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Nintendo was originally up for Night Trap on Switch, but randomly “pulled out two days later”

Posted on August 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

The 1993 interactive movie game Night Trap is being revitalized this year. Originally, Screaming Villains hoped to bring the 25th Anniversary Edition to Switch. That looks like it won’t be happening, however.

Screaming Villains told one fan on Twitter that “Nintendo was on board originally but pulled out two days later for a very random reason.” The specific reason here is unknown.


So any theories as to what happened here, folks?

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  • Vigilante_blade

    Why spit on a perfectly easy to get third party game…?

    • Exy

      Because they can.

      • Felipe M.

        Terrible mistake of theirs. The Switch needs games and third party support yet they go and do something like this.

    • Connor The Dreamer

      Because Nintendo is ultra strict towards westerners yet NCL is being really happy with letting any Japanese dev make a game for the Switch regardless of quality. Explains why we got Vroom.

      • Bojan Babic

        Or why we’re getting a boob touching game.

    • Tlink7

      I assume Nintendo had a perfectly-valid reason, as many ‘meh’ third-party games have been greenlit in the past

    • AJK

      Because its crap

  • Connor The Dreamer

    Since they said it wasn’t over dev kits (one of the stupid reasons lots of non-japanese companies can’t put out games on the Switch eShop for now) I worry it’s because their other stupid rule of requiring HD Rumble or some sort of Switch online/exclusive feature got in the way of making the game come out. Either way having a bias towards Japanese developers while ignoring western ones/smaller indies is a terrible idea and it’ll lead to the switch missing out on some games this year like Hat in Time.

    • Exy

      Tomorrow we’ll have a story about another random indie developer saying how great it is to work for Nintendo and how supportive they are.

      • Connor The Dreamer

        I honestly don’t know. I thought with the eShop drought ending this month it was a good time but it seems NOA/NOE are still not allowing western indies that aren’t big enough for them. I heard that Hex Heroes can’t even get their kickstarted game on Switch because they’d be forced to add new stuff, and I know Axiom Verge had a horrible time getting ported (but it thankfully happened, finally and will be out soon.)

        I know NCL wants to prevent the Switch eShop from getting horrible games like Blockform released on it, but being stingy towards devs like this is a bad answer. Let the community decide through star ratings, if they actually let the Switch eShop use them…

        • KnickKnackMyWack

          Letting the community decide led to the disaster that is Steam Greenlight. The community isn’t anymore or less trustworthy on quality control than Nintendo is.

          • Felipe M.

            Yeah, because Chicken Range and Vegas Party are 10/10 games for sure.

    • Hidden Flare

      I always found it odd how hat in time isn’t making its way to nintendo systems? Pretty sure they seemed like they wanted it on the wii u and they can’t get it on either console.

      • Connor The Dreamer

        The Wii U version didn’t happen as the game took ages to make and the Wii U was dead by the game they’d get anywhere, but the Switch one is something they actually CAN and WANT to do with the PS4/XB1 versions but Nintendo is so loving of the Japanese that they’re too nervous to let companies who’ve never published a game before like the HIT devs get a dev kit, which is utterly stupid. I betcha Nintendo would actually give the HIT devs a dev kit for the Wii U.. But there’s no point in doing it at this time

        • Hidden Flare

          Uhh…

          Shovel Knight
          Yooka Laylee
          Snakepass

          pretty sure those are three west made games on the switch. I think the issue is that these guys are a lot less known. Otherwise I am unsure…

          • Connor The Dreamer

            SK and SP had exclusive content, in SK’s case due to it being an early launch of the Spectre Knight Campaign while SP had HD Rumble and was made by people like David Wise that have been in the industry before.

            YL as far as I know is only a myth on the switch and probably only exists because they’d get sued if they didn’t deliver on a Nintendo Version. Not that it matters as the late port and digital only aspects will kill the game

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            You must really hate Nintendo if you’re writing off Yooka-Laylee for Switch as DOA or more delusionally a “myth.”

          • Connor The Dreamer

            Why would I hate Nintendo for Playtonic being incompetent in following one of their stretch goals for a multiplat same day release that they promised?

