|Borrowed from Eb Central.|
|MOTHER 3 logo, from the box.|
One thing what would make MOTHER 3 a success here in America is lasers. And some sort of rocket launcher as well. These weapons could be used to blow up the space marines that will inhabit MOTHER 3’s lush, 3D environments. Lucas and his friends would wear green armor that conceals their faces, so everyone in the game looks exactly the same. Next, there would have to be tanks that require the use of nine analogue sticks to drive. And check it out – once you get to the end of MOTHER 3, you’d have to turn around and play through it again… only BACKWARDS! What could possibly top an innovation like that? Finally, I’d like the game to appear on Xbox 360 (and six years later, PC) as MOTHER 3: Reaching for Combat Evolved. Shigesato Itoi, MOTHER 3’s creator, will make millions!
|MOTHER 3: Reaching for Combat Evolved|
For MOTHER 3 to be commercially successful over here in the States, it would pretty much have to be Halo. That’s because many of today’s gamers expect all graphics to be photorealistic, and most games to involve firing giant doomsday rockets, or at least setting something on fire. These people probably can’t even remember what a Super Nintendo looks like, let alone an obscure, decade old Super Nintendo role playing game. MOTHER 3 would look absolutely prehistoric to them. So without completely redoing the gameplay and graphics, only devoted fans, old school gamers and those willing to accept the game’s 2D graphics will take notice of poor MOTHER 3.
|I actually don't like MOTHER 3, but I wish it would come out in the States anyway.|
Those of us in the know will smile silently to ourselves, waiting patiently for the day MOTHER 3 takes over America. Yes, I know lying is wrong, but once the masses are exposed to MOTHER 3’s brilliance (well, I actually don’t like it that much, but everyone else does), they’ll forgive Nintendo for any lies the company might have told. It’s like hiding a nasty pill inside some delicious cookie dough, only for all the gamers in America. See, they’ll feel much better after playing MOTHER 3, even if they had to be tricked into trying it. A similar campaign can be used in Europe. All Nintendo needs to do is spell everything with extra U’s, change all references to elevators to “lifts,” and make a few more references to soccer. Ta-da! Nintendo will have themselves an international best seller! Itoi will be revered as a God, and true MOTHER fans will finally have received a sequel to one of their favorite games of all time!
But the game’s biggest hurdle looms large in the background, overshadowing every aspect of its development: MOTHER 3 has little, if any, time to spare. The other two games in the series came out right at the end of their respective console’s life cycle – for MOTHER 3 to be a success, it must be released before the already obsolete GBA hardware is totally obliterated from American stores, which at this point, seems to have already happened. Time is what Itoi and his team must fear the most, because it’s timing that would determine whether MOTHER 3 is a hit or just another obscure footnote in gaming history like its brethren. We all know the effects poor timing had on the no-show American release of MOTHER 1, the lucky to exist Earthbound, and perhaps the greatest causality of the series, Earthbound 64. MOTHER 3 or not, let’s hope that Nintendo has learned from the mistakes of the past and will finally find a way do the MOTHER series proud.
Well, they could do all that, or they could just put Super Mario on the cover. That’s been selling games for years.
|It'sa me, Mario! And I'ma badly Photoshopped onto thisa box. WOO-HOO!|