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Nintendo Europe blocking 18+ Wii U content until 11pm

Friday, 7 December 2012 15:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo is blocking Wii U content in Europe which is rated 18+, regardless of how users have set up the console’s parental controls.

According to a post on NeoGAF, and confirmed by Eurogamer, any 18-rated games available on the system for purchase are only able to be viewed or downloaded from 11pm – 3am.

When the GAF user contacted Nintendo Italy customer service on the matter, he was met with the following reply:

“Dear customer, we would like to let you know that Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.

“We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11pm – 3am time window.”

Eurogamer tested the claim, and found it was unable to digitally purchase or view information pertaining to Assassin’s Creed 3 or ZombiU.

“You cannot view this content,” a message read. “The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.”

Of course, the same cannot be said for Xbox 360 or PS3, as users can view any and all content at any time of the day unless parental settings are in place.

We don’t own a Wii U, so we are unable to test if this is also the case in North America, so we’ll send a mail and ask.

In the US, content is governed by the FCC, which prohibits airing “indecent” material over the air between 6am- 10pm. Premium cable channels, such as HBO, Showtime, etc., are exempt.

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99 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh dear…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. absolutezero

    That is bizarre.

    Really really stupid. Mine is sitting on right now, I’ll test it :

    Yep just checked the ZombiU page on the eShop and it just opens a pop-up with the mentioned text. How fucking weird.

    Im off to draw a penis on the Miiverse in protest.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Old MacDonald

    How does Ubisoft feel about this? Can’t be great for business.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. SnowyFack

    i’m an european over 18 user. we can’t view rated 18+ contents untill 11 unfortunately, like zombiu video and so on. Nintendo is very restrictive respect these things.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Arnvidr

    Heh, so it’s only available when most adults are sleeping? Well done Nintendo!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Wait, what? I don’t get it. Maybe I’m getting this wrong but IF what I am thinking is right then Nintendo is FUCKING STUPID. Sorry but that’s it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cobra951

    Wow. Nintendo are more out of touch with the connected world than I thought. This is truly shocking.

    Imagine if they could restrict the hours that you *play* your games, based on such criteria. That’s the kind of control forced online connections would give them, or any of the other console makers.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ManuOtaku

    Iam confused is this only for the online store acess of the games?, or some sort of locking or restriction to the games i play, i mean i would not play zombie u unless i play it in an specific time?, iam confused if it is the former i dont have to much trouble, if it is the later i do, and big time.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. absolutezero

    Its just on the store Manu.

    The little store icons are still present on the store home page but as soon as you select and choose “More Information” you get the pop up with the “Not Available At This Time” text.

    I was playing ZombiU about 45 minutes ago and its 1546 right now in the UK so theres no need to worry about that.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. bitsnark

    Totally silly this.

    Nintendo have all of the enthusiasm and boundless joy of an infant when it comes to making games, its just a shame that they have the intellect of one when it comes to designing acceptable delivery platforms for those gaming experiences.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Mike W

    Grow up Nintendo

    #11 2 years ago
  12. TheDarkWeapon

    Wow, what a retarded choice.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Da Man

    Outrageous, teh deprived hardcore demand teh art.

    For once, a good decision on Nintendo’s part. if only MS and Sony would follow.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    “Wow. Nintendo are more out of touch with the connected world than I thought. This is truly shocking.”

    So much truth. It started that they offered the choice, as a convenience, to lock stuff out – and why not? But this is just daft. Nintendo: (Lest we forget) Their priorities, in truth, lie somewhere else other than the end-user experience. :( Why the heck are they so backwards…

    How long until the dutiful apology for this gaffe?
    @10: nicely put.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Fin

    This is absolutely ridiculous.

    *waits for people to defend Nintendo*

    @13
    You’re not serious are you?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dragon246

    @15
    Me too. Waiting for the ‘positive spin’.

    This is the reason many people don’t view ninty as a ‘mature games’ company. They try too much to keep their ‘family friendly’ image intact.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. foofly

    Isn’t this what parental controls are for?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 I think it’s called “trolling”.

