Nintendo has worked hard to build a very family-friendly reputation; its first console was named the Famicom, short for Family Computer, and there are remarkably fewer Mature-rated titles on Nintendo platforms compared to Microsoft or Sony’s game systems.
This is why it is so surprising that Dead or Alive: Dimensions, a recent title for the Nintendo 3DS, features 16-year-old girls with bouncing double-D cup breasts who wear tight, revealing clothing. The game even has a mode that allows the player to view the female characters in various provocative poses while he moves and rotates and zooms the camera to focus on whichever body parts he desires to.
This kind of raunchy material is virtually unheard of on a Nintendo platform, which is probably why the Dead or Alive series – famous for practically inventing bouncing breasts – has been absent on Nintendo consoles for so many years. Nintendo may have been wise to avoid including this kind of material on their platforms, because DOA:D has caused controversy in at least four countries because of its content.
Dead or Alive: Dimensions has three female characters under the age of 18; Kasumi is 17, Ayane is 16, and Kokoro is 17. These characters’ ages have traditionally been listed as “N/A” or “Unknown” to skirt laws that forbid minors from being presented in a sexual manner.
Swedish laws prohibit an underage person (real or fictitious) from being depicted in any way deemed to be a “pornographic situation”. This vague definition allows for many interpretations, but it’s not difficult to see how revealing outfits and provocative poses approach the realm of sexual gratuity.
The content of the game was reported to Swedish police, who did not take any action against the game. However, Nintendo feared a controversy, and quickly cancelled the game’s Nordic releases – meaning Sweden, Denmark, and also Norway won’t be able to see Kasumi’s bouncing double-D breasts appearing on the 3DS.
It is not unreasonable to think that Nintendo is over-reacting by cancelling the release of DOA:D for an entire region on the bases of a single complaint to police, and and offered the following extremely unhelpful statement when questioned by the media:
“Nintendo of Europe have decided not to release the game in Sweden, for various reasons. However, they do not want to list any details regarding their decision.”
Several days ago, Australia joined the list of countries that scorn Dead or Alive: Dimensions. The game was released without a hitch, but several days after its Australian launch, when the country’s game censorship board was informed that the game allows players to peer up the skirts of the female characters in the figure mode, the board revoked it’s previous classification of the game (PG), effectively banning it from being sold.
“Information provided to the board last week suggested that the game contained content not drawn to the board’s attention in the original classification application.
Dead Or Alive Dimensions is now unclassified and cannot be sold in Australia unless it is resubmitted for classification.”
A remarkable number of Japanese games feature minors that become involved in sexual situations, but are not outright pornography; if every game that involved an underage character in a raunchy situation was to be banned from sale, then a surprising amount of Japanese games would never see the light of day outside the land of the rising sun.
To the left of this article, readers may view a video of the kind of deplorable content that caused DOA:D to be banned in four countries.
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