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Nintendo Europe Has Removed eShop Age Restriction


Nintendo has lifted the eShop age restriction in Europe which only allowed users to purchase 18+ rated content between the hours of 11pm and 3am. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day. This should come as good news for those of you who are eighteen and over and use the European eShop.

“Following analysis of the Parental Controls system on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in cooperation with USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body, it was deemed that Nintendo’s Parental Control system is of very high quality and offers a remarkable level of protection for children. Nintendo’s Parental Control system was found to have proved itself in practice.”

“Nintendo always encourages parents to make use of Parental Controls to control access to content they deem inappropriate for their children.”

26 thoughts on “Nintendo Europe Has Removed eShop Age Restriction”

  1. Excellent news for European fans, and good news for Americans who somehow made a big deal out of it as if it would bother them.

    1. Starting in 94 nintendo commander, kids do not know the reason for the mind to be guarded. History books still teach us though. Even the promised land lays testament.

      1. Yes but it’s not just kids buying Nintendo related merchandise so I wasn’t refering to them…

        I think though that many kids do know why there are these types of laws…
        Younglings often knows more than meets the eye…

  2. Did I read a different post then the rest of you people complaining?
    This was about the time limit being changed, not allowing everyone to purchase the 18+ content. This will not affect under age gamers.
    I think it is fine. Some people work during those hours or are just sleeping so it would make it very inconvenient to try to buy something off the eshop that has a higher rating like ninja gaiden.
    Children buying these games should be at the adults/guardians discretion (or in my opinion of age, but that would be my discretion…)

    1. “Nintendo has lifted the access restriction to content rated 18+. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day”

      From the supposed letter.

  3. Oh YES!!!! this is a major gripe , gone from my wiiu. I had to wait till 11 to download King washington DLC for AC3 , it pissed me off :D .

    Off topic – Need for speed most wanted U = HOLY SHIT! amazing , nuff said.

      1. Well… they buy their kid a mature game, and puts in the parental controls?
        I think I wont let my kid play matures before age of 14.
        Thats when I played my first mature title (Fallout) and I turned up ok.. *Twitch* *Twitch*

  4. I’m surprised how many few comments were commented here in this post because it was good news, but so many when it was bad news.

  5. I think younger kids shouldn’t play mature games if they aren’t taught the difference between good and evil and reality from fiction. If they think they can steal cars, do driveby shootings, and get away with it, then they aren’t ready for a mature game because they can’t tell the difference between reality’s regulations and laws and fiction/fantasy. ++++Good that the Europeans get to download their “M” games cause that IS a rather retarded law for those who are 18 and older.++++

  6. I’m not in Europe (but this is really good news) but I have a question. In Australia, our ratings are G – Anyone, PG – Parental Guidance, M – Mature Audiences, MA 15+ – 15 and over and lastly R – 18 and over. The first game that’s coming out in Australia that’s rated R is that Ninja Gaiden game, so anything else that’s violent is rated MA. In the Miiverse I’m restricted from going into any community from a rated MA game, which is 15 and over. I’m turning 15 soon, so once I turn 15 are rated MA restrictions removed or do I have to wait until I’m 18?

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