Well this is just flat out bizarre.
Mario. One of the best video game series. Also one of the most harmless, right? I don't know about you but — creepy ass drowning animations aside — I feel pretty comfortable with my young children playing Mario. My four-year-old is flat out obsessed with Super Mario 3D World.
He's also pretty damn excited about Super Mario Odyssey, which is coming out later this year.
But there's been a little bit of controversy here. Super Mario Odyssey hasn't been rated 'G' like pretty much every other Mario game ever made. Oh no.
This one is gonna be rated 'PG'.
And the classification board has decided this is such a big deal they've put out a press release confirming it, and explaining their decision. Amazing.
The release was essentially a response to this story, which discussed (and made a little harmless fun of) the PG rating.
The classification board's reasoning:
This game was submitted to the Classification Board by Nintendo under the computer games assessor scheme. Under that Scheme, industry assessors can recommend a classification and consumer advice for a game.
The Classification Board considers this recommendation to make the classification decision.
Nintendo recommended the game be classified PG with consumer advice of ‘mild themes and violence, online interactivity’. The Classification Board agreed with the PG classification but decided that the more appropriate consumer advice would be ‘mild violence, online interactivity’.
I mean, fairly pedestrian stuff, right? The PG rating recommends that children under 15 only play the game under direct adult supervision, which seems a bit dramatic. I can't imagine sitting, arms crossed, with a fourteen year old as he plays a goddamn Mario game but it is what it is.
Very interesting that Nintendo itself recommended the PG rating, but Mario is capable of some seriously disturbing human possession in this game. Who know what's going on here.
I can't believe that, in my lifetime, the classification board felt the need to put out a press release about Mario game. 2017 is truly weirdest of years.