Shigesato Itoi, prominent Japanese cultural figure and creator of the MOTHER series, took to Twitter today to announce that a new MOTHER project is making progress. Due in part to the rough translation and part to the nature and brevity of Twitter, it's difficult to say exactly what Itoi is referring to. It could be a MOTHER calendar for all we know. Itoi explicitly states it is not MOTHER 4, but despite that I'd expect there's something in the works that will make MOTHER fans very happy.
"Since it’s now okay to blurt this out, here goes: the “MOTHER republication” thing I mentioned briefly before is making progress."
"It’s not “(MOTHER) 4″, though! This has to do with making “MOTHER” playable. I can’t give out any details just yet, but I do at least need to say that it isn’t 4."
While it's difficult to discern exactly what sort of project Itoi is implying is in development, one can make a few assumptions based on his wording. Specifically, when he says the project has to do with, "making 'MOTHER' playable," he likely means that MOTHER games are currently only available on classic consoles and through emulation. His goal, we can assume, is to make MOTHER playable through modern means -- whether that be consoles or otherwise.
Let's be brutally clear, here. Even if there is a MOTHER video game project in the works, and even if it was anything more than exploratory discussions in a board room, there are substantial obstacles in its way. For instance, the project in its current form is certainly only being discussed as a Japan only release. Beyond that, there are very large licensing and publishing issues that can prevent MOTHER from coming overseas that would need to be solved.
Still, this MOTHER project has gotten Shigesato Itoi excited, and that's certainly something we should be excited about too.
Thanks for the tip, Duncan Idaho!