Nintendo is currently on a hot streak with the Nintendo Switch and before it the Wii but before all of this they were last in the console race in the early 2000’s with the Nintendo GameCube. Yasuyuki Honne who currently works at Monolith Soft took to Twitter to talk about his experience when he worked at Namco. When he worked at Namco it turns out that they went back and forth with Nintendo about creating a new Earthbound for the GameCube. A translation from states the following.

“Looking forward to the Iwata-san book. I met both Iwata-san and Itoi-san in 2003 when Namco and Nintendo were considering to make a GameCube version for Mother (Earthbound). I created a mockup which was showed to Iwata-san. I felt Ito-san wasn’t interested, and suspected so as the conversation continued…

Then Itoi-san said, ‘In any case, perhaps Iwata-kun should come up with the story?’ Everyone in the room gasped. Iwata looked shocked. In the end the conversation drifted, but Itoi-san amused himself with the idea of the ‘felt taste’ that resembled America in the 80s. So this is the picture that I thought would never see the day of light again. My memories of Summer 2003.”

Honne also posted some pictures of some concepts for what they wanted their game would look like, based on these pictures the game would’ve looked like similar to the concept art for the original two games. For now the only thing we will know about this game are these screenshots. Considering series creator Shigesato Itoi has stated that he has no plans to make a fourth Earthbound game we will probably not see a game similar to this or any game in the Earthbound franchise for a long time.


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