Nintendo blames Germany for European restrictions on digital content
The Nintendo Wii U eShop in Europe has some strange restrictions that some owners of the console may have noticed. Certain types of content deemed to be for mature audiences can only be purchased during very specific hours all across Europe. Nintendo has stepped forward and blamed this limitation on German walls that it is subject to.
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Since Nintendo Europe is based in Germany, the regulations are applied to all of Europe. Nintendo is having to comply with German laws that limit the time content rated for 18 years and up can be purchased to between the hours of 11 PM and 3 AM. Short of moving Nintendo European operations to a different country, gamers wanting to purchase mature rated games whenever they want are out of luck.
“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets. Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night," said Nintendo spokesperson.