Three cheers for Nanny States! In Europe, you can’t buy 18+ rated games on Nintendo’s eShop during the daytime. If you wanted to buy digital versions of Assassin’s Creed III or ZombiU, then you’d have to wait until the four-hour window period opens up between 23:00 and 03:00. This is obviously to protect the children – obviously.
Speaking to website Eurogamer, Nintendo of Europe confirmed that this is not some weird bug, but is in fact law. Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, and Germany has peculiar youth-protection laws such as adult content blocking during the day. Nintendo of Europe has to comply with all of Germany’s laws, and this means that the rest of Europe (and the UK) has to deal with these restrictions.
Weirdly enough, Germany gets a larger window between 22:00 and 04:00, but the rest of Europe gets two hours less for some reason. Because this affects the UK, it’ll affect us here in South Africa seeing as the majority of Wii U users will be setting up UK accounts to access the eShop. There’s no official eShop in our country so we have to connect to one in another country. Perhaps a US eShop account would be a better idea?