Nintendo has updated its eShop rules for adult content, the publisher says

Nintendo has been quietly tightening its policies regarding the release of adult games on the Switch, a publisher has said.

In a recent Twitter thread (thanks, Nintendo Everything), adult game publisher Gamuzumi told fans it had heard back from Nintendo after facing an unexpected delay in the launch of its latest title, Hot Tentacles Shooter.

According to Gamuzumi, who describes himself as a “boutique publisher focused on publishing mod or ‘ecchi’ [softcore hentai] titles”, Nintendo has now decided that games with topless anime women are no longer allowed.

That decision, Gamuzumi said, has also blocked the launch of another of its games: Elves Christmas Hentai Puzzle.

“We received a response from Nintendo and now we have confirmation that they do not allow uncensored breasts on their consoles now,” Gamuzumi wrote. “Basically, obscene content can harm the brand and violate its policies.”

In a follow-up tweet, Gamuzumi said it would now censor its games and try to resubmit them to Nintendo for release on the Switch.

“We will try to resubmit the games without nudity for approval and see what they say and update the thread if necessary. It’s a shame that all consoles now have restrictions on nudity content, this will probably not only affect our games, but also games from other publishers/developers, at least we can still release the games censored.”

Nintendo has, perhaps surprisingly, previously allowed the release of several games with adult content or risky themes.

The Nintendo Switch game Hentai Uni, which has a PEGI 16 rating for nudity and sexual innuendo, reportedly features topless anime characters. Its release in April this year raised eyebrows when it was accompanied by the tagline that it was “a puzzle game that can be played with one hand”.

Another Nintendo Switch game – Fantasy Tavern Sextet – meanwhile is rated PEGI 12 for sexual innuendo. Its description, released in 2020, promises: “You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! Set against the backdrop of a fantasy world tavern, this slightly cheeky, slapstick love-harem drama is about to begin!”

Eurogamer has reached out to Nintendo for comment on their policies, but has yet to hear back.

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