Or 'surprise mechanics', as certain companies prefer
A few days ago, the ESRB made a blog post detailing a new descriptor it will be adding to many game ratings going forward, which essentially is going to be a loot box warning. Many have praised this move, as the prevalence of loot boxes in modern games is something that’s met with casual...
No more hiding
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board in North America might be working from home, but as noted yesterday, it's still business as usual. With this in mind, the organisation has just revealed it will now attach a warning to all of its ratings if a video game contains in-game purchases – including randomised items. This builds...
"Thanks to a good deal of advance planning"
If you're wondering what's going on with classification boards around the world now that CERO in Japan has been temporarily closed, it's business as usual. An update from IGN reveals the ESRB in America has been working from home in recent weeks. So far, it's had no issues assigning ratings...
Update: Physical version appears to be a code-in-a-box
Update 3 Fri 25th Oct, 2019 10:45 BST: As spotted by Magician on the Nintendo Life forums, an Amazon.com listing appears to show that the game will be digital-only, with the 'physical' version being a code-in-a-box. It's up on Amazon for $19.99. Update 2 - Fri 25th Oct, 2019 06:10 BST:...
Is a release near?
After months of rumours, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was finally confirmed for the Nintendo Switch during this year's E3. While we know it's coming to the system at some point this year, we still don't know exactly when CD Projekt Red's open-world RPG masterpiece will arrive on the hybrid platform. Fortunately, we might not have to...
Another sign it’s on the way
Following a rating by the Australian Classification Board in February and a listing on the G4F Localisation website in March, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition has now been spotte
"If I have to have something pounce on me, why couldn't it be a lady?"
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is mere days away from release, and the Entertainment Software Rating Board's description for the game has recently gone live. The ESRB rating states that the epic adventure contains "Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of...
No, one of them isn't "Justin Bailey"
The ESRB has passed its rating on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, which is set to release in the West sometime this year. A bit surprisingly, Curtain Call has been given a "Teen" rating, one notch higher than the "Everyone 10+" of its
Developers and publishers give us the details
In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and the related 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,...
Sex, booze and violence all included, apparently
We all like to think that we're intimately familiar with the secrets of our closest pals, but how much do you really know about what goes on inside the heads of your lifelong friends? Finding out is the aim of party trivia game Know Your Friends, and soon Wii U owners will be able to join in the fun...
ESRB rating paints a pretty picture
ESRB ratings are usually good for a laugh, as they have to spell out in quite a plain and matter-of-fact manner the themes which are contained within each game, and the rating for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is certainly no exception. The game has been deemed 'Mature' by the ESRB, and goes on to...
Jordan Mechner's martial arts classic is coming to Nintendo's new console
You may have heard of Jordan Mechner. He's the man behind a little game called Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time. He also created a title called Karateka in 1984, an action game which involves plenty of martial arts...
ESRB rating outs eShop release
Nintendo and Intelligent Systems's 1989 Game Boy-based Breakout clone Alleyway is making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console, outed by a recent ESRB rating. If you've ever played Arkanoid or any number of brick-breaker games, you should know what to expect here. The ESRB's descripton is as follows: This is an action...
Sega to breathe new life into a PSP classic
Crush, a unique PSP puzzler/platformer from 2007, has been outed by the ESRB as heading to the 3DS as Crush 3D. Crush was a critical success, if not a commercial one, which may give hope to those of you hoping that your favourite less-than-successful franchises might see the light of day once more. Sega's official description of the original Crush is as..
UPDATE: New info and screens
We don't know much about Ubisoft's upcoming 3DS title Cubic Ninja, but recently an ESRB rating summary has appeared that clears a few things up – for one, will there be butt fragments? Yes, there will. This is a puzzle platformer in which players guide a boxy ninja through over 100 mazes. As players float and bounce around each level, they must trigger door..
A third egg in the DSiWare omelette
In 2010 we enjoyed the innovative DSiWare puzzler DodoGo! and its sequel DodoGo! Challenge, which tasked players with guiding the last remaining dodo eggs to safety. Well, it appears that the titular bird still isn't quite extinct as the third instalment, DodoGo! Robo, has just been rated by the ESRB. From the...
More localised Japanese budget fun from the GO Series
We've seen many Japanese DSiWare titles that we never thought would reach us thanks to the GO and G.G Series, featuring simple but entertaining experiences over a wide variety of genres and usually retailing for 200 Points. The latest to get a rating by the North American board, the ESRB, is GO Series: Earth Saver, published by Gamebridge and..
Let the flaming commence
Still recovering from all the thrills and spills of maintaining a virtual fire in Fireplacing on WiiWare? Well you might be in for a second thrilling instalment of fireplace action, as the ESRB has rated a new title: Cozy Fire. In this non-stop action adventure you must tend to virtual fireplaces and, in a first on the...
AiRace publisher getting into the culinary business [UPDATED, including new screens]
QubicGames, known to DSiWare players for AiRace and AiRace: Tunnel as well as the upcoming Remote Racers, just had a title of a different sort rated by the ESRB: My Little Restaurant: All Welcome. Already available for iPhone and iPod Touch, the game lets you run your own restaurant, choosing betwe
Beloved platformer finally coming to NA
Well it looks like Giana Sisters DS is finally coming to North America after a rather lengthy wait. The game was recently rated by the ESRB and hopefully we'll be seeing a release here in North America very soon. No word yet on the publisher or any release details, but we'll keep you posted as we find out more information. Until then, you can take a look at..
