Just before starting the Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo dropped a bombshell with the announcement that the highly anticipated prequel to cult-classic RPG Earthbound will finally be released on the Wii U’s Virtual Console. Earthbound Beginnings, known as Mother in Japan, has never received an international release and was only available on the Famicom. This is definitely an exciting day for Earthbound fans around the globe.
Earthbound is one of Nintendo‘s biggest cult classic games and made headlines when it was finally given a digital rerelease on their Virtual Console service.
However, it seems that demand for this title somehow exceeded even an infinite supply as it was listed as sold out on the Club Nintendo rewards service. What makes this especially odd is that the game is still available for purchase directly on the Wii U’s Virtual Console.
To make things even more confusing, the ‘sold out’ banner has already been removed from the Earthbound listing on Club Nintendo and the game can be ordered again.
Nintendo has been contacted for an official statement on the matter and we will update you once we have a response.