    This has got to be some sort of temporary measure. If not, this is one console I will be passing on. This makes me absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. absolutezero

    @16 See this is why people think you might be special.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dragon246

    @19
    You didn’t know it yet? :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Da Man

    I think Lolconneur is a tool. I also think he’s a neurotic.

    If lolcons can have all the ‘opinions’ they regularly post, I might very well applaud N for trying to maintain a kids frendly image in the dark times of sex mini games.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. deathm00n

    This is horrible for me if I had one, I work all day and go to college at night, so my free hours, to browse content and buy, is at lunch and before leaving home to go to college.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. polygem

    no problem. i will do the job for you dragon n fin. miiverse is so much more fun than xblpsn has ever been. i dont give a fkuc about this. it’s good that nintendo cares about child protection. why that a bad thing you hardcore sissy complainer kids? i am getting so sick of the prototype of the modern ”gamer”. such a bunch of spoiled whining brats pretending they’re mature…

    #23 2 years ago
  24. monkeygourmet

    So, this is only for shop purchases right?

    E.g. If I wanted to buy Zombie U before 11pm it wouldn’t let me?

    It doesn’t make much sense because I could access the Zombie U community at 4pm, before my Wii U broke.

    So it’s alright to look at images of Zombies having there heads caved in and blood spraying everywhere but not to download the game?

    Very strange. This smacks of something that will be rectified by the morning, and everyone is blowing out of proportion again.

    I don’t know how they can maintain this stance realistically.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. monkeygourmet

    @23

    Complains about E-shop prices being to high…

    Gets angry when can’t log into E-shop earlier…

    ??? :D

    #25 2 years ago
  26. absolutezero

    You can’t even view trailers. They have no problem with having the icon with the Beefeater zombie but as soon as you request any sort of further information but it just gives you the pop up and sends you on your way.

    Theres no problem with playing the game, or looking through the Miiverse community for the game. Screenshots, drawings etc are all there and fine.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. monkeygourmet

    @26

    But can I still draw Penis’s?!!!! :D

    #27 2 years ago
  28. absolutezero

    Oh God yes.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Fin

    @23

    You’re a fucking moron.
    All 18-rated games are blocked from purchase untill 11pm. There is absolutely no upside to this.
    Oh yay, little Timmy can’t purchase 18 rated games (unless he stays up past 11!), but neither can adults who have bought the console

    So, in order to buy a game I want, from Nintendo directly, and being legally allowed to buy it, I have to wait until 11pm.

    That is fucking insane and there is absolutely no justification for it.
    Having to sign in with an adult account, having to have a credit card on the account, having a password, all that is fine. Blocking the content completely? Fuck. Off.

    Your comparison between XBLA/PSN and Miiverse is totally irrelevant. This isn’t about community, this is about purposely stopping people buying content they’re entitled to because WON’T SOMEONE THING OF THE CHILDREN. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF CHILDREN WERE EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE*?

    *Not sex, pretty sure Nintendo don’t allow that on their systems.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Old MacDonald

    Maybe this is a small hint of what the cloud gaming future might look like?

    #30 2 years ago
  31. monkeygourmet

    @30

    Exactly,

    Nintendo aren’t even that good at it and they’ve managed this, wait to you see what MS have up their sleeves! :)

    On topic:

    I bet this will be fixed by next week, then everyone can wash all that sand out of their vagina’s…

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Fin

    @30

    Only for Nintendo. Nobody else is stupid enough to do this.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. monkeygourmet

    @29

    Loving the rage, keep up! That vein in your forehead isn’t throbbing enough.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Fin

    @33

    Thanks bro!

    I’m glad you see this as a problem for everyone over the 18. People like you make sure mature gaming stays in the picture.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/16/160658/2257553-damp__s_heart_pounding_gravedigging_tour__570_x_321_.jpg

    #35 2 years ago
  36. monkeygourmet

    I love all this shit.

    It’s why sticking to one brand is the most stupid shit ever.

