Dec 10th, 2012

Wii U eShop blockBecause of German laws — and Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany — 18+ rated games on the Wii U eShop in Europe will only be available after 11 PM at night. German youth protection regulations forbid the sales of 18+ / adult material until after 11 PM. Germany is famous for its censorship and crackdown on video games and media, so it’s of no surprise that they are going to such lengths to “protect the youth”.

The 18+ rated content will only be available from 11 PM to 3 AM at night, and this goes for all territories in Europe. For example, you won’t be able to download games such as ZombiU or Assassin’s Creed 3, unless you’re willing to stay up very late at night.

Luckily, this doesn’t affect gamers in North America.


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  • Michael Workman

    Wow, that sucks.

  • ObiBoing

    Before people keep repeating the same things over and over like ” why does this affect me im not from there” kinda stuff without reading the article.

    Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany which has strict laws concerning media for under the age of 18.

    It doesn’t matter if you are in another EU country since they are based out of Germany they have to abide by their laws.

    It’s stupid but what are you gonna do :T

  • Nintedward-3DS-WiiU

    My take on this is simple. First of all this is BS for countries other than strict ass Germany.
    Second of all , why don’t they just have the option to Parental Lock the Wiiu Eshop?

    So if a kid clicks on Eshop it tells them to enter a 4 digit code. Which can be optionaly set by adults.

    problem Solved. This is too ”boot camp” ….

    • Nintedward-3DS-WiiU

      It actually doesn’t affect me. Because I buy full games fro a real shop which I enjoy supporting. Unless their is an M rated indie game , it won’t affect me at all…

      • Johny

        not only that.. i couldnt watch an “pegi 18” nintendo direct on 3ds either…. its really REALLY BS .. for “non-german” people…. they could just settle with parental controlls.. OR do this crap for consoles that have stuff set as German country.. not bulls*iting ALL other european countries =.= 

        (i swear… at times like this i hardly hold myself back from “racist” anti-german comments ._. )

  • SoulSilverZero

    does this affect Oceanic continents? (Australia, New Zealand) I’m just wondering…

    • Lord Carlisle

      Not unless you have youth protection laws similar to Germany’s.

  • One more reason to buy games in a store, in the weekend I would be able to download after 11pm but on weekdays my work won’t allow me to stay up that late. I buy games anyway so it bothers me little to not at all. Still it’s useless, I remember resident evil on the PS, bought the game and the blood was green, next day I went back to the store and traded the game, told the shopkeeper to order that game for me in the UK. I live in Holland so most games are brought from Nintendo Benelux. For that most games are “normal” but I see I won’t be downloading many 18+ games 😉

  • Dominic Coradazzi

    I think it’s kinda funny that Germany is so restricting on their youth when they let kids drink and go to clubs at the age of 16.
    I do feel a little bad that this has to affect all of Europe who doesn’t want to stay up past 11 tho

    • Jonas

      thats true, but 16 is just for alcoholic beverage without high percentage drinks in it. Otherwise you have to be 18. And yes it kinda sucks if you have to take the german restrictions if you dont life in germany 😀

  • Zach Albright

    Jeez that sucks……. Im glad that i live in North America.

  • Jonas

    i mean i buy my games at stores, so it does not really interest me. BUT i dont life in germany and still have those things blocked out, even if there are not such laws. Is it because Nintendo Headquarters of Europe is located in Germany? might be. I mean it sucks if you cant do things because of another country but in this case i dont really care.
    One more thing: Many people dont even care how long their kids stay up so this is kinda useless.

  • Nintendofreak

    dat is gay…d kid could just set d alarm wake up buy it download go to sleep wake up next morning playing 

  • iam from the uk so this wont affect me coz im not really into tha downloading games