Japanese gamers who purchased a Super Famicom Mini will be aware that Mother 2 (Earthbound) isn’t on the system. Kazuyoshi Nishi from Nintendo’s general affairs department recently explained to Famitsu why the game is absent on the system. It wasn’t an easy choice said Nishi, but there were lots of other RPGS that they wanted to include besides the beloved Mother 2.
“It’s not simply because it’s Japan that we didn’t include Mother 2,” Nishi told Famitsu, “but with the balance of genres, IPs and characters, there were lots of other RPGs we wanted to compile besides Mother 2. The concept this time around was that this was something to be played with kids and friends.”
“Naturally,” replied Nishi, agreeing. “If it were possible, I’d want to include all of them.” If Nintendo put lots of RPGs, action RPGs and sim games, then folks would end up playing alone. That’s why sports games like Super Soccer were also included in Japanese release instead of Mother 2.