Nintendo To Adopt International Rating System For eShop

by Donald Theriault - October 30, 2015, 9:19 am PDT
Total comments: 4

An obstacle to international indie game releases is about to fall.

Nintendo will be the first console manufacturer to adopt an international standard for game content rating that should allow independent developers to release games worldwide fast.

The IARC rating system will be added to the eShop submission progress and will provide a questionnaire for the developer to fill out. The resulting rating will assign ratings for the ESRB (North America), PEGI (Europe), USK (Germany) and Autralian Classification Board among others, with the boards free to make changes if necessary. Independent developers have already begun to use the service, as announced by RCMADIAX.

Curently, the IARC system is in place for the Google Play app store and the Firefox Marketplace, and other consoles are expected to come on board shortly. Japan's CERO ratings board is looking to join the service, but Nintendo's requirement of a Japanese publisher for local support would remain.

Talkback

MythtendoOctober 30, 2015

I still don't know why Nintendo requires a Japanese publisher for eShop games. But, this is very good news for indie developers and hopefully it encourages them to release more games on Wii U and 3DS since they will be saving a lot of money.

The JP publisher requirement is to ensure there's support available in Japanese, according to a couple of indie developers.

MythtendoOctober 30, 2015

I'm sure that's what Nintendo tells them, but I wonder how true that is? They don't require Korean publishers for eShop games in South Korea, Italian publishers for Italy, etc. Look at Europe, they don't require publisher of eShop games there to have support for every local language.

azekeOctober 30, 2015

Hopefully, this shortens the lag between releases on NA and PAL eShops.

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