            Since YL hasn’t even been shown in real video footage on the switch (only screens with little communication on the version’s ETA or even if it’ll be like the PC version or the team17 ports) I have every reason to call it a myth until I see it. Unlike the other cases of denying indies, I don’t think Nintendo has anything to do with YL being late to switch at all. If anything it’s on PT for not planning better.

          • Connor The Dreamer

            That’s not the Switch version being played. It’s the PC version repurposed for a Switch trailer. They just said that the Switch port entered testing a month or so ago and by Feb when the trailer was made they probably didn’t even have work made on that version as only super close devs had kits. It’s common for PC versions to be used for multiplat trailers anyway.

            When I see the game actually running on a real switch screen or using a Switch UI I’ll believe that they aren’t taking the money and running.

          • KnickKnackMyWack

            When I see the game actually running on a real switch screen or using a Switch UI I’ll believe that they aren’t taking the money and running.

            It’s common for PC versions to be used for multiplat trailers anyway.

            These are two completely contradictory mentalities. I don’t think this game would have been showcased in a Nintendo Direct if there was any risk of it being a cut-and-run situation.

            The only instance of that I can think of involving Nintendo fans in particular was Project Cars. Those devs are complete scumbags.

          • GMB

            He’s trying really hard to push his narrative of “Nintendo hates non-nipponjin tachi!! Grrr!!”

          • Hidden Flare

            Hmm ok most of your points make sense, can’t say I agree with the yooka laylee of one but I’ll let it slide. But what about every west indie game for the switch like I’m pretty sure the game mr shifty or…. like every game announced on this site. I’m sure some games heading to the switch are western made.

          • Connor The Dreamer

            Oh don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Nintendo is blocking EVERY western indie ever made, it’s just that the ones I hear are being turned down all seem to be small, new developers who’ve never made a game on any system before but want to make a start with a switch exclusive or multiplat game. Either those unknown ones or the smaller Wii U devs who can’t get a kit (though in the case of devs like CW Games it’s for the better)

          • Hidden Flare

            Hmm fair point I suppose, odd cause I’m pretty sure a lot of indies started on Wii U and 3ds. I mean shovel knight, those uhh f-zero race type hand guys… sorry but tired now.

          • Connor The Dreamer

            Oh certainly. That’s why Nintendo shouldn’t be so scared of handing out dev kits. Could you imagine would it would be like if SK launched this year and they couldn’t get it on switch due to the devs being new and small?

          • Hidden Flare

            Yeah. That’s why I kinda find what you’re saying hard to believe, no offense but I mentioned these hat in time guys had said they would put it on the Wii U but couldn’t get a kit or something. Odd cause newbies were able to do that, I’ll throw in freedom planet to add to the list.

  • Exy

    I like that the top story right now is an interview from Nintendo France saying to expect more third-party games, and here’s one that was expressly denied by them.

    • not really third party
      it’s a kickstarter indie

      • Exy

        How is that not third-party?

        • third party means EA, Ubisoft, Activision etc
          the big guns

          • DiscoGentleman

            That’s not really what “third party” means, but I see your point- you’re just using the wrong terminology.

          • in context of games, yeah that’s what third party means

            capcom
            squeenix

          • DiscoGentleman

            It’s not what it “means” but it is your interpretation. And that’s fine, whatevs, but don’t be surprised when people misunderstand you.
            I mean, you could clarify your statements by just saying “the big third parties” but whatevs, too.

          • Blackbishop

            Well, subconsciously I have always classified them like you since indie games started to appear so you are not alone, although probably most people think of indies as 3rd party.

          • I mean technically they’re third parties.
            Then there’s not much use for the word indie if you just call all indies third parties

          • Hidden Flare

            What would you call indie then?

          • ………….indie

          • Hidden Flare

            Geez so small they can’t even have party in the title. Though I do think third party can be a correct term, I’ll just stop here cause I’m tired right now.

  • the reason they pulled out is probably because the game is famous for being a piece of crap

    • Exy

      If they really want to do right by the fans of this game, they should get Double Switch on Switch. It’s basically a better Night Trap in nearly every way.

