Earthbound now available on Wii U eShop

Practice your batting stance and shine up your Franklin badge, because Earthbound is now available on Wii U Virtual Console. Nintendo announced in a Nintendo Direct Mini today that the 1995 SNES RPG is finally back up for grabs worldwide.

This is Earthbound's first re-release ever in the U.S., and its first official appearance in Europe. Even the original packaged-in strategy guide has been Wii U optimized and is available for free on Nintendo's site.

It costs $10, which is a whole lot less than people are selling it for on eBay.


  • Redeater - July 18, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    Could someone elaborate the Earthbound book available on Wii U? I downloaded the game and didn't see anything else. Is it only available through the Wii u web browser?
  • Redeater - July 18, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    Never mind. Found the direct link on Destructoid.
  • supergiraffe - July 18, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    After seeing Earthbound for over $200 at a pawn shop, this honestly feels like a system seller to me.
  • StrayGator - July 18, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    "early sales figures show the game were bought by the entire population of san francisco, doing okay everywhere else."
  • Talvari - July 18, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Queue more people being silly and complaining about anything on VC being more than $5! God damn people ;.; But for reals this is pretty neat. Mother 3 will maybe make its way onto VC eventually! Also all the work they did putting the guide built into the Wii u gamepad is pretty cool.
  • Redeater - July 18, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    I'm still glad it came out but it is a little ridiculous that it costs more than other SNES games. Imagine if they increased the admission price by 20% when they re-released Star Wars in theaters because it was Star Wars. It's pretty silly.
  • shawksta - July 18, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    Just remember that back in the days SNES games costed MUCH more, especially now when trying to find an.actual SNES cart
  • brickman409 - July 18, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    Episode 1 in 3D was pretty damn expensive I payed almost $15 for a ticket, but I think that was because it was in 3D and the theater near me is a rip off.
  • Redeater - July 18, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    Sadly that's the standard price for 3D movies these days. :( Dredd was the only 3D movie I felt good about paying the increased price
  • brickman409 - July 18, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    Yeah that's true, the only thing the 3D did in Phantom Menace was remind me of how much that movie sucked.

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