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Censorship EU Nintendo Games

Nintendo Puts a Bedtime On Wii U Content In Europe 190

Posted by timothy
from the wait-until-you're-older dept.
kc67 writes "Nintendo of Europe is blocking Wii U content in the region that is rated PEGI 18+ between the hours of 3 a.m. and 11 p.m., according to a Eurogamer report. Under these stipulations, the four-hour window of 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. is the only time users can purchase games like ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III or even view trailers for such games. The story originated from a NeoGAF forum user, which reportedly received an email from Nintendo saying the following: 'Dear customer, we would like to let you know that Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries. We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11 p.m.- 3 a.m. time window.' Eurogamer has since verified the claim. It received a message stating 'You cannot view this content' and 'The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.' Nintendo has yet to comment on the matter."
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Nintendo Puts a Bedtime On Wii U Content In Europe

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  • Three Words (Score:2, Informative)

    by Guppy06 (410832) on Saturday December 08, 2012 @02:29AM (#42223663)

    observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries

    Three words: least common denominator. They are simply abiding by the most stringent requirements in the European market.

    Repeat after me: the EU is not the United States of Europe.

  • Child account ... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 08, 2012 @02:32AM (#42223671)

    This is a published feature of the child accounts. Either the people reporting this just don't know that and are trying with child accounts, or it's a simple case of the feature being implemented wrong.

  • Re:WHY? (Score:4, Informative)

    by grumbel (592662) <grumbel@gmx.de> on Saturday December 08, 2012 @09:29AM (#42224853) Homepage

    I just have to ask why Nintendo does anything like this.

    Nintendo isn't the only one. Ubisoft's UPlay and EA's Origin don't allow you to buy age 18 content outside of 23:00-6:00 either, even age 16 is locked between 22:00-6:00.

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