Nintendo puts the power in parents' hands

Revolution will utilize password system to let parents decide which ratings are appropriate for their kids.

Ever since Nintendo insisted that Acclaim "sanitize" Mortal Kombat for the Super Nintendo, the company has had an image as a family-friendly gaming company, despite occasional evidence to the contrary (Conker's Bad Fur Day, the temporary GameCube exclusive Resident Evil 4, the blood-rich Super Nintendo Mortal Kombat II).

While the company's upcoming Revolution console is certain to change a few things at The Big N, don't expect that family-friendly tag to be one of them. Nintendo today announced that the Revolution will institute a play-control system not unlike that of modern V-Chip-equipped TVs.

The password-protected system will let parents set which rating categories are acceptable for their children, and prevent the system from running any software outside the approved range. The system is based on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's industry standard ratings, and each game's rating will be encoded on each Revolution disc. Nintendo says the system will be instituted on every Revolution console worldwide, presumably utilizing the local ratings system of each region.

"Even though many Nintendo games are rated E, E10+, or T, we believe this kind of feature should be included in the hardware. It's the right thing to do," said Nintendo of America executive vice president of sales and marketing Reggie Fils-Aime. "Game ratings are on the front and back of every game package, so families can easily make a decision about whether a game is right for them."

The Xbox and Xbox 360 already incorporate such controls for games and DVDs, and the PlayStation 2 lets parents control access to DVDs.

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Hi. Just wanted to post something here, 9 years later. Wii U sucks, PS4 rules. Have a great day.....or decade. : )

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Same mario brothers. I think it is stupid they are adding so much parental controls in next gen systems. I mean what happens if there is like one or two M games that you want to play and your parents let you? It is a pain in the butt to have to have them input a pass word every time you want to play the freaking game! And parents trust your freaking kids for once in a life time if they play the freaking game and dont walk away from the TV screen wide eyed the game isnt freaking effecting them! Im sorry but Parents need to freaking learn that what doctors say about violence in videogames can screw up your kid is for one a uncomplete study that does not have an answer yet and for 2 violent games are not going to effect every kid! Be smart parents if you dont want your kids to have a certain game just get off your lazy butts and check their inventory and special hiding spots to make sure they dont have it!

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Same mario brothers. I think it is stupid they are adding so much parental controls in next gen systems. I mean what happens if there is like one or two M games that you want to play and your parents let you? It is a pain in the butt to have to have them input a pass word every time you want to play the freaking game! And parents trust your freaking kids for once in a life time if they play the freaking game and dont walk away from the TV screen wide eyed the game isnt freaking effecting them! Im sorry but Parents need to freaking learn that what doctors say about violence in videogames can screw up your kid is for one a uncomplete study that does not have an answer yet and for 2 violent games are not going to effect every kid! Be smart parents if you dont want your kids to have a certain game just get off your lazy butts and check their inventory and special hiding spots to make sure they dont have it!

Tsimonian07
Tsimonian07

Anyone who thinks this is a bad idea is stupid, its a way for parents to look out for what their children are experiencing. and that 11 year old kid sounds really big trying to fool his way into the password thing...

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Nintendo still cares. Nothing new but nice to know.

Bluestorm-Kalas
Bluestorm-Kalas

wow...theres a hole 3 buttons on the rev controller, even a baby could figure out the password....jeeze people 3 butttons, maybe it will be text, but chances are its button oriented and copying something else *cough* 360! *cough*

Tenchi_774
Tenchi_774

lniktheking, i like the way you think.....HAHAHAHAHA!

adam92682
adam92682

I wonder how the information is saved and if it possible to bypass it somehow. not that it matters to me because im 23 wouldnt play a game on any console anyway

Phantom_2003
Phantom_2003

dwmorrow i agree totally with you. because if they release some sort of GTA for the gamecube (realistically it will never happen or it will be sanitized and mario will be in it and he will jump on gangster's heads or something stupid) and another columbine shooting happens. instead of people going "i played GTA and i killed ppl GTA made me do it omg" now the video game company can go "well if you weren't such a uncaring parent maybe this wouldn't have happened, we made it easy for you to stop it, but if you're going to let a 10 year old play GTA its not our fault, cause it's not designed for a 10 year old's mind"

genocide123
genocide123

Nintendo always thinking of ways to satisfy their audience, and yet they came up with a good one once again. Good job.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

The best thing about this is that it puts the onus on parents to police their own damn kids, instead of blaming the video game industry when little Bobby borrows a buddy's copy of GTA and gets caught banging hookers and shooting cops. Btw, "Mature" does not equal gore and sex. Nintendo's got plenty of "Mature" titles.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

It is decisions like these, that build my trust in Nintendo.

