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May 5th, 2013 | EarthBound


It looks like EarthBound was recently rated by Australia’s rating board as seen here. It’s rated “M”, which means it’s “suggested for mature audiences“. The site describes the “M” rating as follows:

“Films and computer games classified M (Mature) contain content of a moderate impact and are recommended for teenagers aged 15 years and over.”

I’m guessing this means EarthBound is getting close to being released on the Wii U Virtual Console… but with Nintendo you can never be too sure. Hopefully it comes out soon, though!

Thanks to Thedreaminghawk for the tip!

UPDATE: I’m really curious to know why the game is listed as having moderate sexual themes but absolutely no drug themes.


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93 Comments to EarthBound Listed by Australian Ratings Board

nintendofreak said on May. 5, 2013


NAH MAN, its just like the ERSB, its just a glitch


Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

I don’t understand why they put sexual content under moderate impact..?

KingMike said on May. 5, 2013

They checked “no nudity” so there goes the one thing I was thinking of. 😀

Thedreaminghawk said on May. 5, 2013

I blame the threed hotel scene. :p

SunshineWaker said on May. 5, 2013

Sexual content?

Mato said on May. 5, 2013

Also, even though “crap” is a pretty tame word, I’m surprised it didn’t even register at all in their rating decision.

Stuffgamer1 said on May. 5, 2013

Really, Mato? I’ve heard “crap” in G-rated movies and from the pulpit. I think it’s time to stop considering it even a SLIGHTLY harsh swear word. 😛

Australian ratings often mean the game is coming fairly soon, but it’s not really a guarantee. Worse yet is the possibility that it’ll hit there much sooner than here. Arguably “fair” since we had it 18 years ago and they didn’t, but there’s certainly no modern excuse for it. Only time will tell for certain…

Megamegaman247 said on May. 5, 2013

Wow 15+, seems a bit harsh for a game that I haven playing since I was 3. I guess the threed hotel scene could be somewhat sexual but it is not that bad.

EpicJackman said on May. 5, 2013

They must watch a lot of Game Theory…

EpicJackman said on May. 5, 2013

Oops, wasn’t logged in. I think Giygas stands to reason atleats a T Rating.

resetsurvivor said on May. 5, 2013

Maybe they’ll release it for Mother’s Day?! O_O

Stuffgamer1 said on May. 5, 2013

Y’know, it’s weird…Nintendo is likely just releasing the old SNES ROM of EarthBound, which actually got a K-A rating back in the day (E in modern lingo). When it was “accidentally” rated for Wii, it got the same rating: E, with no content descriptors whatsoever. Those of us who’ve played it or even just know much about it know that it really DOESN’T deserve that low a rating…so I guess it’s only fair that Australia figured it out. The question is…will the ESRB have anything new to say about the game this time? It really should be at LEAST E10+…

johnr754 said on May. 5, 2013

Reminds me of when Super Mario Galaxy got a T (or was it M) rating, according to Gamestop. Obviously an error.

And the whole “EarthBound ESRB” debacle.

megamegaman247 said on May. 5, 2013

I can understand a T just for Giygas, but 15+ seems unnecessary

manofstars said on May. 5, 2013

…There is literally NO reason I can think of that this game would have moderate sexual content. Maybe… MAYBE the Threed zombie chick scene, but that’s REALLY pushing it…

TyBlood13 said on May. 5, 2013

Strange, I don’t remember there being sex in EB…

LakituAl said on May. 5, 2013

A few things come to mind.

Ness gets called a playboy at one point.

The part when Venus is singing on stage and the archeologist gets on stage (which I find pretty funny, bi the way XDD) may have been OK in the 90s, but now, after all that’s happened in a decade, may come off as harassment. o.O

And yeah, the zombie girl in Threed.

Clockerstance said on May. 5, 2013

Haha what? That’s a little misleading. Is there a rating for tastefulness in handling? Oh right it’s all subjective.

So when did Ness & Co. go on a moderately impacting sex rampage? I don’t remember any of that.

Mato said on May. 5, 2013

Must be that Hot Mr. Saturn Coffee mod.

