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Nintendo blocks The Binding of Isaac from 3DS eShop

The Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen has taken to Twitter to air his frustrations over Nintendo's refusal to publish his roguelike baby adventure because of its controversial religious overtones.

“Attention: After a long internal debate Nintendo has decided NOT to allow the Binding of Isaac on the 3ds. :(,” he posted last night, later adding, “As many assumed the reasons were due to the games 'questionable religious content'. Thank GOD Steam exists!”

The Binding of Isaac takes its name and inspiration from one of the more disturbing stories in the Hebrew Bible. It casts players as a naked baby who is forced to fight his way through a basement of horrors after discovering his mother has received orders from God to offer him as a sacrifice.

To be fair, this is fairly controversial subject matter. That said, for Nintendo to take a moral stance now after populating its 3DS library with Resident Evil (zombies!), Driver (illegal activities!), Metal Gear Solid 3D (murder! War!), and Dead or Alive Dimensions (big boobs!), seems a tad hypocritical.

Throwing his support behind other The Binding of Isaac supporters, Edmund said, “Seriously though, i gotta again publicly thank steam for fully supporting Isaac and not requiring ESRB or censoring its published games...Just one of many reasons why Steam is the top dog of digital distribution.”

What do you think of Nintendo's judgement?

28 comments

  • schneider-kyle - April 14, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    You need to make this happend u nugger. Do yuo understand how awesome this game would be on the fucking 3ds or wii u. Jesuz christ come on does it matter about the viloince fucking put m for mature on it.
  • DiJunoMan - March 2, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Slap a warning on it if you have to! C'mon Nintendo! This is worse than Mortal Kombat on SNES! Well thats kind of a bad comparison...
  • sandraudiga - February 29, 2012 11:30 p.m.

    As wise as it is for Nintendo to sidestep this issue, the fact that it IS an issue is pathetic.
  • AuthorityFigure - March 1, 2012 1 a.m.

    It is pathetic. Religious facism poisons everything.
  • CancerMan - February 29, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    What's up with the comments? Half of you guys are siding with Nintendo. For shame.
  • AuthorityFigure - February 29, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    C'mon Matt! It would be hypocritical if any of the examples the author mentioned had religious themes within them - which they don't. Binding of Isaac wasn't banned because of zombies, driving, or illegalities. Nintendo is wise to sidestep the minefield and overly sensitive, easily offended, and special treatment-demanding monotheists around the globe.
  • CrKnight - February 29, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    That's a shame. I would have enjoyed that for my 3DS.
  • shawksta - February 29, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Well thats a shame, hopefully things get better.
  • FOZ - February 29, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    All of those games are not only physical releases, but they have ESRB ratings. Also MGS3 is nowhere near the kind of fucked up that Binding of Isaac is.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 29, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    I laugh when people get offended by things.
  • BackwaterRifle - February 29, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    That's a disappointment, as I have no intentions of putting steam on my dinosaur of a computer, so I won't get to play that game.
  • jackthemenace - February 29, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    Seriously, you need to. BoI is such an amazing game. I mean, there's so much replayability, it's worth downloading steam purely for it alone. This news is bad. I mean, I'm slightly biased, in that I love the game so much, but I think it's a shame that people who lack decent PC's aren't going to get a chance to play it. Hell, I've got a MAC and I can play it, so why shouldn't 3DS owners get to? Sure, some of the themes are a little mature, and it's a little controversial, but that's not stopped Nintendo (too much) before, right?
  • NuclearHippie - February 29, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Oh man! Nintendo is getting back at them, for cancelling super meat boy on WiiWare.
  • badgraphix1 - February 29, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    The reason it was cancelled was because of WiiWare's limitations. They tried to optimise it to get it to work on the service but it was still too big. Speaking of which, these aren't problems on the 3DS eShop. Though I'm wondering if their contract with Microsoft prevents them from putting it on there.
  • kingsmikefan - February 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Nintendo will not challenge your intellect. Action games and platformers are fine because they don't make you think about anything but the game. And people say Nintendo advance the medium
  • shawksta - February 29, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Not exactly, they made Pushmo, and that game needs ALLOT of thinking and is freakin hard if you dont challenge your intellect, same goes for fire emblem and certain others.
  • lemur - February 29, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    I wonder if it would go on the playstation store. It would be awesome on the vita or PSP.
  • Person5 - February 29, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    I gotta say I'm with Nintendo, if you want to play Binding of Isaac, there's Steam for that, and if you aren't the sort of person who has Steam, do you really want to play games like Binding of Isaac? Not only that but the game does have some pretty controversial religious topics, not only that but the game is just plain disturbing sometimes. RE Revelations is tame compared to this game in my opinion. To be clear though, I think Binding of Isaac is a great game (if not a bit difficult sometimes), it would also feel weird playing without a keyboard
  • JokerJ0613 - February 29, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    I believe Nintendo made a good choice, after all, they are the best Family games maker.
  • GhostNappa2k10 - February 29, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Nintendo are far too panicky over content in games. I mean, as the article states, they allow Driver and Resident Evil, but not The Binding of Isaac, a game ten times better than either of those? Bullcrap. Complete, and utter, bullcrap. This is why I will not ever support Nintendo.

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