Nintendo introduce 11pm watershed for Wii U

December 10th, 2012 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

250px Wii U console and controller Nintendo introduce 11pm watershed for Wii UHere’s a thing. If you’ve bought a Nintendo Wii U and live somewhere in Europe, then you may or may not have discovered that your new console has a watershed.

European Wii U consoles now restrict access to PEGI 18-rated games until after 11pm.

Basically, the Wii U online store won’t let you buy adult games unless you’re awake between 11pm and 3am. If you work nights, tough.¬†Of course, this watershed won’t stop you playing games whenever you feel like it, because that would be commercial suicide for Nintendo.

An email from Nintendo says: “Nintendo has always aimed to offer gameplay experiences suited to all age groups, observing carefully all the relevant regulations regarding content access that are present in the various European countries.”

Other console developers have not said they’ll be joining in with this and, to be honest, it seems incredibly unlikely that they will want to.

Comments (3) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Ian December 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Because a simple credit check couldn’t possibly confirm a user’s actual date of birth, no?

  2. Posted by Zleet December 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Why not just add an age restriction pin code like Sky tv?

  3. Posted by DragonChris December 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm


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