Chivi-chivik said on May. 5, 2013

This makes me laugh a lot. A LOT.

Paul said on May. 5, 2013

Maybe it’s Lardna’s adultery?

bobsburgerking said on May. 5, 2013

Magic cake.

Mr Rex said on May. 5, 2013

Reading all these comments, earthbound isn’t quite as innocent as I first thought. Its got some serious stuff going on, no matter how cartoony it looks!

Pwesty said on May. 5, 2013

In all seriousness there’s no real way to tell that they played the whole game anyway.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

I’m assuming the sex content is all about themes and references. There is a strong theme of sex between Ness and Paula the entire game (as exemplified by the comments of Paula’s father). The entire character of Venus is a sexual theme, the “don’t stare at my hips” elevator lady is a theme, and there are several NPC’s in Dalaam that are swooning over Poo. Those are just a couple that come to mind.

I would imagine that it’s the combination of all these minor themes and references that gave it the “moderate impact”. Of course, I suppose there’s a chance Ness is going to be naked in Magicant again. haha

MagikoopaMaster said on May. 5, 2013

EarthBound is getting a M rating? how? i guess the MOTHER 2 version has some stuff in it that might get it a M rating here but the EarthBound version? i think a T or E10 rating would be good.

Alex said on May. 5, 2013

Woah woah, hold on now a sec. Earthbound isn’t “a game about sex”. 🙂

“There is a strong theme of sex between Ness and Paula”. They don’t have a strong theme of ANYTHING. Without much dialog or even facial expressions, it’s hard to get a read for emotions and relationships in Mother games, especially Earthbound. I don’t know where you got sex from. I believe you meant something like “There might have been a slight attraction/sexual tension between Ness and Paula”, which I would also have to disagree with. Can’t a male and female character exist besides each other without the female being the robotic love interest? There’s no sex here, there’s barely a relationship.

Any other references, like Venus and the Elevator Lady, those are just lighthearted jokes on the “pretty female” archetype. The player (us) can take away any impression or opinion from the gameplay as we want, but veiled sexual symbolism in Earthbound there is little to none.

As for the classification, I’d chock this one up to some desk-bound tie misclassifying this after taking something out of context/hearing something online. It’s like how that Giygas rumor about aborting fetuses and going back in time started getting everyone hyped over the Giygas fight. Hey, it’s a great and chilling fight, but I don’t think 5-year old Timmy is going to be scarred for life after getting his Australian Wii U. *shrug*

Milo said on May. 5, 2013

Yeah, M seems way overboard. If I were to classify it, I’d probably say PG for moderate themes. Cartoon violence and very mild drug references, but no sexual references at all. MAYBE crude humour. Did these guys play the same game as us?

Halloween said on May. 5, 2013

Typical Australia. I bet it’s the zombie lady’s pixel-sized cleavage. I’m SO SURE this Barkey-esque romp through a McDonalds playland is much too sex-charged for any mind under 15.

Vince said on May. 5, 2013

15 and over? I bet that’s like PG-13 here in America.

Rusty Shackleford said on May. 5, 2013


Neko Knight said on May. 5, 2013

Dude, the game is listed as multi platform.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

There is no sexual theme between Paula and Ness? HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED EARTHBOUND BEFORE? lol

Of course there is a theme there. Her dad makes MULTIPLE comments about Ness not being allowed to sleep in her room.

The “don’t stare at my hips” line is a clear reference to sexual conduct. How do you not understand that?

The entire character of Venus is a sexual object. That’s her appeal in the club. The men desire her. Note the stalker that approaches her on-stage and the comment her mother makes about her “keeping her clothes on”. Those are sexual themes, bud.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

Also, Paula is repeatedly referred to as “Ness’s new girlfriend” by all kinds of characters. You need to go back and play EarthBound so more. There are all kinds of sexual themes between Ness and Paula throughout the entirety of the game.

Claiming that there is no relationship there or sexual themes of any kind is asinine at best.

