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Nintendo Denies The Binding of Isaac a 3DS Release

Its controversial content is to blame.

Edmund McMillen tweeted last night that his title, The Binding of Isaac, won't be published on the 3DS.


This will come as no surprise to many since, in addition to the religious content, the game contains suggestive themes, implied child nudity, and excessive gore, which set it at odds with Nintendo's established rules for publication.  For those interested in this previously reviewed title, as the tweet mentions, it is available on Steam for both PC and Mac.



Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/29/2012 at 03:36 PM

I think this was a very wise decision by Nintendo.  The liberties the game takes with the Biblical story of Isaac would be offensive to any Bible-based religion, while the presentation of Isaac’s mother is blatantly Christophobic (if that’s even a word.)  The designers could have easily chose almost any story to frame this game, but elected to use one that was tasteless and would be guaranteed to offend.  I can’t find fault in any publisher refusing to publish a game that would so easily alienate potential customers.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/29/2012 at 11:07 PM

Supposedly it has yet to be submitted to the ESRB. Nintendo will not accept any game without being rated by the ESRB. At least for North-America.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

02/29/2012 at 11:43 PM

The issue here is that if there's no guarantee the game would be licensed/published, spending the money on an ESRB rating is a massive risk. Imagine the game picks up an M rating, but NIntendo still denies the game on the 3DS. That's likely at least thousands of dollars down the drain that they won't get back, since each platform has content rated independantly, I believe.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

03/01/2012 at 12:09 AM

I see your point. Seems like they made the right call then.

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