26 years later, Night Trap is finally coming to a Nintendo console

According to a recent tweet from Limited Run Games, cult classic FMV game Night Trap is making its way to the Nintendo Switch this summer. This news comes a quarter of a century after Nintendo said the game would never appear on any of its consoles.

The tweet from Limited series says it all, “Never say never.” While other platforms got their hands on the 25th anniversary edition of Night Trap in recent years, the game never made it to a Nintendo console. That’s partly because 26 years ago Nintendo took a tough stance against gaming, which we’ll dig into a little more in a moment.

For now, what you need to know is that Night Trap will be coming to the Switch this summer in both physical and digital formats, although no price has yet been attached to the game. The game is $15 on other platforms, however, so we suspect it will be somewhere in this stage.

Night Trap came out in the early 90s and, along with games like mortal combat, attracted enough negative attention to put him on the U.S. government’s radar. Violence was the concern, and the ensuing hearings actually led to the formation of the ratings board that still governs the games to this day, the ESRB.

In case the term FMV throws you, it means full motion video (think of its history). It was a popular trend at the time to implement live recorded footage in games, with player actions determining the outcome of events. These usually involved cheesy sets and equally cheesy acting, which is kind of endearing in its weird way.

Either way, the game became a cult hit and was hard to get your hands on until recent years. Still, if you wonder why it’s so crazy to see Night Trap on the Switch, here’s a brief excerpt from a December 1993 Senate hearing in which Nintendo of America’s Howard Lincoln denounces the game and makes a pretty bold claim.

For starters, Howard Lincoln says the games industry hasn’t transitioned from kids to adults. We’d say Lincoln was stretching things a bit even in the early ’90s with that claim, but we can certainly agree the demographics were a far cry from where they are today.

Next thing you know, he mentions Toys-R-Us, which I only bring up as a sad reminder that those no longer exist.

Finally, he shoots Night Trap and uses its initial lack of ratings to bolster its argument that the current rating system was not doing enough to properly monitor and rate games. On this point, we can completely agree with him.

Yet Nintendo said at the time that Night Trap would never appear on their platforms, but it appears that the statute of limitations for this claim has officially expired.

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