Nintendo have always tried their hardest to serve families and really live up to providing excellent parental controls for families, however their newest measure might be a little bit over the top.
It appears that in Europe, Nintendo have taken some extra precautions to protect children – and it’s a step that affects everyone, not just underage accounts.
Visiting the eShop on the Wii U before 11PM means that PEGI 18 content, namely ZombiU, is restricted and can’t be viewed or purchased.
The news comes from a NeoGAF user in Italy who contacted Nintendo due to discovering the issue and wondering if it was a problem with his account. Nintendo’s reply offered quite the explanation:
“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,” read the email.
“We have thus decided to restrict the access to content which is unsuitable to minors (PEGI) to the 11 P.M. – 3 A.M. time window”
Another email went on to say that “it is an additional precaution to make sure that minors cannot access content which is inappropriate for their age.”
Obviously this is rather annoying for those users who are old enough to purchase such content, and for those who don’t have children. It also seems a little strange that Nintendo had to implment such a measure alongside their already impressive parental controls, and that it seems to only be restricted to Europe.