We've now spoken to both the Australian Classification Board and Nintendo regarding the classification of Dead or Alive Dimensions. The game has now been put in the unique position of having its classification revoked by the Australian Classification Board, and we now have more details on precisely why that has occurred.
"This game was classified PG on 8 February 2011 with consumer advice ‘mild violence and sexualized gameplay’," claimed a spokesperson from the Classification Board. "Information provided to the Board last week suggested that the game contained content not drawn to the Board’s attention in the original classification application.
"After considering the response to a show cause notice issued last Thursday, the Board made the revocation decision.
"Dead or Alive: Dimensions is now unclassified and cannot be sold in Australia unless it is re-submitted for classification."
We also spoke to Nintendo regarding the situation. According to Nintendo the fault lies with THQ, who were initially set to distribute the game in Australia. According to a Nintendo rep, THQ did not provide "adequate information" for the initial classification.
"In relation to why Dead or Alive Dimensions has had its classification revoked," began the Nintendo rep, "THQ had already submitted the game for classification by the time we decided to take over distribution, and they hadn't provided adequate information for the classification.
"Nintendo has now submitted a new classification. The game has not been banned, it will receive a new classification as soon as the Classification Board process the new classification.
"Dead or Alive Dimensions will not be on-sale until it has been reclassified."