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.