IARC purchases from Nintendo eShop are now available to consumers in Japan
Nintendo will now allow Japanese consumers to purchase IARC-listed titles through the Nintendo eShop. However, this will only extend to digital downloads; physical versions will still need to obtain a CERO rating. [Thanks, Game Watch and Automaton!]
Developers looking to offer titles through Nintendo eShop will no longer be required to obtain a CERO rating for digital versions. However, there are still some stipulations to this. Developers planning to release adult rated games will still need to get a CERO rating, even for digital versions.
The International Age Rating Coalition (or IARC) is an initiative of members of the ESRB, PEGI and USK, to name a few, who have streamlined the process of acquiring content ratings. for games. Rating exams through IARC are free, which means it can help independent developers reduce some of their development costs for digital-only versions.
Since CERO is not part of IARC, developers should submit their product for review separately. Nintendo is not the only developer to allow IARC-listed titles to reach their digital storefronts. Microsoft is also part of this initiative. Games published digitally with IARC ratings through Microsoft Storefronts are available for purchase without the CERO rating.
In an Automaton Media article, the breakdown of this new initiative indicates that Nintendo had changed its policy regarding the publication of IARC-rated games on the Nintendo eShop in September.
At the end of September, Nintendo released a statement reminding users to charge their Nintendo Switch once every six months.