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European Wii U eShop limits 18+ content based on time of day

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If you're a European Wii U owner, you'll have to download those filthy PEGI-18 games in the dead of night. Nintendo of Europe prohibits access to 18-rated content on the eShop based on time of day, Eurogamer reports.

It applies to all European accounts, regardless of the age you put in when you sign up for a Nintendo Network ID. So eShop listings for games like Assassin's Creed III and ZombiU are restricted except from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., when European children enter a catatonic state and are physically incapable of looking at grown-up stuff.

"Dear customer," a Nintendo representative told an Italian NeoGAF user (trying to check out ZombiU in broad daylight, the scoundrel), "we would like to let you know that Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.

"We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11pm - 3am time window."

Eurogamer independently verified the restriction, which appears even on consoles with no set parental controls. So, no need to worry if a gang of minors breaks into your house and tries to look at ZombiU on your Wii U. As long as they don't do it between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

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15 comments

  • somerandomchap - December 9, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Anyone know if this includes Australia? EU and AUS get grouped together a lot because both run on PAL.
  • Balaska - December 8, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    I'm 34. There is no-one in my household under 18. If I want to access mature content at 10am on a Saturday morning because I have been at work all week and go to bed at 10pm because I leave the for work at 7am I should be able to. Crikey Nintendo, want to come round my house and make sure I wipe my arse properly?
  • garnsr - December 7, 2012 3:44 p.m.

    Jeez, is this still the 80's? Nintendo is so out of step with the times, and the internet-based world we live in.
  • ParagonT - December 7, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    So I suppose it's based off of the Nintendo servers? Because it would be funny if you could just change your time-zone and settings haha.
  • Bansheebot - December 7, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    What if you just change the time setting on your console? Or is the time checked server-side?
  • alex-roy-bristol - December 7, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    It makes sense actually, now, parents can't fucking bitch about shit! :D If your kid is up at 11pm-3am, then it's your own fucking fault.
  • winner2 - December 7, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    It might remove some potential and justification for bitching but that doesn't mean the parents won't bitch. It's never the parent's fault apparently, no matter how far into a corner you back them it will always be video games filling their innocent, wonderful, anti hooker killing in gta kids with violent tendencies and ruining society.
  • JarkayColt - December 7, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    Hmm. Seems sensible, but after 11 seems kind of silly. Why not 9 or 10? Pretty inconvenient either way. Also, I dunno if this is the same thing, but doesn't the 3DS eShop do this already? Sometimes, when I try and access content it says something along the lines of "the times that this content can be viewed are restricted" or some such, usually when trying to watch videos. It annoys the hell out of me and I have no idea why is does it!
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    Exactly what i was thinking. The title of the article made it sound like a great idea, but surely 9.30-ish would make far more sense- the latter bounds, to me, wouldn't seem to make much difference, but 11:00 does seem mighty late.
  • JarkayColt - December 8, 2012 9 a.m.

    Yeah, I mean, I thought 9 would seem reasonable as that's the accepted watershed for UK TV programming. However it would appear the idea of a watershed differes from region to region. I would understand the need for a compromise, but no matter which way you slice it, 11 pm just sounds absurd. I'm not waiting 'til 11 to THEN have to spend another hour downloading a game or somesuch over my sluggish connection. Any "but it's offpeak!" retort is invalid because paradoxically EVERYBODY would then also be doing that very same thing after 11 too. :/
  • KA87 - December 7, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    Yeah thats going to work and FF13-2 was the great FF ever. The funniest part, is that the Wii U has 18+ game.
  • KnowYourPokemon - December 7, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Yeah... cause nobody under the age of 18 stays up passed 11pm ever
  • ChaosEternal - December 7, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Well, this should at least keep the younger kids off, as it would mostly be teenagers staying up that late. More importantly, as alex said above, less kids seeing that stuff means fewer incompetent parents complaining.
  • KnowYourPokemon - December 7, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    I guess, it still just seems pointless to me. It'd make more sense to just have it so accounts based around certain age groups can only see certain things, but that would require parents actually taking the 2 seconds to make sure the kid puts in a legit age.

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