‘Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge’ R18+ Rating Due to HIGH DEFINITION Graphics
Earlier, Editor and resident Batman of Australia Nathan Manning revealed that the first game to be classified with a R18+ in the Land Down Under was none other than Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge for the Wii U. In the announcement, Nathan quoted from Director of the Australian Classification Board Lesley O’Brien that the game made the brand new benchmark due to its “violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects”.
Okay, fine. That’s reasonable and understandable.
But what of the actual quote?
According to Nathan in a conversation we had over some wine and cheese, the actual quote pans out like this:
“violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, HIGH DEFINITION graphics, and emphasis on blood effects”
“In order to lower the Australian rating for Ninja Gaiden 3, we have decided to use other adjectives such as BODACIOUS and EYE PORN when describing the fidelity of our image resolution.” said Hayashi to a crowd of sleepy dogs wearing clown suits, “We thought that just lowering the ‘HIGH DEFINITION’ to a moderate ‘high definition’ would suffice, but given the fact that Australian politics require me to send all of my requests into their magic wishing bucket, I thought it would speed up the process if we made more radical changes to the graphics.”
Hayashi also made a statement that in order to make the game less violent, he’s making sure to describe the red fluid coming from dismembered enemies’ limbs as Mountain Dew Code Red, as part of a sponsorship deal with Pepsi Corp. Hayashi then went on to speak of the thirst quenching power of Mountain Dew Code Red and ended the spiel with “only one who is stout of heart and true in their will can master the power of Mountain Dew Code Red and become a real ninja”.
Frank Margarella only plays games that are powered by Mountain Dew and Doritos. You can follow Frank on twitter @Fuhjem.