MaximTheArchmage said on May. 5, 2013

What? I thought the Mother series was for kids, grownups, and even young women? But when I think about it…
A quick list for EarthBound: Animal abuse, a street gang, police brutality, kidnapping children, highly christian themes, Paula is totally Ness’s girlfriend, four people share one bed, a zombie hooker, a gay character, zombie dog has blood, drugged coffee… and thats only through Saturn Valley soooo…

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

Didnt Venus’ mother also say that venus became a porn star after the end of earthbound? Also, i didnt ever notice any signs of sexual relationship with ness and paula. He never says anything to keep ness out of paulas room. As a matter of fact his exact line is: “You should come stay the night sometime too, you can crash in my room.” I mean, of course she doesnt want Ness, someone he barely even knows so to sleep in his daughters room. Hes just doing what any responsible parent would do in the exact situation. :\

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

@Earthbound: Agreed. I would only be weirded out if paulas dad DID let ness sleep in her room. And who cares about having a “girlfriend” thats no way a sexual reference at all.

Ness said on May. 5, 2013

There is no where in Earthbound that mentions porn, seriously?

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

You guys don’t seem to understand the concept of a “sexual theme”. It can be a reference or any kind to sexual conduct. It does not have to be an actual action or spoken dialogue, if it there is insinuation of sexual conduct you have a sexual theme.

A sexual theme is something that reveals, implies, or hints, a sexual activity, sexual talk, or sexual items.

There is plenty of of this in EarthBound but only if you pay attention.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

And im about 100% sure that it wasnt meant to be looked that way. Only those with perverted minds will see it as such. Any other person would see it otherwise.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

^ about what i said. Yes there was many MANY in earthbound. But not between Ness and Paula, is what i was implying.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

The comment of making Ness sleep on the living room couch is a clear reference to sexual conduct. How can that be argued? A father separates a boy and a girl in that situation to prevent them from engaging in sexual conduct. That’s a clear-cut story mechanic used in all forms of media. That’s not perverted, that’s just run-of-the-mill typical common sense.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

He never once tells to sleep on the couch. Only that Ness can crash in his room.

Also, if its “common sense” of how a responsible father would do. Then i wouldnt really see it as a sexual kind of reference at all. Im sure he wouldnt let Ness, a stranger sleep in his house, let alone his daughters room without keeping an eye on him.

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

Sorry, but that’s just not true. Check your facts before basing an argument on what you think you know, because he says it on at least three separate occasions. From the text dump hosted on starmen.net:

@, you’ll sleep on the couch in the den…

@Hey! Come on in!
@No, I don’t need to hear about what happened… will be okay.
@Why don’t you just rest for now.
@You know where the couch in the den is…

@You’re a very strong, young man. My opinion of you has changed.
@Perhaps you should continue dating .
@Just treat her right…
@Come by and visit anytime.
@You can even sleep on the living room couch instead of the one in the den…

Gaffer Tape said on May. 5, 2013

Wow. People sure want to see inappropriateness or adult-level themes where there are none at all. Seriously? A fat lady being sensitive about the size of her hips and any character having any kind of implied “crush” on another character suddenly count as “sexual themes”? There is absolutely nothing in Mother 2 that I haven’t seen on a Nickelodeon program. It’s completely kid-friendly. Either someone made a mistake, or the Australian prudishness that Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation constantly complains about is even worse than I thought.

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

fat lady? are you kidding me dude =\

are you telling me you’ve never once found a woman’s hips attractive

this is implied to be a posh, young, attractive elevator attendant who works in a building where lecherous older businessmen are coming in and out all day standing behind her and staring at her ass; is it really beyond reason to expect her to have some reservations about that

I think it’s quite the opposite of what you say it is; I think people are offended for some reason at this label, because let’s face it: the US is a society founded on puritanism. Many of us are taught that sex is wrong and immoral, so it’s not unreasonable that some people would see this rating as a blemish on their precious EarthBound and will go to any lengths to vehemently deny what is blatantly obvious for others.

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

also to back that up, this is from Mato’s own EB vs M2 analysis:

“In MOTHER 2, the word she uses CAN mean “hips”, but it can also mean “butt”. It’s boring and hard to explain, but overall, I always felt this line was a lot funnier in Japanese.”

Giggleface said on May. 5, 2013

Only thing that ever phased me as inappropriate was Tony.

