Nintendo Switch indie game A Dark Room has been pulled from the eShop after its developer revealed how to access the game’s hidden code editor. The game released on the in-game store earlier this month, but was removed two weeks later on April 26th. Nintendo made the move shortly after developer Amir Rajan shared that the game contained a Ruby code editor as an “Easter Egg”.
A Dark Room
Launched on the Nintendo eShop on April 12th, A Dark Room is a text-based role-playing game ported to the Switch by Amir Rajan. Although the game seems like your standard RPG adventure, a secret Easter egg allows users access to a basic coding environment. Plugging in a keyboard and pressing the “~” key “effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.”
Once fans discovered that the Easter egg is indeed real, Nintendo took action. The game was promptly taken down from the eShop and publisher Circle Entertainment was left baffled.
Speaking with EuroGamer, developer Rajan, the man responsible for the implementation of the Easter egg, said:
“I deeply regret how this has blown up. A simple toy sandboxed environment has been framed as this massive exploit. And of course it’s the community that exploits these things that pushed it up to that level. I’m partly to blame with my sensationalised media posts.”
He claims that it was a “last second spark of inspiration” and that he regrets getting Circle Entertainment entangled in this mess.
“These past three days have been the worst days of my life,” Rajan continues. “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.”
While the code editor provided in A Dark Room was very basic, it’s still against the Nintendo eShop rules and regulations. As the publisher is still discussing the matter with Nintendo, it’s unclear whether the game will return to the eShop.