Nintendo To Publish Australia’s First Ever R 18+ Videogame

By Ishaan . January 10, 2013 . 6:00pm

The Australian Government Classification Board has finally created a new adult category for games that went into effect on January 1st—the R 18+ rating, which will allow retailers to sell violent and controversial videogames for the first time in the territory.


The R 18+ rating is the equivalent of the ESRB’s “M” rating and the PEGI’s 18+ rating. Under territory laws, it is illegal to sell R 18+ games to individuals below 18 years of age.


Ironically, the very first game released under the R 18+ rating in Australia will be published by Nintendo.


Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for the Wii U is slated for release in Australia in the near future, and report that the game has been given the R 18+ rating due to “violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects”.


The original Ninja Gaiden 3, which featured a lack of series staple features such as dismemberment, was released in Australia under the MA15+ rating on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


“An application to classify Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge was received by the Classification Board on 3 January 2013 from Nintendo Australia Pty Ltd and the decision was finalised today (11 January),” the Classification Board’s statement reads.


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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Irony and Nintendo together? I think they plan to continue this trend for the rest of this generation lol
    Now Nintendo, HD Berserk game! One can only wish…

    • Göran Isacson

      Oh yes. One can certainly wish… as unlikely as it is the wish will be granted ;_;

  • vadde939

    Heh. We finally get R18 and a Nintendo published game will be the first. Such delicious irony. Will be strange (in a good way) to start seeing that R18 label in games shops here after the years of BS from politicians and christian groups trying to block the introduction of this rating.

  • Visa Vang

    R18 makes me think of the night side of the internet.

  • brian

    At first I thought it would be Zangeki no Reginleiv, but nah that’d be too great.

  • fireemblembeast

    Shit happens XD

  • I don’t understand, so was NG2 never released in Australia or was it simply OK to sell to kids back then?

    • R18+ rating did not exist until this year in Australia.

    • shuratan

      Games were often censored or simply not released if they were considered too mature as the R 18+ did not exist back then.

    • popyea

      They’d just slap an MA15+ rating on it because that was the highest rating. But that didn’t really make it available for kids to buy, as you have to be over 18 to purchase to MA rated games, though it’s not widely enforced.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    There is never bigger irony than this lol.^_^

  • npcomplete

    Australia’s R18+ is actually NOT equivalent to ESRB-M. Neither is PEGI-18. For this simple difference: “Under territory laws, it is illegal to sell R 18+ games to individuals below 18 years of age”

    That does not apply at all to ESRB-M, whose recommended age is 17. But that is only a recommendation and carries no legal force. See the supreme court case

    This is also obvious from the fact that anyone can buy games, anywhere, without legally being restricted by age. Some physical retailers might, but that is voluntary, while others do not, nor do Amazon and other online retailers, since they are not legally required to

    • They aren’t equivalent by law, but they are equivalent in their intent. One could argue that R 18+ is the technical equivalent of “AO” but that would be inaccurate, too, as R 18+ doesn’t have the same stigma attached to it that AO games do in the U.S.

      • Geoff Kelly

        Certainly it does not yet have such a stigma, but then again it hasn’t even been released yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of stores refuse to stock R18+ games instore because of the hassle they could potentially be, making it the same as AO.

  • ragingmerifes

    Violence is good for kids, but love is not. SHAME ON YOU, EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
    Now I want to play an eroge. Rub rub.

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