    Ill just be enjoying Far Cry 3 on my 360 while this blows over.

    It’s like all those Sony bots when the PS3 network shit happened… Boo boo, what will I play on now?!

    Remember ladies, games not consoles…

    #36 2 years ago
  37. Da Man

    I have a TV at home I bought, but they don’t show horror movies until 11 pm or something.

    Already own the videogame? You can play it. Don’t own the game? Wait until appropriate hours. That attempts to ensure minors can’t purchase anything inappropriate.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Fin

    @37

    TV watershed is 9pm.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. absolutezero

    Mature games

    HA

    #39 2 years ago
  40. polygem

    @Fin:

    it has to do with Miiverse too, because it is an attitude of Nintendo…the way they handle things. this article from ign (please, i know, they also suck i know i know) – 100% reflects my thoughts about all this:

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/12/05/wii-u-revolutionizes-social-gaming

    really do recommend reading it. it´s good.

    found another link for you wii u haters :)

    you really should take 5 minutes and watch this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rBS7p_mNJY

    now all i wanted to say about this is said.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Fin

    @40

    No, it’s nothing to do with Miiverse.

    I want to buy an 18-rated game from the eShop before 11pm. I can’t.

    Where does Miiverse come into that sentence.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. SplatteredHouse

    “Already own the videogame? You can play it. Don’t own the game? Wait until appropriate hours. That attempts to ensure minors can’t purchase anything inappropriate.”

    As does adults ensuring that they know what information they’ve left on their machine, and if desired, maintaining the security of their authorisation information. Responsibility! A scary concept, perhaps, but don’t let that usher you from your podium.
    There is no justification to explain what benefit this move conveys – UNLESS Nintendo were to reveal the measures it’s using to get to the point they can tell who is actually playing the 18+ purchased content.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. absolutezero

    Lets play the hypotheicals here.

    If you could buy something 18+ from the eShop and pay roughly around £20 more than it costs to buy it online or from an actual shop at around 4pm would you?

    If you answer yes to that then I can see why it might be a bit irritating. Its not worth getting rumpled about though, its more than likely just a fault with detecting the parental controls on the system.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Fin

    @43

    Did you read the article? Nintendo responded saying they’ve deliberately restricted purchasing hours.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. polygem

    @41:

    A T T I T U D E

    for you everything spells

    I G N O R A N C E

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Da Man

    #42

    You don’t own the system, you own the rights to use the service, provided by it. They aren’t going to consider whether every single individual has some ‘responsibility’ or not. They are going to make it easier to maintain.

    Don’t like it? Play another console.

    They block the service from selling mature rated content during hours easily accessible to minors. This makes perfect sense.

    UNLESS Nintendo were to reveal the measures it’s using to get to the point they can tell who is actually playing the 18+ purchased content.
    Nonsense.

    Exactly at this point your so called responsibility should take control.

    You want it to be easy for you? Oh too bad, sorry about that, they also want it to be easily maintainable.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Bomba Luigi

    I really like the WiiU, but Dude… My Bones are Old and I need my Sleep. And 11pm to 3am is Sleeptime. Let me make some confirmation that I am over 18 or whatever.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. xxJPRACERxx

    I’m glad I’m not supporting this stupid company anymore!

    #48 2 years ago
  49. polygem

    @48: i am glad about that too. i want my miiverse cool and all.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Joe Musashi

    First it was green blood in Mortal Kombat and now this?!?!!?

    JM

    #50 2 years ago
  51. monkeygourmet

    Lol @Finn

    This one really rustled your Jimmy’s! :)

    I hope you take such a proactive stance with all the other DRM and digital download bullshit that exists on other platforms too…

    *edit : This kind of stuff falls under the same banner for me.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. monkeygourmet

    @50

    It wasn’t green blood it was ‘sweat’, get it right! :)

    #52 2 years ago
  53. monkeygourmet

    Be hilarious if games like COD only activated after 9pm due to restrictive content.

