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Nintendo Adds Adults-Only N64 App For Switch In Japan

The new 18+ Switch Online app will house GoldenEye 007 and Jet Force Gemini for now

Nov 23 (kotaku.com) - When you think of Nintendo, you tend to think of family-friendly gaming. You think of Link and Mario and sunshine and smiley stars. The word “adult” doesn’t likely come up when you ponder games on Switch, but that’s seemingly about to change.

The company is adding a new 18+ app to its subscription service, Nintendo Switch Online, although only in Japan.

According to an official video released by Nintendo Japan (via VGC) the company is launching an adults-only NSO app to release Nintendo 64 games. Not every game, mind you, just two specific ones for now: the 1997 spy-shooter GoldenEye 007 and the 1999 space-shooter Jet Force Gemini, the latter announced for international NSO release on November 21. Random, I know, but there’s a reason for Nintendo making this decision. While the two games are rated “T” here in the U.S., over in Japan, the shooters carry a “Z” rating. The Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO), the Japanese government’s rating board, classifies “Z” as being for “18-year-olds and above only,” and bans Z-rated games from being sold to anyone younger. ...continue reading

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