Giggleface said on May. 5, 2013

I think you guys are overthinking it. There’s plenty of themes that get through in other games.

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

That’s kind of missing the point imo, but if anybody’s overthinking it, it’s the Australian ratings board. Everyone else is just trying to rationalize why that decision may have occurred, so I’m not really sure why this is blowing up the way it is.

We need to step back and consider something else, as well: Everybody reacting here seems to think this is some horrible decision that will effectively alienate a large portion of the potential customer base, but the Australian ratings system works differently than the ESRB. In Australia, a rating of M, or Mature, is still completely unrestricted by sales regulations. If this were being sold in stores, any kid could walk in off the streets and buy it. It’s more akin to a T for Teen rating by the ESRB than our own M rating.

Gaffer Tape said on May. 5, 2013

I don’t think it’s a horrible decision. I just think it’s silly that anyone would think that the humor in Mother 2 is at all “sexual” or “inappropriate.” The ONLY things that could be considered inappropriate (such as the alcohol references and Ness being “naked”… even though you can’t see anything but his butt) have already been removed from the English version.

As for the lady with the hips, I’ve known many, many women who are sensitive over that.

I don’t consider a more adult rating to be a “blemish” against anything. It’s just ridiculous in this case. If we really are that puritanical that EarthBound of all things can merit anything higher than an E, society’s collective sphincter has tightened waaaaaaay too much.

XavandSo said on May. 5, 2013

We just got the R18+ classification for video games here in Australia; so the Video Games rating board is pretty fragile. None the less, if it’s anything like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, I’d say it’s coming soon.

Tourist said on May. 5, 2013

Mother’s Day! I like that projection.

Also, I don’t see how Paula’s dad’s comments imply sexualy themes. Just because he said Ness could sleep in another room doesn’t mean Ness was asking to sleep in Paula’s room. In fact, if he didn’t clarify at all where Ness would sleep, players could joke he was sleeping in Paula’s room.

Venus doesn’t seem overly sexualized either. I’d say it all boils down to Ness following the zombie woman into her room. That’s all I can think of.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

How can you possibly imply that Venus doesn’t have a sexual theme but the zombie lady does? That is absurd to me. What’s the opening line for the Venus show? Something like, “Oh baby you’re so hot.” You guys don’t seem to understand that a sexual theme is not SEXUAL CONTENT. Those are entirely different concepts.

I also agree 100% with everything Anonymous said.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 5, 2013

Opening to Venus show:

“These guys have all gone stone cold for you. Ow you cute, sexy thing, you….”

“…I wanna hold you tight….Venus Baby.”

Textbook sexual theme ladies and gentlemen.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

Anonymous@ Actually anon. Its only in the english version where he says that ness can sleep on the couch. The japanese version(canon)Paulas dad tells Ness that he could crash him his room. Although NOA thought hit might makes paulas dad seem like a pedophile so they changed it for the american audience.

Tourist said on May. 5, 2013

Venus is a diva though. The zombie woman was already identified/implied by an NPC to be “that kind of woman.” Plus, you follow her to her room. Much more sexual implications than going to a show and watching an attractive singer.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

Dont forget that mr. spoon actually runs up on stage to do who knows what to venus until 2 guards have to drag him away! XD

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

@Earthbounder But the thing is, the version being rated IS the English version. That aside, whether it’s the couch or her father’s room doesn’t really make a difference; main thing is that he wants to keep Ness out of Paula’s room overnight. I’ll respectfully refrain from debating on why that might be since it’s clear we won’t see eye to eye on it. Cheers~

@Tourist: It’s explicitly confirmed in the Japanese version that Venus is branching out as an idol, particularly as a gravure idol who’s putting out a nude photo book. This is heavily, heavily implied in the English version. If that doesn’t convince you, I’m not sure what will.

Birdie said on May. 5, 2013

As an Australian, I can definitely say swear words like crap really don’t bother us, and wouldn’t play any role in this. The same probably goes for drug references
As for the rest of it? God knows. Wacky Australian ESRB. Maybe they’re looking at Giygas as a very sexual villain, given the dialogue and the whole fetus thing. Actually on second thoughs, yeah, that’s what I’m banking on, the whole ‘it feels…good…’ thing is pretty intense when taken out of context.

