Less than two weeks into the new year that brought with it the introduction of an R18+ category for the classification of videogames in Australia, the Australian Classification Board has reportedly handed down it's first R-rated evaluation, giving the honours to the upcoming Ninja: Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Team Ninja's upcoming port of the successful action game, tailored for the Wii U's unique features (via VG247
The Classification Board awarded the debut R18+ rating for Razor’s Edge’s “strong, bloody violence”. Classification Board director Lesley O’Brien said in a statement that video games which have a “high impact” are not suitable for ages below 18.
“Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects,” she explained.
The original Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 was rated MA15+
(and AusGamers 7.3/10
) under the previous classification guidelines, and although it's uncertain what specific features may have pushed the Wii U version into the new category, it is expected to have some new more gorier features, such as the restoration of "enemies’ ability to fight with severed arms or legs".
Watch the latest gameplay trailer for Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge from last month, embedded below.
An Australian release date for Razor's Edge has yet to be defined, however the game has already been available in North America since the Wii U launch in November 18th 2012, and launches in Europe tomorrow.
Sales and marketing of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will now be restricted in Australia in a similar way to R18+ films are, with sales to minors carrying penalties according to state legislation. Queensland is the only Australia state still unprepared for the new rating, with state parliament due to move forward on the matter in February.