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EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings Out Now for Nintendo Switch Online

EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings Out Now for Nintendo Switch Online - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 February 2022 / 1,693 Views

Nintendo announced EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnnings are now available on Nintendo Switch Online on the NES and SNES apps. 

View the trailer for the games below:

Here is an overview of the games:

Join Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo in their quest to fulfill an age-old prophecy to stop the wicked Giygas (and maybe catch a Runaway Five concert along the way) in the fan-favorite Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic EarthBound. In addition, travel back to 198X for EarthBound Beginnings, a localized version of the original Famicom Mother game.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments
Greenfox (on 10 February 2022)

I know it is just a port. I know a remake would look better. I know it's only translated into English. But for me this was the best announcement of the direct. I can finally play EarthBound!!!!!

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VAMatt (on 11 February 2022)

Well past time for a remake or a new entry in the series. I can't get excited for a rerelease of a 30 year old game.

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SanAndreasX VAMatt (on 11 February 2022)

There won't be. Itoi said he was done after Mother 3.

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VAMatt SanAndreasX (on 11 February 2022)

I don't think anybody ever said there won't be a remake. Also, regardless of what anyone says, plans change all the time.

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Kaio_felipe (on 10 February 2022)

It took a while, but these two games finally made it to Switch Online! I've wanted to play them for a long time; they'll even jump the line on my backlog, lol.

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G2ThaUNiT Kaio_felipe (on 10 February 2022)

The biggest game remaining, at least for me personally, is Super Mario RPG! Why they haven't released it, I have no idea. It may have been developed by Square, but it's a Nintendo IP. Unless there's licensing issues over the original characters in the game? Of course most will want Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy games, so do I, but I doubt Square will agree to releasing them on NSO.

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2zosteven G2ThaUNiT (on 10 February 2022)

The nes classic and super nes classics are worth the purchase

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Kaio_felipe G2ThaUNiT (on 10 February 2022)

I agree, of the classic SNES games that are Nintendo IPs the last remaining one is Super Mario RPG. As it was released in 2016 for the Wii U Virtual Console and a year later on the SNES Classic Edition, I think it's very likely that it will also enter the NSO catalog.
As far as Square Enix is concerned, considering everything they announced yesterday (Chrono Cross, Front Mission I and II, Live a Live), I think it's quite possible that in the near future Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remasters will also come to the Switch. They must have realized that there's demand for their Golden Age RPGs among Switch users.

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2zosteven Kaio_felipe (on 11 February 2022)

agree 100%, now nintendo needs to make this happen with SE

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Ashadelo (on 12 February 2022)

Is earthbound 3 coming too?

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Illusion Ashadelo (on 13 February 2022)

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will see Mother 3 in the west anytime soon. Earthbound Beginnings and Earthbound got released on the Wii U (and 3DS I believe) back in 2015. There were serious rumors around that time that Nintendo had intended to also release Mother 3 but that there was just too much objectionable content for western audiences and they ended up cancelling the project. Apparently, they would have had to totally gut the game with censorship to get it to the threshold of being acceptable for western gamers in 2015 (I would imagine that threshold is even higher in 2022). Honestly, we will get Mother 3 when (and if) PC culture in the west ends, until then it is only possible to play this game through less than official channels.

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Kakadu18 (on 10 February 2022)

And I just bought Earthbound on the 3DS Virtual Console last year.

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