Nintendo adding mature warning to Wii U karaoke app

Warning about potentially unsuitable lyrics will now be placed on game's eShop page.

Nintendo will add content warnings for Wii Karaoke U after reports surfaced last week that the game does not censor mature lyrics, a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer today.

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Wii Karaoke U lets users sing along to the unedited versions of songs using their Mii avatar. The app features songs from a variety of genres, from pop to metal.

The game currently features a notice that informs users that songs not rated by ratings groups, but Nintendo told Eurogamer that it will go a step further. A new mature content warning will inform users before they download Wii Karaoke U that the game features potentially unsuitable content.

"It is however very important to us that all users of Wii Karaoke U by Joysound understand that some lyrics contained within songs may not be suitable for all audiences and as such we will immediately be implementing an additional message within the Nintendo eShop (prior to downloading the application and ticket purchase) as well as on the Wii Karaoke U by Joysound website pages," A Nintendo representative said. "

"In the near future this message will also be incorporated within the notification that is displayed as the Wii Karaoke U by Joysound application is launched."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

87 comments
meatz666
meatz666

And Wii U slap you in the wrist if you curse while playing.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Nintendon't is boring, end of discussion.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

All  Nintendo wants to do is control you.  They're as bad as Disney now, paranoid that anything not for kids will hurt their "brand image."

Grow up, Nintendo.

RichardLG
RichardLG

remember when games reminded us that winners don't use drugs?

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

Another useless article from Eddie  but trolls side with it because it's about Nintendo. 

You got to love gaming journalism, over 30 years of existent and they're still 30 years behind.  

superbuuman
superbuuman

Don't see the fuss, it just a warning, like on TV before they air the show. :P

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

Oh no!, not "potentially unsuitable lyrics", whatever will we do? Come on people, hide your children because Nintendope is gettin' naughty.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Oh boy Nintendo's gone wild!

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

Trying to guess the blurred phrase:

I dream on her once

I dream on her twice

I ate that meal

like shrimp fried rice

Don't be amazed

at the histories I tell ya

 With or without "mature" content the Wii U it's so childish , lol.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

this is a big step for nintendo. they should be congratulated on this controversial decision. 

fester420
fester420

When does this come out in the US?

Dumper1
Dumper1

The average WIIU gamer is about 10 so it's understandable. ;)

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

Why is the release date for Karaoke U December 2097?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

this app could be pretty cool when having friends and family over...but that release date scares me

Cryoteck
Cryoteck

They couldn't have picked a better song to go with this article lol

catsimboy
catsimboy

Wow after what they did to Swapnote I'm surprised they didn't nuke the karaoke app from orbit. So how come this app gets a warning message but Swapnote is brought out behind the shed and shot?

endorbr
endorbr

Isn't this basically what parental controls are for? 

tomservo51
tomservo51

It would be funny to see your Mii singing those lyrics tho.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Actually, this sounds like a pretty smart concept.  A lot of people will pay good money for a decent karaoke machine, but if they can get a Wii-U with a karaoke game, then the system would have much more value for entertainment.

I'm not sure if the explicit lyrics are a good or bad thing for this game.  This being Nintendo, they should have some feature that only allows songs without mature subject matter to be played by youngsters.  But I actually don't see this game as being aimed at families, as much as I do see it being a 'party' game.

geezerdaman
geezerdaman

While this is pretty minor it just adds to the pile of crap that Nintendo has become.

wookiegr
wookiegr

There goes Nintendos master plan to dominate the non existent world of family friendly gaming. Families that game together, fuck shit up together biotches.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

I found this funny 

Wii Karaoke U

  • US Release Date:December 2097

tarheels129
tarheels129

the song is called crazy rap by afro man just to let y'all know.

meatz666
meatz666

@Thanatos2k You know that maybe, just maybe, there are products that aren't made specifically for you

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@fester420 December 2097, it says right there on the description

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

@Dumper1 That's the age of the people that troll Nintendo online, dumbass. How much of a fucking moron are you? 

toshineon
toshineon

@jumpyluweegee3 What? I thought their decision to not censor songs, but warn about mature content instead was a good one. Would you rather have seen the songs censored Guitar Hero-style?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@jumpyluweegee3 I love how people say that yet have most likely never seen a kid play Nintendo. Stupid Logic.  So MS and Sony make kid consoles as well since more kids are on it right?

ivanchiz
ivanchiz

@geezerdaman By protecting their brand? You are quite the idiot. You clearly don't understand how the business world works.

padako
padako

@freedom01 ya i'm not sure why he even included a link to the page ... there's literally no useful information there. not even screenshots.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@tarheels129 Afro Man....sounds like a new name for a DC/Marvel hero

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@meatz666 @Thanatos2k It's KARAOKE.  Karaoke is made for everyone, not those under the age of 12.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@freedom01 ROFL! I didn't even see that until you said something. GS needs to get their shit together. lol 

toshineon
toshineon

@the_repo_man6754 @Dumper1 Dude, why are you so aggressive? I've seen you hate on several people here, it's quite hilarious, actually.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@padako @freedom01 Actually a lot of games have their release date set as December 2097.  Someone made a feedback thread about it.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@padako @freedom01 they could have used images from the Japanese versions such as the navigation shots, but nothing. Even the release date is....well I'll be dead at that release date, or still alive but barely

tarheels129
tarheels129

IV seen it called both type in either one on YouTube same song pops up sobiv always stuck to crazy rap.Because I got high is better than this song imo

@xXxKTTxXx @tarheels129