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Wii U eShop Restrictions on 18+ Content Lifted

Now anybody can access or purchase the 18+ rated game content that can be found on the Wii U eShop.

When the Wii U launched a few months ago, we found that there were restrictions in place on the eShop that was part and parcel of the console software. These restrictions blocked access to 18+ content that would be unsuitable for minors, but it only worked for 20 hours a day. Basically, it gave you a four hour window between 11PM and 3AM to buy the mature content.

It was a strange way of policing mature content and a particularly strange way of keeping it out of the hands of minors without their parents’ permission. It was also frustrating for obvious reasons.

Well, today Nintendo lifted that restriction. A new message that was posted today on the eShop revealed that the built-in parental controls were enough to keep mature content out of the hands of minors and that the four hour window was unnecessary.

“Nintendo has lifted the access restrictions to 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.”

Source: CVG