In accordance with a recent tweet from Limited Run Games, the cult classic FMV game, Night Trap would be making its way to the Nintendo Switch in the current summer. This news has come a quarter of a century after Nintendo stated that the game would never appear on one of its consoles.
The tweet from the Limited Run actually said it all, “Never say never.” While the other platforms got their hands on the 25th-anniversary edition of the Night Trap in the recent years, the game never made it to a Nintendo console. That is partially as, a complete 26 years ago, Nintendo took a hard stance against the game.
As of now, what the people need to know is that Night Trap would arrive on the Switch in the current summer in both digital and physical formats, although no price point has been attached just yet to the game. The game goes for 15 dollars on the other platforms, though, so it could be figured it would be somewhere in that ballpark.
Night Trap came out originally in the early ’90s and, along with games like that of Mortal Kombat, earned enough negative attention to put it on the United States government’s radar. Violence was the real concern and the hearings that followed actually led to the formation of the rating board, which still governs games to the present day.
In case the term “FMV” is getting heavy on the minds of the readers, that term stands for full motion video. It was a famous trend back in the day in order to implement actual recorded footage into the games, with the actions of the player determining the possible outcome of events. These involved typically some cheesy sets and equally cheesy acting that is sort of endearing in its own weird way.
However, the game went on to become a cult hit and was hard to get the players’ hands on until the recent years. Still, if the players are wondering why it is so crazy to see Night Trap on the Switch, here is a brief clip from a December 1993 Senate hearing in which Nintendo of America’s Howard Lincoln bashes the game and makes a pretty bold claim.
For the starters, Howard Lincoln stated that the games industry has not transitioned from the kids to the adults. It could be held that Lincoln was stretching things a bit even in the early ’90s with that claim, but it could certainly be agreed upon that the demographic was nowhere near what it has become at the present day. The next thing that he mentioned was Toys-R-Us, which actually is a sad reminder that those exist no longer.
Finally, he took a shot at Night Trap and used its initial lack of a rating to strengthen his argument that the recent rating system was not doing enough to properly monitor and rate the games. On that count, it could absolutely be agreed with him.
Nintendo still said at the time that Night Trap would never appear on their platforms, but it appears like the statute of limitations on that claim has run out officially.