Nintendo will add various warnings on its Wii Karaoke U title after a number of complaints were issued because of uncensored song lyrics. The title, which allows users to download tracks and sing as their chosen Mii’s, features a whole host of songs with the original unchanged lyrics. The company has stated that they will add appropriate warnings to the game’s eShop page, on purchasing an access token, as well as on the app itself. Nintendo has issued the statement below on behalf of the registered complaints.
“Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND is intended to provide users with access to a large catalogue of songs from a broad range of music labels across a variety of musical genres – designed to appeal to all music tastes. As such Nintendo does not restrict which songs are included in the catalogue of songs featured within the Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND application.
“We are aware that some songs contain explicit lyrics and deal with adult themes which some audiences may find unsuitable. As such the Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND application currently includes a notice which informs users that music downloads are not rated by PEGI. Wii U owners also have the tools to restrict access to the song catalogue using the Parental Controls feature (Online Interaction in Games). For more information on Parental Controls please visit http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Wii-U/Parental-Controls/Overview-678628.html
“It is however very important to us that all users of Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND understand that some lyrics contained within songs may not be suitable for all audiences and as such we will immediately be implementing an additional message within the Nintendo eShop (prior to downloading the application & ticket purchase) as well as on the Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND website pages. In the near future this message will also be incorporated within the notification that is displayed as the Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND application is launched.”