Nintendo’s well-renowned SNES RPG Earthbound, until now exclusive to the USA and Japan, has made its way to European shores by way of the Wii U’s Virtual Console. It’s available for the price of $9.99, or about £8. Needless to say, you should go download and play it immediately. Earthbound tells a very odd tale of four children from near-contemporary America, who through a combination of psychic powers and sheer bad luck find themselves fighting a deadly cosmic entity beyond the power of comprehension. The game’s release was a surprise reveal in today’s Nintendo Direct Mini (skip to 19:00 for the relevant part) :
Along the way, players find themselves rescuing a band stuck in financial difficulty, doing battle with zombies, spending a lot of time standing by waterfalls and travelling through time. This is a very exciting release, particularly for fans of the series, who have been lobbying for a re-release since the game’s release in 1995.
Below is Nintendo’s press release on the game:
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At long last, Super NES classic EarthBound is now available as a Virtual Console game in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U for $9.99. Nintendo announced its availability during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini video. Nintendo also revealed that Nintendo Zone locations will be getting StreetPass enhancements to let players connect with one another, and reminded people about this weekend’s Pikmin 3 demo program at select GameStop and EB Games stores.
“Not only do Wii U owners have a big lineup of great games on the way like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101, but they also have access to Virtual Console classics like EarthBound,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “If you haven’t already, this is a great time to jump into the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U experience.”