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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Is Australia's First 18-Rated Video Game

Posted by Damien McFerran

Bloody brilliant, mate

Up until 1st January 2013, video games in Australia were forbidden from using the R18 rating that applies to movies, which meant players down under often missed out on playing titles which contained mature or adult themes.

That has now changed, and the first game to be granted the coveted R18 rating is the Wii U bloodbath that is Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge.

Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, had this to say about the news:

It's great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than 10 years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.

We rather liked the game, as you'll no doubt be aware if you've already read our Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge review.

Are any of our Aussie readers ready to experience R18 content? Let us know by posting a comment.

[via eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (28)

Ryno

#1

Ryno said:

ummm... congratulations?

Anyway, great game so go buy it now.

Shiryu

#2

Shiryu said:

From the people who bought you "MAD MAX"! ... and "Crocodile Dundee", so that evens out.

SanderEvers

#5

SanderEvers said:

Also cool that the game can be downloaded...

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well not until 23:00 UTC that is.

Ichiban

#6

Ichiban said:

I was actually going to pick this up once it released here in Aus, kinda cool that the Wii U is getting the first R rated game here. Are we hardcore enough yet? Lol

cornishlee

#7

cornishlee said:

@SanderEvers - That's a good point. Does this mean that thanks to German law this game can only be downloaded in the middle of the day in Aus?!

Legromancer

#9

Legromancer said:

again, THERE IS NO SUCH GERMAN LAW.
And i can't prove it because, what should i do? Post the non-existing law?

Einherjar

#10

Einherjar said:

If im correct, i STILL need to import it since its not comming to germany at all, am i right ? No shop except my "trusted importer" has this game listed.
Copyright and age rating / cernsorship laws are really getting out of hand -.-

Legromancer

#13

Legromancer said:

@Einherjar
it just won't be released in Germany, that's it.
Nothing illegal about importing. Nobody prevented this game from beeing released here. The PS3 and 360 Version (you know, the original versions) were released. Uncut.
If somebody is to blame then it's Nintendo/ or whoever is the publisher. Nothing to do with German laws.
And no, Germany is not the new Australia. We had an 18 rating since the start. In fact it's more and more likely that games will be officialy here. And in fact, all Censorship in games were made by the publisher independently IF they thought it would be necessery. There are no guidelines for what a game must have or shouldn't have to get a rating. The game as a whole is considered. So for example Spec Ops: The Line got an 18 rating without a problem because of the topic. It showed war as a cruel thing. So there wasn't a problem with this.
But hey, nobody will ever look up German laws, It's easy to say Germany is teh evil. So much more fun.

Zach

#15

Zach said:

Kinda cool that the first mature game in Australia is on a Nintendo console.

CoolDoolio

#17

CoolDoolio said:

Even without the R18+ rating the game would have come out here in Australia. It would have had an MA15+ rating. This just means that the game cannot be sold to anyone under 18... finally.

Legromancer

#18

Legromancer said:

BTW: It seems it won't be released in Germany. Reasons unknown. Maybe because Nintendo is the publisher ( is Nintendo the publisher in Europe?) and doesn't want to publish such games over here? That's my guess. Because, you know, the situation depending violent games is getting better over here in recent times.

Dudes, what*s going on? I really expected some ,,oh those Krazy Germanz'' Comments. And what do i see? Nothing. I am really impressed.

TheAmazingRaccoon

#19

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

that is a very good step forward. We have the rating in New Zealand but are under Nintendo of Australia's umbrella :(. Hopefully the future is getting r18 games from NoAu rather than NoE (as the club Nintendo codes for Europe don't work (sort this out Nintendo))

MAB

#22

MAB said:

I have been playing mature content games for decades now so I don't know what you lot are bloody talkin' about... Struth mate ;)

mudjo

#24

mudjo said:

When they first made the law, they 'forgot' to put an actual age restriction on buying the games and it was just a title. The restriction was rushed through before anything was actually published. Hilarious.

Kirk

#25

Kirk said:

Nice one Australian developers, gamers and consumers. You finally won this well deserved victory.

luminalace

#26

luminalace said:

I have been looking forward to this for years. It's great for us Australian gamers who are adults. I may actually buy Ninja Gaiden just to say I own the first R-Rated game in Australia. Unfortunately there is still no official release date despite the game bieng classified.

Ichiban

#27

Ichiban said:

@luminalace
I heard it is releasing March over here. Which is crazy, everyone will be playing Rayman Legends, Aliens: CM, Dead Space 3, & Bioshock Infinite. It should be out in Aus now!!

Chunky_Droid

#28

Chunky_Droid said:

I love that the first R rated game for Australia is not only on the Wii U, but actually PUBLISHED by Nintendo of Australia aswell!

I'm going to find out when it comes out whether we'll be affected by whatever the future German law does to Europe.

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