Posted by Chuck Corbin on Apr 22, 2013

Earthbound Fan Offers Mother 3 Translation For Free

Last week Nintendo announced that they were going to be bringing the game Earthbound to their Virtual Console service, much to the delight of its fans. After all, they’ve been clamoring for it for years, and until now they’ve been ignored. So with Earthbound now coming to the west again, the fans are looking to Nintendo to bring about its sequel to America as well, known as Mother 3 in Japan.

One fan is willing to help Nintendo with the translation of the game, and is willing to give them all the help Nintendo wants for free. Clyde Mandelin (along with a group of other Mother 3 fans) developed a patch in 2008 that translated the whole Mother 3 game into English. Here is his offer to Nintendo:

“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.”

That’s quite a bit of devotion to game that’s never seen the light of day in America. With any luck Nintendo will take him up on his offer. With even more luck they might even decide to pay him to do the job.


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