

Lots of work went into Ryu's design, such as him being able to perform light, medium, and heavy attacks based on the duration of the player's inputs. He can also perform some of his special moves with either the usual B button combinations, or the moves' original Street Fighter inputs. Did I mention that he's also the first character in Smash history to have two final smashes?



New Mii Fighter costumes!
  1. Akira Yuki (Virtua Fighter)
  2. Jacky Bryant (Virtua Fighter)
  3. Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)
  4. Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
  5. Megaman.EXE (Mega Man Battle Network)
  6. ZERO (Mega Man X)
  7. Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy & Squid Hat (Splatoon)



New Stages! (Omega forms included!)

Suzaku Castle is a new Street Fighter stage to accompany Ryu, complete with classic and remixed themes from the Street Fighter series.

Dreamland (64) from the original Super Smash Bros. is returning alongside all of today's DLC content. The stage retains its original look, though it was cleaned up a bit to better match the quality expected of the new games.

The new Miiverse stage is exclusive to the Wii U version of the game, and will feature player posts about the characters within each match. This stage is completely free of charge.

Two other stages from the original Super Smash Bros. game, Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle, are confirmed to be in the works. Expect them to be released at some point in the future.


All things Amiibo!

September releases: R.O.B.Duck Hunt, and Mr. Game & Watch
Holiday release: Falco
Undated releases: Mii BrawlerMii Swordfighter, and Mii Gunner

MewtwoLucasRoy, and Ryu are all confirmed to receive amiibos in the future, as the entire Smash roster will eventually have amiibo figures.

New Trophies!

The update comes with unlockable trophies for all of the new characters. All they require to be unlocked is to beat All-Star mode with the respective character. There is also a new Splatoon trophy, as well as one for Street Fighter's Ken Masters.

Tourney Mode & YouTube Replays!

Tourney Mode is set for release as a free update in August.

YouTube replays will eventually be released as a free feature exclusive to the Wii U version of the game, allowing any user with a Google account to upload their replays directly to YouTube.

And there you have it! Everything that has been confirmed for the Smash series is listed here. The prices of all content can be found through the source link.

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Mother 3 Not So Popular Among Japanese Mother Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/7rbp3/mother-3-not-so-popular-among-japanese-mother-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/7rbp3/mother-3-not-so-popular-among-japanese-mother-fans Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:45:57 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Mother 2, also known as EarthBound, is loved by both sides of the Pacific for its charm, memorable characters, and striking social commentary. A Western EarthBound fan would naturally assume that Mother 3 on the Game Boy Advance is just as loved in its native country as it is overseas, but that seems not to be the case.

Fansite EarthBound Central gives us a peek into what the Japanese Mother fanbase thinks about the third entry to the series. A couple of comments can be seen below:

I’m sure Nintendo wants to bury this failure of a game in the darkness forever. I bet they’re thinking on the inside, “Dammit, mind your own business and don’t bring this game back up!”

Mother 3 is such a serious piece of garbage that it might be better for them NOT to play it. I was a fanboy of the game since it was announced for the N64, but the game turned out so horrible that it made me loathe Itoi

Stinging words to we overseas fans of the series who find the third game to be worthy of the Mother title. It's not too far off to guess that the negative fan reaction to Mother 3 is because the game is just so depressing.

While Mother 2/EarthBound had its share of dark social commentary, the third game really turns it up in terms of terrible things happening to generally good people. Such dark themes are generally not to the Japanese public's taste. I guess now we know why Shigesato Itoi streamed Mother 2 instead of Mother 3 earlier this year.

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