Australia classifies its first R18+ game

Citing consumer advice of ‘High impact bloody violence’, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge comes to Nintendo's console with full limb dismemberment along with pockets of new content. “Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects,” said Classification Board director Leslie O'Brien.

Prior to January 1, Australia had no such rating for videogames, a system that saw titles such as Syndicate (opens in new tab) and Mortal Kombat (opens in new tab) refused classification and rendered illegal for display or sale in Australia. Ron Curry, CEO of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, says that the introduction of an R18+ rating for videogames is long overdue.

“The classification guidelines for video games are now more closely aligned with the guidelines for film and TV which makes it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the interactive content they choose to buy and play,” Curry said. “It’s great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category.”

An Australian release date for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge is still TBA.