European eShop 18+ restrictions lifted by Nintendo
Good news for adults who have bought the Wii U.
We have reported earlier that you couldn’t buy 18+ games on European eShop due to a rating system in place. Nintendo’s European headquarters are based in Germany and the country is very strict when it comes to violence, and any company based there has to comply.
Nintendo earlier said that, “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 11pm – 3am time window.”
It seems these restrictions have been lifted and you will be able to browse and buy content anytime from the eShop.
Here’s their official statement:
“Dear Customer. Nintendo has lifted the access restrictions content rated 18+. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day,” the statement reads.
“Following analysis of the Parental Controls system on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in cooperation with USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body, it was deemed that Nintendo’s Parental Control system is of very high quality and offers a remarkable level of protection for children. Nintendo’s Parental Control system was found to have proved itself in practice.
“Nintendo always encourages parents to make use of Parental Controls to control access to content they deem inappropriate for their children.”
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