If you're unfamiliar with Taiwan No. 1, here's the quick and dirty version: back in July of 2015, YouTuber ANGRYPUG was streaming H1Z1 and decided to troll a Chinese player by yelling "Taiwan number one" at him. The guy didn't take it well, and a meme was born. Watch the interaction for yourself below (action starts at 2:00, beware of naughty language):
Given the tumultuous relationship between China and Taiwan, Pug's video has become incredibly popular in Taiwan, elevating him to celebrity status there. He recently attended the Taipei Game Show, where people were lining up to take a picture with him and get his autograph.
News outlets are treating rumors of Mother 3 in the West like the game is all but confirmed, but I'm keeping my salt handy until we actually hear from Nintendo. Frequent Nintendo rumor pot-stirrer Emily Rogers made a big claim on her Twitter that Mother 3 would finally be released in the States in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Liam Robertson of Unseen64 chimed in to say he had heard rumors of the same thing. Neither of them have track records strong enough to get too excited about, but reliable European news outlet Eurogamer has also entered the fray confirming they had heard similar claims of the game coming to Wii U Virtual Console in the West in celebration of Mother 3's 10th anniversary.
Take from that what you will, but I'll be here waiting for an announcement from Nintendo before I let myself get hyped.