European eShop Timed Age Restriction – Here Is Why

A few days ago, we posted a story about only being able to buy games that are suitable for 18 year olds, from the European eShop between 11PM and 3AM , now there wasn’t any plausible reasoning for this, as it is not present in the US eShop, but today, Nintendo gave this explanation to Eurogamer:


“At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of all ages and ensure that we comply with applicable legal age restriction requirements across Europe,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer.

“Legal age restriction requirements vary across a number of European countries. Since Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, Nintendo eShop is complying with German youth protection regulation which therefore applies to all our European markets. Under German law, content rated 18+ must be made available only at night.

“Therefore the accessibility of 18+ content in Nintendo eShop is limited to [USK: 22:00 UTC until 4:00 UTC] [PEGI: 23:00 UTC until 3:00 UTC].”