Australia’s first R18+ game classified – and it’s a Wii U game

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

By on January 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

The future is now — Australia is finally set to receive its first R18+ rating, and the upcoming Wii U title Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is set to be the first one to receive the sticker.

The game has already been released and classified as MA15+ in Australia, but this re-release includes additional content and fixes specifically for the Wii U as well as incorporating DLC released for other platforms.

A media release (PDF) from the Classification Board claims that “Under the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games, R 18+ computer games will have a high impact and it is for this reason that these games are not suitable for under 18s.”

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.”

10 comments (Leave your own)

Still going to buy this even though I don’t have a Wii U. I’m gonna keep it sealed though.

 

So without the R18 this game probably would still have been let through anyway, right?

 

I’m tempted to buy it when I get a job, JUST to frame it in glass, with a small plaque down below it saying “First R 18+ Game Released in Australia”

 

just what we all feared, moving easily rated ma15 games up to r rated.

 
Bugalugs McScruffin

snootle:
So without the R18 this game probably would still have been let through anyway, right?

Yeah, this game would have received an MA15+ rating if there was no R18+ rating.

trex0321:
just what we all feared, moving easily rated ma15 games up to r rated.

I’m not sure about you trex0321, but this is exactly what I wanted, getting games that shouldn’t be MA15+ out of that category. There is no way that Ninja Gaiden 3 should ever have been there in the first place. The first one, yeah, maybe even the second, but the third, really?

 
Bugalugs McScruffin

trex0321:
just what we all feared, moving easily rated ma15 games up to r rated.

Sorry, about the double post, but I don’t got no edit button.

I am most interested to see what will happen with Modern Warfare 4, and whether it will end up MA or R.

 

palzer0,

yep same

 

trex0321:
just what we all feared, moving easily rated ma15 games up to r rated.

Well the article made the point that with the change in classification, they’ll release new content with the game, I’m assuming stuff that would have been problematic with an MA15+ rating.

 

It will be MA15 games rebadged as R18 for a bit but then they’ll sloooowly start feeding more gore in… they have to do it slowly or the “save the children” retards start braying

 

Won’t be impressive until we see a previously banned or censored game become available in Australia as an R18+ rating

 
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