It appears that Nintendo of Europe has decided to step in and act as the proxy overbearing parent for its European user base. A user on the Neogaf forum recently discovered, to his indignant chagrin, that when he tried to access 18-rated content at certain times of day, he would seem to encounter a message prompt stating “You cannot view this content. The times during which this content can be viewed have been restricted.” Perturbed and confused by this bizarre limitation of access, the user contacted his resident Nintendo of Italy for clarification. He received a response, whose translation apparently reads:
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.
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.
And another response, whose translation apparently reads:
Dear customer, we would like to inform you that it is an additional precaution to make sure that minors cannot access content which is inappropriate for their age.
Some other users reported that this timed restriction of access to adult content is actually stipulated by German law, and Nintendo of Europe has its headquarters situated in Großostheim, Germany. It is unclear why the dictates of German law would affect users from other European countries though. Also, it would seem that the restriction only applies to user accounts whose parental controls have not been instigated.
Considering the other heavy-handed, and arguably ineffective, parental controls which Nintendo has leveled at bewildered Wii U users, like the arbitrary $0.50 charge to register a minor account we reported on earlier, it would seem that Nintendo have once again taken it upon themselves to supersede the duties of parental responsibility which belong to the parents of children playing the Wii U. It appears likely that, seeing as this odd revocation of access will uniformly hinder child and adult users alike, there may be some vocal backlash from the European Wii U userbase.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com