Wii U eShop 18 Rated Daytime Content Ban Due to German Law
We reported last week that Wii U owners in the EU found that they were unable to access 18 rated content on the Wii U eShop between the hours of 3am – 11pm GMT. This included not only the ability to view the content on such games as Zombi U and Assassin’s Creed III, but also the purchase and download of such titles.
Nintendo has now made a formal announcement as to why the ban is in place across the EU, and it’s all down to German Law. More specifically, it’s due to the fact that Nintendo’s EU headquarters are based in Germany which means that they have to abide with those legal restrictions as opposed to those in the UK or anywhere else. There’s no explanation yet as to why an IP based filter could not have been implemented instead, or whether that would have retained compliance with local law.
As a result of this, Nintendo have to abide by German Youth Protection regulations which state that adult content can only be made available late at night. For PEGI 18 related content, this means it can only be accessed between the hours of 11pm – 3am.
This law no doubt plays into Nintendo’s long favoured family friendly image. But with such a heavy restriction placed on the ability to view and purchase 18 rated content fr0m the eShop, it will be interesting to see how many of the big triple A developers of such titles like Ubisoft and Activision feel about placing their content in the store. Physical purchases are not affected by this ban.