Earlier this month a Mother fan pounced on a Japanese public sale itemizing that was promoting a Nintendo company CD-ROM from 1998, solely as a result of that disc included footage of the cancelled EarthBound 64 for the Nintendo 64.
With bids starting at simply $18, the CD-ROM was ultimately bought for $357, all simply so Zen might do the world a favour and get their fingers on a duplicate of the EarthBound 64 trailer from Nintendo’s fabled Spaceworld 1997 exhibit.
Previously, the principle approach folks had been in a position to see footage of the sport in motion had been by way of this historic IGN footage:
Or this fast glimpse from the showroom of Spaceworld 1996:
Here, in the meantime, is the footage that was included on Nintendo’s CD-ROM, and which Zen has been in a position to add. It’s not our first take a look at gameplay from the cancelled sequel, however numerous it’s new footage!
Sure, it’s solely 25 seconds, and there isn’t any sound, however this recreation was cancelled over 20 years in the past, it’s superb we’re attending to see something new in any respect.
And what we do get to see, like all the opposite footage, appears to be like unbelievable, particularly whenever you bear in mind this was an N64 recreation. But then, perhaps that was the issue; EarthBound 64’s scale and ambition proved one of the key reasons the game was never released in the first place.
While there’s some new footage to agonise over, one unreleased holy grail stays for Mother followers: getting their fingers on the playable construct of EarthBound 64, which made it to a couple commerce reveals (just like the 1996 Spaceworld video above) however which has by no means been seen by the general public since.
Earthbound 64 was initially supposed to be Mother 3, a sequel to the bizarre and beloved RPG collection from Nintendo. While it was cancelled in 2000, Mother 3 would ultimately be developed for the Game Boy as an alternative, which is the Mother 3 everyone knows as we speak, and are still asking Nintendo to please officially bring to the West.
In the meantime, Zen was additionally form sufficient to add the remainder of the contents of the CD-ROM, which additionally embrace trailers for video games like Ocarina of Time and a few pretty hi-res Pikachu artwork, which you can check out here.