    Stop all those school brats kicking my arse! ;)

    #53 2 years ago
  54. Atmey

    But I want to have sex in the morning.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. _LarZen_

    Good!

    Nintendo has always had children’s best interest in mind and it’s good to see they still do.

    Just look at MiiVerse, if that had been on X360 there would be millions of penis drawings and I can only imagine all the crap People would Write.

    Nintendo is doing great!

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Fin

    Well I guess if there’re people defending something like this, then they believe what I’m sure everyone else is thinking:

    A) Nintendo have no idea how to do online commerce
    B) Nintendo consoles are primarily aimed at people under the age of 18

    @51

    Please explain how DRM is in any way related to this.

    @55

    Moderation is a completely separate issue. Blocking 18+ content is basically censorship.

    I swear Nintendo could launch the Wii as the Wii 2 in a different box, and some of you would say it was the best thing since sliced bread.
    Have the balls to come out and say when a company you support is wrong. If not, you’re the worst kind of fanboy.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. monkeygourmet

    @56

    I just blanket anything I deem as media control under the same blanket, it’s easier that way.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. _LarZen_

    @56

    Blocking 18+ content on the eShop for children is censorship I like. Most parents have no Clue what their children can experience in a modern gaming system.

    Sure it’s irritating for us adults but it’s a “price” I have no problem With as long as it’s for the childrens best interest.

    And how hard is it for us adults to buy that content later anyways?

    That said I hope they will add a way to verify that you are 18+.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. absolutezero

    For someone thats so upset that they can’t buy adult games on a console you sure are acting pretty childishly about it.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. monkeygourmet

    @59

    This

    Also, I thought Nintendo didn’t have any ‘adult’ games?

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Kabby

    This is fine IF it is in conjunction with parental settings on the WiiU.

    A blanket banning on sales of mature games until after 11pm is retardation on a massive scale.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Dragon246

    Keep up the work guys! Maybe ninty should stop hiring lawyers now.
    Next up,
    Ninty bans online gaming, saying its “too mature” for kids.
    Ninty should really get over its 80s hangover. Industry has moved over, but ninty hasn’t.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. zinc

    Well I guess this is another reason not to get a WiiU, for all those folk who were never going to get a WiiU…

    But it’s not that big a deal really. Staying up till 2301 to download a game isn’t such a hardship for an adult surely?

    #63 2 years ago
  64. polygem

    actually the more i read the wiiu haters comments here the more i am happy that those people wont buy wiiu’s…i still recommend to you guys to check out the links in my last post though.

    @58,59,60: exactly.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. OlderGamer

    A couple of things:

    Games can also be bought in a store. Not as if they can only be purchased on eShop.

    Second, this is a Nintendo Europe desicion. Nintendo central didn’t do this. Sometimes dumb things happen from region heads. I recall Sega America investing and launching a 32X mere months before Saturn was unvieled.

    If you think about places like Germany, thier culture, and recent shootings in schools…it is not that hard to see how something like this could sounds like a good idea to someone with the descion to make it happen.

    That being said it is a dumb move. I think anyways. But not all places are as liberaly minded as the UK. I would imagine that an idea like this one would make sense to some politicly and socialy sensitive minded people in Aussie as well.

    I don’t think it will last very long. Gamers won’t like it. Pubs trying to sell their games won’t like it. And, in truth it is bad press for Nintendo as a whole. Gamers will say it proves they are out of touch, and the people that would be impressed don’t have a vested impact in the situation to begin with.

    I would write Nintendo, and wait for it to blow over.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. mistermogul

    I love Nintendo as much as the next gamer but some of their decisions absolutely baffle the crap out of me.

    No downloading adult games until 11pm!!! Is it April 1st already?

    Nintendo need to start treating their customers with a bit of trust and respect. This seems so patronising…

    Do NOE not realise there is a whole generation of gamers that grew up on the NES, SNES and N64 that are adults and they are alienating with this?

    It’s ridiculous.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. Kabby

    Nintendo Europe’s HQ is still in Germany, right?

