Nintendo confirmed Earthbound for a Wii U Virtual Console release this year, but a release date was not set. The game appears listed on the Australian classification system. This tends to mean the product is near to be completed. Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) is a jRPG published by Nintendo twenty years ago. Developed by Hal Laboratory and APE for SNES , Earthbound is the only game from the Mother saga that had a western release. Today, this game and this saga have become a cult classic.