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Europe - Mature Wii U eShop content only available at night

"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." - Nintendo customer service

I understand that Nintendo wants to be safe, but this is a bit overboard. I really hope we see Nintendo do away with this kind of protection. Sometimes the Big N can be two steps forward, one step back...

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07 Dec 2012 15:23

Yeah, I noticed this the other day when I tried to watch the video in the eShop for Ninja Gaiden 3. It was after 10pm (UK time) that I tried and I got the message below, so I figured it was just some kind of technical problem on Nintendo's end.

...I guess not. :?

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07 Dec 2012 15:32

Morgan Lamia wrote:Yeah, I noticed this the other day when I tried to watch the video in the eShop for Ninja Gaiden 3. It was after 10pm (UK time) that I tried and I got the message below, so I figured it was just some kind of technical problem on Nintendo's end.

...I guess not. :?



I got the same the other night too and thought the same thing..... but 11PM to 3AM is unbelievably ridiculous. WTF Nintendo?

How about 9pm like the television watershed? 11 is too late.
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07 Dec 2012 15:33

As stated before, this more has to do with the many arcane rules in Europe, and Germany in particular.

Of course, I'm sure that somebody will pick it up and say that this is true in North America, Australia and Japan as well, when it isn't.
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07 Dec 2012 15:37

JGreenhill wrote:
Mirr0rR3flection wrote:@Yezhik
So is mature content only available at night for those in Europe who own PS3/Xbox360 as well?

Just curious to know. :angel:


Yeah exactly, this plus them excluding Europe from upscaling Wii games, maybe one step too far. Nintendo's laziness is gonna bite them in the ass sooner, rather than later.


yeah but it should be noted that this only happens over component.
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07 Dec 2012 15:41

Haha, wow Nintendo. Why aren't parental controls enough?
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07 Dec 2012 15:43

Insane.

I swear Nintendo forgot it ever put Parental Controls in the Wii - and now they have again... :roll:
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07 Dec 2012 15:53

The holy hell are the parental controls for then? This is ludicrous on so many levels.

You're supposed to be trying to shake the 'Nintendo is for kids' stigma, not reinforce it.
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07 Dec 2012 16:45

Wow, never expected this. Figured when they asked for a birthday that it would base your age from that, and allow downloads appropriately if anything.

Us Australian's are often grouped in with Europe as far as gaming and whatnot is concerned. This is one of those things I'm glad we are not linked - can watch a Mass Effect 3 trailor 7am or any other time of the day if I wanted.

I would have thought they'd apply different rules if they had to to different countries.
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07 Dec 2012 16:51

Nintendo has to do this as stated because their servers and EU HQ is in Germany thus they must obey German law for their servers.

If Nintendo doesn't follow this law, Germany will file charges against them and criminally punish them.
Germany will most likely take this to the EU level and have the EU file charges too.


Nintendo doesn't want another German/EU punishment handed to them.
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07 Dec 2012 16:53

Sigh... this is just ridiculous.
But like others said, probably because Nintendo of Europe is in Germany, and Germany has a bunch of dumb laws regarding this.
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07 Dec 2012 16:55

Is this why the Australian Nintendo Wii and Wii U game discs have the German USK logo and not the PEGI or Australian rating? By which I mean, the NoE headquarters being situated in Germany.

Better that NoE be in Germany than France .
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07 Dec 2012 17:03

they have to comply with the rules of some european countries , i think the whole thing is funny , but i don't think the others have to , unless they are located elsewhere . Anywho , still not as big of a deal breaker as paying for online gaming
btw i only used it once for now , but does that mean that the youtube app is also restricted ?
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07 Dec 2012 17:25

Brennan88 wrote:Is this why the Australian Nintendo Wii and Wii U game discs have the German USK logo and not the PEGI or Australian rating? By which I mean, the NoE headquarters being situated in Germany.

Yeah, I noticed that too... I guess that's the reason, yeah. Seems like they print the same image all over Europe/Australia, including the rating.

Brennan88 wrote:
Better that NoE be in Germany than France .

Why? Does France have ridiculously strict laws too? (Really, I have no idea, can anyone tell me? I only knew about Germany and Australia's laws for that stuff)
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07 Dec 2012 18:15

Sometimes I hate living in Germany...
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07 Dec 2012 18:36

This is f-ing stupid beyond Nintendo's normal mistakes.
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07 Dec 2012 19:11

So this is because of German laws? While there is nothing wrong with Germany, their video game rules are really strict.
Quite a few mature games were censored and a few weren't even allowed to be sold.

Also, look how big their USK (German age rating system) logo is on the boxes of New Super Mario Bros. 1 and 2.
http://images.otto.de/asset/mmo/formatz ... 296513.jpg http://www.ichspiele.cc/wp-content/uplo ... -2-3ds.jpg
It's ridiculously big. Was this really necessary?
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07 Dec 2012 19:11

@M1

If that's true than this is the greatest injustice Germany has EVER created...EVER!
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07 Dec 2012 19:31

Swedish_Otaku wrote:This is f-ing stupid beyond Nintendo's normal mistakes.


Sorry if I sound like a fanboy, but it's not 100% Nintendo's fault. Read @M1's post.
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07 Dec 2012 20:25

Zanreo wrote:
Brennan88 wrote:
Better that NoE be in Germany than France .

Why? Does France have ridiculously strict laws too? (Really, I have no idea, can anyone tell me? I only knew about Germany and Australia's laws for that stuff)


I should've been more specific, but I was referring to to France's insanely high tax rate that NoE would've been subjected to had their region-wide base of operations been in as well as Nintendo of France specifically. It's possible that had their profits been cut into that they would be less willing to take risks, like with Pandora's Tower.
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07 Dec 2012 20:34

Brennan88 wrote:
Zanreo wrote:
Brennan88 wrote:
Better that NoE be in Germany than France .

Why? Does France have ridiculously strict laws too? (Really, I have no idea, can anyone tell me? I only knew about Germany and Australia's laws for that stuff)


I should've been more specific, but I was referring to to France's insanely high tax rate that NoE would've been subjected to had their region-wide base of operations been in as well as Nintendo of France specifically. It's possible that had their profits been cut into that they would be less willing to take risks, like with Pandora's Tower.

Ah, I see. Yeah, that doesn't sound good either...
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07 Dec 2012 20:46

mariomaniac45213 wrote:@M1

If that's true than this is the greatest injustice Germany has EVER created...EVER!
I guess the Holocaust wasn't a big deal then... :-P
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07 Dec 2012 21:22

Because parent nowadays suck at being parents.
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09 Dec 2012 03:26

so many morons here not reading. or are you lacking reading comprehension?
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09 Dec 2012 09:40

bimmatic wrote:so many morons here not reading. or are you lacking reading comprehension?


I guess so, because for some reason, I read that as "mormons".
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10 Dec 2012 01:48

I'm not really up to scratch on German law, but why is it so specific to 3am? I mean, surely at 3am any minor is supposed to be asleep for school the next morning or whatever else, so why 3am, and not something a bit less farfetched like 6am or 7am?

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