No More Heroes might have censored 360 release in Japan

Saturday, 21st November 2009 21:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


A retail listing for the Xbox 360 version of No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise in Japan suggests that it will more than likely carry a CERO Z rating (mature) when released in February.

This is because it’s the North American version, which still has “bloodshed” intact. With such a strong rating, it is not likely to be carried on normal retail shelves.

PS3 versions probably won’t get the same rating, as it’s the censored version originally released in Japan.

If this sort of thing interests you, Joystiq has more on it here.



  1. Hunam

    I don’t see why it gets such a high rating, sure the violence can be pretty full on in sections but it’s all very cartoony, there’s no way you’d relate it to real life from seeing it.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. COG287PR

    so um the 360 version will be UNcensored in japan?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    If the publishers want a normal release, it will be censored. So far, it has a CERO Z rating, which is just a hare below our MO rating here.

    The problem then becomes, if it is not censored, it will not sell very well on 360 over there because it will be considered a niche game that will not get the publicity the censored version would.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. oem

    So the only difference for Japan is that the 360 version will carry a CERO Z (ages 18 and up only) rating? Which leaves it uncensored, or am I missing something.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    CERO Z would mean uncensored, yes – so far the retailer suggests that when it is released that is the rating it will get.

    However, it MAY get censored if the publisher wants it to sit alongside of shelves next to the PS3 version. I don’t read Japanese unfortunately, so you’ll have to take the Stiq’s word on this.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Herlock

    PS3 version also CERO Z

    #6 5 years ago

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