    #67 2 years ago
  68. _LarZen_

    @66

    Im just guesing now, but maybe…just maybe they think that the kids that played NES back in the days now are adults With kids of their own and that they would want their children the same safe children friendly enviroment.

    It baffels me that a adult dont understand and respects Nintendo for doing this. But then again maybe most People that are complaining aint adults or think longer then their nose…I dunno.

    #68 2 years ago
  69. Erthazus

    Great idea.

    Now, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo should ban every kid in 18+ rated games.
    When i played Red Dead Redemption multiplayer on my PS3, 95% of gamers were spoiled little brats that cried all over the place.

    Less chilren, less corridor shooters.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Fin

    I swear, if Nintendo came out and said “Fuck you consumers, no online play ever”, some of you people would say “Yeah I never liked online anyway”, “Yeah there were too many kids on it”, “I prefer single player”.

    @68

    I don’t understand you. They can have a safe, friendly environment and put age verification (with an account linked to a credit card) on 18+ content. That would work fine. Blocking it COMPLETELY, so not even adults can access it until specified times? I really, really don’t understand how anyone can think this is positive for consumers.

    @69

    Bro (I’m not antagonising you for once), it’s that nobody can download 18+ games until 11pm, even adults!

    #70 2 years ago
  71. polygem

    i am absolutely with _LarZen_ here…to me this SERIOUSLY isn´t a big deal…censored game content is, like the green blood mentioned here. this 11 o clock thingy really doesn´t bother me at all.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. polygem

    @70: because families dont need to bother about several accounts or sub accounts if it’s handled like this. it’s always kids friendly this way. if you’re really hardcore you are allowed to stay up until 11 anyway;) again, fin, i just recommend reading that ign article i linked, it describes nintendos approach about online pretty good.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Phoenixblight

    @72 No need for multiple account just need to have a password that validate that its indeed the account holder driving the system. Herp Derp. Man, people and their fanboyism. These type of systems have been in place for a while. Nintendo just like to be archaic and make the online system to really feel tacked on.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Fin

    @72

    Right, I’m over 18. I don’t have any kids. I buy a Wii U. I can’t buy 18+ content until 11pm.
    Please explain why automatically locking the content, regardless of user, and not having a pin code or using parental settings, makes the experience better for me.

    I’ve got a job, I don’t want to stay up till 11 just to buy a fucking game I should be able to buy at any time of the day. When I was 16 I was more likely to stay up until 2 or 3. Now, fuckin’ hell I wanna be in bed reading by 11, not in front of the tv.
    I play my games primarily at weekends. Oh, I want to download that new 18+ WiiWare U (whatever it’s called) game, something like Limbo, on a Saturday morning? Fuck off, wait till 11pm. Are you serious?

    How the fuck can you defend this? How can you say this is better than allowing adults to buy whenever they want? If they banned all 18-rated films on Netflix until 11pm, would that be ok too?

    Jesus christ, can you not see why this is a bad thing for the consumer. Nintendo is telling people when they can buy games.
    Even if you ignore the THINK OF THE CHILDREN attitude, how can this be of benefit to Nintendo? You think third parties are going to like this? Oh, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Mass Effect 3? Sorry, you can only buy those off the store after 11.

    This is honestly the most ridiculous decision I’ve ever seen a games company make, and that’s saying a lot.

    I flicked through the article, saved it to my kindle to read later. It said a big load of fuck all about mature games.

    Jesus fuck.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. polygem

    @73: broken record: read my link.
    i own all 3 consoles. no platform fanboy – just loving games.
    no need for passwords this way. i personally hate passwords…now that you name it: unbelieveable that msony force me to use passwords. Rrrrraaaaggee!!!

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Kabby

    Fin is right. This move by Nintendo, or should I say ‘Nintendo of Germany’, is all kinds of stupid.

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Fin

    @75

    Right, just for you I’m going to read that entire article now.

    Yeah, only the thing was I said a pin code, not a password.
    Unbelievable! Imagine having to password protect an online account that might have a credit card on it! That’s CRAZY. That’s the real issue here tbh.

