A collective scream of joy has occured from Earthbound fans around the world (English speaking countries at least) this week, as it was announced that the fan created MOTHER 3 English translation patch is going to be released this week. That's right, all you westerners will finally be able to play this wacky adventure a mere 2 and a half years after it's original release.
The patch will not be released as the full game, no surprise there, nor will you be able to simply go out an buy a boxed copy (at least, not legitimately). In order to use this, you must own a programmable flash cartridge and the original title (both in binary and physical forms). After that it is as simple as patch, flash and play. Or you could just use an emulator.
I can think of at least a few fans of Earthbound that have been vigorously hammering F5, anticipating the birth of a download link. Maybe this will be the incentive that Nintendo needs to start bringing this series back to the US (and EU) shores.
Testing Finishes, Patch This Week [MOTHER 3 Fan Translation]