Now this is a bit of a strange one. If you want to buy an 18+ rated game for your Wii U digitally through Nintendo's online eShop, you'll have to do so between 11pm and 3am. If you're in Europe that is, Engadget reports.
You can't even watch trailers for the more mature games outside of these hours. How odd.
Assassin's Creed 3 and ZombiU are two of the titles affected. Nintendo isn't known for its adult-oriented games, so this is going to hurt its third-party partners. What's more strange is that there are already measures in place to keep the kiddywinks on the straight and narrow. The Nintendo Wii U has parental controls along with user accounts, and you can restrict who can use the eShop if you like.
I think it's a case of Nintendo being over cautious. It knows it can't ignore the Internet, but making games available online means anyone can play them, regardless of age. It doesn't want to be responsible for anyone seeing anything they shouldn't, as that would harm its family-friendly image. So it's locked down access where it can. That's my take, anyway.
Annoying though. I don't want to have to stay up until 11pm to download a zombie shooter.
But there's some good news for Wii U fans. The Nintendo Network Premium has launched (known as the Digital Deluxe Promotion in the US) which offers 10 percent discounts off digital purchases over the next two years if you own the Premium Wii U. You'll have to register to qualify for the discounts, which come in the form of Nintendo Points, to be redeemed at the eShop.