At the time of launch for Nintendo’s European eShop, the ability to buy titles rated 18+ were restricted until between 11pm and 3am. Nintendo cited the restriction was because of restrictions in Germany, where the servers are based. These restrictions have now been removed.
“Nintendo has lifted the access restrictions content rated 18+. Adults can now browse and buy all games at any time of the day.” Read Nintendo’s statement on the matter, in part. “Following analysis of the Parental Controls system on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in cooperation with USK, the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body, it was deemed that Nintendo’s Parental Control system is of very high quality and offers a remarkable level of protection for children. Nintendo’s Parental Control system was found to have proved itself in practice…Nintendo always encourages parents to make use of Parental Controls to control access to content they deem inappropriate for their children.”
Report filed by Thomas Coutts