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Bad news for anyone who was looking forward to playing the bloody indie sensation Binding of Isaac on 3DS: This dungeon crawler from Super Meat Boy creator Edmund McMillen apparently won't be coming to the handheld following a decision by Nintendo.
McMillen tweeted the unfortunate announcement late yesterday. In a follow-up tweet, McMillen confirmed that the decision was "due to the games 'questionable religious content.' He then took the opportunity to praise Steam for being such an open and supporting platform for independent and digitally distributed games.
Nintendo has not issued any public statement on this decision and isn't likely to, but I will say that I for one am disappointed if this is true. Sure, I can understand Nintendo asking that the game go through proper ESRB rating, but beyond that shouldn't the consumers who paid money for the 3DS be able to decide what they are comfortable purchasing and playing?
If you haven't played Binding of Isaac on PC yet and want to know why you should be annoyed with this decision, check out our review by Adam Biessener.
[via Ars Technica]
So I have to wonder, is this going to be the new focus of anti-video game groups? If it isn't violence or sex it has to be something right?
nintendo: taking the crosses out of their games since 1988.
An odd choice, but given the hyper sensitive world we live in, does this kind of action really surprise anyone? First it was violence in games, then it was/still is sex. I can only imagine what the religion phase will be like.
But a video game about children capturing animals and making them fight other animals is completely wholesome?
I really would've bought it
Bahahahahaha. It's hilarious that the 3DS thinks it's too good for this game.
So they'd rather release garbage than something fairly decent? I'm starting to dislike Nintendo more and more.
this doesn't surprise me. nintendo has prevented religiously charged games on their consoles (at least in america) since at least the days of the nes.
i think they're just trying to cover their butts from people like jack thompson who would blame nintendo themselves and not the developer from mature content on a "kids' handheld game"
If you're not playing this on Steam, then you're doing it wrong. Plain and simple.
Besides, it'd probably be more expensive to have it on the 3DS anyways, publishing costs and all that good stuff.
Oh Nintendo - glad to see you back in early 90's form! All religious imagery and fatalities must go!
That does suck for Nintendo fans :/
This is why I can't stand Nintendo and I have a "big-boy" video game console in my 360
What a shame. I have a 3DS and I agree that the consumers should be able to pick whatever game they oughta get. But hey, there ARE other Nintendo 3Ds games that are amazing so I'm not even that disgusted.
Reminds me of the whole LittleBigPlanet mishap... at least they didn't take it off the console entirely though. I agree though, you'd think consumers would have the ability to decide.
Anyone that didn't see this coming is a fool, Nintendo is a much higher profile company than Valve, and most parents ignore parental settings so there really isn't anything stopping some kid from playing this game on the eShop, imagine the stink that this would raise if some over protective parent found out about it, while It sucks for people like me(named Izzak), Nintendo's decision makes perfect sense, Steam can have anything they want on it, it isn't that high a profile platform and doesn't have to worry about huge scale negative publicity, but Nintendo has to tread carefully with things like that...
Nintendo probably would have allowed it if they got an ESRB rating. I mean, that system is supposed to be how they warn people of possibly offensive content. If McMillen doesn't get one, then technically Nintendo is liable as a retailer, so of course they won't sell it.