Iwata "accidentally" discussed Mother fans outside of Japan with the series creator.
The Mother/Earthbound fans in the West were briefly mentioned by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in an interview with Kotaku.
"Just yesterday, before I left from Japan, I met with Mr. Itoi, who is the creator of the Earthbound series," Iwata responded to a question about Mother 3. "And, yeah, accidentally we were discussing that there are huge fans from Western countries for the Mother series [laughs]."
Kotaku's interviewer followed up that with: "So, someday? Someday?"
Iwata then laughed and said: "Thank you. Great to see you!"
This is no confirmation of Mother 3 coming to North America or Earthbound hitting Virtual Console (Editor's Note: Earthbound was playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Masterpieces section in Japan, which is why we initially had it listed as hitting Virtual Console in Japan. Our bad.) but it's something.