Here's a story I can get behind – and if I owned a Wii U – I likely would have thrown my .02 in the mix. For years North American gamers have been begging Nintendo to bring another Earthbound game to our shores. For no real reason Nintendo has refused to do so, despite releasing multiple titles (it's called Mother in Japan) in its home country – Mother on NES, Mother 3 on Game Boy Advance, and various sequels.
The straw that broke the camel's back was when Nintendo announced that they would be giving Japanese gamers another Mother game – Mother 2 for the Wii U's Virtual Console. But the game won't be coming to Europe or North America.. just Japan. When Kotaku asked Nintendo about it a rep told them that they have nothing to announce about this game at this time.
So when Wii U users had the chance to they took the Mii Universe – the Wii U's social network – to protest with various messages indicating that it is high time that Earthbound comes to America. Kotaku has a sampling of hundreds of Mother-related posts on the Miiverse page for Balloon Fight, which you can check out here.
In 1983 it made sense to release games only in Japan, but now that we live in a world where the Internet is in widespread use and digital distribution gets the same respect as retail, Nintendo really has no excuse why Ness and his friends are not making the trip to America. It has been 18 years since the last Earthbound game was released in America. Admittedly it did very poorly back then, but we are in a different age where quirky Japanese RPGs are popular and widely accepted. There are no more excuses.
[Full disclosure: the author is a North American advocate of Ness and the Earthbound series.]