Mother 3 Fans Offer English Translation to Nintendo

It’s a long shot, but fans of the Mother series of games will do anything to get Mother 3—the third and final game in the triloy—published outside of Japan.

Written by Shigesato Itoi, the creator of the series, and directed by Nobuyuki Inoue, the game was developed for the Game Boy Advance in 2006. The game’s never before been translated into English or localized into any other language in any official capacity. This fact alone hasn’t been enough to dissuade fans of the series from developing their own translations of the game, in the hopes of taking it outside of Japan and bringing it to the English-speaking world.

To that end, the fan translators of Mother 3 have offered the script for free to Nintendo in hopes that they’ll take them up on the offer and put the game out in English.

When we released the Mother 3 fan translation patch in 2008, it was because it was clear that Nintendo had no interest in releasing an official translation of the game. Still, there’s always the hope that the game might be re-released someday on some new platform, at which time us fans will clamor for an official translation yet again.

I realize that localizing a game this size can cost a lot, so if it’ll help in even the slightest, I’ll gladly offer to let Nintendo use my text translation files for any use at all, completely for free. I’ll even edit the files to fit whatever new standards are necessary. I’ll even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.

It might seem unlikely for a legitimate company to use a fan translation or work with fan translators, but it has happened before – Ys: The Oath in Felghana is one recent example. It’s more common among visual novel games at the moment, but I believe this sort of thing will only become more and more common over time. Only when the works in question are up to a certain standard of quality, of course.

I definitely realize this is a silly-sounding offer and all, but I figure it’s better to make the offer and seem silly than possibly miss an opportunity entirely.

In the end, if localizing Mother 3 should ever come up in a Nintendo business meeting or whatever and someone brings up budget concerns or it costing too much, my hope is that someone will at least mention this offer too, even if it isn’t accepted.

Do you think Nintendo will take them up on the offer?

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