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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]
Hmm, technically, as a corporation, a decision like this is perfectly within Nintendo's rights to do. They are allowed to choose which games are and are not licensed to be played on their system. But they also risk alienating parts of their fanbase by doing so, especially those who were looking forward to this game. No matter what, it is unfortunate.
If you guys are against this, you are mad.
I am 25, and haven't been this disturbed from a game since Thrill Kill for PSX.
Questionable? Um....I guess that's their word for 'not shining the brightest possible light on Christianity?' Nintendo of America is so concerned about not offending anyone its ridiculous.
Nintendo wants to avoid angry parents or people in general and it is their right not to sell it. Much like the Call of Duty people not allowing swatiskas(sp?)for multiplayer decals. Even if it doesn't make sense.
i respect nintendos decision though yes i agreee that we payed we should decide what we want but do think that the satirical biblical stuff with his mother is a bit sacriligious
I doubt Nintendo want's any red tape over this, stuff like this would not really be considered "family" friendly. But then again neither would Madworld.
I agree. This game can be really offensive for some people, especially for some of the 3DS audience.
I understand that the handheld is aimed at children and Nintendo wants to avoid controversy in a sensationalist society, but at the same time, implement proper parental controls and then spin the responsibility back to the parents for letting their children run wild and unsupervised. There is no reason, provided BoA is given a proper ESRB rating and gated accordingly, that they should outright ban a title from their store. It's wrong.
Well this Isn't the first time Religion has played a part in running the course for Game content. During the time Halo 2 was being developed the Arbiter had a different name with deep religious signifigance in the middle east. Now I cannot recall what the name was but its was a bit better than The Arbiter. However it didn't cause the sidelining of Halo 2.
As a Nintendo fan, I'm not happy with this. Why can't I decide if I want to play it or not? Though as long as they don't start banning retail games from coming to the handheld, I can look past it. Even if they did ban retail games, I wouldn't give up on them (but I really hope they don't).