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European Wii U owners accessing the Wii U eShop will only be able to view and purchase 18+ rated content between the hours of 11pm and 3am, Nintendo has confirmed to Eurogamer.

This means full titles such as ZombiU and Assassin's Creed 3 can only be purchased during this four-hour window.

Nintendo says the restrictions stem from German regulations applicable because Nintendo of Europe is based there.

"At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe," explained a Nintendo spokesperson.

"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."

Source: Eurogamer

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DancingRhino's Avatar


You'd think this is really going to hurt sales only being available 4 hours a day, just for the sake of rules in one country in an entire continent?
Posted 13:32 on 10 December 2012
MJTH's Avatar


This is really annoying, but I guess there isn't much Nintendo can do about it in the short term. In the long term they NEED to change their system so that the birth date given in the Nintendo ID is what restricts children from buy the games from the Eshop and so arbitrary thing that everyone has to endure. But on the other hand, if a child wants to download an 18 rated game for Wii U off of the Eshop, they are probably smart enough to lie about their age or just make another Nintendo ID.

I hate the way some people have responded this on the internet though "Nintendo are stupid, they should pack up and move their HQ Germany". As if it's that easy to move an entire European HQ to another country....
Posted 13:02 on 10 December 2012

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