Most of you have probably heard of Lucas from the Super Smash Bros. series. If you live in North America, though, you might not be aware that he first appeared in a title called Mother 3. Mother 3 is the sequel to Mother 2, which is known as Earthbound in North America. Americans never had a chance to play the GBA Mother 3. This is most likely due to to a bit of controversy.
Nintendo of America, why did you deny us?
According to Game Informer Senior Editor Imran Khan, Mother 3 was in the cards for localization in America, but was halted:
Mother 3 AFAIK is a dead end.
It was full steam ahead for a while but upon re-evaluation there were aspects of the game that weren’t going to go without controversy.”
The plot thickens!
There are a few aspects of Mother 3 that might have caused NOA to squash the localization. It could have been Reggie, a character in the game who looks like a racist caricature of a black man. Conversely, it might have been the Pigmask enemies, who resemble Nazi soldiers. Moreover, perhaps the Magypsies are to blame. These characters are gender-neutral and are depicted as men in drag.
I’m interested in hearing the community’s thoughts on this. What do you think caused the death of the Mother 3 localization? Would you rather have had the title come out in America censored than not at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comment field below.
Arthur Damian is a writer, editor, educator, and lover of video games. Based and living in Brooklyn, NY, he has been gaming since the age of five, from the NES to the Nintendo Switch. His favorite system is the SNES, his favorite game is Chrono Trigger, and you cannot convince him otherwise. He loves dogs, rainbow cookies, Spider-Man, and songs with intricate drum patterns. Arthur is also the Editor-in-Chief at That VideoGame Blog.