Dead or Alive Dimensions won’t release in Sweden due to child pornography laws

Swedish Dead or Alive fans looking forward to seeing Kasumi and the gang in the third dimension may be out of luck. Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS will not be releasing in Sweden, Norway, or Denmark. The decision to not distribute the upcoming handheld fighter comes from Nintendo Europe and distributor Bergsala.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Nintendo Europe and Bergsala cited “various reasons” for the cancellation, but did not go into any specifics. It’s likely that the decision to cancel the release of the extra bouncy 3D title has to do with Sweden’s strict pornography laws, which prohibits the depiction of anyone under the age of 18 - even if they aren’t real - in a pornographic situation.

The minors in question: Kasumi, Koroke, and Ayane, world class fighters who are under the age of 18. The pornographic situation: a feature called, Figure Mode, which lets players snap photos of the not-quite-legal bounciness from all angles.

Above: A rather conservative “reveal” trailer for Dead or Alive Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS

Further funniness may be found in Nintendo Europe’s sincere apology to those who may be negatively affected by the lack of access to Dead or Alive: Dimensions. “We are sorry for how this impacts the Swedish fans of Dead or Alive,” said Nintendo. We’re sure that somehow, someway, Swedish fans of Dead or Alive will survive if they just take it one day at a time.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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  • JetpackJesus - May 25, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    They could just list their ages as N/A like they did for most other countries. Or of course, they could just list their ages as 18, because they actually DO look 18. I've never seen 16 year olds with jugs that big. Its also worth noting that Lei Fang looks like the youngest female in the game despite being 19, so.....yeah.
  • Clovin64 - May 25, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    16? Too young for me personally.
  • LittleSamson - May 25, 2011 2:05 p.m.

    As a swede all I can say is haha thats pretty funny...
  • mattdark - May 25, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    Pretty odd, considering the Age of Consent in Sweden is 15, so all the DOA girls would be legal there. And, have to say that MyCoolWhiteLies does have a point. Ingoring the volleyball spin-offs, there have been 4 tournaments, it does seem pretty wierd to have none of the characters age when all the stories follow one another. Problem is that they dont say how long is spent between each tournament, so there is nothing to say that all these tournaments apparently took place in a year. (Even though that means DOATEC has some incredibly good scientists at work AND have way to much spare money to spend)
  • DeltaForce - May 25, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    Easily the funniest thing I've heard today. Best news evar.
  • quincytheodore - May 25, 2011 5:22 a.m.

    Every fighting games has fanservice. It's inevitable. What would have happened to the world if there was no Chun Li? Do you want to live in a world where there's no fanservice? Sick people...
  • NG14916 - May 25, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    @jmj542: If you're old enough to be disgusted, I'm pretty amused. The age difference between you and an 18 year old is insignificantly different from the age difference between you and a 16 year old. That limit is so arbitrary. It would make more sense for you to be disgusted by the idea of ogling a woman under 24.
  • Spybreak8 - May 25, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    hAHA Sweden doesn't agree with Japan it seems because that's probably like common notion over in Japan.
  • BurntToShreds - May 25, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I hate the Dead or Alive series for its focus on fanservice. I am also starting to like Soul Calibur less and less for the same reason.
  • D0CCON - May 25, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    At least they aren't missing out on anything.
  • JamesT - May 25, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    We must protect the non-existant and inexplicably physically mature looking children.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - May 24, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    If I recall correctly, both Ayane and Kasumi were listed as being 16 years old when the first game came out in Japan. In America, they were listed as "Age Unknown". It's all pretty dirty, and just weird at this point since I'm pretty sure some time should have passed between the first game and this game. I guess Japan likes their underage characters perpetually underage.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - May 24, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Hold on a second - The makers of the game are apparantly changing the character's age from "17" to "N/A" in order to release the game in Sweden without messing up the canon.
  • jmj542 - May 24, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    Wait, Kasumi is under 18? Well I feel kind of disgusted.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - May 24, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Couldn't they, you know... just raise their ages? It's a little silly to believe that those full figured ladies are supposed to be so young in the first place.
  • geneticallyalteredsupergiraffeejaculatinggrenades - May 24, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Couldn't they just change seom lines of text to say that they're 18? Also I wish it didn't come out here.
  • mackshizzle - May 24, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Why must this god forsaken lump of a 3DS be region locked with no internet and the off chance that some random guy deems me unworthy and bricks it?
  • joedix88 - May 24, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Lucky them :P

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