TBH, I really disliked the original Mother. The 25th Anniversary hack fixed a lot of the problems the original had (namely getting smoked by all the enemies all the time), but when those gripes were fixed, I realized how weak the original game actually was.
I mean, the concepts and stuff were great, but they lacked so much depth when compared to Earthbound that I just didn't understand what the developers were thinking. I mean, there are SO MANY PSI powers in Mother, but I can literally count the pieces of equipment in the whole game on my hands (a few toes too)--why would you think that's balanced? I finished the 25th Anniversary version eventually, but I didn't like it.
But yeah, there's no way I'm buying the VC version. I tried playing the original awhile ago, and slogged up until you got Ted...and then the ROM stopped dead and told me I was playing a bootlegged copy of the game. What a joke