At the beginning of December last year, it came to light that the European offering of the Nintendo eShop would limit access to 18+ restricted games to a four hour window. Anyone hoping to download Assassin’s Creed III or ZombiU, or even look at screenshots of both of those titles, would have to do so between the hours of 23:00 and 03:00. This was due to the European eShop’s servers being hosted in Germany, and Germany has some very strict laws when it comes to age restricted games.
Considering Nintendo’s renewed effort in downloadable offerings, not to mention the fact that the Wii U is intended for “core” gamers as well, having a content block like this is a serious problem. Fortunately, common sense has prevailed, and Nintendo has managed to convince the ordinarily strict German authorities to turn a blind eye.
How did they manage to do that? Well, according to a statement released to eShop customers, the Nintendo Parental Control system was put through its paces by USK, which is the self-regulating body that governs Germany’s age restricted content. The USK found the Wii U and 3DS Parental Control system to be adequate enough that it obviated any further preventative action on their behalf. The result: no more stupid content block. Now all we need are more 18+ games; you know, on top of the two that are available on the console. Come on Nintendo, where are the games?