    #77 2 years ago
  78. Fin

    Fuck, the Wii U doesn’t even have parties? It’s like the looked at the mistakes made by Sony with the PS3 and said y’know what, lets repeat them.

    It’s a good article, but I disagree with basically everything he says.
    - I can play multiplayer with my friends in a party on Xbox. All of them live in different countries, but when we play games together it’s like we’re in the same room. That is not a bad thing.
    - I don’t think the privacy thing is relevant, there’s lots of privacy settings on Xbox (I don’t know about PS3).
    -The art thing is nice, I don’t like it being moderated before publishing, I think that introduced too big a delay in the pipeline. I do like the idea of it being like Twitter – you can follow people and such – but I don’t have issue with moderation after publishing.
    - Achievements make me finish games, I think I only have two (of about 100, excluding games from Q4 this year) that I’ve not completed the singleplayer of – this compares to probably about half of PS2/Xbox games.

    And y’know how much was in any was relevant to the blocking of purchase of 18+ games until 11pm?
    Absolutely nothing.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. Ireland Michael

    As someone who usually supports a lot of things Nintendo does, typically defends them, and has a lot of respect for the quality of their games… I can’t believe anyone would legitimately defend this decision.

    I do not know of any law that requires this to be necessary. The whole point of parental settings is to block access to this sort of content. If I sent my kids’ profiles up on the 360 correctly, they simply can’t access this kind of content full stop.

    If any other company or service did this, the outrage would be insane. Watersheds don’t apply to the Internet and hardware, last time I checked, and they shouldn’t. The thinking of the children argument doesn’t hold any weight, because a parent should be monitoring their kids’ activities anyway. Just because Jerry Springer is on early in the day doesn’t mean I’m going to let my kids watch that garbage.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. polygem

    i dont even have kids, still i don’t have the slightest problem with this. believe it or not. to make this clear, i like my 360 and the ps3 but i just ADORE the superfriendly and charming approach nintendo has with their online. that’s why i linked that article, i think it’s an attitude and that’s why it doesn’t bother me. because i like that attitude, i am sick of the overly competitive off showing, trophy, achievment whoring, payed service, get ads for free stuff (though live is worth the cash….but now we have miiverse. it fits me and my taste so much more, i just didn’t know yet!) i can get all the content i want, instantly, anywhere. it’s all about instant desire satisfaction everywhere…so i cannot do that on the wiiu? i understand if people don’t like that, but in all honesty, less can be much more sometimes. it might be a step or two back in online services, but at the same time miiverse adds so much more to it, makes it a unique and modern, yet totally different and new experience while not trying to mimick msony’s approach. it’s refreshing. this content timed blocking issue, honestly, it doesn’t bother me, i think it will soon go away anyway, but if it wont, i couldn’t care less. i think nintendos online is great. it’s the best experience i had in ages. i hate twitter and facebook…miiverse i like. that’s all i can say about this. give ninty some time to sort out the details, but what they delivered here is just great and it adds a lot to a fun online experience.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. Ireland Michael

    @81 My kids both have Xbox Live accounts and neither of them ever have to deal with 90% of what you just said because the device has proper parental settings. They can’t access content above their age ratings and they can only add and talk to people with our approval. Problem solved.

    The problem with this is that they’re not only trying to patent kids, but thr adults as well. This is the equivelant of going into a movie store and being told “Nope, you can’t buy this mature rated movie until after the watershed”. It’s in the privacy of my own home! Why do the fuck do you care?!

    This doesn’t “protect” anyone. It’s just creates a logistic nightmare for any developer of mature rated games. And this is coming from not only an avid Nintendo supporter, but someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy ultra violence in games to begin with. If I wanted to be mothered, I would move back home to my parents. I don’t need a company doing the job for me.

    #81 2 years ago
  82. polygem

    like i said, sure, you can look at it from that perspective…

    #82 2 years ago
  83. Fin

    @83

    To all of us, your perspective appears to be
    I LOVE NINTENDO! NINTENDO ARE AWESOME! NINTENDO CAN DO NO WRONG! YOU MIGHT THINK THEY’VE FUCKED UP BUT NINTENDO HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING BAD!

