German revealed, Australia banned: strip poker, in my WiiWare?


Apparently last month’s update to the German USK ratings service revealed that Gameloft’s “Sexy Poker,” a strip poker video game, is in development for WiiWare, and Australia isn’t happy.

After blocking recent mature rated titles such as Fallout 3 and F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, it’s no surprise to hear that a strip-poker title has been barred from release down under.

Gamespot Reports:

“In the Board’s view Sexy Poker offers depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward to interactive game play. In the Board’s view, the general rule in the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games prohibiting depictions of nudity as an incentive or reward, applies to the game play described above, as the player is shown increasingly detailed amounts of nudity following successful game-play,” the statement said.

The board went on to explain that there was no R18+ rating for video games, and as such it is impossible to release in adult rated game at this time.

By now, strict Australian censorship should be no surprise – but the fact that such a game is even rumored for the Nintendo Wii, is!  To my knowledge, no adult rated game has ever been given Nintendo’s approval, although rare unlicensed adult NES games have flown under the radar.

Although it’s unlikely this title will see the light of day in any region, the fact that it appeared on the German ratings service is somewhat notable, and opens speculation: if Nintendo were to allow an adult-themed title on it’s WiiWare service, how would age verification work considering the current age verification free Wii-Points purchase system?

[via Gamespot]

What do you think? Will this title ever see release, or does Nintendo have too much to lose by offering and Adult title? Do you even WANT this kind of content on your Wii? Let us know, leave a comment!