Last weekend, Wolfenstein 3D has turned thirty. The game, one of the milestones of the first person shooter genre, will be properly celebrated thanks to a documentary called FPS: First person Shooter. Although the release of this special in-depth study on one of the main genres of PC gaming is still a bit missing, some details have already been revealed thanks to its trailer, including that of the censorship that Nintendo carried out on the home game id Software.
As revealed by some members of the development team, Wolfenstein 3D conversion for Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) wasn’t easy to make. Not so much for the technical difficulties, but more for some directives of the Kyoto house. “We knew we had problems with the Nazi symbols, as the publisher wanted to sell the game in Germany, but the most absurd thing was definitely the dogs. There were German Shepherds in the game that could bite the player and Nintendo decided to censor them, ”said Becky Heineman, programmer of the game. “We were told that dogs could not be shot, so we opted to include rats.”
The developers had to follow a series of actual instructions, but it was certainly not the least of their problems. “We had to remove the tongue from the rats because it resembled blood, at least according to Nintendo. These complaints have made our lives impossible. We had to send several versions before the Kyoto house gave the go-ahead for the sale, ”concluded Heineman.
As was easily imagined, FPS: First Person Shooter will reveal further details very similar to this as soon as it sees the light. Currently the film is crowdfunded on Indiegogo: the money raised will help the creators in the final stages of the project. Keep following Tom’s Hardware for all the news and announcements in the pipeline from the world of video games.