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Nintendo removes European Wii U eShop restriction

Wii U owners in Europe could only purchase 18+ rated games (like ZombiU) from 11PM until 3AM — a ridiculous setup no matter how you cut it. Because Nintendo is based in Germany, and because Germany wants to censor protect its children, Nintendo applied to rule to all of Europe.

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Now there’s some good news. Nintendo has lifted the Wii U eShop restriction, which means you can purchase 18+ rated Wii U games on the eShop whenever you want. And even the Germans will get to buy 18+ games whenever they want. This is because Nintendo struck a deal with German censors at USK to get rid of the silly rule.

Thanks Sylux!

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  • RoadyMike

    Ya-I’m not from Europe…(late news again btw)

    But for those who are in Europe,how do you feel about this?

    • Dylan Groot

      This is actually great news, it was a fuckin pain. I had to wait till like 00:00 to download the demo for Zombi U. And you couldnt even watch trailers of games like Ninja Gaiden until that time.

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      First of all I am from Europe and it’s not late news, atleast I think… Got the message earlier today on my 3DS as the Eshop get’s updated every Thursday in Europe I think it has only been applied today, certainly not 2 days ago or so as I could not download MGS3D 2 days ago before midnight, after I read the message I downloaded it. And it worked.

      As for how I feel about it as an European person I’m glad it has been fixed because it’s plain and simple really sad, they should have used parental control options from the start on WiiU and 3DS. It was allready implemented on the Wii about 2 years ago so why couldn’t they have done it from the start on E-shop for WiiU and 3DS.

      Other then that MGS3D was a try out for me, personally I prefer hard copies. I’m sure many people are glad about it in Europe though.

      p.s. WiiU daily you’re welcome :)

    • Nintedward

      I am extremely relieved that pathetic and absurd rule has gone. It felt like having a strict mother at the age of 22…

    • D.M.T

      I’m extremely happy. What a pathetic rule those Germans have

  • ejownz6

    I still don’t get why anyone would prefer a digital copy of a game over a hard copy. Seems like a rip off to me.

    • RoadyMike

      Umm,cuz Its cheaper and can be purchased from the comforts of your own home and that you’ll never have to worry about the digital copy failing like the hard copy?(Disk getting dirty,scratches and eventually breaking) :/

      • Dylan Groot

        It’s not cheaper. If only that were the case! Zombi U in the (european at least) eShop for example is 70 euros (although now it’s at a temorary discount). In stores it’s 60, maybe less, depends on retailer. Need for Speed was just released, you can find that at retailers for 52 euro’s, its 60 in eShop.

      • Cesar Barroso

        disk getting dirty, scratches and eventually breaking? if people can’t be careful with disk how can they be careful with hard drives that are more delicates? 6 years old discs are like new, like everything else that cost me money. for some reason i take care of things that i sweat.

        • CyanideInsanity

          You don’t swap hard discs like game discs, now do you? Besides, sometimes its not the people. My copy of halo 3 had its inner ring cracked because of putting it back in, and taking out of the case over the course of 1½ years.

        • Levi Johansen

          I allways buy my games at the video-game store “GAME”, then I pay an extra 2$ and if the disc breaks, they will either polish it or give me a new one – every time!

    • Metal_Man_v2

      It’s more convenient for some people. Personally, I always buy physical copies, for the sole reason that you don’t really “own” a digital copy.

      • Nintedward

        You do ”own” the digital copy… But you don’t ”own” the digital copy…. wait wtf? :)

        • Metal_Man_v2

          You typically have to accept a user agreement when buying games online. You can’t let your friends borrow them, and you can’t resell them. The game doesn’t actually belong to you, it’s just being leased to you in a sense. It’s crazy right? :)

          • Nintedward

            Yeah. downloadable small/indie/retro virtual games has been amazing , revolutionary even. But downloading tradition full on games is just insane :S . Why would you do that ”oh , yeh …. I just wanted to …. not have the disc and box…yeh :/”

          • Lazara the Last

            If Nintendo Land didn’t come with the Premium, I would download it. It’s the game I use the most with friends, and it would be good to not have to change discs all the time ;)

          • JumpMan

            and for full price! seriously, they should lower DL games by, like, $20.

          • Tecpedz94

            K calm down 20 i think the max they would go is 10 and even that im looking more of a 5 dollar reduction. I doubt they would reduce it by a lot, unless nintendo really wants everyone to do digital downloads cuz it seems like thats what they want but idk…

        • Cerus98

          You don’t really own the discs either. Many think they do and can make a backup copy legally but in reality you have merely been granted a license to play it.

          • Nintedward

            I think downloading full games digitally sucks! you can’t beat having a stack of juicy . collectible games :D

          • Cerus98

            Oh I agree. I’d much rather have an actual game disc to collect and be able to rest knowing even if my console craps out I won’t have to worry about transfer issues or re-downloading. It’s why I’m not excited about the PS4. They plan on having most games as downloads instead of discs.

          • Nintedward

            I don’t see IOS as a real platform it’s a gimmik… And yeh PS4 and 720 BETTER have at least all the big games on disc.

      • Super Buu

        Physical copy all day, every day.

      • Gauru Shiro

        Theres no point buying digital because on amazon usually you can get a physical copy for $40 while a digital one is always 60

      • mikel334u2

        Well, think about it this way: If you store digital games in your hard drive, and you physically own your hard drive, then you could think of the hard drive as a cartridge with multiple games in it that you can easily take in and out of your Wii U.

    • armando perez

      i love physical copy. the only problem is that i live in a small town which takes one week to get the new games at local stores. driving for 30 minutes to a near city to get a physical copy is not a great idea for me to do. thank god there is a digital way to get games. so, i am thankfull to have both options.

