Nintendo Explains Wii U eShop Mature Content Restrictions

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Content time restrictions will stand!

Reports were raised last week by Nintendo Wii U gamers after they were restricted access to adult-rated content to the console’s eShop until a certain time of the day.

Nintendo has finally released a statement to CVG, giving an explanation to why European gamers are getting restricted early in the day, stating rules and regulations set in German law as the source of the issue.

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, a spokesperson said.

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].

This might ruffle a few feathers within the European Wii U community, but expect the flames to subside eventually. Just remember to set your alarm for 11pm and get downloading, or you will have zero adult content to indulge in during the day.

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