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Nintendo Wii U eShop restricts 18+ game sales to 11 PM to 3 AM
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Default Nintendo Wii U eShop restricts 18+ game sales to 11 PM to 3 AM - 12-11-2012, 07:47 | posts: 19,564 | Location: Guru3D testlab

In new weird news today we noticed that Nintendo blocks access to 18+ rated content on the Wii U eShop outside the 11 pm - 3 am time window. The restriction means that European gamers are unable to b...

Nintendo Wii U eShop restricts 18+ game sales to 11 PM to 3 AM
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 07:49 | posts: 22,491 | Location: Netherlands

german laws suck. nintendo still seems to be stuck in the 80's also.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 14:31 | posts: 279 | Location: MA, USA

Wouldn't it make more sense to just simply restrict a player from buying a game if their user account says the person is under 18?
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:14 | posts: 3,699 | Location: Sweden

dont know why they feel the need to care so much

was playing mortal kombat in 2nd grade, lol
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:19 | posts: 2,690 | Location: UK

Nintendo have always been kid friendly. I remember in the SNES days there were quite a few games that had blood and gore removed, Mortal Kombat being one game that springs to mind.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:34 | posts: 2,013

Simple, move from Germany, restrict sales there and go somewhere where business is welcome.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:41 | posts: 3,699 | Location: Sweden

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Nintendo have always been kid friendly. I remember in the SNES days there were quite a few games that had blood and gore removed, Mortal Kombat being one game that springs to mind.
ratings didnt exist until mortal kombat, that's why mortal kombat 2 and 3 weren't censored on the SNES
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:50 | posts: 192 | Location: Massachusetts

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Wouldn't it make more sense to just simply restrict a player from buying a game if their user account says the person is under 18?
This, for sure.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 15:54 | posts: 2,013

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This, for sure.
Idd haha.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:00 | posts: 2,690 | Location: UK

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ratings didnt exist until mortal kombat, that's why mortal kombat 2 and 3 weren't censored on the SNES
The Megadrive version was uncensored.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:06 | posts: 22,491 | Location: Netherlands

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The Megadrive version was uncensored.
no it wasnt. you would need to enter a hidden cheat code
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:09 | posts: 3,699 | Location: Sweden

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The Megadrive version was uncensored.
i think you needed a code, and what's your point with this particular post anyway? after mortal kombat pushed for a rating system, on the SNES anyway, following releases were uncensored.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:14 | posts: 2,690 | Location: UK

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i think you needed a code, and what's your point with this particular post anyway? after mortal kombat pushed for a rating system, on the SNES anyway, following releases were uncensored.
Didn't read the thread correctly... This is for Germany only.

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Default 12-11-2012, 16:15 | posts: 22,491 | Location: Netherlands

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Didn't read the thread correctly... This is for Germany only.
its for europe , not for just germany

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“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets. Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:18 | posts: 2,690 | Location: UK

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its for europe , not for just germany
Germany has some strange gaming laws. This could hurt sales in the long run.

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Itīs a fair enough move, although if i didnīt play carmageddon at age 10 and onwards i would have been a lame kid.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 16:55 | posts: 2,690 | Location: UK

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Itīs a fair enough move, although if i didnīt play carmageddon at age 10 and onwards i would have been a lame kid.
Just means kids will be staying up later at night.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 22:28 | posts: 410 | Location: Wales

German law is very strict.

I remember when the first Far Cry came out and it was banned in Germany.

Ubi had to release a version for the German market with no gore and even rag doll was banned.

They had to go to mod sites and download a gore and rag doll patch for their super censored version of a great game.

They still don't like blood and rag doll or realistic type deaths in any game release in Germany.

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Default 12-11-2012, 22:47 | posts: 2,013

Yeah, it's just ridiculous in Germany. I remember once my CSS somehow configured to the German version, no blood and when you "died" your guy would just get arrested or something lol. Had to enable blood effects etc from the console.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 22:57 | posts: 1,220 | Location: Warsaw, Poland

That makes no freaking sense. Wouldn't it be enough to just use any kind of parental lock and/or log the usage?

Or such scenario:
1. su
2. ok, enough jokes
3. create new account
4. set minimum pegi rating
5. set stuff you want to exclude, eg drug use
6. only games that meet the criteria are displayed, including installed ones, allowed installs, and online store

and well, playing Mortal Kombat and Carmageddon was fun as a kid. I would have no issues with letting kid play such games, but not Amnesia. I'd also need to monitor online gaming, as in my opinion games themselves are pretty much ok, but the player interaction is frequently abusive.
   
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Default 12-11-2012, 23:36 | posts: 1,534 | Location: USA

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ratings didnt exist until mortal kombat, that's why mortal kombat 2 and 3 weren't censored on the SNES
They existed in the USA, but there were no sales laws or ESRB until the mid 1990s or so.

I can remember early 1990s games like Blake Stone having a splash page warning showing violent content. Even old school PC-game boxes had little test tubes that showed the levels of violence/gore. This was before the KA, T, M AO became standard in the USA.
   
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