Over eight years ago, Mother/EarthBound creator Shigesato Itoi stated during an interview that there wouldn’t be a Mother 4 game in development due to the strenuous amount of effort he had already invested in Mother 3. But the ever-faithful Mother fans scoffed, and decided that if Itoi wasn’t going to make a sequel, then it was up to them to take the reigns.

And so we have Mother 4, the inspired fan-made sequel that’s taken the Mother 4 Team about 5 years to develop. Built entirely from the ground up by a group of volunteers, the game is being made for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms and will be released for FREE. That’s some crazy dedication, and Mother fans all across the internet are actually asking if they can pay for this game, because the development team has put so much effort into Mother 4.

The story synopsis is as follows:

“Mother 4 follows the journey of three kids and the leader of a biker gang. With dark rumors of "Modern Men” running wild, these unassuming heroes set out to uncover the truth, no matter how dangerous. From bustling urban streets to secret volcano bases, all kinds of oddball thugs and impossible monsters stand in their way… but everything should be okay if they don’t forget to write home!“

This spiritual sequel has actually been reworked upon several times throughout its development history, and the current game we see in the trailer above only reflects the past couple years of development. In short, this game is a true labor of PK Love.

 The Mother 4 Team is hoping to release the game for free download sometime this summer, possibly in June. You can check out development updates on their blog site, and subscribe to their email list on their main site so you can be one of the first to receive a download of Mother 4 once it’s ready! They’ve also got a sweet soundtrack up on the site for streaming, and it’s every bit of glorious and charming a Mother game could ask for. 

Until the game is finished, you can satiate your PK hunger by either purchasing Mother 4’s big brother EarthBound from Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console eShop, downloading the fan translation of Mother 3, or hitting up the forums at

-Andrew (Head of A7)

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