In defiance to the words of former Nintendo of America chairman Howard Lincoln, the 1992 FMV game Night Trap will be coming to a Nintendo console this summer. Specifically the game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch digitally and a special physical edition courtesy of Limited Run Games.
In a 1993 hearing in congress, Nintendo of America chairman Howard Lincoln testified before congress and said, "Let me say that for the record I want to state that Night Trap will never appear on our system," adding that, "Obviously it would not pass our guidelines."
Well consider those guidelines passed as Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition will be coming out this summer to the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Limited Run's physical editions will be true to their publisher's name and only release in a handful of batches.
Night Trap was hugely controversial when it first came out in 1992 for its violent content, and sexual content. Since then Night Trap has become an example of some of the early government panic about violence in video games, a subject that has re-emerged under the Trump administration.
Night Trap was the first live-action movie game released on Sega CD. Players were instructed to monitor security video footage of a large house and spring traps on anyone who entered and tried to kidnap one of the five teenagers staying in the mansion. It was praised for the fluid video quality and not much else. It's pretty much famous for the controversy it generated more than its contributions to video games.
Still, it's been 25 years since Night Trap and since then the content you can find in games, violent or otherwise, has progressed considerably to the point where Night Trap is more of a kitschy relic rather than anything truly controversial.
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