Nintendo yesterday published an updated look at its upcoming release schedule for Nintendo Switch, featuring its major releases planned for 2021 and beyond.
There are games in there like Mario Golf: Super Rush and the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes, but if you're looking for something a little bit different in the coming months, you might perhaps be more interested in the third-party exclusives on the way to the hybrid platform.
One of these games includes Suda51's No More Heroes III, which locked in an August release date earlier this year. In a slight update, the game's now been rated by the Australian Classification Board, which is at least a sign it's still on track.
It has given fans some extra information as well. NMH III has received an MA15+ classification and is noted as containing "strong bloody violence" - which is very much in line with the previous entries.
The classification reveals a little bit more. While there's no drug use, Travis Touchdown's third outing will contain "very mild impact" nudity, "mild impact" sex scenes, "moderate impact" themes and language, and "strong impact" violence. You can get a full rundown about ratings over on the ACB.
Will you be teaming up with Travis Touchdown once again when No More Heroes III launches on the Nintendo Switch on 27th August this year? Let us know in the comments.
[source classification.gov.au, via reddit.com]
Bizarre that Disco Elysium was outright banned but NMH3 is apparently only a 15. Australia are weird.
Serious question, did anyone really not expect this?
Hope it contains better resolutions and framerates than the trailer as well.
@Northwind The trailers are for that, not the Classification board.
Sounds good to me, falls in line with what I'd expect from the series.
Wow it contains strong bloody violence and mild naughty scenes and it gets MA15+ rating?
Let me guess if it didn’t have the “naughty” scenes it would have the G rating! 😂
Anyways this might turn out to be good wanted game. Wonder if this will stay exclusive for the Switch.
Strong bloody violence
Sounds bloody good.
"Very mild" is what can be accommodated at the G classification, so don't get too excited about the promise of so-called "nudity". The censors now consider jiggle physics or side-boob to constitute "very mild nudity", though it can also include rear nudity, and even breast nudity in a non-sexualised context (though the latter is very rare these days). The nude artworks in Animal Crossing would also constitute "very mild nudity" (though it wasn't present in the base build and is therefore not disclosed in the classification listing).
Further to that, "mild impact" is what can be accommodated at the PG classification level, and "sex" is an all-encompassing term which can include either sex scenes or sexual references, but overwhelmingly the latter (expect the odd innuendo here and there as opposed to scenes of an intimate nature). Similarly, "drug use" is also an umbrella term that may instead be alluding to drug references and/or themes.
"Moderate impact" language is what can be accommodated at Australia's M classification (don't conflate this with ESRB's M17+ rating as the Australian M rating is merely an advisory category with no associated age restriction, unlike Australia's MA15+ and R18+ categories). F bombs (and its variants) are permitted at the M rating, though excessive/aggressive use could push it in to MA15+ territory. The poo word and female canine word can be accommodated at PG without issue.
The classifiable element of "themes" is even more vaguely applied than ever before. Crime, corruption, drug addiction, suicide, bereavement, and depiction of injuries could constitute "themes". Tomodachi Life was slapped with a PG rating in Australia for "Mild themes", presumably due to the fact that characters can get divorced.
Only a few more months.
@nessisonett wasn't that more due to the drug use in the game? Heard the Aussie board is extremely strict on that above other things.
@BeautyandtheBeer : Drug use relating to incentives and rewards will get banned.
They are appealing the decision, however (as opposed to censoring it), but the results won't be known until next week, I believe.
Super Excited for this game. i need to still finish the first game too.
The Australian ratings board seems overly complicated.
15 is to low.i want a 18 plus NMH
Never played a NMH game but intrigued by the gameplay and will definitely support a more adult Series on switch.. Wish the first two were released on physical in the run up to the third entry (I’m not paying Limited Run prices).
@quigtendo Try importing the physical versions from Japan when they drop in August.
'Mild naughtiness' is staying up late on a school night.
@VoidofLight it’s uniform across both games and video media.
G is for all audiences
Pg is still pretty general, but parental guidance is recommended.
M is basically the Teen rating from esrb. Recommended for 15 and up.
MA is restricted to those above 15. If you’re under 15, you shouldn’t be touching it.
R is the same, but restricted to those above 18.
I don’t find it complicated, but then again, I’ve lived with it my whole life, so I’m used to it.
I remember there was a time r rated games didn’t exist. They only went up to MA. Different times.
However, the point is, this game has received the second highest rating you can get. If a program or game goes above r, it gets banned or sold in adult shops.
10-1 says he'll perve on at least one alien. XD
@Silly_G Ah well, other then her naughty bits getting cleverly covered, Sylvia was bare booty naked in one of the cut scenes of the previous games. There is obvious innuendo, and these people cuss like sailors.
If you already knew that, my bad.
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