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Mutant Mudds 3DS 'Deluxe' Update Has Been Approved in Both North America and Europe

Posted by Lewis Childs

"Release date to be announced soon"

Back in December we revealed in a Nintendo Life exclusive that Mutant Mudds for the 3DS would be receiving a free ‘Deluxe’ upgrade, bringing the title in-line with Mutant Mudds Deluxe for Wii U by adding the latter’s 20 Ghost levels. Originally the free Deluxe add-on was expected to reach 3DS users in Q1 2014, but the good news is that we won’t be waiting much longer as Renegade Kid has recently received word – following Nintendo of America’s ‘all clear’ last week – that the update has now passed Nintendo of Europe’s approval process.

Jools Watsham announced earlier on his Twitter account:

This will no doubt be especially welcome news to those living in Europe, where Mutant Mudds Deluxe never received a release on the Wii U eShop due to difficulties with age rating companies outside of North America. In our interview with Jools Watsham at the end of 2013, he explained the problems developers face bringing their games to PAL territories, though there are positive noises about improvements to the processes being on the way:

There are multiple age rating companies in Europe and Australia/New Zealand: PEGI, USK, and COB. Each company requires a substantial payment to review your game, an online questionnaire, and a DVD sent to them with gameplay footage for them to review.

Are you looking forward to getting your hands on the free ‘Deluxe’ upgrade for Mutant Mudds? Let us know in the comments section below.


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chewytapeworm said:

Excellent. Any excuse to dig this game out to play it again is a good one, and this excuse beats any other!



Robo-Knight said:

Maybe it'll finally be playable, it's too hard right now, I almost broke my old 3DS in half due too the frustration.



Tsurii said:

@Robo-Knight I think this is only adding the additional content from the Wii U version, tho.

Also..I want to play this, but we didn't get it for PAL regions yet :/



Jazzer94 said:

Forgot about this sweet happy I didn't re-buy it on Wii U now would have been a waste of money.



xxAcesHighxx said:

Will this ever come to the Wii U here in the UK and Europe? I loved it on 3DS, but traded my handheld so I could make the jump to Wii U.

Any ideas out there, or will it NEVER happen?



Weblaus said:

I think it's safe to say by now that Mutant Mudds on Wii U will never show up in Europe, but blaming the evil ratings boards is a very poor and lazy excuse of Jools.

I don't doubt it's annoying to handle this stuff, but when I did a check early this year, every single Wii U eShop game available so far in the US was available in Europe as well with one notable exception - guess which one?

I really don't believe all the other developers are so much bigger than Renegade Kid, so I guess it is possible to get your ratings without too much hassle if you actually are willing to invest a little bit of effort. Which he obviously doesn't want to anymore, given that Moon has yet to show up over here (I'll believe it when I see it) and neither that ATV game nor the Sony versions of Mutant Mudds made it either.



unrandomsam said:

@arkady77 When it comes to censorship Nintendo is basically the worst. Perhaps they are slightly better than they used to be but they are still bad. (I think there is no point in the US system where you get to rate stuff yourself. If it is not done by an independent 3rd party then it shouldn't be used by e.g a parent to decide anything which is supposed to be its whole purpose)



thelastgogeta said:

Brilliant news, I felt a little bummed buying it for my little bro's 3DS and finding out there was an improved version for the Vita (and potentially more platforms), it may be a wait but if it is a free update. I'll be pleased to see it.

I hope they can look into partnering with a Japanese publisher (Intergrow ) so the Japanese 3DS and Wii U can get the game as well.


I don't see any reason to argue that Nintendo are worse than any game company for censorship, aside from publishing and funding some projects directly like Devil's Third, Bayonetta 2 and never stepping into third party games (see BMX XXX) unless the rating system has an issue.

I suppose Fire Emblem Awakening was a thing, but between everything else and given that God of War and The Last of Us were censored in Europe too, I don't think it sticks out that much.

I do appreciate your response making the purpose of the rating system in North America clear, though unfortunately some rating systems are more intrusive than others... And to be honest, I find how video games or television shows (mainly focusing on DVD releases, I understand watersheds) get so many restrictions when other media are free to be equally or more graphic without a glance to be irritating.



Obito_Sigma said:

I have never played this game on my 3DS, so I shall get the Deluxe once it comes on sale.



KoiTenchi said:

I know this is basically just adding content that was already in the Wii U version but, and correct me if I I'm wrong, isn't this the SECOND time that the developer has updated this game with SUBSTANTIAL additional content 100 % FOR FREE? I remember downloading a patch with at least 10 new levels once before.

Anyways, my point is that I think I love this developer now.



sillygostly said:

Renegade Kid went through the trouble (and expense) of getting Dementium II rated in Australia, yet it hasn't been released here, and I doubt that it ever will.



navonod18 said:

Yes! One of my favorites, got 100% would love to play more lol. In the mean time I'll be playing Shovel Knight and Azure Striker Gunvolt.



cyrus_zuo said:

Yeah! Can't wait!
...also can't wait for Treasurenauts, but looks like I'll have to!



Weblaus said:

There's some funny people around here.

It's the parent's responsibility? True for sure and it sounds nice in theory, but sure, this does work so well in reality - as long as the kid is quiet, a lot of poeple justdon't give a damn with it's doing or playing. And the ones who do care surely can use some sort of basic guidance (like, oh... ratings? I don't know) - that's not a bad thing in itself!

Funnily, most small publishers do understand that, but the lazy and cheap ones obviously have their defenders at arms here - if you read that Renegade Kid interview linked above, you'll notice that even he doesn't disagree with the practice to have a game classfied, he just moans that the ones not called PEGI have higher requirements that he doesn't want to cope with for selfish reasons.

Also, not to forget that the ratings boards aren't the ones actually blocking sales due to missing clasification in almost all countrys, it's the system manufacturers instead who deny publication of unrated games, so there you go.

And some people might want to learn what censorship actually really is, too.



TreesenHauser said:

Anyone who has doubts about getting this on the 3DS... I had my doubts before buying it for $5 when it was on sale during the holidays on the Wii U eShop, and it's awesome. I'm glad for 3DS owners that will be getting the Deluxe update soon, it just adds to the fun that the game already offers. It's got some difficulty to it, but it's far from impossible. Definitely worth a try if you have yet to play it, whether it's on 3DS or Wii U.



sevex said:

Awesome! I've completed everything in that game so I could do with a little bit more.



Itglows said:

Great, I have been looking forward to more content. I am so glad they have continued updating the 3ds version, even adding new music.



Gustoff said:

New music?

I downloaded the original to my 3DS when it was on sale for like $2.99. I don't remember seeing anything about DLC being available for it. How can I tell if I have the latest DLC containing the granny levels? Is there a way to check?



Itglows said:

If you go into the Eshop it should ask you to update Mutant Mudds if it is not updated.

There was new music with some of the ghost levels!



Forgael said:

I think it's cool that this bonus content is added to the game free of charge, even though Renegade Kid doesn't have to do it.

Thanks, Jools Watsham!

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