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18-Rated Wii U Games Can Only Be Bought For Four Hours A Day

Stay up late to buy yourself ZombiU.


Parental controls are important, but this is probably taking things a bit too far.
The Wii U’s parental controls can be toggled on and off, but even with them off Nintendo have deemed it necessary to lock off any purchases of ‘mature’ games until after 11pm at night.

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.

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35 Comments
  1. gideon1451
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Bizarre way of doing things.

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:08.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    German’s eh?

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:10.
    • bigbaldwolf
      Member
      Since: Mar 2012

      Well I think you’ve said everything there is to say on the matter

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:18.
      • avengerrr
        Member
        Since: Oct 2012

        haha

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:43.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      As a German I can only laugh at Nintendo’s excuse (and our restrictive laws when it comes to violence in video games…).
      I can buy 18-Rated games on Steam whenever I want.

      Cantexplainthat.jpg

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:48.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Let’s take things one step further and stop porn during the daytime. Actually, that’d get so many people back into work (or back to getting on with work) it’d be untrue! Still… awesome stance from Nintendo. Truly befuddling.

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 14:44.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!*retreats to a cave with his porn collection and a lot of tissues and lube* :p

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 15:12.
  3. matthangzhou
    Member
    Since: Sep 2010

    If it’s just one country in the EU then surely it’s not too much effort to have a separate set of rules for the exception rather than the rule?!

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:13.
  4. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Only on Wii Eu.

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:18.
  5. Bambo_19
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    iI hope every single one is true. 100 getting a ps4 on release, unlike getting the ps3 two years after release.

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:22.
    • Bambo_19
      Member
      Since: Dec 2011

      woops that was for the other article

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:24.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Don’t worry. You win the whole of TSA for the best Gravatar, so we’ll move the whole articles around so your comment is in the right place ;)

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:43.
    • kjkg
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      Too many windows open at the same time eh!?

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:29.
      • Bambo_19
        Member
        Since: Dec 2011

        loool thanks cc_star.

        also yes, too many tabs open at once.

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 13:51.
  6. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Wii U gets worse and worse.

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:29.
  7. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    These companies are always banging on about the games market being the fastest growing form of entertainment and boasting about gigantic sales figures, and yet Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft seem to come out with the most bizarre and incomprehensable nonsense on a weekly basis.

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:34.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Not really, they’re just complying with laws where they’re based. Perhaps they’ll update it so different countries can break away from this, but for now they’re still launching around the world, having only just had their Japanese launch a couple of days ago.

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:41.
      • tactical20
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        So you reckon Germans can only watch 18s on Netflix or whatever between 11pm-3am?

        Even the Germans aren’t that strict. I mean they’ve only just made bestiality illegal!

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:55.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        so by extension, they won’t be able to sell any games that are banned in germany on their eu store?
        because they’re based in germany.

        seriously, region locked, content tied to the console not your account, pitiful built in storage, though allowing you to use up to a two TB external drive is a mitigating factor, charging for child accounts, which will have only one effect that i can see and that is encouraging the kids with a wii u to lie about their age, and now this.

        Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 14:03.
  8. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    That really is stupid. Why didn’t Nintendo move their location? Wii U isn’t getting much good press at the moment

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:36.
  9. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Isn’t 4am to 6am still during the night? This wouldn’t have happened if any of Nintendos first party games where 18-rated. I wonder how long it’ll stay this way?

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:43.
    • avengerrr
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Well apparently German children get up at 3am I suppose. Zombies ? lol

      Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:47.
  10. avengerrr
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    Won’t sales get affected? I know some of the games online cost the price of a small house but surely they would see some decline. What working person is going to be up at that time.

    Is the time limit on actually downloading games or just purchasing them?

    Comment posted on 10/12/2012 at 11:45.

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