No Euro release for Holocaust DS game

British developer wants to educate.

Nintendo has said there are "no plans" to release Imagination is the Only Escape, a DS game based around the Holocaust, in Europe or the US.

That's according to the New York Times and Videogaming247. It's not clear whether Nintendo has blocked the release, but there are suggestions this is the case due to the sensitive nature of the game's subject matter.

Imagination is the Only Escape is developed by 21 year-old British brain-box Luc Bernard. It is a platformer that casts you as a French Jewish boy who can only escape the horrors of the Nazi occupation by escaping to a fantasy world.

Bernard himself is Jewish, as was his Grandmother who looked after Jewish orphans during the war. Apparently the game will not shy away from presenting grim statistics and facts about what happened.

"1.5 million children were murdered during the Holocaust. More than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of institutionalised handicapped children," reads the text from one screenshot.

Organisations such as the US-based Anti-Defamation League have welcomed the concept and message of the title.

Bernard is also working on a WiiWare game, Eternity's Child, which tackles the issue of global warming.

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