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Nintendo Europe Working On Fix For Wii U eShop 18+ Restriction

Posted by Damien McFerran

Growing up

We've already reported (and ranted) about the absurd mature content restrictions which impact the Wii U eShop in Europe.

Games like ZombiU cannot be purchased outside of a four-hour window thanks to German law regarding age-rated content.

Thankfully, it would seem that Nintendo is listening to the complaints and is coming up with a workaround. The glimmer of hope came during the latest Official Nintendo Magazine podcast, and although no solid details were given, it's encouraging to hear that our concerns are being taken seriously.

[via gonintendo.com]

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User Comments (33)

RetroGBHippie92

#3

RetroGBHippie92 said:

Great Idea Nintendo, why didn't you think of this before? i'm sure it would've been a given obvious reason for people to complain about, it could've been solved before the Wii U was even launched!

madgear

#4

madgear said:

See, those people who say "what's the problem" and "it's not a big deal" - ranting online gets results. Remember Nintendo answers to us, they don't dictate what we should put up with.

efaulk84

#6

efaulk84 said:

I find the fact that the games in question are in fact made by Ubisoft a European company is a tad ironic.

Dambuster

#7

Dambuster said:

@lobster of cause were entitled, with out the people who buy games and consoles (us) nintendo would be nothing. They need to remember the customer should be there main focus. @ madgear has it spot on.

Otto-Soq

#8

Otto-Soq said:

The ultimate solution will be a parental lock within the system, i guess.

seronja

#9

seronja said:

for now i will take this with a grain of salt... maybe they will make it instead of 4 hours there will be 5 hours... let's be real this is nintendo they protect themself from lawsuit's, look at their history from the original mortal kombat up untill now, they don't get sued for almost anything

erv

#10

erv said:

Onwards to usb keyboard support in preparation for monster hunter ultimate!

Bluezealand

#11

Bluezealand said:

I said it the last time, I do it again: There is no such German law you could blame for the situation. -.-
If so, why would Germany get 2 more extra hours?? Doesn't make any sense, does it? Get your facts straight next time. It's annoying.

Araknie

#12

Araknie said:

I don't even get why german laws don't allow it to be the all night.

please, let's not go there — TBD

SKTTR

#15

SKTTR said:

It's a six hour window. You can download ZombiU from 22:00 - 04:00.

ToxieDogg

#19

ToxieDogg said:

@Legromancer Tell that to Nintendo Europe. They're the ones who are currently still enforcing the restrictions on the E-Shop and they're the ones who put up a notification on the E-Shop about it saying it was because they're based in Germany.

Sun

#20

Sun said:

You cannot buy drugs (tobacco, alcohol) at 3pm if you are minor but you can if you are adult, why don't they let the parental control be the filter? It's much more effective than a timetable that any minor can break as soon as their parents drop their guard.

madgear

#23

madgear said:

@Lobster of course you should act entitled if you're paying for a product. They're not giving you a free Wii U out of the kindness of their hearts. Surely you've worked hard and spent a lot of money on one. If they're not delivering on something you'd expect from the system then you have every reason to complain and ask for a fix.

felix330

#24

felix330 said:

They really had no reason to do this in the first place. I live in Germany, and I can walk into a shop and buy USK 18 games at any time of the day. Online services like steam or the playstation network don't have any time restrictions here either. So it really doesn't make a lot of sense.

SpaceApe

#26

SpaceApe said:

I'm not from the UK but that restriction was just too insane. I am glad they are fixing it.

Henmii

#28

Henmii said:

"Thankfully, it would seem that Nintendo is listening to the complaints and is coming up with a workaround"

Is that even possible? They said the problem was the German law, wich seems to have changed pretty recently! It also seems the case on the 3DS: The 3DS e-shop also mentions this whole matter!

The only solution would be to move Nintendo Europe from Germany to maybe France!

On a side-note: This really shows how Europe is "really" a unity! They have different laws in Germany from the rest of Europe!

MariosLoveChild

#29

MariosLoveChild said:

Dont worry kids, theres plenty of porn to watch while waiting for the restrictions to be lifted!! The wii U handles porn pretty well!!!

Bluezealand

#30

Bluezealand said:

@Henmii
facepalm!
As pointed out dozens of times, there is no such German law (which you would know, if you would actually read some of the comments). Besides- Germany doesn't have different laws than the "rest of Europe". There is no "rest". EVERY country is independent and does have its own laws, we are not one country like the USA (and even there you have something called subsidiarity)!

Trikeboy

#31

Trikeboy said:

Shame the only game that is 18 rated I want and don't have is £50 online. Give it a month or two and Assassins Creed will drop in price, if it already hasn't in stores. $50 for a game is absurd. Oh, side note, if you don't already have it, I got a new copy of Batman Arkham City off of Amazon market place for £21. The seller is still selling them and mine got delivered in a day. Result.

daveh30

#32

daveh30 said:

The only problem I have with any of this is the way the media (NintedoLife included) reports on it. They are not "working on a fix", because nothing is broken. It was set up that way by design. They've agreed to change it. Why is the media LOOKING for ways to crap on Nintendo?

Henmii

#33

Henmii said:

"facepalm!

As pointed out dozens of times, there is no such German law (which you would know, if you would actually read some of the comments)"

Excussse me, princess!! I don't have the time to read every comment!! I do read a few, though! But I didn't read anything about that law not excisting!

So Nintendo is downright lying about that law? Well, that's not so nice to say the least!!

"Besides- Germany doesn't have different laws than the "rest of Europe"

Germany has usk while the rest of Europe has pegi!! Nuff said!

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