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Nintendo blocks Binding of Issac 3DS release

Due to "questionable religious content".

Nintendo has blocked the release of indie role-player The Binding of Isaac on the 3DS eShop.

The verdict to deny the downloadable game's release came "after a long internal debate" at Nintendo, The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy designer Edmund McMillen revealed via his Twitter account.

"Attention: After a long internal debate Nintendo has decided NOT to allow the Binding of Isaac on the 3ds. :(", he wrote.

"As many assumed the reasons were due to the games 'questionable religious content'," he added. "Thank GOD Steam exists!"

The Binding of Isaac's plot is inspired by the biblical tale of the same name, where God asks a man to sacrifice his own child.

In the game you play as Isaac, a naked child who has to escape his murderous mum. RPG levels are influenced by The Legend of Zelda series.

A release on PlayStation 3 was also on the cards, McMillen revealed, although was blocked by a deal with Microsoft.

The game is available now on PC, Mac and Linux.

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