Wii U Parental Controls Game Rating settings extend to WaraWara Plaza

Notice anything different about these two screenshots?

One shows my WaraWara Plaza, and the other shows my daughter's, with Parental Controls Game Rating set to only allow up to T (Teen) rated games.

That's right, the games are different. ZombiU, Assassin's Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Batman Arkham City, which all have been fixtures on my WaraWara Plaza since day one, are gone. Instead we have Trine 2, Nano Assault Neo, Madden 13, and Disney Epic Mickey 2.

For each user account on the Wii U, Nintendo gives you the ability to manage Parental Controls, limiting the ESRB rating of games they can play, access to the browser, Friend List, Online Play, Miiverse, eShop, and so on. It also gives parents the ability to lock out Data Management and changes to Internet Settings.

Parental Controls stop short of providing a daily time limit or blackout periods for gaming, but it's a pretty comprehensive system, and kudos to Nintendo for thinking this out clearly. It's nice to see that the ESRB rating limits automatically extend to the WaraWara Plaza as well.* Some of those Miiverse drawings that people draw can be pretty scary. Right? I mean, not to me. But if I was 7 years old, maybe.

Except for Bowser. He's ok.

Nintendo helping parents do a good job of giving little ones a safe environment, away from Zombies and other scary things that keep them up at night. Because honestly, if the kids are staying up, that means less gaming time for us parents.

*You can change which games show up on your own WaraWara Plaza by going into the Miiverse User Menu Settings and changing the "What kind of games do you want to see on WaraWara Plaza" setting.

Posted on November 24, 2012 and filed under News.