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News: USK Reiterates That IARC, A Quick and Global Age Ratings Option, Will Come to the eShop

USK Reiterates That IARC, A Quick and Global Age Ratings Option, Will Come to the eShop

Should help developers to release globally quicker

We've highlighted in the past how obtaining age ratings can be a complicated and expensive process for Indie developers on tight budgets. While the ESRB service in North America is free and based online, complaints over the slower processes in PAL territories - which also cost a fair amount of money...

Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems

We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...

Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

News: Cute Konami Shooter Pop'n Twinbee Is Coming To The Virtual Console

Cute Konami Shooter Pop'n Twinbee Is Coming To The Virtual Console

The only question now is which one

The Australian Classification Board has revealed that Konami's Pop'n Twinbee is coming to the Virtual Console. The vertically-scrolling shooter is the sequel to the original Twinbee, and takes place in a cartoon-like world where you pilot a ship with arms. However, before you get too excited about the prospect of...

News: Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl Receives European Rating

Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl Receives European Rating

A story set to be told on European shores

Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl was released in North America earlier in the month and it appears the popular 3DS RPG may be making it to Europe too as it has been rated by the USK classifications board. The Etrian Odyssey series has seen a few titles released in Europe, including Etrian Odyssey...

News: Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! Rated In Australia

Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! Rated In Australia

The photographic app may make it to PAL regions

A few months back Chibi-Robo Live Action! was released in Japan but there has been little word on a Western adaptation for the 3DS eShop application. However, the Australian Classification Board has now rated a title called Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo!, indicating the game may come to PAL

News: Wii U Version of How to Survive Rated By USK

Wii U Version of How to Survive Rated By USK

Could be infecting the Wii U eShop after all

At the end of May 505 Games announced it will be publishing a new IP in the form of How to Survive, a zombified survival action game. At the time it stated the downloadable release would be made available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but there is now evidence that it could be coming to Wii U as...

News: Picross E Rated for Australian eShop

Picross E Rated for Australian eShop

So you know what that means

Fans of numbers and colouring in boxes, rejoice: it looks like Picross E is finally leaving Japan. The Australian Classification Board has rated the eShop game, which says to us it'll come to PAL regions in the coming months or, if we're really lucky, weeks. The last we heard of the Jupiter-developed puzzle game was...

News: Uh Oh, Castlevania: The Adventure Rated for 3DS VC

Uh Oh, Castlevania: The Adventure Rated for 3DS VC

Ratings board whips it out

3DS Virtual Console fans have a spooky treat to look forward to, as the Australian Classification Board has rated Castlevania: The Adventure. Well, we say 'treat', but The Adventure is generally regarded as one of the weaker entries in the series, particularly compared to follow-up Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. Still,...