    When it took four months between the US and European launch of Smash Bros Brawl, did you think that was a good thing? Did you like friend codes?

    #83 2 years ago
  84. zinc

    How this thread reads:

    WiiU Owners, “So What, no problem”.

    Everyone else, “This is a stupid idea”.

    I’m all for defending your purchase guys, but has been said already, theirs better ways for Ninty to handle this.

    #84 2 years ago
  85. polygem

    Fin, i told you before: yes i like nintendo. like described in that ign piece i too think nintendos online approach is great and it truly adds something to the world of gaming, no i didn’t like friend codes but they didn’t bother me either because back then nintendo wasnt really about online and that was ok. the wii didnt really need it. there are indeed not many things i dislike about nintendo, but what can i do? i am honest about this, that’s just how it is, doesn’t make me a fanboy… 360 has parties, which i almost never used, in all those years. often i feel annoyed if i get an invite. i don’t really want to talk much online, because i talk all day long in my job…It’s outdated that i cannot draw stuff on ps360 and that i cannot upload and comment screenshots(on the fly). there wasn’t any ingame ”heads up”message with a screenshot of a headless zombi the last time i lost a team slayer halo match (on 360 it would be ”tbaged! you suck!”,anyway;)…see what i mean? so why arent YOU complaining about your 360 missing those great features? probably because you don’t know how cool those are, or because you personally don’t care much about these features. that’s not automatically making you a fanboy. i prefer the ninty style, yep. do i hate the 360 now? NOT AT ALL and why should i? just wish i could draw you a master chief christmas card, that’s all.

    @zinc: please check out my youtube link in an older post and try not to take it toooooo serious.

    there’s no need in ”defending” the purchase. buying the wiiu was one the best videogame related purchases i did in a good while.

    #85 2 years ago
  86. Dragon246

    Its really hard for some people to admit ninty has done something wrong.
    And also, how did miiverse enter the debate? Only used by ninty defenders to deflect from the topic.
    Also poly, you offered to buy the game for me, but VOILA! ninty accounts are tied to a console, how ridiculous is that?
    Also using the internet favourite “I have all the consoles blah blah” to justify a stupid decision, tell a lot about how defensive they are getting regarding their purchase.
    Just shows how backward and bad ninty is with online.

    #86 2 years ago
  87. OlderGamer

    Going to say it Again. You can buy mature games at a store. What part of this makes people think games are only buyable online?

    And not all WiiU owners think this is a good idea. But this WiiU owner thinks that a lot of nonWiiU owners are up in arms over something that doesn’t even effect them. It would be like me bitching about GTA. Power Hint: I don’t play GTA.

    I think NoE was influanced by German culture. Poly, don’t you live in Germany? Maybe it is why he isn’t too bothered about it. Or maybe he enjoys his WiiU and understands he can still retail, and doesn’t see the mountain only the moehill? Perspective is everything folks.

    I fully expect this to be reversed.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. polygem

    yep i live in germany and while i hate game content being cut. this really IS something i do not care much about. i understand that some people are pissed about it but it’s not an issue for me. what can i do? i also believe it wont stay, they’ll change it.
    @dragon: compared to microsoft, sony have been very very bad with their online. just to refresh that for you. they are still not even close to xbl and they are directly competing with that service. nintendos approach is different and it feels more modern to me than the actual state of xblpsn. why is it so hard for you to believe that this is my honest opinion? miiverse has to do with this debate because it shows nintendos approach for online. there’s no downvoting, no mario cocks, no trophy/achievements or stats show off and so on…now there’s (in some areas), blocked mature content until 11 in the evening. you can criticize this, even call it censorship. what all this does though, and that’s a plus in my book: it makes the overall experience of going online on the wiiu a joy. i was waiting for this without even knowing. again, nintendo nailed it imho…

    #88 2 years ago
  89. Dragon246

    Sony is very bad with online… that is why fifa sells more on ps3.
    Sorry dude, that time has passed. It all depends on where the community and friends are now. That is why in eu, fifa sells more on ps3 and in us, cod sells more on 360.
    Also, ninty isn’t even in the league on psn/xbl.
    Food for thought, wiiu is a new console, and no one here except wiiu/ninty lovers have defended this awful move. Doesn’t take too long to guess how wiiu will sell.

