Surprise! Earthbound Now Available on the Wii U Virtual Console

Earthbound, known in Japan as Mother 2, is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America for $9.99, Nintendo announced during their latest Nintendo Direct Mini presentation. Additionally, Nintendo was kind enough to release the game’s strategy guide on the official website. Note that Earthbound’s strategy guide has been optimized for the Wii U Virtual Gamepad, which sounds like a great idea.

Originally released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo, Earthbound quickly became a cult classic. Since the original cartridges are extremely rare and expensive, not many players have had the chance to play this unconventional role-playing game. Until now.

As part of this release, Nintendo also released a trailer which you can find on top of this article.