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EarthBound fans have offered to give their translation of sequel Mother 3 to Nintendo for free if it will help secure a Western release.

 

I’ll even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.

 

Clyde Mandelin (known as Tomato in the community) made the offer to Nintendo this morning, explaining “I realize that localizing a game this size can cost a lot, so if it’ll help in even the slightest, I’ll gladly offer to let Nintendo use my text translation files for any use at all, completely for free. I’ll even edit the files to fit whatever new standards are necessary (content, formatting, memory size, etc.), completely for free. I’ll even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.”

Mandelin has worked as a professional translator on games including Kingdom Hearts 2, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, in addition to professional anime translation for Dragon Ball and Lupin the 3rd. “I definitely realize this is a silly-sounding offer and all, but I figure it’s better to make the offer and seem silly than possibly miss an opportunity entirely,” he wrote.

The EarthBound series is called Mother in Japan, with EarthBound known as Mother 2. In 2006, Mother 3 was released for Game Boy Advance in Japan but Nintendo made it clear that there were no plans to release it in the West. Later that year, fans rallied to put together a translation that was ultimately released in 2008 (and updated in 2009). Nintendo has never discussed plans to release Mother 3 outside of Japan, though main character Lucas was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii in 2008.

“In the end, if localizing Mother 3 should ever come up in a Nintendo business meeting or whatever and someone brings up budget concerns or it costing too much, my hope is that someone will at least mention this offer too, even if it isn’t accepted,” Mandelin concluded.

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced plans to release EarthBound on Virtual Consolein the West.

We've reached out to Nintendo about the offer and will update this story with any comment we receive.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/20/earthbound-fans-offer-sequel-translation-to-nintendo-for-free?abthid=51730052646cbcfd4b000009

 



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I hope that Nintendo takes the offer. Translation is the only cost that would keep it off the Virtual Console. Taking the free fan translation and make money off those same fans is a no-brainer.

Nintendo should take the offer and put the game on 3DS, since it would be neat to be able to carry it around.

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I feel your pain, Clyde Mandelin. I tried to help out the Pokemon Co. with my opinions through email. They were great opinions surely, they just didn't want my help! I doubt Nintendo will want yours, either.

Carl is a Piplup hater and deserves to be punished eternally.

They did say that GBA games might be coming, and if the response to Earthbound is sufficient, they could certainly pull a Sin and Punishment on us.

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Nintendo has the most detached corporate culture in the world. Nothing in the sphere of public opinion ever makes it through to the people in charge. At least with MS, Sony, etc they know what the concerns are and just refuse to do anything about them. Nintendo isn't even on the same planet as its customers.

They'd probably turn down $100m from someone offering to publish and take all responsibility.



This guy did the translation for Lupin III? You can't take the offer fast enough Nintendo. I know you have a policy about this and all, but seriously, it would help your street credz.

Now if only Nintendo were a group of people who listened to things like this lol.

(But then again we did have Rainfall. Maybe they'll decide after Earthbound's sales).

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Now if only Nintendo were a group of people who listened to things like this lol.

(But then again we did have Rainfall. Maybe they'll decide after Earthbound's sales).

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Soleron said:

Nintendo has the most detached corporate culture in the world. Nothing in the sphere of public opinion ever makes it through to the people in charge. At least with MS, Sony, etc they know what the concerns are and just refuse to do anything about them. Nintendo isn't even on the same planet as its customers.

They'd probably turn down $100m from someone offering to publish and take all responsibility.

I agree with the first sentence, but they did finally - FINALLY - hear Earthbound fans. Granted, this is little more than a ROM dump, but maybe, just maybe they'll take these guys' offer and... eh, who am I kidding.