The time has come at last. Announced back in April, Earthbound is now available to download on Wii U Virtual Console in North America via the Nintendo eShop, where the beloved RPG is priced at $9.99.
Those who missed out on owning the original release—or those who just plain miss owning it—are in for a treat, too, because Nintendo also made the original Earthbound strategy guide available. The guide has been optimized for the GamePad and is freely viewable on Nintendo's Earthbound site.
"Unfortunately, we haven't figured out how to make scratch-and-sniff technology work on the Internet just yet, though," said Nintendo's Bill Trinen in reference to the original guide's cards. See that and more in the special Nintendo Direct Mini presentation below.