Earthbounder said on May. 5, 2013

Actually i dont think their rating the american version. It does say “country of origin Japan” and “Version Original”. So my guess is that their rating the japanese version?

64RR said on May. 5, 2013

Well. I…..I got nothing. Earthbound is E10+ in ‘Merica 😉

Anonymous said on May. 5, 2013

Ah, yes, Australia. The Land Down Under, where everyone speaks fluent Japanese and can transliterate hiragana on a native level.

The entire point of a ratings system is a preliminary scan of the content by a certified board to advise consumers about things they may encounter in the media being presented to them for purchase. Given that a) English is the national language of Australia, and b) the information provided clearly touts the game as EARTHBOUND as opposed to MOTHER2, I’d say it’s a pretty good bet they’re rating the official localization. Since the consumers won’t actually be playing the Japanese version of the game, there’s no need to review it. Make sense? None of that has any bearing on its country of origin being Japan.

Mr. Copycat (formerly Mr. Nosy) said on May. 5, 2013

I think people see craziness/eccentricity or plain looniness and decry ‘drugs!’

I can vouch for Ness being accused at staring at a lady’s hips, or again, walking around naked in the dream world, but that was in the Nipponese version.

Speedy_Fox_IV said on May. 5, 2013

Seeing as I live in Australia I hope that I can shed some light on how the rating system works.

Games which get classfied as T over in North America usally get an M rating. This rating means that it’s alright for kids but parents should still keep an eye on it. An example of this would be Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It got the M rating but it’s still a game that you would let your kids play. The same thing happened to Twighlight Princess.

PG seems to saved for E10+. Although we do have some oddites slip through. Pokemon Platnuim, Diamond and Pearl were all rated PG due to gambling references. Every other game excpet for the two spin-offs on the 3DS have gotten the G rating. I would of give the Gamecube Pokemon games the PG rating but I can’t really change what has happened.

Giving something the M rating here in Australia is pretty the same as giving it something the T rating over in North America.

Stuffgamer1 said on May. 6, 2013

@64RR: Nope…as I already pointed out, it’s rated E. It SHOULD be at least E10+, but it’s not…just E, with no content descriptors whatsoever.

@Speedy Fox IV: I looked at the Australian ratings site to try to figure this stuff out. What confused me is that PG and M are BOTH listed as iffy for children under 15…the difference in the text appears to relate to sexual content mainly, but why are they both the same age? Even if it’s not actually enforced at retail, it still makes no sense. That’d be like if the ESRB changed E10+ to E13+…at that point, it’s practically just T!

Xanti said on May. 6, 2013

Okay, wtf?

pkthunder said on May. 6, 2013

Multi platform?

FlyingManCourage said on May. 6, 2013

Ok Tourist, I can see that a bit. In some ways though, she also fills that “mysterious human found in middle of zombie land” role that is commonly used as a point of interest. When playing RE2 and stumbling upon Ada or Sheryl, it is only natural to follow them and investigate further. While there is some sexual innuendo there, I still don’t think it’s as strong as Venus.

Venus seems to be a sex symbol within the world of EarthBound. That’s a common role for a famous female singer/actress and I think they really played it up in the intro to her show. AND I just remembered she actually kisses Ness backstage. As innocent as that may seem, it’s a sexual act and could be considered a depiction of a sexual act which would make it sexual content.

I’m not saying I agree with all of it, but a ratings process is designed to be sensitive.

Barf! said on May. 6, 2013

Is FlyingManCourage a troll? That’s the shallowest definition of “sexual” I’ve ever heard.

