Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition denied a Switch release by Nintendo

Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition

Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition – coming to PS4, Xbox One and Steam

Given the early demise of the Sega CD back in the 1990s, it is understanding if some older gamers never tried Night Trap. It came during the era of full-motion video games. But developers did not understand that putting up video across the screen rather than pixels did not always translate into a great game. Night Trap was an interactive movie (and an arguably mediocre one). The “gameplay” felt like a departure from what gamers experienced on the Sega Genesis.

Nevertheless, Night Trap is making a comeback this month.

Developer Screaming Villains is betting people will want to give their updated version a chance, when Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition releases August 15 on PlayStation 4 and Steam. An Xbox One version is planned for a later date.

A Switch release almost happened as well. But Nintendo told them “No” after initially giving the green light.

With the lack of third-party support for Nintendo consoles over the years, initially, it does not seem to make sense. Nintendo needs a broader library of games Yet, Nintendo passed and offered a vague reason to go along with it.

Another reason might be that politicians once accused Night Trap of promoting sexual aggression and violence against women. Nintendo still remains a family-friendly company, despite pleas from older fans to change a little. Perhaps the House of Mario wished to avoid any potential media controversy with a game like this on the Switch.

In fact, Night Trap is widely credited as one of the main reasons leading to the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The backlash against the title became so bad that Sega temporarily pulled the game from store shelves.

To counter the above logic though, controversial games are more common these days. The Grand Theft Auto series is the biggest example. The newest version of those games even offers interactive sex scenes.

Ironically, the main Grand Theft Auto games are absent from the Switch too, and never appeared on the Wii U or Wii.

In any case, Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition is a welcome blast from the past for the other three non-Nintendo platforms. Most people will simply play out of nostalgia, but some gamers may enjoy the interactive movie format.

Maybe Nintendo will change their mind once they realize Night Trap is not so controversial in today’s world.

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