The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild classification has finally been established in Australia, leaving the Nintendo game with a surprising “M” for violence and various themes that Australia might believe as harmful to children. Other Zelda games that have been given this rank include Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.
Australia is already known for having unusually strict requirements for video games to be allowed to be sold there under the justification of protecting children from frightening or traumatizing ideas.
For example they refused classification for Left 4 Dead 2, making it unable to be sold in the country, due to the game’s central mechanic being the player character mowing down hundreds of enemies, with blood being a notable feature.
While standards in Australia have relaxed since then, the fact that a game series like The Legend of Zelda requires an “M” rating (which in America means it’s for people that are over 18 unless given permission by a parent) where even Twilight Princess (thought of as the darkest of the Zelda stories) got a T in America, is odd.
Granted, Australia may have its reasons: even with a lack of blood, the Breath of the Wild classification may have some kinds of disturbing and frightening imagery that may affect children whose parents buy them the game, considering that Zelda has more than its fair share of disturbing enemies such as the Gibdo, the ReDead, and more, not to mention the large amount of combat that’s a part of the games.
Either way, hopefully the Breath of the Wild classification news means that the game is getting closer and closer to coming out, if countries are getting enough news of its contents to make ratings for it.
Either way, with still no concrete release date (barring a leaked Target listing that may or may not be true) we’ll just have to wait and see how Breath of the Wild is rated in other areas of the world.