Members of the Mother
series fan site Starmen.net
may be celebrating now, with Earthbound
recently rated on the ESRB's web site, but just getting to that tenuous victory (as Ys I & II
can affirm, ESRB rating is not
the same as a Virtual Console release) has been the culmination of years
of agonizing effort and constant
campaigning that may not have actually had anything to do with the news.
Shacknews has posted a great retrospective of Starmen's 11-year campaign to get something
related to Earthbound
to happen outside of Japan, from a Game Boy Color release of Mother
to localized versions of Mother I & II
on the DS to (of course) a U.S. version of Mother 3
. They've carried out insane plots like creating a beautiful book of fan works
to show Nintendo how much they care about the series. Nintendo's response has ranged from politely dismissive to nonexistent, though the feature reveals that somewhere within Nintendo, Starmen's efforts were at least attracting attention.