      • Hidden Flare

        Ha ha Double Switch on Switch.

        I was hoping we get Mighty Switch Force on switch personally ;p

    • Hidden Flare

      Uhh no offense but is the AVGN a good source? Considering even James doesn’t think he’s that much of a reviewer (yes he has done bad games and given good criticism but he also says stuff in this vid like how cd had no good games…. Except Im pretty sure there are a few remarkable cd games).

      • he almost exclusively plays bad games
        like.. sonic cd was a decent sega cd game. there were a lot of ports of regular games to the system
        but this genre, if you can call it that, of fmv games was really short on actual gameplay, and fmv was supposed to be the main appeal of the sega cd

  • Hidden Flare

    Really odd. We know no real reason why they pulled out. I think one reason could be that controversy but part of me sees that being the answer as just plan silly considering there are ways to make it so it’s not an issue on their end like asking for age on eshop or something. So odd…

    • Jay Bern

      Not to mention Mortal Kombat was wrapped up in the same controversy and Nintendo had no problem there (after the first one, anyway).

      • Hidden Flare

        When was the last mortal combat game on a nintendo system?

        • Jay Bern

          That would be Armageddon on the Wii.

          • Hidden Flare

            Hmm wonder if we will see the next one on the switch? Graphics are the only issue I can see being a problem. Well we shall see.

      • mortal kombat was easily the most popular arcade game at the time
        not porting it to snes would have been a ridiculous move

        • Jay Bern

          Though it was so heavily censored it didn’t fare much better. Even then, I wouldn’t consider actively refusing a third-party game to be in the realms of sanity, either.

          • what about Bible Adventures

          • Jay Bern

            I agree on that front, though refusing a game with a fair amount of hype around it is just begging for backlash as we can see from this article’s comment section. Saying no to a 99 cent trash heap that no one cares about isn’t the same as saying no to a remastered cult classic.

            Also, Bible Adventures was unlicensed, so it doesn’t count.

          • Unlicensed is the same thing back in those days. The game was obviously rejected by Nintendo, and the zealous devs found a trick to get around the fact that it wasn’t welcome on the system.

            This article’s comment section is a bunch of fanboys who have no idea what this game is and will buy anything. It’s not a cult classic, it’s garbage. It failed its Kickstarter goal by 90%.

  • Felipe M.

    There you have it. Nintendo is refusing games from being released on the Switch.

  • DiscoGentleman

    Perhaps because of the tainted history this game has. This game was pivotal in the ESRB being created in America.

    Anyway, bummer that a 3rd party game isn’t coming to Switch, but it’s absolutely no loss: this game is an AWFUL dumpster fire.
    Check out the Game Grumps’ playthrough and see why. They play the game so you won’t have to.

    • Hidden Flare

      But isn’t Night Trap just an old game back then with stuff thrown in? I’m sure it’s not ten/ten but whats the issue with allowing an old game? Especially when other consoles also have the game?

      • night trap’s one of those sega cd games that was the first to use recorded video. it was a novelty at the time, but it’s not much of a game.

        • Hidden Flare

          Hmm that’s true, it’s like those game where you pick a direction while a video plays.

      • DiscoGentleman

        You’re asking the wrong person. I’m just adding to the speculation as to why they probably changed their minds.

        The real takeaway is that it doesn’t matter. This game sucked and was unplayable to the end without a guide, and Dana Plato is dead.
        Only good thing to come out of it is that horrid and awesome early 90’s song.

  • Jay Bern

    I think the lesson to be learned here is to not let the business side of Nintendo do anything.

  • Adrian Brown

    TBH this is one of those games I don’t mind if it doesn’t get released on Switch.

    • Felipe M.

      Who knows how many more have been rejected. I want to support games on the Switch but can’t when Nintendo does this.

      • Adrian Brown

        Agreed. Nintendo is getting really picky with Switch.

        • ben

          Yeah… they should be like Valve. That is perfect. Or even sony.. I mean.. games that make that stupid bike game on the switch look like masterpieces!

  • ben

    it is trash. Is not a random reason.

