German laws restricting mature games sales on the Wii U eStore across Europe
Nintendo has blamed the Germans for the heavy restrictions placed on buying 18-rated mature titles for the Wii U on the eStore.
As Nintendo of Europe are based in Germany, they are subject to German law surrounding games sales and as a result have had to restrict the sale of 18-rated games on the eStore to a four hour window between 11pm and 3am across Europe.
A Nintendo spokesperson explained, "At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe."
"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," they added.
Hopefully Nintendo will be able to sort this out so that those in more lenient countries do not have to fall subject to Germany's overly strict laws regarding games with mature content.