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Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 29 comments

Europeans can't buy adult content before bedtime.

If you're the proud owner of a brand new Wii U and are living in Europe, you might have noticed that you can't by 18 rated content from Nintendo's eShop. According to Eurogamer (first reported on NeoGAF), the issue sees users prevented from watching trailers for 18-rated Wii U games or buy 18-related content no matter what their age or their parental controls.

One NeoGAF user from Italy wrote to Nintendo to ask why he wasn't able to purchase mature content from the eShop. Nintendo responded, telling the user that it likes to offer experiences suited to all age groups and observe the relevant regulations present across 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," the user was apparently told.

While Nintendo sort of explains the reasoning behind the decision to block access to adult content at night time, the company didn't mention the specific regulations it was abiding by in following this protocol. Today, the company got in touch with the Verge and explained things a little further.

"Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries," the company is quoted as saying. "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."

So, there you have it. If you want to buy some of the more mature Wii U games, you'll have to wait until late at night to do so.

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  • 20 Hide
    mortsmi7 , December 11, 2012 11:13 AM
    "Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night"

    Don't you mean during the day?
  • 14 Hide
    mi1ez , December 11, 2012 11:09 AM
    So many typos.
  • 11 Hide
    MagicWok , December 11, 2012 11:41 AM
    Story title: "Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night"

    Last line: " If you want to buy some of the more mature Wii U games, you'll have to wait until late at night to do so."

    *slow clap* What a bright editor...
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  • 14 Hide
    mi1ez , December 11, 2012 11:09 AM
    So many typos.
  • 20 Hide
    mortsmi7 , December 11, 2012 11:13 AM
    "Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night"

    Don't you mean during the day?
  • 2 Hide
    kellybean , December 11, 2012 11:16 AM
    Europe with the USA not far behind, the new fascist world order, 1984.
  • 1 Hide
    -Jackson , December 11, 2012 11:16 AM
    mortsmi7"Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night"Don't you mean during the day?

    Um no, I think you're looking for night AND day.
  • 10 Hide
    tydalwave , December 11, 2012 11:18 AM
    I wish as an aircraft maintainer, that I could drink on the job like what seems most of todays journalists. It pains me to read almost anything in the news these days. That goes for the big names as well...
  • 10 Hide
    alvine , December 11, 2012 11:19 AM
    does tom's staff proof reads the articles before posting them
  • 1 Hide
    thecolorblue , December 11, 2012 11:33 AM
    Dear Nintendo,

    FU£% OFF
  • 9 Hide
    casualcolors , December 11, 2012 11:34 AM
    alvinedoes tom's staff proof reads the articles before posting them


    A lot of irony in this one.
  • 11 Hide
    MagicWok , December 11, 2012 11:41 AM
    Story title: "Nintendo of Europe Blocks Mature Content at Night"

    Last line: " If you want to buy some of the more mature Wii U games, you'll have to wait until late at night to do so."

    *slow clap* What a bright editor...
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 11:55 AM
    My favorite comment: the one about the guy wanting to be an aircraft mechanic so he could be drunk all the time like journalists. What the H*ck?!?!?
  • 0 Hide
    lunyone , December 11, 2012 12:03 PM
    Journalist = PROOFREAD and EDIT, right? AMIRITE??? Lol!
  • 4 Hide
    nicodemus_mm , December 11, 2012 12:06 PM
    Just one more reason to avoid the EU nanny state. Heaven forbid parents are expected to perform 'parenting'... better to let the state handle that anyway. There really is no more efficient way to produce a generation of idiots.
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    capt_taco , December 11, 2012 12:20 PM
    If they tried to limit porn to 4 hours a day in the US, the whole country would riot.

    ... wait, who am I kidding. We're turning into as much a bunch of PC ninnies as the EU.
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    MajinCry , December 11, 2012 12:25 PM
    I fail to see how this is a bad thing.
    You want to download the boobs, blood and guns? Just wait till later in the day. No biggie. If it is, grow up.
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    virtualban , December 11, 2012 12:48 PM
    Treating people as sheep, and limiting freedoms because of course sheep can't know any better, is the reason why this world is not growing at full potential.

    Each time some entity outside of myself tells me I can't have access to violence or porn, I feel enraged. It is not their place to do so. It is my place as an adult to either control myself or not. If I happen to destroy myself in the process, nobody else is to blame but me.
    This includes but is not limited to heavy or light drugs, alcohol, watching reality shows, buying apple products, doing whatever I wish with one or more consenting adults, engaging in unprotected intercourse with underage Artificial Intelligence, skydiving, mountain climbing, etc.
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    eiskrystal , December 11, 2012 1:52 PM
    So i would have to wait till the time well after i've gone to bed most nights before getting access to, and then finish downloading about half of all media and gaming content...

    Why would anyone think that treating their customers like a naughty, German, children would be a successful move. Nintendo has lost the plot entirely.

    Another reason (and the pile continues to grow) why no one should touch the Wii with a barge pole.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , December 11, 2012 1:56 PM
    virtualban...engaging in unprotected intercourse with underage Artificial Intelligence...

    Oookay. So, that's either a reference to a work of speculative science fiction that I'm not familiar with, or juuust a little more than I needed to know about a fellow poster...
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    neon871 , December 11, 2012 3:12 PM
    I think Jane was on Porn when she wrote this article.
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    kinggraves , December 11, 2012 3:23 PM
    MajinCryI fail to see how this is a bad thing.You want to download the boobs, blood and guns? Just wait till later in the day. No biggie. If it is, grow up.


    You fail to see how people would be unavailable for 4 specific hours a day? Grow up yourself and get a life and a job. Not everyone is home 24/7. They have parental controls, should be enough.

    eiskrystalWhy would anyone think that treating their customers like a naughty, German, children would be a successful move. Nintendo has lost the plot entirely.Another reason (and the pile continues to grow) why no one should touch the Wii with a barge pole.


    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to fail comprehension and say it's Nintendo's fault. Nintendo is doing this in Europe, to abide by German law.. Germany is a part of Europe, complain to Germany. Nintendo doesn't need to prgram a different market for every single country in the EU. Complain to your entire semisocialist big brother of a union. It's not like the EU listens to any of the wishes of it's citizens anyway. If I were you, I'd be more concerned about the eventual fall of the shaky union rather than having to stay up to buy Zombi U.
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    alidan , December 11, 2012 4:08 PM
    kinggravesYou fail to see how people would be unavailable for 4 specific hours a day? Grow up yourself and get a life and a job. Not everyone is home 24/7. They have parental controls, should be enough.I was wondering how long it would take for someone to fail comprehension and say it's Nintendo's fault. Nintendo is doing this in Europe, to abide by German law.. Germany is a part of Europe, complain to Germany. Nintendo doesn't need to prgram a different market for every single country in the EU. Complain to your entire semisocialist big brother of a union. It's not like the EU listens to any of the wishes of it's citizens anyway. If I were you, I'd be more concerned about the eventual fall of the shaky union rather than having to stay up to buy Zombi U.


    so far though, i don't Bellevue content over the web is restricted like this, such as digital download.

    this IS nintendo blanketing all of europe because a law may apply to it, but has yet to EVER apply to it to my knowledge.

    be an adult
    be an adult who works nights
    be an adult who can never access adult content on the wiiu
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