Nothing will be cut from the Super NES classic when it lands later this year.
Turns out this urban legend wasn’t true.
Nintendo, like any major company or pop culture icon, is no stranger to urban legends. Although most of them involve Shigeru Miyamoto flipping over tea tables, there was always one about how Earthbound was never released again because of potential licensing issues with its music samples. According to a Kotaku interview with Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen, this may have never been an issue. Earthbound will also include all the same trimmings of other Wii U Virtual Console titles such as Miiverse community and off-TV play.
Honestly, I never really cared whether they took a few pieces of music out or not, I just wanted to play the game. Now that we are getting it, everyone can dive in to this classic and then make their own opinions and experiences. Now Nintendo, get to work on Mother 1 and 3, please.
Earthbound will be released in both Europe and North America in 2013 on Wii U (via Virtual Console).