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==Music Sampling Controversy==
EarthBound seems to have a few samples/homages to other songs. For example the Onett trumpet player plays Symphony No.9 Movement 2, the music that plays while fighting [[Frank]] or a Hippie
sounds like the beginning of Johnny B. Goode, the Megaton Walk sounds remarkably like a segment from The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". These samples of music caused controversy for Nintendo of America when the company tried to approve the game for Digital Distribution on the Wii's Virtual Console. Hirokazu Tanaka stated in an interview, "The sampling issue is a little sensitive because, well, I don't know for sure, but it sounds like that is one of the reasons EarthBound is not able to come out in America." During the Nintendo Direct announcing EarthBound's approval for the Wii U Virtual Console, Satoru Iwata mentioned the fan outcry being one of the reasons.
*The ESRB, the American rating system for video games, rated EarthBound for the Wii Virtual Console. This rating, however, was a mistake.<ref>[http://www.infendo.com/no-earthbound-for-vc-esrb-rating-a-mistake/ Article of the Wii's VC's Earthbound ESRB rating]</ref> The game was later confirmed for a Wii U Virtual Console release, scheduled for late 2013.<ref>[http://earthboundcentral.com/2013/04/earthbound-on-virtual-console-coming/ EarthBound Central's Article on the Wii U's VC's EarthBound release]</ref>