"Earthbound" Virtual Console Port Wasn't Held Back by Music Issues

Fans speculated samples similar to Beatles and other songs held it back

It's been a long road leading up to the release of Super Nintendo RPG classic Earthbound on Virtual Console. Because of the delay, fans had their own thoughts as to why the game was being held back from re-release, from logos similar to existing brands to the main theory, music samples that sound an awful lot like songs from the likes of Chuck Berry and The Beatles. According to Nintendo, however, that wasn't an issue. 


Some examples of music sampling can be found over at fan site Earthbound Central. Kotaku spoke to Nintendo director of product marketing Bill Trinen, asking if these songs were the reason the release has taken so long.


"Not that I'm aware of," he said, then confirming that the same soundtrack will remain intact in the Virtual Console version. "Yeah, I mean, they're taking the original game and putting it on Wii U." 



Trinen went on to talk about the company's enthusiasm for the release.


"It just seems like there's a lot of Earthbound supporters inside of Nintendo and inside Nintendo of America, and there's been a real big desire to try to bring this back for people that have been longing for it for a very long time. And so, we're just really happy that we've been able to do it. And we're gonna do it on Wii U, where it'll… because it's gonna be a Virtual Console game, it'll have its own Earthbound Miiverse community. Which is gonna be, I think, spectacular." 


I'd say pretty much everyone else is looking forward to it, too. Anyone here excited to play through Earthbound again, or for the first time?



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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