One of the most pervasive rumors about the cult-favorite SNES RPG Earthbound was that the sheer amount of copyright hurdles it needs to jump through – what with various music samples that sound similar to songs from Chuck Berry and the Beatles – was the main reason why Nintendo wasn’t able to revive the franchise again. Fans believe that it’s also the same reason for the delay of the Virtual Console port. However, Nintendo has clarified that the copyrights was never an issue.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Nintendo’s Director of Product Marketing Bill Trinen clarified the issue:
“Not that I’m aware of,” he said, then confirming that the same soundtrack will remain intact in the Virtual Console version. “Yeah, I mean, they’re taking the original game and putting it on Wii U.”
Trinen also expressed the company’s excitement over the massive support the brand is receiving from gamers:
“It just seems like there’s a lot of Earthbound supporters inside of Nintendo and inside Nintendo of America, and there’s been a real big desire to try to bring this back for people that have been longing for it for a very long time. And so, we’re just really happy that we’ve been able to do it. And we’re gonna do it on Wii U, where it’ll… because it’s gonna be a Virtual Console game, it’ll have its own Earthbound Miiverse community. Which is gonna be, I think, spectacular.”