      • ejownz6

        That’s a good example of why it’s good to have options. Never thought of a scenario like yours.

        I still think they should do more to make prices competitive on the eShop. As others have said, eShop games tend to be at MSRP of $59.99 while most games will be discounted on sites like Amazon.

    • bizzy gie

      Digital copies can’t get lost or damaged and when switching between games it’s much more seamless rather than pulling out CDs and switching them out every time you want to play a new game,

    • Linskarmo

      I believe digital copies are very convenient to a point. I was going to download Lego City Undercover, but after finding out it’s 19 GB I decided to wait and get the hard copy. My internet would never allow a download that huge.

  • [000]

    It would be awesome if physical disks came with an unlimited warranty that guaranteed one free download of the game if something happened to the disk.

    • Zorlac79

      That would be awesome, but then you could just sell the disk and still have the digital copy, so it will never happen.

      • [000]

        But if the warranty required the disk to be broken first, then
        you couldn’t really sell it, could you?

        • Zorlac79

          That makes a lot of sense then. If they wouldn’t replace a disk then an offering of a digital download would be perfect. All they would have to do would require a receipt/proof of purchase.

    • jay

      They could do an iTunes cd upload type of thing.

      The game would upload from the disc whenever it’s inserted into the disc slot until it reaches %100. Whether you’re playing it or not. :)

  • Nintedward

    Cool. I had to wait till 11 one night to download the King washington DLC for AC3 and I was pissed off!

  • WiiUltra

    “Nintendo applied to rule to all of Europe.”

    Where do you apply to rule Europe?

    • CyanideInsanity

      lol I didn’t even see that. Thats an epic typo! XD

    • Levi Johansen

      Nintendo rules more than Europe, THEY RULE THE WORLD!!!

      Nintendomination!

  • jcnba28

    This is good news. Now I want them to remove the 5 min. wait between posting messages in Miiverse.

    • D.M.T

      Don’t exaggerate

      • jcnba28

        What are you talking about?

    • Metal_Man_v2

      My MiiVerse posts and messages are near instantaneous, I don’t know what problem you are having.

      • jcnba28

        Miiverse has a 5 min wait between messages posted. I can’t post 2 comments, I have to wait 5 min before I can post the second comment.

        HOWEVER, I can comment on comments with no wait. The 5 min is only for new posts, not commenting on comments.

        As you can see I found this hard to explain!

        • Metal_Man_v2

          I’m not positive, but that may have been in the past, or a plan that was never implemented. I used MiiVerse the other day, and the longest delays between my posts and MESSAGES were 1-2 minutes, probably because of the time spent responding.

          • jcnba28

            Make a post in one community and right after that post another comment and you should get a pop-up saying please wait 5 or 4 minutes.

          • Metal_Man_v2

            Oh ok. I’ve never seen that, probably because I’ve never tried to post two different things within that timeframe.

            It’s not that much of an inconvenience though when you think about it. I’ve never gotten that error, and it doesn’t apply to comments or messages.

          • jcnba28
  • Tecpedz94

    That was such a stupid rule…

  • Braunschweiger

    The USK censors nothing. They only look at the software and rate it. If the software contains extremly gory violence without sense or antisemitic content the game doesn’t get a rating from USK. And without a rating you cannot advertise or sell the game in stores. So Publishers decide sometimes to present a “special” version for german gamers for example COD World at War. You can call it “selfcensoring”.

  • http://twitter.com/SeroReviews SeroReviews

    Censor? Oh, man, why are you writing those things lately… you used to write good stuff, really good stuff, and now all you do is those kind of “criticism” (which I don’t consider criticism)

  • Silent

    Dat Socialist Democratic country….

  • Petri

    They called me mad, they said it could not be done, but look who’s laughing now?
    But seriously, glad they managed to do this.

  • Baum

    Seriously. What’s with this shit about “censoring kinds” ?!?
    Is it so wrong that we care about what the children in Germany can play or watch and what not. We don’t need those 12 yearold little tucks that are flaming adult people in video games they shouldn’t even play. We take those age ratings like PEGI or in our cas the USK and FSK serious.

    I don’t like the attitude of some people in Europe, that are blaming us because their spoiled brats aren’t allowed to play Ninja Gaiden or Dead Space…

    • Petri

      This was affecting more adults than kids.
      Any sensible adult checks the instruction manuals if they really care about their kids, thus will learn about parental controls.

    • audi lover

      Dont like your attitude either

  • Johny

    like… about time… it was the only right thing to do.

  • val berger

    Well, THANK YOU Nintendo.

  • John Madsen

    Actually let me explain that see certain titles actually are really awesome in digital format no lag no bad loading times where games with dlc on disk lag have graphic issues and other tech problems

  • audi lover

    Fantstic finally, was only going mad on this site yesterdey because of this

  • jonen

    one of the reasons i buy digital is that where i live at least, its often cheaper and the developer earns more money that way. though i dislike the feeling of not “owning” the product

  • Lazara the Last

    I think it should be mentioned that Nintendo did not have a choice but to follow the rule. But since the parental control on the Wii U and the 3DS is so great, they Germans agreed that they didn’t need it.

  • InterTreble

    That was something which contributed to drive the concept “Nintendo is for children” into people’s mind. Good to know Nintendo is waking up! Go on… ;)

  • TheUnBiasedGamer

    I don’t know if my situation has been addressed yet, but I wanted to download the ZombiU demo to see if I’d like this mixed-response game or not. Because I’m 15, it wouldn’t let me view the info, in turn, not letting me download the demo. I had to make a sock account to download it.

  • Dominic Coradazzi

    And now all the Europeans can rejoice