European Wii U eShop limits 18+ content based on time of day

Listings for games like Assassin's Creed III and ZombiU restricted to late night

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If you're a European Wii U owner, you'll have to download those filthy PEGI-18 games in the dead of night. Nintendo of Europe prohibits access to 18-rated content on the eShop based on time of day, Eurogamer reports.

It applies to all European accounts, regardless of the age you put in when you sign up for a Nintendo Network ID. So eShop listings for games like Assassin's Creed III and ZombiU are restricted except from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., when European children enter a catatonic state and are physically incapable of looking at grown-up stuff.

"Dear customer," a Nintendo representative told an Italian NeoGAF user (trying to check out ZombiU in broad daylight, the scoundrel), "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 11pm - 3am time window."

Eurogamer independently verified the restriction, which appears even on consoles with no set parental controls. So, no need to worry if a gang of minors breaks into your house and tries to look at ZombiU on your Wii U. As long as they don't do it between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

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