In a completely random and generous move by Nintendo, Earthbound has been released to Wii U Virtual Console. Now you no longer have to plonk down upwards of $200 to own a legit copy of Earthbound. For time immemorial (or at least since the Wii was released) Earthbound/Mother fans have been clamoring for a re-release on Virtual Console to get their fix, as Mother 3 was never released to Western markets, and copies of Earthbound were too steep to justify purchasing through legitimate means.
There has been much speculation as to why Earthbound was never re-released, from the final boss being too disturbing, to songs and characters in-game matching too closely to Beatles songs and band members. No matter what reason they didn’t put it out until now, it’s on sale on the Wii U Virtual Console for $10.