Difficult to see any good in this acquisition from a gamer perspective. suppose it might accelerate development and get it in the hands of more users. The kickstarter motto "designed by gamers for gamers" seems to be in jeopardy with the Evil Empire now at the helm!
Love Earthbound. It's my number 1 feel good game even today. Some of its systems remind me of Pokemon but its got a blissful charm of its own. Mother 3 us worth tracking down for GBA if your able to read Japanese ... Or run the translated version on an emu!
I think Phil Fish is a smart guy. He doesn't have million$ for advertising so he manipulates the naysayers to publicise his games on the internets for free. No publicity is bad publicity and he knows it!