In anticipation of the Wii U Virtual Console release of EarthBound
(Mother 2), Nintendo asked series creator Shiegato Itoi
) to say a few words about the game. What he wrote is nostalgic, heartfelt and perhaps even a little bit wise
Itoi is a well known pop celebrity in Japan, famous for his copywriting and essays. He is the voice of Mei and Satsuki's father in My Neighbor Totoro
and the co-author of a short story collection with Haruki Murakami, Yume De Aimashou*
("Let's Meet in a Dream"), as well as a number of other books.
Internationally, he is most commonly recognized as creator of the highly idiosyncratic set of
auteur videogames, Mother
, of which only the second has been officially released outside Japan under the title EarthBound
An extensive interview
was published in Nintendo Dream after the release of Mother 3, in which Itoi discusses all the happy accidents in that game's almost aborted development, making pancakes, the innocuous conspicuousness of amphibians, the importance of naming, the potential for games as a storytelling medium, becoming a better person, the extinction of humanity, the transience of all things, the importance of appreciating life while it lasts and how to break your readers' hearts in a single sentence.
* A comical short story that appears in EarthBound as part of a fictional magazine was rumored to be an excerpt from the collection with Murakami. Although this isn't true
, the style of the book follows the same pattern of brief, wry humor.