Murder House Banned in Japan on Nintendo Switch

Published: October 21, 2021 11:14 AM /


Murder House

Murder House is a PS1-style survival horror title that was originally released on Steam almost a year ago to the date. It has also recently been released on consoles. Not a big deal... or at least it wasn't until the developer tweeted out that apparently in Japan a Murder House ban had recently taken place for the Nintendo Switch in Japan.

Interestingly, there's been a few games that have also been banned recently, with Dying Light unavailable on the Switch eShop in Europe, and Super Seducer 3 being banned from Steam.

What's with the Murder House ban?

Murder House was released on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 14, a week ago. The game has players as part of a local news team that have broken into an abandoned house to chase after a ghost story. Instead of finding a juicy story, they found a bloody one as a maniac in a terrifying-looking bunny costume is determined to kill them for some reason. 

The game was possibly pulled off Japan's e-Shop due to its rating. IARC is a group that rates downloadable games, and the game initially received a 16+ rating. However, the game was apparently re-examined and found that its rating didn't fit its original rating. With the Microsoft Store apparently having an 18+ rating for the game, that could also be what's happening with the Murder House ban, somewhat like what happened with Groove Coaster earlier this year. 

As for the Puppet Combo themselves, Puppet Combo's Ben told us that they "wish I had more info on it", and that "Hopefully we'll get it back up on the eshop". When we asked, showing they said they weren't sure why it was taken down either. 

Speaking of Murder House, what's up with the icon?

Check out the Murder House Nintendo Switch icon. I mean, look at it. For Nintendo Switch users, looking at their icons is something they do a lot because Nintendo hasn't graced them with folders or any sort of proper game management. Basically, when you have to look at something that horrifying, it's just straight up not a good time, bro.

As you can see in this tweet, Puppet Combo doesn't want to replace the icon, telling TechRaptor that "I like it" which is both hilarious and a shame. Hilarious because it really does feel that the icon was chosen to mess with their fanbase, and a shame because good lord that thing is ugly compared to other Switch icons.

That's not to say that some people don't actually like the icon. It's a horror game after all, so why shouldn't the icon be horrific? Food for thought, I guess.

For more information on the Murder House ban, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more information.


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