During the first Nintendo Direct of 2022, Nintendo revealed that the EarthBound series is coming to the Switch. Sadly, it’s not a new game but the two original games are available to play from today.
EarthBound and EarthBound Beginnings originally released for the Super NES but the games didn’t have much of a presence outside of Japan. Localised versions were not always easy to find but this is no longer a problem. Both games have been released as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service and they’re available in English.
Series creator, Shigesato Itoi, potentially dropped a small tease before the broadcast which could have also been a comment on the weather in Japan. On Twitter, Itoi (https://twitter.com/itoi_shigesato/status/1491443271146827784?s=20&t=xV7jGvQfIyqNaEFvEPEFMQ) commented about snow and 7am in relation to the Nintendo Direct. In Japan, the Nintendo Direct was broadcast at 7am meanwhile the EarthBound series does have snow in it.
Anyone with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription can now download and play either the two EarthBound games.