Earthbound is Finally Available in North America via the Wii U’s VC 0

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It’s been years, but North American fans will finally get to play the original Earthbound in all its glory. As per the announcement last April, Earthbound will be available for download on the Wii U’s Virtual Console in North America via the Nintendo eShop, and is priced at $9.99.

What’s even better is that Nintendo is going out of their way to offer something extra, such as the original Earthbound strategy guide. Only this time, you won’t get a printed manual. The guide itself is available digitally (optimized for the Wii U Gamepad) and can be accessed for free on Nintendo’s Earthbound site.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out how to make scratch-and-sniff technology work on the Internet just yet, though,” said Nintendo’s Bill Trinen in reference to the original guide’s cards.