Pachilles
Pachilles

I sure wish the PS2 had parental controls in it. Maybe I could have stopped my 13yr old son from playing GTA (that he borrowed from his buddy).

ThePatinator
ThePatinator

Yeah, sounds good, but if your gonna fork out the money to get the games it'd kind of suck if they didn't work.

Mastercheat117
Mastercheat117

My mom dosent know or care about game systems. She cares about the game ratings and I cant play M rated games so it dosent matter to me.Nintendo is turning into a family game company (unlike the Xbox360) and i dont like it so i probably wont buy the system anyway.

Ohidjwae
Ohidjwae

That's funny, considering that the original Xbox has this feature as well. Microsoft only bothers promoting it now since M rated games are such a hot topic. It'd be even better if parents would do a bit of research before purchasing games for their children. Even so, it WOULD keep friends from bringing games over that the parents may not want their children playing, which I think makes it a worthwhile feature on ANY console.

coolcool23
coolcool23

Well, it IS a good idea, but i still say that nintendo is only aiming this console towards hardcore fans and children. The xbox 360 has parental contols too and they really hyped it up because the controls were "for the first time, INTEGRATED into the hardware!!! OMG, WTH!!" This should have been done long ago even though the hardcore gamer will never use it.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

This is good, since now more Mature-rated games can make it on the Nintendo Revolution and parents can keep these kinds of games out of the hands of their children if they do get a hold of one. This could have been useful for games like RE4, Prince of Persia 2, and other M-rated games on GC.

trancetomas
trancetomas

Nintendo is in deep, deep trouble with this Revoulution thing. They are worrying about all the wrong things. I'm sure the games will look and play great, but it won't matter because they are just pushing all the casual gamers away with their odd Japnaistic ways....

antonioistheman
antonioistheman

THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOO **** UP!!!!!!! Well the way round it is 2 set a password up b4 ur parents do and keep them uninformed dat dis password **** even exists. Trust me kids out there I'm 11 and I've had major experience fooling parents

ewjim
ewjim

If kids not brainwashed ;) they to can enter password - and in this nothing good, all work can be for NOTHING!

taddia
taddia

Well.That a good way to prevent children to play gory and violent game on they child's revo... What to say...Good,but nothing new at all...

Ztoky
Ztoky

ooohh yeee... I think this is SO cool ... Ehh hee :S

barn25
barn25

it's not going to make much of a difference because there will be parents who really dont give a s**t about what those kids do. Those kids are the ones who usaully mess it up for the rest by doing someting stupid.

linktheking
linktheking

I can think of a number of ways this could be used to my advantage I could set the password up myself so that others can't play any good games on my Revo! MWUAHAHAHAHAHA

JesseG13
JesseG13

THATS NOTHING NEW. THE XBOX HAD THAT TOO. I ALSO AGREE WITH Father_Time89 LOL. THE ONLY GAME I CAN THINK ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD THAT THAT IS GORY 4 NINTENDO GCB IS RESIDENT EVIL 4.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Its nice to see that some people care about this kind of stuff, now kids won't be able to sneak in hours of playing those M rated games, unless parents let their 7 year old kid play M rated games which is pretty sad.

gameloverx
gameloverx

very interesting good job nintendo but yet ESRB has to decide which games are suitable for the younger audience

Oilers99
Oilers99

Hmm. That's good, but it's unlikely that I will have had a child old enough to play the Revolution before the Revolution's life-cycle ends.

FormulaTroll
FormulaTroll

Anything that puts more power in the hands of parents sounds like a good idea to me. It shows the industry is serious about keeping mature content out of the hands of those it's inappropriate for and thereby is a slap in the face to those who claim the whole industry is all about marketing violence and sex to kids.

Starn
Starn

Nintendo is doing a great job of helping out overprotective parents. The kids are probably pissed at Nintendo though. Father_Time89 you have a good point but for those overprotective parents just to sit there and be laughed at is unlikely. They'll probably just take it away or something like that.

Father_Time89
Father_Time89

What's the point most gamercube games are kid-friendly and T games aren't that bad. Besides I know a way to get around the system its quite simple, all you have to do is set up a password before your parents do and don't tell them that password, that way you can play any game you like and your parents can't do anything about because they don't know the password (and obviuosly they'd need to know the password to change the password). Besides I highly doubt parents will actually buy games they don't intend for their kids to play.

markrada26
markrada26

A sound idea....does this mean I can actually play Grand Theft Mario?

noelmo
noelmo

I have never really considered game ratings before, but now that I have a little one I'll need to start thinking about this kind of thing.