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'Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' reborn on 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One (updated)

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Prepare your consoles for ritual sacrifice. An edited version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the adorably disturbing roguelike from Super Meat Boy co-creator Edmund McMillen, is on its way to 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One. This is really happening, despite a few years of uncertainty about the game's fate on Nintendo consoles. Back in 2012, McMillen said that Nintendo had nixed The Binding of Isaac (the version before the Rebirth expansion) on 3DS because of the game's "questionable religious content." It is a game about God compelling a mother to murder her own child, after all. However, Rebirth has since launched on PlayStation 4, Vita and Steam, and McMillen has remained optimistic about working with Nintendo. In July 2014, he noted that a 3DS version was still on the table.

"Now you know how I am about artistic integrity and trust me when I say I'd never compromise my art to make a quick buck," he writes on his blog. "But after thinking outside the box a bit I came up with a few minor edits to the game that got more than a few suits on my side when it came to getting the green light. I'll list out the edits below and I think you'll agree they are so minor none of you will even notice."

Before we dive into some of the changes, it's worth noting that this blog post was published on April 1st. We double-checked with McMillen that this wasn't all a cruel, cruel joke. "Something's [sic] are true some aren't but I'm happy with the edits we made," he wrote back. Microsoft's Xbox One version will be the same as the PS4 game, meaning no Nintendo-level edits, but it will "feature the green Xbox 'X' carved into Satan's head (a lil' gag to MS)."

Update: It looks like part of this was indeed a cruel joke. The Binding of Isaac is coming to Wii U, 3DS and Xbox One, but the "edits" were an April Fool's gag. McMillen could have told us that when we asked him a serious question about the validity of his blog post, but perhaps he was too far taken by the holiday spirit. The Binding of Isaac will not be edited on Nintendo consoles. Carry on.

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