EarthBound (video game)

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HAL Laboratory
SystemsSuper Famicom, SNES, Wii U, New 3DS, SNES Classic
ReleasedSuper Famicom: August 27, 1994
SNES: June 5, 1995
GBA: June 20, 2003
Wii U: July 18, 2013
New Nintendo 3DS: March 24, 2016
SNES Classic: September 29, 2017
Added to
New 3DS: February 20, 2018
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018

EarthBound was created by Shigesato Itoi, and co-developed by his company, APE, and HAL Laboratory. It is the second game in Nintendo's EarthBound series, and is the sequel to EarthBound Beginnings.

It was originally released for the Super Famicom on August 27, 1994 as Mother 2.


Shigesato Itoi developed the sequel to his first game, Mother, at his company, APE. HAL Laboratory was brought in to help with the game after development began to falter.

Versions of the game

Mother 2 was released in Japan for the Super Famicom in 1994. The Nintendo of America localization was released in 1995. It was titled EarthBound, as plans for the Nintendo Entertainment System release of the original Mother as Earth Bound in 1991 were canceled due to the impending release of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America that year.

Mother and Mother 2 were both remade on the Game Boy Advance in a compilation cartridge, which was only released in Japan in 2003.

Earthbound was not originally released in Europe and Oceania, however, these regions, as well as Japan and North America, would get the game on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013, on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016. North America, Europe, and Oceania would also get the game on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition in 2017.