Rated M games in Japan

By Spencer . May 30, 2006 . 2:19pm


CERO recently announced that they changed their rating system, which ended up looking similar to the ESRB’s scale. Now there are two distinct ratings for “M” type games. A game gets a “D” rating if it’s made for gamers 17 years old and the “Z” rating is for game is for adults only (18+). Currently only a few games landed the infamous Z rating and they are:



Max Payne


Grand Theft Auto Double Pack

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Grand Theft Auto III

The Getaway

The Getaway: Black Monday


Simple 2000 Vol. 61: The Oneechanbara

Simple 2000 Vol. 80: The Oneechanpuru


Quick side note: The Oneechanbara games are the bloody hack and slash games where you play as a bikini clad female samurai. Here’s a link to a video of the first game.


Also interesting to note are some of the games that got a labeled with a D rank. Previously most of these titles had a CERO 18 label, so it is like they’ve been downgraded from AO to M. Here are some of the games on the list:


Ninja Gaiden

Dead or Alive 4


Metal Gear Solid 3

Outlaw Volleyball

Resident Evil 4 (and most of the RE series)

The Matrix: Path of Neo

God of War

Dead to Rights

Rumble Roses

Shoubushi Densetsu Tetsuya Digest Volume 3 (a gambling game)

Sukinamono wa Suki Dakara Shouganai!! First Limit | Target Nights (and the rest of the series)


Quick note about Sukinamono wa Suki Dakara Shouganai: This game series is based off the manga where a boy falls out of a four story window and ends up falling in love with his male dorm mates. The game is like a standard dating game except that it includes cross dressing and that it’s part of the “boy’s love” genre.

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  • That list seems pretty random. No way is Driver3 any worse than God of War. Maybe just because it’s open ended?

  • I have to agree with Kurt. Some of these ratings are incomprehensible. Why was Fable rated 18 previously? And as Kurt said, why is God of War not on the Z list but The Getaway is.

  • To be honest I’m as surprised as you guys about the list. Previously all these games were CERO 18, but when they had a rating change only a few games kept the 18+ rating. One possiblity is that Driv3r and the Getaway have people shoot at people while God of War and Resident Evil 4 could be classified as “fantasy violence”.

  • Yuki~Summer Ver.~

    I swear, when’s The Oneechanbara coming to the US? No seriously, I’d like to play it. It looks kind of cool in a horrible horrible way. Please, please tell me that is what is inside that swag bag. I’m completely serious.

  • Jedibound


  • ACB

    berserk isnt that bad 17+ yea but AO no way

  • FRX

    I felt the original CERO rating system was just fine, but now all they’ve done is move the age descriptors down to the bottom of the rating, and the ratings seem more vague.

  • I agree with ya FRX – CERO was fine previously and this seems a negative change

  • Daizyujin

    Honestly I really think that the ESRB rating system has some problems so I find it odd that CERO is adopting the standards of a system that, at least to me, is inferior. Oh well I guess I will just never understand it. Also isn’t it kinda interesting how many of the games rated Z are western developed titles?

  • Everardeux

    Swag Bag—-Rated IW for “I Want”

  • cantu

    i think GTA just plains sucks
    they could of done better of they stuck to game that didnt elvolve drugs and whore dont get me wrong the game was fun for about 20 min then it was just a repedediv killing and stealing Etc.

  • Nyoro~n

    Psh. GTA isn’t bad enough to warrant a Z rating. Come on, Japan.

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