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One of gaming's best (and most morbid) roguelikes is headed to Nintendo . The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is coming to Nintendo Switch as a launch title. There's even a creepy launch trailer to ring in the news.

At least, the game is headed to Nintendo Switch for North American fans. Publisher Nicalis, Inc. is also gauging if European fans are interested in a Switch release. As of this article's publication, there's over 1,000 retweets regarding the news, so it's safe to say that European Binding of Isaac players are down for a Switch copy of their own at launch.

There's no news yet whether The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will see additional features for the Nintendo Switch once the game launches in the Spring. But there's plenty to work with when the game releases, between the HD Rumble features in the Joy-Con and the on-the-go support that the console screen features. And while the Afterbirth+ price tag appears a little pricey at first -- it's $39.99 USD for a copy -- the game does come with all DLC to date, making it a definitive release on the Switch.

Of course, this isn't The Binding of Isaac series' first appearance on a Nintendo platform. Early on, the original release of The Binding of Isaac was planned for Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo backed out on the deal and decided not to host the game on the Nintendo eShop. While the details were vague, designer Edmund McMillen chalked it up to "problems the religious aspects of the game might cause."

But then things changed, and McMillen was given an opportunity by Nintendo to publish the Rebirth remake for fans on Nintendo systems. By 2015, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth launched for the New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It's clear McMillen was more than confident in the abilities of Nintendo's consoles early on, and with the game's Wii U and 3DS support in the present day, it's clear bringing the game over to Switch is just another sign of Nicalis, Inc.'s faith in the Japanese hardware giant.

Plus, with the game available on iOS, PlayStation Vita, and 3DS, Nicalis, Inc. certainly believes that the game can be enjoyed between both a PC screen, a TV set, and a mobile or handheld gaming device. Seeing how both console and handheld releases have been well received in the past, releasing the game on a hybrid TV-and-handheld system only makes sense: why not give it a shot?

That said, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ most likely won't move Nintendo Switch consoles. While the game is classic, the vanilla Rebirth release has been out for awhile. The latest expansion, Afterbirth+, just came out this January, but the Afterbirth and Afterbirth+ DLC packs only cost $10.99 and $9.99 on Steam, respectively. At the very most, Rebirth owners who have yet to expand their game can simply pick up the definitive version for an extra $20. Plus, with the Steam bundle pricing the complete edition at $35.97, it's cheaper to buy the title on PC than purchase the game for the Nintendo Switch. There's certainly an appeal in owning the entire game on Nintendo Switch, but that interest may be lost on fans who are not yet sold on the Switch, unexcited about the console's on-the-go gaming aspect, or are otherwise content with the PC release.

But it's still an interesting release for the Switch nonetheless, and for many fans, it's just another sign that both Nintendo and McMillen's crew are interested in keeping up with what fans want to see from the series. Time will tell if the Switch release ends up being enormously popular.

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