    • Felipe M.

      In your opinion. It’s a good thing you don’t make decisions for gaming companies or everyone would have their hobby ruined.

      • ben

        What? Explain that to me? Trash game that was originally made to kill off Japanese game development and move away from interesting art styles and make video games into interactive movies… That is what this game was designed for… I wonder who wants the hobby ruined? maybe you should research before writing?

        • Felipe M.

          You’re a whiny, hardcore, petty, weeaboo guy. No wonder you dislike it so much.

          You proved my point.

          • ben

            So… wait what? What point?

  • Meadowtronic

    They just need to pitch something better

  • I am sincerely curious; how many people here were going to buy and enjoy this game? I’m kind of morbidly curious.

    • DiscoGentleman

      Exactly.
      People are getting pissy, but this is an awful game. If there were zero controversy, hardly anyone would pay attention.

      • Pretty much. And I mean, I do really wonder who looked forward to this and would have bought and played it; but also. . . yeah, it sucks when third party support gets dropped but lets not pretend all support is created equal. There’s subjectivity, but sometimes there’s objectivity too.

        If people really wanted this, I’m sorry you won’t get he chance to play it on the Switch, but I don’t think people should act like this is a hit to the Switch library or Nintendo’s relationship with third parties.

        • DiscoGentleman

          Well said. Good on you for seeing both sides of thought.

          • Thank you. I try. (Sometimes, heh.)

  • theFooFighter

    If this was any other game, if this was mortal Kombat X or borderlands 3, or Witcher or gta or CoD of any other 3rd party game this would be the biggest wtf but it’s night trap so I don’t give a f**c

  • Jack Red

    Nintendo seems to be in a bit of a predicament. People get all over their case for not being strict on certain indies releasing on the Wii U, but once Nintendo starts backing out on an indie game that could turn out being crap, people go, “Nintendo is afraid of western indie developers because they refuse to greenlight a Switch port of Night Trap and Hex heroes.” I saw quite a number of western indie games on Wii U that people were bashing Nintendo for allowing to be released. Feels like Nintendo can’t win whichever way they do it.

    • That’s always the case, sadly. But yeah, you summarized it well. And I do think they kind of let anything to the Wii U’s e-shop. I kinda question a few of the Switch games. (Well, maybe like two or three.) But I think Nintendo is handling quality control well now; some of the people here just like to complain.

  • Justin McQuillen

    This game is just not good

    • ben

      Famously not good and it was made with a terrible motive.

  • ben

    I am 100% behind shop curation. Trash makes the store hard to navigate and makes good games like Tumbleseed get buried by trash.

  • Dr. Bob

    Seeing this post gave me hope and killed it in one swift shot.
    I’ve been really wanting to play this game with my friends, and to able to play it in a portable system would be a dream.

    • DiscoGentleman

      There are so many other things to dream about.
      Just emulate this awful game and be glad you didn’t spend money on it.

  • Tlink7

    I highly doubt it was a random reason… Honestly, these devs love lying

    • They really like to cover themselves, don’t they? Knowing people will eat it up (especially when it comes to Nintendo), makes it way easier for them too.

      • Tlink7

        Yup… People love hating on Nintendo. And this company can use that to turn themselves into a poor, innocent victim to maybe nab a few extra sales.
        The game is probably truly garbage and that’s why Nintendo isn’t bothering

        • Exactly. As a couple of others here have pointed out, they can never win for losing when it comes to quality control.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    To be fair I wanted to buy it because of how notorious it is as a game lol
    That aside if any FMV games were to get remastered, could it at least be the good ones? Like Harvester!

  • Harenghead

    I can understand people being mad on principle, but everything I’ve seen of Night Trap makes me not regret that decision. If I randomly spotted it on the eshop someday I’d honestly have been convinced that Nintendo’s getting desperate on the spot.

  • Azoth

    This game was the reason the ESRB was even formed and if Nintendo allowed this game to come to the Switch now, it’d look weird considering the legal battle that happened in the 90’s.

  • Brad

    The game was terrible. I’m sure most of the people complaining were not even born when this trash came out.