Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Isn’t Playable on Old 3DS Because “It Looked/Played Horribly”

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Sometimes even we miss things – on April Fool’s Day, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth co-creator Edmund McMillen confirmed the game was coming to Xbox One, Wii U, and the New Nintendo 3DS.

Many fans remember the game couldn’t get approval prior to its new Rebirth re-release and expansion on Nintendo platforms, due to its religious and violent themes. So why is it now coming only to the New 3DS and the Wii U, and not the original 3DS?

In a blog post, McMillen confirmed the game is really coming to all three aforementioned platforms. However, in regads to the old 3DS, he revealed the game is a bit more demanding than you might think. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth “will not be released for the old 3ds, only the new 3ds will run it,” said McMillen. He went on to reveal that himself and publisher Nicalis “worked on it for over a year and it looked/played horribly.”

McMillen also detailed all of the new additions and changes that are coming to the game, with its summer-bound “Afterbirth” update:

  • 100+ new items
  • a new playable character (Lilith)
  • a whole new alt path and game ending
  • a whole new game mode that will greatly expand the game by 100+ more hours
  • new alt floors
  • tons new enemies and bosses
  • a lot of new super secrets
  • 10 new challenges
  • a butt ton of new achievements
  • 6+ new music tracks
  • more poop!

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Finally, McMillen also shared a few details on one of the new items that is coming with the Afterbirth update. The idea came from a player-submitted message, dubbed the “Friend Ball.” The new gadget lets you capture non-boss enemies inside a ball, so that you can release them later and have them fight for you.

It’s clear this new addition is inspired by a certain capturing device from a long-running Nintendo franchise, but I digress. A release date for the New 3DS, Wii U, and Xbox One version weren’t confirmed, but McMillen promised these games would be coming to the aforementioned platforms “soonish.”

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Brandon Orselli


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