Parental controls are important, but this is probably taking things a bit too far.
The discovery first surfaced on NeoGAF, where it was found that buying certain games was off-limits regardless of who’s holding the GamePad, and if it’s before Nintendo’s own rather restrictive watershed, that also includes viewing trailers.
Apparently kids don’t surface between 11 at night and 3 in the morning.
“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries,” said the platform holder. “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 only be made available at night.”
Of course, should anyone up at that ridiculous time actually buy an 18-rated game online for the full RRP, it can be played at any time, if the parental controls are off.
The restriction applies regardless of any other settings. If you’re the only person in the house, and you’re mid-thirties, you still can’t buy ZombiU until 11pm.