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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]
Cant say im surprised. Disappointed but not surprised. I guess they could be worrying about small children seeing the games art style and wanting it, while lazy parents will be thrown off by the cartoon visuals and not pay attention to the M rating. Really sucks, that would have been an awesome port.
Caapital c crap :(
oh nintendo your going backwards in this
Well this is unfortunate for those who wanted this on the 3DS. Nintendo should just have let it be published and if the parents are too stupid to pay attention what is in the game then that's on them. Not the company for putting the game on it's platform. Just like how people cried that kids shouldn't play GTA or any other violent game, If parents are that careless that is ENTIRELY on the parent, not the people putting their game out their or the company for allowing it on their platform. Plain and simple.
Just go with ESRB ratings and release it like usual. Don't turn this into a crappy decision.
Free speech everybody, whoo.
I'm not really surprised. Nintendo seems to typically stay away from games with a lot of religious content, questionable or not.
That's so dumb...
Nintend released a game where you run around and collect crosses and bibles in hell while running from Satan on the famicom. I think they can handle this.
It's entirely Nintendo's choice to do that. That said, it is now entirely my choice to favor other consoles and platforms (such as Steam) over Nintendo in turn. I want more games, not fewer. If I don't like them, I won't play them. That's how I avoid being offended. Besides, I loved Binding of Isaac!