Anon said on May. 6, 2013

I think he trys to argue from the point of view of the ratings agency. To me it is entirely plausible that what he said is what the people there would say were you to ask them how that rating came about, so…

BLAH said on May. 6, 2013

If you actually go to the Australian Classification website, and I know this has been brought up before, the country of origin is Japan and the copy is listed as Original. Now why they titled it as Earthbound, I don’t know, possibly for continuity reasons. But if you consider that the Earthbound being released, at least in Australia, is a direct translation from Mother 2, the M rating would make much more sense. Mother 2 has a couple of heavier sexual references that were toned down for the American release, such as the aforementioned Venus posing for a nude magazine/photo book. Ness walking nude through Magicant (I am not sure how to spell it) and the unremoved drinking references could also explain why the rating was bumped up to an M, but it’s strange that drinking/drugs would then not be a descriptor. It may also in general just be Australia realizing the darker themes if Earthbound in general and bumping the rating up from a PG to a M.

Anonymous said on May. 6, 2013

@Blarf – It is called an understanding of a ratings process. Clearly, you don’t know a thing about ratings or the definitions of sexual themes and content. Go study TV ratings and MPAA ratings. They all follow the same principles.

It is quite easy to determine (based on the picture) that sexual themes and references (such as the ones I mentioned) are what gave this game the rating. You can clearly see it scored a “None” in “Nudity”, “Drug Use”, and “Language”, but a “Moderate Impact” in “sex” and the “Consumer Advice” says “Crude Humor and Sexual References”.

Yeah, I know exactly what I’m talking about.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 6, 2013

^ Sorry for the anon. Forgot to log in.

Here’s an article for you who are so confused:

From that article:
Sexual themes deal with matters related to sex, but are not explicitly shown. Characters in TV programs may discuss something sexual, but it is not acted out or depicted. It could be as mild as two teenage girls talking about making out with their boyfriends or as strong as a documentary program with a discussion of sexual abuse.

Sexual Content
Sexual content refers to actual depictions of sex. Instead of just talking about kissing, the teenagers actually kiss. Characters in a cop show will visit a strip club to find a suspect rather than just saying he is known to hang out there. The sexual content can be mild or graphic, and that level of explicitness will determine the rating the program receives.

TV Ratings
Simply because a show has sexual themes or content does not automatically make it inappropriate. Both the MPAA and the TV networks have set up extensive guidelines to let you know how mature the content in a movie or program is to allow you peace of mind when showing it to your children. The TV guidelines let you know that a program rated TV-G has no objectionable content, TV-PG has some sexual situations, TV-14 has intense sexual situations and TV-MA has explicit sexual activity.

If having a legitimate understanding of what I’m talking about makes me a troll…I guess I am a troll. 🙂

cherryw17 said on May. 6, 2013

WTF!!! ok ok!!! I know there are a few things, but still, that’s like overboard for this kind of game. There’s no sexual content at all (maybe a few reverences,but still) At least here in america its ether going to be E10+ or T rated.

nem said on May. 6, 2013

Um, M is Australias T IIRC. This seems like a normal rating, TBH.

Apple Kid said on May. 6, 2013

Ok, I think flyingmancourage has a point here. But I think we can all agree that this might be a little over protective.

Ring064 said on May. 7, 2013

wow…i know the aus ratings are strict but thats over the top! being a auzzie myself i know that is just crazy giving it that rating.

ZZ9pluralZalpha said on May. 7, 2013

I’d give teen at the most. Part of me wonders if they got all their information from the Giygas Abortion Hypothesis.

Mariotti said on May. 8, 2013

I am PRETTY sure that they have got the wrong game.
I mean, there is definitely NONE of that stuff in the game.

Ring064 said on May. 8, 2013

ok now ill go into a bit more further detail.

from being a auzzie and dealing with this rating system, i find its really weird for ratings below MA15+. this is what most people go by:

G (general)= for everyone
PG ( parental guidance)= everyone( there are some exceptions and they usually are around 7+)
M (mature)= 10+ ( again some exceptions where some games should clearly be PG… )

Also from further look at the rating, murder me if you want but i think that the sexual references only have a moderate impact and the violence deserves a very small impact.if final fantasy VII can get a G rating, i think earthbound can get a PG at least…

but also, as we all know the Australian rating board is always strict.we have missed out on a bunch of games before and we are lucky we are not missing this. for example, there was a PG rating given to LoZ: sprite tracks while phantom hourglass got a G rating. go figure.

any other questions or queries, im happy to answer 🙂

Sin of Seto said on May. 8, 2013

This is clearly a mistake that will probably rectify itself some time later.

killerspecialk said on May. 8, 2013

What if we are getting an uncut version that Japan got, re translated?! Hahahaha…..ha….

