The popular indie action-adventure The Binding Of Isaac will not be released on the 3DS after all. Designer Edmund McMillen says that Nintendo deemed the game inappropriate for the handheld.
"Attention: After a long internal debate Nintendo has decided NOT to allow the Binding of Isaac on the 3ds," tweeted McMillen last night. In a follow-up tweet he said that the company objected to Isaac's "questionable religious content."
Added McMillen: "Thank GOD Steam exists!"
In Binding of Isaac, a child's hyper religious mother decides to sacrifice him to God to prove her faith. The boy, Isaac, flees into his home's monster-filled basement. He must battle his way through the various levels of the basement.
I'm not going to pretend that Binding's plot is family friendly, but since when does that bother Nintendo? It's not as though the 3DS doesn't have any Mature-rated games. It's silly to suggest religious overtones make Binding less appropriate than Resident Evil Revelations, a far more graphic and violent game.
Binding is available for the PC and Mac through Steam. As of January, the game has sold about 450,000 copies. The strong sales have led McMillen and co-designer Florian Himsl to begin developing an expansion pack called The Wrath of the Lamb.