EarthBound for GameCube was considered by Nintendo and Namco

EarthBound for GameCube Mother Shigesato Itoi Satoru Iwata

[Update: The NintendoSoup translation provided in this article about EarthBound for GameCube has been found to contain errors. According to professional translator Clyde Mandelin (known, among other things, for the Mother 3 fan translation), Shigesato Itoi did not offer the story of a new game to Satoru Iwata. Rather, Mandelin states, “Itoi basically says, ‘I mean, it’s obvious Iwata set this idea/proposal up,’ nothing about offering Iwata to come up with the game’s story.” The original story follows.]

July 11 is the anniversary of the passing of universally beloved former Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata. Yasuyuki Honne, an artist, director, and producer at Monolith Soft, took to Twitter to recount a very interesting story about meeting both Satoru Iwata and Shigesato Itoi, the Mother (EarthBound in English) series creator. In this story, Honne divulges that Nintendo and Namco were at one point considering EarthBound for GameCube, and there are mock-ups to prove it!

NintendoSoup provides a translation of these tweets:

Looking forward to the Iwata-san book. I met both Iwata-san and Itoi-san in 2003 when Namco and Nintendo were considering to make a GameCube version for Mother (Earthbound). I created a mockup which was showed to Iwata-san. I felt Ito-san wasn’t interested, and suspected so as the conversation continued…

Then Itoi-san said, ‘In any case, perhaps Iwata-kun should come up with the story?’ Everyone in the room gasped. Iwata looked shocked. In the end the conversation drifted, but Itoi-san amused himself with the idea of the ‘felt taste’ that resembled America in the 80s. So this is the picture that I thought would never see the day of light again. My memories of Summer 2003.

Man, can you guys imagine? An EarthBound game for GameCube with a story by Satoru Iwata?! It boggles the mind! I’d like to travel to a parallel dimension where that came to fruition. Shigesato Itoi is truly full of surprises.

For sure, tell us in the comments what you think of this huge revelation!


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!