Wii U owners who are interested in purchasing the latest 18+ games available from Nintendo’s European eShop can only download these titles at night, according to Kotaku.
In keeping with the popular belief that the freaks only come out at night, the company is preventing children and adults alike from acquiring any mature games during daylight hours.
When one Wii U owner attempted to access the Italian store while the sun was still high in the sky, he received a peculiar error message. Looking to get to the bottom of the matter, he submitted an inquiry to the folks at Nintendo.
This is what the company had to say:
“Dear customer, we would like to let you know that 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. We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11 pm – 3 am time window.”
In order to see if there was any weight to the allegations, the folks at Eurogamer attempted to download a Mature-rated game from the Wii U European eShop. As it turns out, you really can’t access this sort of content during the day.
“You cannot view this content,” a message read when the website attempted to access Assassin’s Creed 3 and ZombiU material. “The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.”
Even if you don’t have parental controls activated, you will still receive this message if you try to purchase 18+ games before evening hours.
Needless to say, some gamers have responded to the news with a fair amount of snark on Twitter. To be fair, the policy does seem a little odd.
“The European Wii U eShop apparently blocks you from seeing mature-rated games during the daytime,” one user tweeted. “How cute, Nintendo.”
Do you agree with the Nintendo policy that prevents people from downloading Mature-rated games during the day?