Anyways, I agree with flyingmancourage. Everything he has stated is pretty spot on. I also think this is just another typical Aussie rating, they have always been strict and weird. And the M rating also equals out to about a T rating stateside usually.

What we need to be disscussing is the “multiplatform” listing. Please, please, please don’t be a mistake. I would love to be able to play this on my 3DS. Pipe dreams are something special, eh?

FlyingManCourage said on May. 9, 2013

I would love an uncut version closer to the original Japanese version! I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some similarities between this release and the version of Mother 2 released on VC already. I don’t really know anything about the Japan Wii U release, though.

I absolutely agree with you Apple Kid! This is definitely overboard. I suppose it is possible the game could be re-submitted with some alteration and eventually get a lower rating. Manhunt 2 was a pretty famous example of that. I’m gonna have to really pay close attention during my next play. Can I ask the many of you who have local experience, do Aussie ratings have any exceptional sensitivity to homosexuality? The whole Tony-Jeff thing is pretty soft implications, imo…but didn’t Itoi officially state at some point over the years that he did envision Tony in love with Jeff or something?

The Apple Kid said on May. 9, 2013

@FlyingManCourage I don’t think it’s being extra sensitive, just being realistic. As a kid saying any word that implied such startled me and, is Australian kids are the same way, these soft implications of “dreaming” and being concerned by not being called anymore could be very traumatic to a kid who’s normal world logic states that the only sexuality is heterosexuality.

FlyingManCourage said on May. 9, 2013

Well Apple Kid that’s not exactly what I meant. It is very common for certain content to get a different rating based on the region of the world. Homosexuality is one thing that could potentially be rated very different depending on the location within the world. For instance, Will and Grace (a show with a homosexual main character) would probably be deemed obscene in a place like Uganda, even though there’s really nothing inappropriate about the show.

So what I’m thinking is that maybe the slight implication of homosexuality is being rated differently by Aussies. Since I don’t know anything about Australian culture, I’m asking if Aussies are more sensitive to that kind of thing than Americans. That could possibly explain the excessive rating.

The Apple Kid said on May. 9, 2013

@FlyingManCourage I see what you’re getting at here. Sometimes I forget America’s extremely free culture of liking, disliking, loving, hating, observing, shunning, religion, and opinions in general makes some things more acceptable than in other cultures. For example, a drinking joke will receive a more critical reception in Germany than in America because, despite my grandmother telling me the drinking age is lower there, she also said drinking is something that is looked on as unimpressive and people are more cautious about there alcohol intake than in America where some unfortunate fool may be urged to drink by his peers.

The Apple Kid said on May. 9, 2013

Oh, and yes, Itoi has officially stated that Tony views Jeff as more than a friend.

Ring064 said on May. 10, 2013

@flyingmancourage we are basically known for being verry multicultural and accept homosexuals fine ( especally new zeland let homosexual maridge leagle). i guess around the world its not advertised as that… :\

Anonymous said on May. 10, 2013

@Apple Kid – Cheers, bud! Thanks for the info about Itoi also.

@Ring064 – Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Aussies have any sort of reputation for this or anything like that. In fact, because Aussies seem to be able to accept “colorful language” better than Americans, I would have assumed you guys to be pretty accepting as a community. I was just grabbing at straws there trying to brainstorm any possible ideas for why this could have gotten such a strong rating. I think Aussies have a reputation around the world of being fun-loving and friendly based on my experiences. 😀

Anonymous said on May. 22, 2013

Egh… just as long as parent groups aren’t going to treat the “sexual themes” like they did for Mass Effect. I can just imagine it now on CNN, “Sex-Bound for WiiWii U: Why these 16-bits are not for children”

miscat said on May. 27, 2013

Wait, Earthbound has sex in it…?
What? WAT.

lucki_vibrato said on Jun. 2, 2013

Maybe THIS is the sex reference:

No drugs?
And the Coffee, the Magic Cake, the Desert’s drugstore and the Tea?


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