Late last year, just a few weeks after the Nintendo Wii U launched in Europe, we reported that Nintendo had decided it would be a wise idea to block 18+ rated content from being accessed/downloaded unless the user was on the eShop between the hours of 23:00-3:00.
Originally Nintendo pinned the blame on the restriction of German law, obviously the PAL console must take into account all European law so this was understandable in some respect although Nintendo have now removed this ‘restriction’, allowing gamers to access 18+ rated games whenever they please.
The message from Nintendo reads:
“Nintendo has lifted the access restrictions content rated 18+. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day. Following analysis of the Parental Controls system on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in cooperation with USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body, it was deemed that Nintendo’s Parental Control system is of very high quality and offers a remarkable level of protection for children. Nintendo’s Parental Control system was found to have proved itself in practice.
Nintendo always encourages parents to make use of Parental Controls to control access to content they deem inappropriate for their children.”