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Tue 29th July, 2014

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jancotianno commented on Orders Open For Xbox One in China as Nintendo ...:

"We'd expect that Microsoft will face challenges delivering games that pass the stringent regulations and attract sales, though there's naturally a concern that Nintendo's plans for the country — potentially due to begin in earnest next year — "

"A very large number of video games are banned in the People's Republic of China. Games that contain drugs, sexual themes, blood, depictions of organized crime or the defaming of the Chinese government are almost always banned from sale. Because of the large size of the Chinese video game market, many studios will edit the content of their games to conform to the government's standards."

So, you can't release your console in China expecting that people will play GTA V, Sniper Elite III, Wolfenstein, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed....... Even Batman. The government needs to approve that. Anything can be a problem for them. EA can try to release Fifa 15 for Wii/PS4 and then the chinese government will complain it doesn't have the Chinese League, and to be approved it is needed to include their local teams. - it means work, time and money - .
If you release a game like Mortal Kombat, you'll have to remove blood from the game (remembering the first MK for Snes)...
If the theme of a game is "Freedom", probably it will be considered a protest.

Releasing a "different" hardware would be a way to make sure that this kind of games won't be played by the chinese people. Well, they could be releasing a different version of Wii Mini, and porting games like Wii Sports and Mario Kart (Wii) for them.