    #89 2 years ago
  90. polygem

    wiiu launched a few weeks ago. sony was bad at launch with their online. they catched up…a bit;)
    nintendo offers a completley different style with their online. maybe not the same league but in some areas it already really is better, or maybe not ‘better’, but more fun to use and that’s what counts the most. at least for me…

    #90 2 years ago
  91. polygem

    wiiu will sell well. that you do not believe this only shows, yet again, that you have problems to see things from the perspective of others. some will embrace this different online model, even if YOU (think) you wont like it. my guess is: a lot of people will embrace this BECAUSE it is different. ‘another league’? yea, maybe but in a positive way. nintendo will do fine. i really do worry so much more about sony and trust me, i am not happy about this.

    #91 2 years ago
  92. Erthazus

    It is different lol.

    A semi shitty PC box with 2004 hardware and with kitchen sink that does not have multitouch option is different these days.

    Lol just lol, poly. But whatever really because you also think that Halo is a work of jesus. So Okay.

    #92 2 years ago
  93. polygem

    you too erth: try to think out of the box that is our heads…people do like different stuff.example: my girlfriend just said yesterday while playing nsmbu coop on the touchpad: ‘thank god this isn’t multitouch it would kill me to play this’. true story. see? i know you do care about having the best tech your money can buy and thats absolutely ok. but to me this is not important. it never was. i want fun with the games i play, nothing else and yes, because of that i think halo is one of the greatest videogame franchises ever created. i think jesus would have chosen a different setting but then…maybe not.

    #93 2 years ago
  94. Erthazus

    But it is not different, Poly.

    If you have the iPad, i’m sure as hell that you are done with this console’s innovation.
    What matters – GAMES.

    If new Zelda will come out or… Final Fantasy, or Mario Galaxy or Metroid. That’s what matters and that’s what will sell this console to.

    #94 2 years ago
  95. polygem

    totally agree wit the games part. it still is different, because you have 2 screens. for coop this is great, for some clever single player ideas it can be great too…in the end it’s all about the games though. yep.

    #95 2 years ago
  96. Da Man

    Well, at least polygem isn’t a deprived 26 years old student buying computer toys off his parents’ money who for some reason truly thinks playing videogames makes him qualified to argue about graphics frameworks..

    In all fairness, N (and others) should start filtering insane people.

    Btw polygem, he’s lying. He never played RdR with those ‘kids’. Ask yourself, would a person with that level of communications be able to use a mic (more so that PS3 don’t come with one).. Seriously, normal people have trouble using a mic in non native tongue.

    #96 2 years ago
  97. Fin

    Wtf, this is nothing to do with Nintendo’s online system (which, while Miiverse is a nice idea, it’s missing so much functionality compared to Xlive).

    I cannot buy 18+ Wii U games on the shop until 11pm.
    How is that a good thing for me as a consumer?
    How is it a good thing for third parties?

    #97 2 years ago
  98. OlderGamer

    Fin, what is your Nintendo Network ID? I will add you.

    To answer your questions:

    You can buy 18+ games at the store(and prolly for less money)

    It is good for consumers that want a friendly, less DudeBro online experience. By focusing on a more family friendly(and mature/grown up) offering it ripples through out the comunity.

    It isn’t a good thing for thrid parties, and that is why it will be removed, I think.

    #98 2 years ago
  99. monkees19

    @ #84

    I am a Wii U owner.

    I find this stupid as all hell. I work during those hours. Could you imagine if they told me, essentially “You can’t play our M rated games but twice a week for 4 hours” I would flip my lid

    #99 2 years ago

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  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]