Almost 20 years after its original SNES release in Japan and America, Earthbound will be available to European gamers later this year via the Virtual Console, along with several other games.

It appears Nintendo is on a full-on nostalgia-attack this week. In the same Nintendo Direct live feed where a new Link to the Past game was announced, Nintendo revealed that Japanese role-playing game Earthbound would be arriving on European shores for the first time ever via the Virtual Console, later this year.

A release on the Japanese Virtual Console on March 20th fueled hopes that the game might also prove popular enough to make it here, which turned out to be correct.

Earthbound – actually the second game in the Japanese Mother series – has become a cult-favourite since its release on the SNES in 1994/1995. Critics praised the way the game poked fun at genre conventions, as well as lovingly acting as a homage to them. Earthbound will likely be more familiar to European fans through its protagonist Ness, who showed up as a brawler in the Super Smash Brothers series.

The title will join a number of other games which are due to be released on the Virtual Console this year, including:


  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong Jr
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Punch-Out
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi’s Cookie


  • F-Zero
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid

GBC (3DS Virtual Console Only)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons