Wii U’s Content Restrictions “It’s All Germany’s Fault”.


For those who might not know European Wii U owners this week discovered something very disturbing. They are incapable of downloading any, yes any mature rated Wii U software from the eShop between the hours of 3am to 11pm. Yes you read it right, this leaves gamers with a 4 hour window of opportunity, per day, to download 18 rated games or DLC. Initially many fingers were pointed in the direction of Nintendo for this outrageous content control method, however the Japanese gaming giant has been quick to lay the blame firmly on the doorstep of German law instead.
“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. 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. Therefore the accessibility of 18+ content in Nintendo eShop is limited to [USK: 22:00 UTC until 4:00 UTC] [PEGI: 23:00 UTC until 3:00 UTC].”
So that’s what Nintendo have to say but of what consolation is it to annoyed gamers living outside Germany? Put simply, none. Either Nintendo don’t know how to solve the problem or just don’t care. One way or another it’s bad press for the Mario maker.

Wii U's Content Restrictions


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