Ubisoft's old mascot is making a comeback
While the Raving Rabbids spin-off series has seemingly surpassed him in popularity, the berserk bunnies got their start tagging along with the limbless Rayman, once considered Ubisoft's mascot. It looks like one title on Nintendo's new handheld will see them take a backseat once more, however, as Rayman 3D...
ESRB description is less cryptic than Alex Neuse's clues
Until now, we've only had a set of screenshots and a mysterious statement from Gaijin Games's Alex Neuse to help us figure out what BIT.TRIP FLUX, the sixth and final title in the musical WiiWare series, is all about. The game has just received an ESRB rating, however, and the board describes...
Arcade racer speeds toward the DSi Shop with an ESRB rating
QubicGames has to date published two NoWay Studio-developed DSiWare flight titles, and they've recently gotten their next racing collaboration rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Having already released AiRace and the more bite-sized AiRace: Tunnel, QubicGames and NoWay Studio are about to start their third lap with the..
Quirky platformer now rated by the ESRB
Back in August, we reported on the Japanese release of the Guilty Gear spin-off title Arc Style: Furo Jump!! Guilty Gear Gaiden!?, and if this quirky DSiWare title caught your interest then you're in luck as the game has been passed by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Known in North America as Towel...
Perfect for gamers who live in apartment blocks
Back in September, we reported on EA announcing its first 3DS title that's currently in the works. The gardening game, previously known as My Garden, has now been renamed and rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Gardens is now the second 3DS title that's been passed by the ESRB, the first being Madden NFL Football, also published by EA..
ESRB outs galactic title
WayForward has created some of DSiWare's finest titles – in fact, Shantae: Risky's Revenge is the only game on the service awarded a 10/10 score – so the ESRB's rating of a new title from the studio should get your thumbs standing to attention. Called Mighty Milky Way, it's an action-puzzle game involving portals,...
7 Raven Studios is bucking the trend
The majority of first-person shooters might require gamers to shoot at soldiers but Zoo Games is bucking the trend with its upcoming zombie-orientated on-rails shooter for the Nintendo DS. The creator of relatively low-key Wii and DS games has an upcoming handheld title called ZombieZ Seeker which has been rated by the ESRB. It's one of the few FPS games out..
DiCaprio in your pocket
Movie fans who enjoyed Martin Scorsese's nailbiting thriller, Shutter Island will soon be able to stroll off the boat into insanity themselves on the DS as revealed by a recent ESRB rating: This is a seek-and-find puzzle game, based on the movie Shutter Island, in which players assume the role of U.S. marshals who investigate odd occurrences in the Ashercliffe Hospital for..
It's still alive!
Earlier this year we quite favourably reviewed the GameCube release Intellivision Lives!, a collection of over sixty games from the presumed dead retro system. Among its catalogue were not only nostalgia-inducing favorites but demos and prototypes as well, including everything from Bomb Squad to Baseball and Thunder Castle to Crosswords and much more. The ESRB recently outed the..
Passage, Gravitation and Between bundle up
Another day, another game outed by its ESRB rating. Today brings the news that Sabarasa (most recently behind Save the Turtles) will be publishing the DSiWare compilation Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology, which will include Rohrer's indie games Passage, Gravitation and Between (pictured). The term "game" might be something of a misnomer, as these..
Quirky brawler now known as BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale
We reported in December that the hardcore BlazBlue series was soon to make its debut on Nintendo's DSiWare service in the form of a cute, big-headed battle game with full free roaming for 500 Nintendo Points. Known as BlazBlue Battle X Battle in Japan, the ESRB has outed its Western release, known now as BlayzBloo: Super..
No buckle shall go unswashed
The ESRB recently outed the highly regarded Sid Meier's Pirates! as an upcoming Wii (or, possibly, WiiWare) title. Originally developed for Commodore 64, MicroProse released the PC version in 1987 and, in 2004, Atari published the Firaxis-developed remake. 2K Games then took the reins, porting the title to the Xbox and...
Gunfire and explosions to occur constantly
Tired of endlessly playing House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return and Ghost Squad over and over again, wishing that the same company would bring more arcade light gun shooters to the Wii because these are the only games that you can enjoy? Your wait is over. The ESRB recently rated Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack "Teen", thus..
ESRB let slip a sequel to Altair's Chronicles
Although 2008's Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles for DS may not have been one of the machine's most memorable titles, that hasn't deterred Ubisoft from putting together a sequel for the little handheld. The ESRB have just posted a rating for Assassin's Creed II: Discovery, and although the listing is predictably low on information it does give a..
More vampire-hunting tomfoolery on your portable
The Entertainment Software Rating Board of America (better known by the shorter title of ESRB) has revealed the name of Konami’s next DS Castlevania adventure: The Order of Ecclesia. Series producer IGA hinted some time ago that another DS installment was in the offing, but this is the first news we’ve heard since that announcement. There’s no..