We were still not crushed. We kept hope alive in the petition, and searched for more information.
On August, 22, we found our reasons at GameFan (I'd like to give you the link, but the information is no longer available.) EarthBound 64 was officially cancelled during a meeting between Iwata (a higher-up at HAL), Itoi, and Miyamoto.
The reasons for the cancellation (as I'm sure you all want to know) appeared to be the fact of the upcoming system,
the Nintendo Gamecube, and large projects Nintendo was working on. This lead to even more confusion than before, and all we kept hope in was the petition.
Shortly after, we (Starmen.Net) started our "Letters to Itoi." Itoi's e-mail address was given out on the site, and
the many members of Starmen.Net sent Itoi their letters. Although Itoi's English wasn't very good, he seemed to have
understood what we were saying. He updated his website, first speaking about the unneccessary flames he got in his inbox,
but later talking about the people who e-mailed him who truely understood him, Mother, and what he was doing. It was a mixed
reaction, which did not exactly answer our questions, or give us what we wanted, but it was simply the way he wanted it to be.
After our "Letters to Itoi", on September 6th, 2000, we finally finished our goal of 10000 signatures on our Mother 3 petition.
With 10,013 signatures, making 700 pages, and totaling 3.79 megs, the petition was finally complete. There was much rejoicing, and shortly after, it was
sent. The wonderful cover, designed by reidman, can be found here.
After the petition and our Letters to Itoi, we didn't do much afterwards concerning Mother 3. We had done all we could; we're only one site, and not a
huge name site like most. Even though we didn't receive much of a response to the petition, we had done something incredible for a bunch of insomniacs who all love the same game.