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Video Game Ad of the Day: Wolfenstein 3D

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Wolfenstein 3D for the Super Nintendo is often used as an example of Nintendo of America’s hardline approach to censorship in the early 1990s. All signs of blood and Nazi symbolism were removed, the attack dogs were changed into mutant rats, and Hitler’s moustache was neatly excised from his portrait. The port itself isn’t that bad, but few felt the need to play a hacked up version of the game.

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Video Game Ad of the Day: Wolfenstein 3D


Wolfenstein 3D was one of the most popular games of the early 90s on the PC, so eventually plans were laid to bring it to consoles. Unfortunately the first of those ports ran straight into Nintendo’s strict censorship policies and the game was sanitized – all elements linking the game to the Nazis were removed (including Hitler’s moustache), the dogs were changed into rats and all blood was removed. The number of levels was halved, but two new weapons were added – a flamethrower and rocket launcher. In spite of all of the changes, the game actually still plays okay.