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The Earthbound series, known as Mother in Japan, might be resurrected on modern-day consoles. Series designer Shigesato Itoi hinted today that he's developing something related to the series.

"Since it’s now okay to blurt this out, here goes: the “MOTHER republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress," Itoi tweeted (via Earthbound Central).

He added that it's not Mother 4. However, it has something to do with "making Mother playable." Does that mean that the games are being re-released?

The Mother series has developed a cult following over the years. It stood out amongst JRPG's due to its modern-day USA setting and quirky sense of humor. Players fought hippies, inanimate objects and other random enemies using unlikely weapons such as yo-yos and baseball bats.

Mother 2 (a.k.a. Earthbound) was the only game that was released outside of Japan. Western gamers have been asking for localized versions of Mother and Mother 3 for years. Could we be on the verge of finally getting those games?

Another possibility is that Earthbound itself will be re-released. A planned Virtual Console release was delayed due to copyright issues. Perhaps Nintendo has edited the game to fix any possible legal complications.