Nintendo lifts 18+ rated eShop game restrictions

Customers can now browse and buy content at any time of day

Nintendo has lifted restrictions on accessing and purchasing 18+ rated game content on the Wii U eShop.


The platform holder initially blocked access to content which is unsuitable for minors outside of a four hour, 11pm-3am time window, meaning it was impossible to buy adult-rated content during the day.

But in a message posted today on the Wii U eShop (via NeoGAF), Nintendo announced that the restrictions have been lifted. It said:

"Nintendo has lifted the access restrictions to content rated 18+. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day.

"Following analysis of the Parental Controls system on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in cooperation with USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body, it was deemed that Nintendo's Parental Control system is of very high quality and offers a remarkable level of protection for children. Nintendo's Parental Control system was found to have proved itself in practice.

"Nintendo always encourages parents to make use of Parental Controls to control access to content they deem inappropriate for their children."