Nintendo Pulls Game From Switch eShop After Dev Reveals Hidden Code Editor

Nintendo pulled a game from the eShop on April 26 after it was known that creator of A Dark Room snuck in a code editor for players to use.

As reported by Eurogamer, developer Amir Rajan revealed one week after the game launched on Switch that he had included the coding easter egg within the game. Nintendo pulled the game from the eShop shortly after.

Rajan posted his announcement of the secret editor being hidden in the game, which is used through the programming language Ruby, and said it was meant for people to create apps through their Nintendo Switch.

“Last week I released A Dark Room to the Nintendo Switch. Within the game, I also shipped a Ruby interpreter and a code editor as an Easter Egg,” Rajan said.

He explained, “This Easter Egg effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.”

The only step users had to follow after purchasing the game, was to connect a USB keyboard and press the “~” key to get into the coder. Rajan also asked in his post for Ruby and game developers to, “please boost.”

“Having Circle deal with some of this cannon fire is not something I’d ever want,” Rajan continued. “These past three days have been the worst days of my life. And I don’t know what to say except I’m sorry, and all I wanted to do was allow kids (and coding adults that have forgotten the joy) to discover what I discovered 25 years ago.”

He also downplayed the abilities of the code editor saying all someone can really do is draw lines, squares, labels and play sounds from the game – along with letting you detect if a Joy-con is pressed down to manipulate the lines – but that you cannot even render an image.

In terms of if A Dark Room will ever be available in the eShop again, Rajan said he feels that many developers and programmers at Nintendo would be able to empathize with him and understand where he was coming from.

IGN has reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update this story with any new information.

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