Earlier this month, Nintendo Dream published a 13-page feature to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Mother series, also known as Earthbound in the West.
Contained within this feature was an interview with Yasuhiro Nagata, the editor in chief for “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun”, a website run by Mother creator Shigesato Itoi. In one section of the interview, Nagata discussed the topic of a potential fourth game in the Mother series, something which many of the series’ fans have been curious about.
ND: Later after that, the information magazine BRUTUS published a dialogue between Itoi-san and Iwata-san about “MOTHER 4 is not being made”. That was also Nagata-san[‘s doing], right?
Nagata: I was in charge of the interview and its composition. The fact that “MOTHER 4 is not being released” itself has been told here and there, and we’ve always said it
ND: So after that feature came out, you’re not getting asked about it anymore?
Nagata: We get asked. It’s already shaped like a staple; even now we still keep getting asked about MOTHER 4 and the “buried treasure” (laughs)
ND: What is the current answer regarding that?
Nagata: Our stance is that it’s already impossible for Itoi to create it, and we’d be glad if someone else creates it. This has never changed either.
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