With the wonderful news that Earthbound will finally be making its way onto Nintendo's Virtual Console, there seems to be some newfound hope that Nintendo actually cares about the Mother series and is listening to fans' pleas. So much, that Clyde Mandelin is offering his team's Mother 3 fan translation to Nintendo in an effort to get the game published here.
Mandelin is completely aware of the staggering costs that come out of translating games, especially one of the size of Mother 3. He also says he'll edit whatever is necessary; even retranslate everything from scratch. And the best part? He's offering all of this for free. "Just whatever it takes to get an official release out," Mandelin explains.
Companies have used fan translations in official releases before. An example that Mandelin gives is Ys: The Oath in Felghana. Who knows if Nintendo is the kind of company to accept this offer, though?