If you haven’t heard of Time Twist, the Japan-only adventure game by Nintendo, I wouldn’t blame you. It has never been localised, and never re-released, even in its home country! I wrote a feature about it in Nintendo Force magazine this year, which entailed playing through it using a Japanese walkthrough. It has a time warp battle with Super-Hitler, a puzzle where you have to rescue slaves and Abraham Lincoln from the KKK...
The final boss is a naked, newborn Jesus, possessed by the demon you have pursued through time. You fight him in the skies above Bethlehem on Christmas Day, and he finally sucks you into a terrifying hellscape where he blasts you with electricity - before you finally exorcise the demon and return the world to normal.
It’s WEIRD! Apologies if it offends you - I didn’t come up with this - but I absolutely had to include this infamous Nintendo boss battle in the hallowed halls of Nintober.
This is why we can't have nice things anymore, like localized Japanese games.
So chances are it would've offended even atheists, or politically-correct people, as well.
Though, being a simple text game, we didn't really miss too much.
I wouldn't say it's a particularly nice game though. Interesting to talk about, but a bit rubbish to play
I have read of this game before (on NDB duh!) I know its a first party game, but many games of that era had IS, HAL or Hudson helping with the programing I wonder if it's a rights issue what's keeping it for being re-released.
Time Twist was developed by Pax Softnica - the same team who did Shin Onigashima and Yuuyuuki. I don't think it's a rights issue - I genuinely think Japan today isn't quite as accepting of this kind of content as it may have been in 1991. Hitler also appears as a boss.