After years of fans (and would-be fans) begging and demanding, Nintendo has seen the light. This morning the company announced that it's bringing the long-demanded Super NES classic EarthBound to the Wii U Virtual Console by year's end. That's really all there is to this announcement, but I know it's enough to energize the Nintendo audience. This is the first time that the game has been re-released outside of Japan, and it seemed for years as if legal issues were keeping it from returning, so this is certainly cause to celebrate. I still have my old game pak from years ago and even I'm thrilled about the news. I'll gladly kick in a few dollars to buy the game again in this new format to show that there's still interest in EarthBound out there. Who knows? We may yet see the game's sequel, Mother 3, outside of Japan yet. But that's getting ahead of things. For now, be glad that EarthBound is on the way and defintely set aside some time to play it when it's available. I promise that you will not be disappointed. EarthBound is a very special game and your gaming career is not complete unless you've experienced it.