Nintendo Europe has confirmed that it’s working on a fix regarding the issue of accessing 18+ rated content only between the hours of 12AM and 4AM. Nintendo previously stated that reason you can only buy 18+ games in Europe, digitally, between 12AM and 4AM is due to the fact that Nintendo Europe is based in Germany, therefore the Nintendo eShop is complying with the German youth protection regulation. Nintendo Europe wouldn’t detail exactly how they plan to get around this issue, just that they’re working on it.
You can not view 18+ content on the European Wii U eShop before 11pm each day. If you attempt to view 18 rated content during the day you’re greeted with the following message, “You cannot view this content. The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.” A representative from Nintendo Italy had this to say on the matter
“As an additional precaution to make sure that minors cannot access content which is inappropriate for their age.”
“Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.”